Title: Amigurumi Toy Box
Author: Ana Paula Rimoli
Photographer: Brent Kane
Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli includes an adorable collection of more than 30 amigurumi patterns. This book was published in 2011. Since then, Ana Paula Rimoli has also published The BIG Book of Little Amigurumi and it includes these patterns too. If you would like a larger collection of amigurumi than what you see here I would recommend The BIG Book of Little Amigurumi as it includes many of these plus more for a total of 72 seriously cute patterns to crochet!
The patterns are written in U.S. Crochet terms and include helpful color photographs, diagrams and templates to use to correctly size your felt cut-out embellishments. Most designs are under 6 inches tall; only a few exceed this and none are bigger than 10″when assembled.
Each design begins with the Finished Size(s) of the project(s). Materials are provided next – including yarn (worsted weight), hook sizes (3.5 mm, 3.75 mm, 4.0 mm), safety eyes (6 and 9 mm) the colors of felt you will need, embroidery floss, fiberfill, and types of needles you will need for sewing and assembly. The pattern instructions follow next and presented in easy to follow sections (muzzle, head, etc.) with additional information and instructions included where you need it, within the actual pattern. The stitches used are almost always single crochet – and instructions have been included with diagrams to assist you.
The designs included are:
- Hot Dog Set
- Mom and Baby Polar Bear
- Garden Friends: Snake, Mouse and Bird
- Little Bunny and her Carrot Home
- Sea Friends: Jellyfish, Cuttlefish, Dolphin and Little Narwhal
- Santiago, My Little Boston Terrier
- Mom and Baby Duck
- Little Pig and Mom
- Tree Love
- Mom and Baby Koala
- Little Strawberry Plant
- Little Kitten and Bed
- Princess Frog and Her Water Lily Throne
- Happy Little Sweet Snacks: Flan, Hot Cocoa and Cake
- Little Tugboat
- Little Babies: Tiger, Lion, Bear and Elephant
- Mom and Baby Fox
- Shy Baby Unicorn
The General Guidelines are included beginning on page 73 and explain about the yarn used, gauge, tension, hook sizes, stitches used (with visual diagrams), how to change yarn colours, a brief explanation about the proper use of safety eyes, how to stuff your amigurumi, different embroidery stitches you will use to embellish the amigurumis, how to add the extremities and weave in your yarn ends securely. You will also find an Abbreviations and Glossary section.
The collection of toys in the Amigurumi Toy Box are all perfect for little hands to play with and include toys both little girls, little boys and even kids at heart will love.
Darla really loves A Shy Little Unicorn and Drew loved the Frog – until he found it was a girl – then he said “I changed my mind” and picked Santiago as his favorite. I have a hard time deciding which of these is my favorite design – I do adore the Little Bunny and her Carrot Home (because she can HIDE inside!) and the Little Kitten and Her Bed and yes I love Princess Frog and Her Water Lily Throne.
Which design is your favorite?
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Shopping from the U.K.A special thanks to Martingale for providing me with a review copy of this book! All images used with permission from Martingale and their Photographer Brent Kane.