I am so thrilled to be able to be a stop on the blog tour for the new book by Stacey Trock (aka FreshStitches). I really enjoyed her last book, Cuddly Crochet, and I knew that I would enjoy her new book, Crocheted Softies, as well. Today I’ve got a review of the book and I’m doing a giveaway of it for Day 8 of my 31 Days of Giveaways.
Who This Crochet Book is For
This is a crochet pattern book filled with one and half dozen patterns for large-sized plush animals from around the world. Anyone who enjoys crocheting animals but who wants to work in bigger sizes than traditional amigurumi will find this book to be fun. The getting started guide at the start of the book will provide most of the crochet info a new crocheter would need to get started so I believe that this book could be useful to crocheters at any skill level.
Format of the Crochet Book
This crochet book begins with an intro that tells us about the author’s passion for crochet. Then there’s a basic “getting started” guide that provides info on crocheting as well as extra knowledge required for making stuffed animals, such as info on plastic craft eyes for the projects. This is followed by a guide to the basic crochet stitches and additional techniques used in the book.
Before we get into the patterns for each animal, we learn the basic animal shapes. This is where you will get the row-by-row pattern information for the basic sphere, legs, etc. that will be used throughout the book. More importantly, you can use this information to modify animal designs or even create your own.
After that, we get into the individual patterns. These are organized into categories and we get two patterns for each of nine locations: Africa, Asia, Australia/ Oceania, Europe, North and South Poles, North America, South America, The Oceans and even two fun imaginary animals from Outer Space! What I love about Stacey’s book is that she really injects fun and personality into her creatures so it feels like you’re making an animal with a story instead of just a stuffed toy.
Each individual pattern includes:
- The character’s name and some fun sentences about him. A large front-facing photo of the finished animal plus another smaller view like a side view.
- Skill level, gauge info and finished size
- Materials including the specific yarn and color that is used for the photographed item
- Pattern notes (such as work in back loops only)
- Number of basic body shapes to make (like two legs)
- Row-by-row pattern for the different parts, like the trunk for Peanut the Elephant or the ears for the animal
- Extra notes, like a note on the yarn company or the fiber used. I think these notes add a really fun bit of info to the book and I thoroughly enjoyed checking them out throughout the book. In fact, one of my favorite things about this book (besides its cuteness) is that Stacey teaches us about working with uncommon yarns like Corn Yarn.
My Favorite Crochet Projects
It is seriously almost impossible to choose just a couple of great projects from this book to highlight. They’re all so fun! But you want to see what you’re getting right? Here are two I really loved:
Sherwin the Alpaca from South America.
Salty the Crocodile from Australia / Oceania. I love the bobble detail on this one!
The Rest of the Blog Tour
I’m just one stop on this blog’s tour. Check out the others:
- Monday, December 5th: Mary Beth Temple (podcast)
- Tuesday, December 6th: Crochet Liberation Front
- Wednesday, December 7th: Super Fun Knits
- Thursday, December 8th: Crochet Concupiscence.com
- Friday, December 9th: Vegan Craftastic
- Saturday, December 10th: Underground Crafter
- Sunday, December 11th: Crochet by Faye
- Monday, December 12th: Linda Permann
- Tuesday, December 13th: Crafty is Cool
- Wednesday, December 14th: CraftyPod
- Thursday, December 15th: WhipUp
Enter the Giveaway
This giveaway only runs until midnight EST tonight. The book is a review copy that I received for free from the author; this did not impact my review. The copy is signed by the author.