Book Review: Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from Around the World
I have been wanting to try to make a crocheted stuffed animal for awhile but I am not a fan of the Amigurumi creatures that are so popular now. This book of cute crochet friends is just what I have been looking for.
The 18 patterns featured in the book really are adorable. Sometimes pattern books show the cutest projects on the cover and the rest is fluff. Not so. Check out this adorable elephant:
This snake is great too:
I chose Salty the Crocodile for my first project.
The instructions are geared towards beginners. I was a little annoyed to see “wrap the yarn around the hook” instead of the industry standard of “YO,” but that is hardly something to complain about. In fact, I would gift this book to someone who was just starting to crochet. Someone who can single crochet, increase, and decrease could make any of the animals in this book.
Yarn suggestions are made, but I appreciated the detailed instructions for substituting yarn. I chose an inexpensive acrylic for this project. It will be a baby gift so I expect a lot of slobber and grimy fingers.
The projects are quick to make. I crocheted the crocodile in about four hours. Assembly awhile because I was too picky and kept rearranging limbs. All together I estimate this project took about five hours and cost $4. If you gave a stuffed toy as a gift this book would pay for itself after one project!
You can read more about this project on my Ravelry page. So far 16 other people have made this project too. Someone made a really cool version out of variegated yarn.
I am very happy with the book and the project I made from it. I don’t buy books very often but this is one I will keep in my small collection. The projects really are adorable and are great for many ages. You could make these toys for baby gifts and big brother/big sister gifts. Think about coordinating colors: A pink and blue pair of elephants? Pink/orange and blue/purple owls?