Crochet Book Review: Creepy Cute Crochet

This week’s crochet book review is of Christen Haden’s Creepy Cute Crochet. It is subtitled Zombies, Ninjas, Robots and More, which gives you some great insight into what it’s all about.

Who this crochet book is for

This book is a funky fun amigurumi crochet pattern book for people who love nerdy creatures like zombies and robots. It’s got good instructions and a lot of detail to the patterns so if you’ve never done amigurumi before you don’t need to be intimidated. The style of the book is child-inspired so if you’re looking for a book that feels serious then this isn’t the one for you!

Format of crochet book

This book begins with a one-page introduction as to why the author started making this specific type of project. This is followed by the standard introductory crochet book pages which in this case means a resources list, basic info on the tools you’ll use for the projects in the book, a guide to crochet stitch abbreviations and stitch keys, and a how-to section for basic stitches including photos/ drawings. I would see these sections tend to be briefer than most other crochet books I check out but they are complete for anyone who knows even basic crochet. This book also then contains introductory information and tips for the more unique parts of these crochet characters – the embellishments and weaponry. This is followed by a guide to putting the full pieces together, including some “troubleshooting” tips.

Then we get into the bulk of the book: the patterns (called “creatures” here). Each pattern includes:

  • Full sized photo of finished product
  • Name of the project along with cheeky description. For example, the first pattern is Devil: “Apparently he’s in the details”. Cute.
  • The name of the project is set into a box on top of the product’s photo (unobtrusively). Also in this box is the difficulty level and gauge of the project. This makes it super easy to see those details for any of the patterns.
  • A pictorial representation of the items required to complete the project (with words for the important parts). So much more fun than the standard list! For example, here’s what you need for the Devil:
  • There is a basic body and head that is used for these items (instructions at the end of the book) so here you get information about what basics to make. For example, you may be told to make 1 Basic Body or 1 Basic Head and 2 Basic Arms. Each time you are directed to the page those instructions are on.
  • Next you get the special instructions, the row-by-row details of the unique creature products. For example, the devil gives you instructions for adding to the basic head, creating a goatee out of felt and making a tail and collar. There are stitch keys next to these instructions.
  • This is followed by assembly instructions. They are written out step-by-step and have a drawing to accompany each step.
The “creatures” pattern section is followed by the aforementioned “basics” pattern instructions, which are row-by-row instructions with a stitch key drawing. The final page of the book is a U.S. to European conversion chart.

Favorite patterns from this crochet book

Besides the Devil some of my favorite patterns from this book are:

Robot

Cleric

Monkey

Special Notes

This book is a visual treat to flip through, not just for the crochet designs alone but also because it has great colorful designs and fonts that are reminiscent of the joy of Halloween.

I especially love the “troubleshooting” (my word not the authors) section in the introduction since it pertains to the part of amigurumi that standard crocheters may not know (like stuffing).

Have you checked out this book before? Thoughts?

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

10 Comments:

  1. The best part is if you have this book you can go to the author’s blog where she has posted free patterns that use pieces from this book. I’ve made the Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. :)

    Here’s her blog:

    http://needlenoodles.com/home/

  2. I love this book and it was the first of many amigurumi titles I have purchased. My only complaint is the body of most of the figured is rounded instead of flat on the bottom. The books has instructions for flat bottomed body on the bride, and I use that one (without the skirt) for all of my creations from this book. Highly recommend.

  3. @Calophi – Thanks so much for sharing that extra info!

  4. I have this book and love it! Its one of the few crochet books that I’ve read cover-to-cover. I haven’t made any of them though, the few ami’s I’ve made so far didn’t come out right (perfectionist tendencies) and I’m afraid the same will happen with these. A bit weird I know, but one day when I feel I’ve gotten better I’ll make them.

  5. I have this book and love it! Its one of the few crochet books that I’ve read cover-to-cover. I haven’t made any of them though, the few ami’s I’ve made so far didn’t come out right (perfectionist tendencies) and I’m afraid the same will happen with these. A bit weird I know, but one day when I feel I’ve gotten better I’ll make them.

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