I have always loved crocheting tiny things, so when I saw the book, Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales, it was a must have.
This is a paperback book, measuring 20.5 cm square. There are 154 full- colour pages.
There are 30 individual projects in the book, covering a wide range of animals, people and objects.
The resultant projects are adorably tiny. On average they are about 2cm tall.
Crocheting in a Tiny Font
The patterns are designed to be crocheted on a 1mm hook (US size 10) using Anchor Pearl Cotton No. 8 (or similar).
The 1mm hook is very thin and I use a Clover one with a grip as this is much easier to work with (link to the one I use at the bottom of the article).
Although the designs use basic stitches and technifies, their small size could be an issue for newer crafters. I would recommend practising your skills on larger sized amigurumi before attempting the tiny ones. (There is info on how to do this in the book).
The patterns use UK terminology for the stitches, but a conversion chart is included for US stitchers. There are only a few stitches required so it should be easy for US crocheters to use these patterns comfortably.
The Included Designs
The patterns use traditional amigurumi techniques and would be easy to customise.
Tiny Ted – fiddly little arms and legs, would make a great toy for a doll
Loopy Lion – the basic design could be converted into other animals
Piccolo Piglet – very cute, with a curly tail
Cool Dude – a podgy little bear
Honey Bee – these look very cute as earrings
Funny Bunny – “horizontal”, pet rabbit
Puppy Love – a fat little dog with a chain collar
Tom Turtle – very effective design
Panda-monium – a small, squat bear design
Flutterby butterfly – unusual butterfly that would look great as jewellery
Pony Pal – such an adorable tiny horse – could easily become a unicorn too
Hoppy Frog – fat little froggy, very cute
Three little kittens – round cats, cute and effective design
Little Bird – my favourite and the first one I tried
Polar Penguin – short, stumpy penguin with a spirally tummy
Cheeky Chicks – tiny little chicks, great for Easter projects
Wise owl – a simple owl with big eyes
Robin redbreast – classic robin with spiral chest
Kokeshi doll – traditional style Japanese doll, very cute
Angel delight – a Kokeshi doll style angel that would be ideal for Christmas projects
Super Snowman – another great Christmas design
Baby bunting – swaddled babies with beaded dummies (pacifiers)
Prima ballerina – Kokeshi doll style with a little tutu
Cute Cupcake – lost of scope for customisation
Frosted Doughnut – a popular design for jewellery
Fortune Cookie – with cute, beaded edge
Strawberry Sensation – a simple but versatile strawberry
Pumpkin Pete – a jack-o’-lantern – ideal for dollshouses
Fairy Toadstool – would be a cute accessory for other characters
Love heart – a handy pattern that could be used for many projects
The patterns are of the written type. They use standard abbreviations and a key is, of course, included.
Each design has a list of required materials, including what colours were used in the samples shown. The examples have used Anchor cotton, but other brands could have course be used instead.
A nice feature is that for each design there is a series of pictures showing all around the finished project. I wish more pattern books did this!
After the patterns, the book includes a detailed section on crochet techniques.
First is information on the tools used, safety and so on.
The next spread talks about scale. Here there are life size pictures of one of the projects (the cupcake) shown crocheted on various sizes of hooks, with different yarn. If you are nervous about crocheting on a tiny scale, you can start with a bigger size to familiarize yourself with the pattern first.
Next there are illustrated instructions on how to crochet. These are clear and ideal for beginner crocheters. All the stitches etc used in the book are included.
The next section looks at fastening off your work, embroidery stitches used in the designs, attaching beads, tufts and legs etc, and creating loops (for the lion’s mane!)
Using The Amigurumi
These teeny little creations are very versatile. There are ideas here for using them in jewellery and other items.
They are also perfect for dolls houses and as toys for bigger dolls, of course.
Basic Jewellery Techniques
Next there is a very good guide to the basics of turning the amigurumi into jewellery pieces.
Finally there is a chart of conversions from metric to old UK and US sizes, a chart of UK versus US terms and the abbreviations key.
This is a very attractive book with lots of cute designs. The tiny amigurumi make really adorable jewellery and charms.
The patterns are simple and clearly explained, but a total beginner to crochet will probably want to practice on a bigger scale before attempting these designs.
Many of the patterns have a lot of scope for variation making this book a great source of inspiration for the more experienced crocheter.
If you would like to learn to crochet, I recommend A Little Course in Crochet from Dorling Kindersley (click for review).
Links to Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales on Amazon
Here are links to the book on Amazon.com (left) and Amazon.co.uk, plus a link to the crochet hook I use. If you buy from any of these links, I may receive a small commission from the shop for sending custom their way. This is at no cost to yourself. Thank you.