Lydia Tresselt’s magical Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies book includes an adorable story of Tiny Creatures and Big Dreams, as well as, crochet patterns to make all the amigurumis featured in the story.
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A tale of growing up, accepting change and the power of dreams…
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies is the first book by Designer Lydia Tresselt that I have had the pleasure of reviewing.
This amigurumi pattern book is filled with beautiful colorful images and scientific facts about the beetles, bugs and butterflies that have been included for you to crochet.
Along with the patterns for these adorable amigurumis, there is an adorable story (featuring said amigurumis) following their magical journey from hatching from eggs, to gaining their wings. The full book is 128-pages in length.
The amigurumi patterns are clearly written and the instructions are in U.S. Crochet terms. Helpful images are included for every project. The stitch counts are included at the end of the pattern rounds, inside (parentheses).
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies begins with A Story of Tiny Creatures and Big Dreams. This enchanting amigurumi story is found from page 6 to 53 and takes you on a magical journey about growing up, accepting change and the power of dreams.
The next section of the book is the Techniques section and it begins on page 54 and includes the following subsections:
- Tools & Materials
- General Advice
- Terminology (US and UK)
- Reading Patterns
The Patterns begin on page 71. The About the Author, Acknowledgements, Suppliers and complete Index can be found at the conclusion of the book.
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies – The Patterns
- Egg for maggot, beetle and snail
- Egg for butterfly and moth
- Basic shapes
- Cocoon for butterfly and moth
- Brimstone butterfly
- Peacock butterfly
- Ulysses butterfly
- Golden daydream moth
- Beetle larva
- Beetle pupa
- Stag Beetle
- Fly maggot
- Fly pupa
- Venus flytrap
- Chain (ch)
- Slip Stitch (slst)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Triple Crochet (tr)
- Bobble Stitch (bl)
- Picot Stitch (ch2picot, ch1picot)
- Bobble Stitch
- Picot Stitch (ch2picot, ch1picot)
- Magic Loop
- Right Side/Wrong Side of the Crocheted Fabric
- Front Loops/Back Loops
- Front/Back of a Foundation Chain
- Single Crochet Decrease (sc2tog)
- Standard Decrease with hdc stitch (hdc2tog)
- Standard Decrease with dc stitch (dc2tog)
- Standard Decrease with tr stitch (tr2tog)
- Changing to a new yarn color
- Join yarn with a standing sc
- Join yarn with a slip knot
- Fitting Toy Safety Eyes
- Assembling Butterfly Wings
- Sewing Techniques
My favorite projects are the Venus Flytrap change purse, the Ulysses Butterfly and the little Aphids. I found the story enchanting and I loved how science and amigurumi came together to explain a very important life lesson about growth and acceptance.
Leave me a comment to tell me which of the projects are your favorites!
You can see more of the projects here.
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