The book was provided to me free of charge for an honest review.
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.
Almost all the patterns have these helpful close ups of difficult parts of the ami.
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.
Will it be Sofi the rainbow spotted sheep?
Or Sammy the sheepish seahorse?
Sofi the Sheep vs. Sammy the Seahorse
What’s at stake?
This super cute yarn holder.
You get the twine too!
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.