It doesn’t take much of an excuse for me to indulge myself in all things spooky and with Halloween on Friday I had to share this little gem from my crafting bookshelf with you. I’m a sucker for a book that feels nice, and this colourful, slightly larger than your standard penguin novel, hard back book with a matt cover appeals on every level.
You can make yourself a monstrously cute horde of 20 different fiendish minions with the patterns in this book. The best bit (for all of you that are as impatient as I am) is that because they are amigurumi patterns these devilish dolls are small, quick to make and chances
are you have enough yarn lying around to make a few already. (That’s twice in as many sentences that I have I’ve tarred you with my own brush, but if you had as much yarn hidden around the house as I do you’d be trying to make yourself feel better about it too.)
Each of the patterns is graded in terms of it’s difficulty from beginner to epic and comes with a close up colour photo of the finished project, a stitch chart and a ‘long hand’ written pattern too. As if 20 different patterns wasn’t enough the book also has plenty of useful tips on how to give your monster a professional finish that Dr Frankenstein would be proud of.
Did I say I love this book? I want to get that in there again before I have to say this… I am not entirely sure that the patterns are necessarily 100% right. I am very happy to hold my hands up and say that this could be my slightly haphazard counting, or maybe a little wobbly tension here and there, but at times I could see something had gone astray but for all the re-counting of stitches and re-reading of the pattern I couldn’t for the life of me see where I had gone wrong. But we wont dwell because between the pattern, the chart and the photo it was easy enough to work out how to keep the pattern going.
I honestly wouldn’t let that put you off buying the book, but if this is your first foray into the world of 3D crochet then you might want to hone your skills before having a go at these. Then again, it could be the perfect learning curve. As you can see my Day of the Dead Gal is a little shy so I am off to crochet her a date to take her to the Dia de los Muertos fiesta this weekend – otherwise she’ll have no-body to go with. Groan!
I would happily buy this bewitchingly beautiful book as a gift for someone crafty and I am looking forward to adding more members to my Creepy Cute army.
Overall rating: 4/5.
Creepy Cute is written by Christen Haden and published by Quirk Books.