Curious Crochet Creatures Amigurumi

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Irene Strange’s Curious Crochet Creatures includes 16 amazing amigurumi patterns for wonderfully weird and fantastical animals!


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Irene Strange's Curious Crochet Creatures David and Charles Book Review

Title: Curious Crochet Creatures
Available from Amazon May 2022
Designed by: Irene Strange
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 9781446309018
Current List Price: $24.99*

16 weird and wonderful amigurumi patterns

Curious Crochet Creatures

Curious Crochet Creatures includes 16 amazing amigurumi patterns for weird and wonderful creatures you can find living in our world.

This amigurumi pattern book is filled with colorful images and fun facts about each of the 16 animals featured in the book.

Curious Crochet Creatures is 128-pages in length. The amigurumi patterns are clearly written and the instructions are in U.S. Crochet terminology. Helpful step-by-step images are included for every project. The stitch counts are included at the end of the pattern rounds, inside [parentheses].

The book begins with the table of contents. The Introduction, How to Use This Book and Tools and Materials sections come first. The projects are next and are arranged into three separate categories: Remarkable Mammals, Surreal Sea Life and Bizarre Birds & Irregular Reptiles. After the patterns, you will find a detailed Crochet Techniques section (filled with diagrams and written instructions) and an Assembly Techniques section. The About the Author, Acknowledgements and complete Index can be found at the conclusion of the book.

Pages 6 through 9 outline How to Use This Book and the Tools and Materials necessary to complete the projects. You will find more information about the following:

  • how to use this book: how to read the patterns, pattern abbreviations and crochet terminology
  • tools and materials: yarn, hooks, tension (gauge), tension swatch, and other tools and materials (toy safety eyes, fabric stabilizer, toy stuffing, wires, sewing pins and clips, stitch markers & wire brush)

Before the written pattern for each Curious Crochet Creature, you will find an introduction to the creature (which I love!). Fun facts and details about what makes the creature extraordinary are included, as well as, details about it’s habitat and meal preferences.

The patterns range in difficultly from quick beginner projects to more complex and detailed creatures. You will find the difficulty level shown in a colored tab, at the top of the first page for each creature’s pattern. The difficulty ratings range from 🌀 (beginner) to 🌀🌀🌀🌀 (advanced).

Irene Strange's Curious Crochet Creatures

Curious Crochet Creatures
16 Amigurumi Patterns

Remarkable Mammals

  • Aardvark 🌀
  • Echidna 🌀🌀🌀
  • Wombat 🌀
  • Orangutan 🌀🌀🌀
  • Slender Loris 🌀

Surreal Sea Life

  • Pufferfish 🌀🌀
  • Blue Lobster 🌀🌀
  • Narwhal 🌀🌀
  • Octopus 🌀🌀🌀🌀
  • Leafy Sea Dragon 🌀🌀🌀

Bizarre Birds & Irregular Reptiles

  • Cassowary 🌀
  • Flamingo 🌀🌀
  • Hoopoe 🌀
  • Chameleon 🌀🌀
  • Crocodile 🌀🌀
  • Mary River Turtle 🌀

Bonus Amigurumi Jerboa Pattern from Curious Crochet Creatures (FREE PDF)

Jerboa Amigurumi Free Pattern

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Crochet Techniques

The Crochet Techniques section begins on page 122 and ends on page page 125. The Assembly Techniques section is available on page 126.

The stitches and techniques include both written instructions and helpful illustrations.

Crochet Stitches + Crochet Techniques

Crochet Stitches

  • Slip Knot
  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (slst)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Magic Ring
  • Right Side/Wrong Side
  • Front Loops/Back Loops
  • Working into the Back Bar (hump/third loop) of a chain
  • Single Crochet Increase (inc)
  • Single Crochet Decrease (dec)
  • Invisible Single Crochet Decrease (inv dec)
  • Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)
  • Invisible Single Crochet 3 Together (inv sc3tog)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  • Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Crab Stitch

Crochet Techniques

  • Changing Colors

Assembly Techniques

  • Sewing
  • Stuffing
  • Closing the Piece

My favorite Curious Crochet Creatures projects are the Hoopoe, Wombat, Pufferfish and Chameleon. Although the bonus project for the amigurumi Jerboa (free PDF linked above) is my kids’ favorite!

Meet Irene Strange and learn more about her design process and her book in this Interview.

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You can see more of the projects here.

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4 Comments

  1. They are all so cute! I would definitely make the octopus and wombat first.

  2. This is a fabulous review Rhondda! I would definitely make the octopus first, then the Puffer fish.

  3. great book, glad you were able to show us. I like the wombat and flamingo~