Once Upon a Time in Crochet by Lynne Rowe
I am a sucker for amigurumi, nearly as much as I am for the humble Granny Square. I am even more of a sucker for amigurumi created around a theme. This book of fairytale amigurumi from Lynne Rowe is perfect. Great for lovers of animal amigurumi and cute figures alike, Once Upon a Time in Crochet is a brilliant book because not only does it cover the figurines, but it gives you the patterns to incorporate the character into their surroundings, too.
Inside the pages of the book you will find Rapunzel, the Princess and the Pea, the Ugly Duckling (which is obviously actually adorable and not a second ugly!), Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, Puss in Books, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, the Frog Prince and Hanzel and Gretel. There is such a range of project and techniques and they are brilliant for beginners in the craft, or for those just looking to have a little fun.
A particular favourite is Rapunzel with her long, flowered braid and neat use of edging on her dress to give her a real princes feel, but also the way in which her tower has been constructed with the cute vines growing up the sides for her to sit atop of. Little Red Riding Hood is also adorable in her neat little outfit and her little bob hair cut – though she is photographed holding hands with the wolf, which seems a little odd, but the wolf itself is expertly done and a different pattern to the wolf chasing after the Three Little Pigs.
Lynne begins her book with the techniques you will need to complete the 30 patterns within the book, so it would make the perfect gift for somebody just starting in crochet and with Lynne’s background in teaching knitting and crochet for all manner of people this is no surprise. I would highly recommend this book for people of all abilities, but especially to younger beginners who would benefit from making something they can be proud to keep.
Once Upon a Time in Crochet is available from Search Press for £9.99.