Zoomigurumi 4 ~ 15 Super Cute Amigurumis ~ Plus A Giveaway!!!
Zoomigurumi 4 by Joke Vermeiren is a compilation of 15 adorable animals by 13 talented crochet designers.
The first thing I noticed, and really loved about the book, is its clean, clear layout. The pictures are simple and highlight the creature being made.
Each animal, though made many times before as amigurumi, had a very unique and original take on it. They don’t look like a carbon copy of what’s been made before. They seem to have their own personalities and quirks that make them special in a world of endless ami (short for amigurumi) animals.
Plus, even though the amis were made by 13 different designers, the animals have a cohesion like they were all planned by the same person. I’ve seen compilation books in the past that look haphazard and thrown together without a clear sense of direction. Before I realized that there were 13 different designers for this book, I thought the patterns were all made by one person. That is how well they all work together.
Looking at the actual patterns I was pleased to see consistent terminology throughout. The tech editior ensured that even though there are 13 different voices writing the patterns, we get one consistent voice for the written instruction. Also, even though the book is not from the US (it’s from Belgium)., the book uses US terminology.
Another thing I found helpful, which is great if you are new to ami making, is the photo tutorials for each pattern.
They took the most difficult portion of each pattern and made short photo tutorials to help you in your construction.
Now for the actual animals. It is rare when I find an ami book where I liked so many of the designs. This book was cute pattern after cute pattern. Each page I turned I liked the next animal better than the last.
I will be completely honest and say I didn’t love all 15, there were one or two I probably would never make, but they were still cute in there own right, just not my style. However there were a few that I absolutely loved. The sheep and seahorse were favorites, but there were about another six that came in close second.
I love the little detail of the cartoon versions of the crocheted project. They are dead on.
There are skill levels listed for each pattern which range from easy to advanced, so all levels will love this book. Looking through the patterns even the advanced patterns don’t look too difficult if you have enough determination. As with most amigurumi, once you are used to increasing and decreasing in single crochet, you can make just about anything.
I am definitely a fan of the zoomigurumi and will be checking out the other first three in the series. You can see pictures of all the critters in this book here.
Do you have any of the zoomgiurumi series? Which one, and how do you like it?
Zoomigurumi Showdown and Giveaway Time
So I thought I would have a cuteness showdown for you to vote on as your official entry for this giveaway.
Sofi the Sheep vs. Sammy the Seahorse
What’s at stake?
This super cute yarn holder.
It’s actually a twine holder, but as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a yarn spool holder.
You screw the bird off the top, put your spool or cake of yarn on the spindle, and now you have a ball of yarn that won’t roll around as you crochet.
How to Enter?
In the comments below, tell me who is your favorite for cutest amigurumi: Sofi or Sammy. If you’re not a fan of either, check out the other critters in the book here and tell us which is your favorite from the pictures (don’t worry about their name, you can just way which animal.)*
*US residents only please. Entries are accepted until April 30th, 2015, midnight Pacific time. Winner will be chosen and announced May 1st, 2015.
My choice would be Sammy the Seahorse – it’s wonderfully unique!
sofie would be my choice
Sofi would be a great friend for my little granddaughter. So cute too.
They are both adorable! But Sammy would be my choice
I love Sofi! Besides being adorable, she’s a sheep and I love all things wool!
Elephant is awesome!
I like Sammy the Seahorse. He has personality.
I love Sammy the Seahorse, although I would make them all!!! I have a couple of little ones in the family that would love to snuggle up to these!!!
I like Sofi. They are all so very cute which makes it hard to pick one over the other.
I like the seahorse Sammie. I think he/she is cute and great to spark young minds about the ocean and its creatures.
Team Sofi! But the orangutan is cute, too!
Sophi the sheep is adorable!
I love Sammy the Seahorse. Great colors!
I love Sophie and I love dots !
I like Sammy the Seahorse, must be the big head and eyes!
I love Sammy the Seahorse and the yarn holder. I love birds hence we have 10 chickens!
I like both and cannot make up my mind. I would really love the bird yarn holder to be my own. I need one and it would be happy with the rest of my flock.
Sofi is adorable!
In this book, I think Sammy and the giraffe are a tie, but then I looked in the old books – all on Amazon amd I’m in love with the turtle in Zoomigurumi 2! thanks for sharing the series – gotta go back to Amazon and buy them now!
sammy the seahorse sweet .
They are both adorbs, but i’ll say Sofi!
I love the giraffe!
Sammy the seahorse, think he is cute and original
Sofi the Sheep!
They’re all pretty cute, but the giraffe and the bee are probably my favorite.
Sofi the rainbow spotted sheep is simply adorable! Love her rainbow colors and those super cute floppy ears that remind me of Maya, my Cockapoo’s ears.
Amber Gibbons Nagel
tough call but i think i like sofi the best
It is difficult to choose but I have to go with the giraffe.
It’s so hard to choose! The lion and the cat are both darling!!
Sophie the sheep is definitely the cutest.
I’ll go off the grid and say that I love the cute little elephant. So sweet is she.
I love the monkey!
If I can’t play dot to dots with Sofi then I want to hang with Orwell the orangutan. He has that innocent look. Lol
Sofi the Sheep all the way!
I think I prefer Sammy, the Sea-Horse. He has charisma. Plus, the one pictured is blue, and I find anything blue hard to resist…..
Sofi is my favorite . . . I love polka dots!!
Difficult to choose – they are both adorable, but I think Sammy wins out for me for just being that bit different. I can’t remember seeing an amigurami seahorse before!
Sammy the Seahorse! Sorry Sofi – don’t feel sheepish!
Sammy is cute, but I love the bee. I have the first three books but still need to get this one.
I can’t choose between the giraffe or the elephant they are both soooo cute!
I like Sammy the Seahorse. I love little critters.
Sammy the seahorse!