It should come as no surprise, being a toy designer, that I love amigurimi. I have made a couple up over the years, mostly just goofing around. So I was pretty happy when Joey surprised me with this book:
Kyuuto Amigurimi has instructions for 19 amigurimi animals, including some super cute butterflies. The pictures are kept simple, so you can easily use them for reference if necessary. The instructions are not written out in the usual North American form, but are more visual, with small icons representing increases, decreases etc. There is a page of instruction at the beginning of the book explaining how to read these icons, and it seems much less messy than the written out versions you usually see. I am not sure how someone new to crochet would find this type of instruction, but having been at it for many years I had no problem. I did see one error for the pattern for the bears on the front cover, but if you check the link above there are corrections given in the customer comment section. There is a nice section at the front that features the designer and all the steps she goes through to create a doll. This could be pretty helpful if you were unsure of how to position appendages, eyes etc. And many of the toys are small, so they are great projects for using up your leftovers. Safe to say that the baby who will be receiving the star blankie will have a matching bear (or maybe duckie?) to go with it! Over all it is a nicely done book, with lots of cutie-pie projects. If you like the Japanese craft aesthetic, and want to make some fun little companions I’d say its worth a look!