Saturday, October 16, 2010

Knitting/Crochet Book Reviews

I recently received two great knitting books for review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting, by Becca Smith is a wonderful book that includes a full color insert as well as wonderful pictures to help you get started knitting.  I teach knitting classes and showed this to some of my students, they loved it!  This book takes you from the basic stitches, to making patterns and changing sizes, a very helpful tool for the new and old knitter wanting to learn new tricks!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi, by June Gilbank is a fun little book that helps you learn the ins and outs of amigurumi....what is amigurumi?  For starters it is pronounced: ah-mee-goo-roo-mee, and amigurumi is the art of knitting, or crocheting cute little toys!  Now, I can't think of a more fun way to use up all of those little balls of left over yarn than by knitting tiny little stuffed animals and this book shows you how.  It gives you tips on adding different types of eyes, making joints that can move and it has some of the cutest little patterns!

Both of these books would make great gifts for a new knitter as well as a knitter wanting to brush up or learn new skills!  The amigurimi book is mainly crochet, but does have a lot of tips that a knitter can use as well!


**I received these two complimentary books from Penguin Publishers for review


  1. How hard do you think the patterns are in the amigurmi? I would like to get it for my son for christmas. He knows how to knit, but sometimes has a hard time following patterns.

  2. Hello Debbie, My bad, the amigurumi book is mainly crochet, I'm so used to knitting that I automatically wrote knitting instead. I did find a great bunch of patterns on Ravelry for amigurumi, I purchased some, and some are free, they are pretty easy to knit up. Here is a link to her blog:
    And here is a link to the store, she has free patterns listed here!

    Email me if you have any questions! Good luck!


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