Lauren Espy of A Menagerie of Stitches fame has released her first – very cute – book of amigurumi patterns called Whimsical Stitches! The book is packed with a broad array of patterns, grouped into fun themes. From the bakery to the farm, you’re sure to find a pattern for you.
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The book itself is lovely – it has a nice smooth hardcover and the layout is clear and neat. Lauren did all of the photography for the book herself (wow!) and it is bright and beautiful. I don’t know about you, but book design is very important to me! It makes working on a pattern even more enjoyable.
Whimsical Stitches is an excellent amigurumi book for all skill levels, but I think it’s especially great for new makers with its stitch tutorials and beginner friendly patterns. The patterns are small and work up quickly making it a great collection of patterns to make as gifts (I’m thinking a donut ornament perhaps!!) And the book includes a little something for everyone with its variety of themes.
Whimsical Stitches includes the following patterns:
In the Garden: Saguaro Cactus, Succulent Planter, Sunflower, Tulip
At the Aquarium: Jellyfish, Octopus, Turtle, Whale
Down on the Farm: Bunny, Cow, Duck, Eggs, Pig
At the Bakery: Cookies, Cupcakes, Macarons, Mug & Donut, Pie
At the Market: Bell Pepper, Berries, Eggplant, Onion, Peach, Pineapple, Tomato
For my first make from the book, I chose to crochet the Pie pattern, although I decided to change up the colors and turn it into a delicious yellow cake with vanilla frosting! The literal cherry on top was my favorite part! It added loads of personality to the cake.
I embroidered the eyes onto my cake because that’s just me, but she would have looked just as cute with safety eyes. I also used DK weight (Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK) and a 2.75mm C crochet hook to make my cake smaller. One thing I love about Lauren’s patterns is how fast they work up! I crocheted all the pieces in one sitting and embroidered and attached everything in a second sitting. So simple!
As a crochet and amigurumi designer, I have found when I crochet a pattern by another designer, I ALWAYS learn something new. It helps expand my designing muscle and adds new techniques and tricks to my toolbelt. I’ve never crochet a food item before, so I really enjoyed the challenge of crocheting and assembling flat pieces and using cardboard inside to hold the shape.