Amigurumi on the Go! is a fantastic book 🙂 Full of fun and creative crochet projects to make for children (or to satisfy your inner child!).
Title: Amigurumi ON THE Go: 30 Patterns For Crocheting Kids’ Bags, Backpacks, and More
Author: Ana Paula Rimoli
Photographer: Brent Kane
Amigurumi on the Go!
Kids around the world love Ana Paula Rímoli’s Amigurumi toys, and now she presents a fun-filled collection of cool accessories with the same irresistible look.
- Bring a wide range of practical projects to life with funny faces and goofy grins
- Choose from clever crochet patterns such as an owl book bag, octopus bag, assorted backpacks, a mushroom purse, pencil cases, and more
- Stitch unique projects that kids will want to take to school, Grandma’s house, play dates, and shopping
The instructions included in Amigurumi on the Go are clearly written and easy-to-follow. The book also includes a section for general guidelines (i.e. basic stitches used in the projects) and a separate section for the abbreviations and the glossary.
Page 75 includes a step-by-step explanation for adding the felt pieces to the faces of the crochet projects. This section is very helpful, especially if you haven’t worked with felt before.
I did have to investigate what a running stitch was – so here is a link in case you need it too! Running Stitch
It was difficult to decide what project to try from the book – I have quite a few I want to make – but I settled on something Drew picked out.
Here are some of the fabulous projects you can make:
Cute right? Each of the patterns included is simply adorable. Children will love anything you choose to make from Amigurum on the Go!
I love learning new techniques and for this project I learned how to add a zipper to my crochet project- and it is actually VERY easy to do! Who would have known? I surely didn’t! I used my yarn and my yarn needle and it was simple!
Gauge for Amigurumi Projects
The only thing I struggled with for this book was that the projects did not include gauge information.
Normally for amigurumi this is not a problem – but for projects where you are using a zipper – in a specified size – it is imperative that you try to make your project a similar size to the one in the instructions.
For example for the Pencil Cases – they should be a Finished Size of approximately 4.5″ high and 7.25″ wide.
After three attempts I finally settled on a 4.00 mm crochet hook to make my pencil case (the book recommended 6.50 mm and worsted weight yarn) and it still ended up too large – in the end my pencil case was 5.25″ by 8″ in size. Next time I will try an even smaller hook (3.25 mm) and really try to keep those stitches tight!
Now since I have tried adding a zipper to a project, I am no longer nervous about it! It really is easy and the instructions in this book explain very clearly how to do it!
Here is Drew’s Monkey Pencil Case – although his pencil case does not hold pencils! It holds his ‘treasures’!
and he loves it!
and yes…he does have red marker on the end of his little nose! He discovered some of his markers were actually ‘smelly’ markers and he was happy to try each one by sniffing it while it was touching his nose! I suspect this one was strawberry! Thank goodness they are washable!
Amigurumi On The Go is available for purchase at Martingale for $21.99 (Print and eB00k Versions) and $13.99 (eBook Version).