Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden aka Needle Noodles
I recently learned to crochet because I saw these amazing pictures of cute critters online and I wanted to learn how to make them! I learned that these cute things are called “amigurumi”. Amigurumi is, according to the Wikipedia, “the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be either knitted or crocheted. In recent years crocheted amigurumi are more popular and more commonly seen.”
I found out that it had been published in a collection of other creepily cute things. In the appropriately titled book “Creepy Cute Crochet”. It’s published by Quirk Books which markets itself as a publisher of Irreference books (Irreverence + Reference = Irreference). Their mission statement explains that they are “Inspired by the belief that a healthy appreciation for the absurd is the key to both happiness and success, Quirk’s mission is to originate, develop, and publish nontraditional and innovative crossover books that are objects of desire editorially, graphically, and physically.”
I knew I had to have this book. I ordered it directly from the publishers website and eagerly awaited it in the mail.
When it arrived it was more splendid than I could imagine. It was a sturdy hardcover book filled with lovely crochet charts, tips and tricks for better amigurumi, and even recommendations on yarn types and explanations of some special kinds of stitchery commonly used in the making of amigurumi.
The directions were very straightforward, and while I (who had learned to crochet a mere seven days ago) needed a little more guidance (what the heck is a half double crochet anyway? Shouldn’t it be a single one? I’ve since been enlightened and can now boldly crochet where I have never crocheted before!) before I could attempt making a little Cthulhu, I was able to readily whip up a very serviceable ninja and a skeleton with the greatest of ease!
I can highly recommend this wonderful book as an excellent addition to any crocheter collection. It’s also a great way to get into the craft. I’m currently working on finishing up a Cthulhu and some day I hope to work up to crocheting their Spartan Warrior! He’s an ‘epic level’ project. Ninja is a beginner level project. I’ve done a few other less fiesty projects which you can see in My Flickr.
If you’re into crochet, or wish you were, pick up a ‘for dummies’ to learn the absolute basics but then you’re ready for Creepy Cute Crochet!