I have a great sentiment towards the book Unicorns, dragons and more fantasy amigurumi published by amigurumipatterns.net. This was the first position which has entered my yarn library. And totally by accident. At that time I did not know how to choose an amigurumi book, so I made my decision solely on the basis of the cover. The baby dragon charmed me so much that I simply couldn’t resist and had to buy it.
Basic information about the book
The first few pages contain several short tutorials which will guide you through the issues such as materials needed, how to read the patterns and how to make stitches which are used in the book. The information contained in this part is rather brief (in total about ten pages). For an advanced person it will be useful to be have a short remainder on how to make a picot or a back-post stitch, but for a beginner the brevity of the instructions may be quite challenging.
In the next section there are 14 patterns. The difficulty level ranges from one to four stars (four patterns are marked as 1 star, five as two stars, three as three stars, and two as four stars). I had the pleasure to make as many as 10 (sic!) of those plushies!
The patterns come from 11 different designers from 8 countries (unfortunately, there is no Polish representative), so the variety of designs is quite large. All of them are linked by a magical-fantastic theme. Moreover, most of the designs include quite a few photos documenting the most tricky and difficult steps, which may be very helpful.
What surprised me the most when I started crocheting the creatures was… their size. As per the patterns the smallest amigurumi is 15 cm tall, while the largest is 33 cm! Unfortunately, specific yarn that was used has not been indicated. The description is limited to the type of yarn according to the American classification (e.g. fingering or sports weight yarn).
Patterns in practice
The first pattern is Nessie, or the Loch Ness Monster. This pattern is extremely interesting and shows the designer’s unconventional approach to creating crochet creatures.
Next is the Pinch the goblin. I have made him twice. I adore this pattern.
Koji the baby dragon. The face of the book. Just look at him.
I have also made Kiki the phoenix. Due to the many color changes, I found this pattern quite challenging.
In the book you may also find the patterns for other fantasy amigurumi such as Molly the sweet tooth fairy, Lily the water nymph, Cargo the mushroom fairy, Hariet the pegasus, Bobby the dinocorn, unicorn Bel and others. At the back cover of the book you may see the whole gallery of all the plushies.