I had so much fun making the hermit crab for my friend Colleen that I just had to play around with a couple more of these little guys. So now that he’s done there are a couple more knit amigurumi in the pipeline. So I suppose it’s time to do a book review.
The source book for these little guys is “Amigurumi Knits” by Hansi Singh. As I said before, these projects are all skill enhancing, they work on middling small needles with worsted weight yarn, and there’s plenty of fiddly bits involved. There are lots of different processes covered here, in a great deal of detail. As I mentioned before, there is only one type of short rows detailed, and no description of kitchener for ribs, but that’s actually a pretty minor issue.
All of the patterns are written for smooth yarns in worsted weight, but it’s not actually that hard to use something with a little bit more interest to it. Here is my go at the Earthworm, which I knit up in two days using some of my own (rather primitive) handspun yarn. I think he turned out just fine, although he’s definitely more ‘fuzzy’ than slimy looking. I’m giving him to my mother for her birthday.
The earthworm is one of the easier patterns in the book, it being a straightforward matter of short rows and grafting. The hermit crab, which also involves picked up stitches, ‘chenille stems’ and sewing several parts together is labeled as being more challenging. It was certainly more time consuming, but doable. I’ve just started my third knitted amigurumi project, the praying mantis, which is listed as the most difficult project of the three. We’ll see how he comes along.
I’d recommend this book for the adventurous knitter who wants to focus on small projects and who thinks that realistic, multi legged (or leggless) critters can be beautiful (or at least cute) too.
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