One of my favorite unique crochet books for making kids’ toys is Honk! Beep! Vroom! by Cathy Smith. The eight crochet patterns in allow you to create a mixture of different vehicles that would be perfect as a play set for young girls and boys. And they move!!
Estefanía “Stefy” Plun is a crochet artist from Cordoba, Spain whose shop Iradumi has the most adorable amigurumi crochet dolls and animals. Learn more about her in this interview.
Crochet taxidermy is a bit tongue-in-cheek, giving a whimsical, colorful spin to the tough sport of hunting and offering an animal-friendly alternative to decorating your home. I remember first seeing it a few years ago from artist Shauna Richardson, followed by other artists. It’s become more mainstream, now, with crochet taxidermy patterns available online. And you’ll find 30 of these patterns in the beautiful, fun book by Taylor Hart.
Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium has the same signature style of crochet characters found in Kerry Lord’s first two fabulous crochet books but is constructed in such a way that you’re able to create “over a million mix-and-match monsters” using the pattern instructions combined with your own creative decision-making skills.
Dover has a series of books called Crochet Stories that combine the sharing of popular stories with amigurumi crochet patterns for the characters in those books. Each of these books is really adorable. The stories are well-known and offer nostalgia for many readers. The characters are inspired, creative and yet easy-to-make. The books offer a great opportunity for a crafter to read the stories to children and also give them their own handcrafted versions of the characters so that they can act out what they hear.
I have just discovered the short films of KONDO Yuichi on Vimeo. The two shown here are Japanese language films with English subtitles that tell charming stories with a crochet doll as a main character. These films combine human characters with amigurumi with the same ease that they combine stunning landscape shots with close-up detailed images. These films are beautiful, adorable, heart-touching and charming.
I first came across Betibettin on YouTube where I fell in love with his amigurumi crochet work. I particularly loved a tiny piece of micro amigurumi crafted inside of a tube but all of the work was eye-catching.