Baby’s Buddy Amigurumi includes a great collection of little huggable toys which are designed specifically for babies. Choose from friendly dinosaurs, cuddly teddy bears, chubby bunnies, sweet baby dolls, diaper wearing elephants, huggable turtles, soft little sheep and even a set of rattle dumbbells. Learn more about this month’s Featured Leisure Arts eBook and enter for a chance to win your very own eBook copy!
Title: Baby’s Buddy Amigurumi
Author: Tamara Ramsey
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2016
Photographer: Jason Masters
Baby’s Buddy Amigurumi Review
Filled with cute baby-friendly patterns, Baby’s Buddy Amigurumi gives you a great selection of projects you can crochet and give as gifts to babies. This baby friendly collection of soft plush toys and accessories includes patterns ranging in difficulty from beginner to easy+.
The patterns are written in American (US English) Crochet Terms and include diagrams and close-up photos of different elements (like adding the rattles or flattening the bunny’s ears) of each pattern. When photos are used to assist with the elements, they are labelled and referenced to in the written pattern so you know exactly which photo to look at. The patterns are written at an beginner to easy+ level and are straightforward and easy to follow. You can find the beginning of each row/round easily because they have been printed in a bolded font.
The beginning of each pattern provides the basic information about the pattern including a ‘shopping list’ the amount and colors of each yarn used, the hook sizes, additional supplies you may need (like fiberfill and embroidery thread) and gauge information. The gauge for these amigurumi’s is not of great importance so long as the stitches are close together and the fabric is dense (no open spaces between your stitches).
Following this you will find a Stitch Guide specific to the pattern. For example if the pattern is using a single crochet 2 together, you will find a description of how to crochet the stitch as well as what abbreviation has been used.
Tips and Assembly Details are included throughout the pattern itself. These sections are either introduced by using in a different color of font, a new heading, or a small note added in italics between written instructions.
Abbreviations and Terms
You will find the abbreviations which have been used, a comparison chart for crochet terminology for U.S. and International terms, a section with TIPS (including Safety, Stuffing and Yarn Ends) and a description of the following terms:
- Adjustable Loop (with diagrams)
- Joining with sc
- Back Loop Only (with diagram)
- Changing Colors (with diagrams)
- Weave thru Stitches (with diagram)
- Whipstitch (with photos)
- Embroidery Stitches (with diagrams): Straight Stitch and Satin Stitch
The yarns used to create these cute designs include:
- Red Heart® Soft Baby Steps® (Elephant, Dinosaur girl)
- Caron® Simply Soft® (Elephant, Dinosaur boy, Lamb, Doll, Teddy Bear, Bunny)
- Lion Brand® Babysoft® (Dinosaurs)
- Bernat® Softee® Baby™ (Dumbbell, Doll, Teddy Bear)
- Red Heart® Soft® (Lamb, Doll, Bunny)
- Lion Brand® Homespun® (Lamb)
- Bernat® Satin™ (Turtle)
- Red Heart® Super Saver® (Turtle)
- Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® (Turtle, Bunny)
- Lion Brand® Heartland® (Turtle)
As gauge is not imperative, so long as you stick to similar weight yarns (medium weight ) you can substitute yarn brands comfortably as was done in the original designs. You can even take a look in your own yarn stash to find medium weight yarns (soft ones if they are for babies) to make these projects.
The following patterns are included in this publication:
- Elephant – 7 inches tall, seated – Easy+
- T-Rex – 8.5 inches tall – Easy +
- Lamb – 7 inches tall, seated – Easy
- Doll – 9 inches tall – Easy+
- Blanket – two sizes – Car Seat Blanket 29 inches by 35 inches; Doll Blanket 12 inches square – Easy
- Turtle – 6 inches tall, seated – Easy+
- Teddy Bear – 4.5 inches tall, seated – Easy
- Dumbbell Rattle – 5.5 inches long – Beginner
- Bunny – 7.5 inches tall, standing – Easy+
Extra Supplies You May Need
- Bunny: you will also need a wire brush to fluff the tail
- Rattle: if you are adding the ‘rattle noise maker’ you will need rattle inserts
- Safety eyes are suggested and you are reminded of the following:
Please take caution if the toy is for a child that is at risk of choking. See Safety, page 44.
Many of the toys include instructions for embroidered eyes so if you are nervous about using safety eyes please follow the instructions for the embroidered eyes instead.
My 2 favorite designs in this book are:
I’m also like that cute elephant wearing a diaper…. Which are your favorites?
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