So back in high school (5 or so years ago, god I feel so old) I saw my first amis over at Amigurumi Kingdom. I made it my ultimate goal to teach myself how to crotchet in order to make my own adorable amigurumi creatures.
Unfortunately for the first year I was absolutely incapable of crotcheting (amigurumi style) anything worth assembling. This was when amigurumis first started getting popular in the west so information (in English) was extremely lacking and very confusing. On top of that was the fact that I had no idea where to even begin.
I remember buying a Dummy’s How to Crotchet and Knit book during this time and being very disappointed with it. I’ve always been a very visual learner and I had a hell of a time trying to decipher the walls of text and the three or four drawings that accompanied them. None of it seemed to be for actual beginners…
I fell into a creative depression for a while until two things happened. The first was finding out that there were crotcheting tutorials on youtube (specifically ones for the amigurumi “magic ring”). The second was finding this book:
By: Paula Rimoli
This was my first amigurumi book and still the one I recommend most to beginners. Nowadays there are dozens of “how to” amigurumi books out there but I’m never usually impressed with their selection of patterns. I’m a bit picky with my flavor of cute and I really don’t want to pay for patterns I’m not interested in making. I needed something that was understandable and also had patterns that were worth the money.
Paula Rimoli pretty much always hits the mark with her books (three so far). She explain all of the basic crotchet stitches quickly, clearly and in detail. She also goes over basic crotchet abbreviations, how to stuff your amis, and the basic idea of how to assemble them and a little basic embroidery. She also provides patterns for wonderfully adorable animals that are just to die for.
She doesn’t go into as much detail as I would prefer regarding things like assembling, needed materials and extra bits you can do for you ami. She explains all of this in text yes but when you’re starting from scratch it’s nice to have as many pictures as possible.
That’s why I also recommend this book:
This fills in all of the gaps that Paula kinda skims over. It has pictures of the supplies and very detailed instruction of how to deal with ami body parts.
It also gives an idea of how Japanese amigurumi books are organized (intro + cute photos of patterns found in the book + actual patterns with diagrams). Plus it introduces the reader to another way patterns are written up and another artistic style that is just as cute~