• Crochet Book Reviews

    Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy Book Review

    Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy next to some furls crochet hooks and yarn.
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    I’ve got another amigurumi book to review this week and I am very excited. Recently, I had the opportunity to review Whimsical Stitches by Lauren Espy and the book this week is by the same designer. The book we’re talking about this week is called Crochet Cafe: Recipes for Amigurumi Crochet Patterns. I really enjoyed Lauren’s last book so I couldn’t wait to dive in to see what Crochet Cafe had in store.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

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    The cover of this book is beautiful. It has preview images of many of the patterns contained in the book. All the patterns are of kawaii foods and drinks and this book is meant to mimic a recipe book. It’s a cute concept and the cover makes me think of a cute but trendy cook book I’d definitely want to take a look at in the book store.

    cover image of Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy
    amigurumi apples featured in Crochet Cafe

    Crochet Cafe starts off with a reference section and the very first page of that reference section shows the reader how to identify the difference between the right side and the wrong side of the project. I think that’s a great addition as it’s a question that comes up often from crocheters but you rarely see covered. Another fun technique I saw included which you don’t see spoken about often is melting the backs of safety eyes. Lauren is sure to advise extreme caution when pursuing this because, as I have learned from experience, things can get dicey doing this, fast, if you aren’t very careful.

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    Continuing in the fashion of her last book, Whimsical stitches, this book is chalk full of clear and well-done photography to walk you through not just every stitch/technique in the book, but also in the patterns themselves.

    Crochet Cafe is broken down into meal sections, just like a cook book. So the sections are:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks and,
    • Dessert
    Amigurumi Avocado toast and Avocado patterns inside Crochet Cafe

    The projects are absolutely adorable and it’s hard to know where to start first or to pick a favourite. As I’m writing this, I’m looking at the pattern for Bacon, Eggs & Toast and I’m thinking “Girl, shut up! That toast is way too cute! Annnd now I want to eat bacon.” Some of my favourite designs in the book were:

    • Lobster & Corn on the cob
    • Spaghetti & Meatballs
    • Pie and ,
    • Chinese Takeout Shimp Lo Mein (because I defy you to resist those little shrimps!)

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    Lobster & Corn on the cob in the book being reviewed

    The patterns were well written and simple to follow, supported by a plethora of beautiful images to walk you through each pattern. If I want to be nit picky, my only thing is that the yardage amounts for the yarns aren’t provided and the exact yarns/colours weren’t provided. There was a shade of green used in one of the patterns that I really liked and would have liked to use the exact yarns she used to make my project but it isn’t the end of the world. This is by no means a deal breaker for anyone. I am a prepper and just like to know how much yarn I’ll need exactly and I like to match what’s used. But, if you don’t follow gauge (which I know many crocheters do with amigurumi), it may have been considered better to just leave it out. So, not a big deal.

    Besides that, the attention to detail and cute little extras are really what makes this book fantastic. There’s a little butter dish to go with the lobster and corn! How stinkin’ cute is that?! And the little shrimp? I can’t even start. If I had to describe this book in two words, it would be: absolutely adorable.

    If you want to check out Crochet Cafe: Recipes for Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

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    Whimsical Stitches Book Review

    Front Cover of the Whimsical Stitches book with a plant, coffee and tip of a crochet hook visible in the edges of the photo.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love, love, LOVE crochet books and amigurumi. So when the opportunity became available for me to review this amigurumi crochet book called Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy, you know I jumped all over it.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

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    First impressions upon receiving the book was that the cover is bright, fun and well…whimsical. I loved that it’s a hardcover book with a matte finish and the cover gives you a great selection of images from the patterns in the book. It’s one of those covers that invites you in and begs to be picked up if not by you, then definitely by any kids that may be with you.

    Inside cover of the amigurumi book by Lauren Espy.

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    Whimsical Stitches has 25 different amigurumi crochet patterns for a variety of different items. From plants and animals to different food items, this book has a gets big points for cuteness factor. The book is split into 5 different sections: In the Garden, At the Aquarium, Down on the Farm, At the Bakery and At the Market. The patterns are grouped under these sections in the book. Some of the patterns in this book include:

    • Saguaro Cactus,
    • Octopus,
    • Duck,
    • Mug & Donut,
    • Berries,
    • Sunflower,
    • Whale,
    • Bunny,
    • Macarons,
    • Eggplant;
    • and more!
    The table of contents in the Whimsical Stitches book.

    The patterns in the book use worsted weight yarn to complete. Most people have yarns that could work for these projects already in their yarn stash and can easily get started on projects in the book right away instead of having to track down supplies. The patterns themselves don’t list the exact yarns used which may be problematic for anyone that was the EXACT same yarn but you could easily find similar colours in your stash or yarn shopping at a big box store.

    Whimsical Stitches, of course, has a resource section. It details the stitches and techniques used for the patterns in the book and all stitches/techniques are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs. Since each pattern in the book has a face, instructions are given to instruct you how to do the mouth and eyelash stitching. When reading the instructions for how to embroider the mouth, I found the pictures to be particularly helpful in clarifying the written instructions.

    crochet tulips in pink and purple illustrated inside this crochet book

    The patterns themselves are clear, concise and loaded with photos to help you through the process of making your little amigurumi cuties. The photos in the book are bright, clean and helpful. I loved the amount of photos included to help you through the process. If I were a beginner or someone newer to amigurumi, the pictures included really help to guide you through the process to help ensure you get the best results possible. For example, to make the wings of the duck pattern, there are 18 pictures, spread across a 2-page spread to walk you through making the wings. I think that level of detail is great to include and can help you through what may have been tricky spots had photos not been included.

    Crochet strawberries and blueberries inside the amigurumi book being reviewed

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    Overall, I think it’s an adorable book of amigurumi crochet patterns and definitely worth adding to your crochet library if amigurumi is something you enjoy. I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book as a gift to a fellow crocheter. I think this book could be accessible to a relatively newer crocheter due to the level of detail given in the photos to walk you through the patterns. Lauren Espy has done a wonderful job of making this book accessible to as large an audience as possible and I won’t hesitate to recommend her book to any friend that should ask me about it.

    Picture of the crochet macarons pattern inside the Whimsical Stitches book

    If you want to check out Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Follow Lauren Espy, the author/designer of this book on Instagram: @amenagerieofstitches.

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    Back cover of the Whimsical stitches book with a furls crochet hook lain on top of it.
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