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Review: Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters
If you know a crocheter who wants to travel to a new level of boss-ness, here's a fun book for that purpose. Erin Clark's Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters is all about cute animals – as Erin puts it, "made exponentially cuter by crocheting them in miniature." How mini?
…And this mini.
Wow! In place of yarn, you use cross-stitch floss or crochet thread. And the hooks are size 10 - 12 steel hooks, the kind you'd use for lace crochet.
This book is from Tuttle, a publisher I've grown quite fond of this year for the high instructional quality of their books. Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters is no exception. I love the photography on the basic stitches here, using a contrasting color to highlight the stitch.
…And then each project is well illustrated with progress photos. The patterns are in written form with the usual crochet abbreviations.
It's really beginner-friendly instructional quality, but I'm not exactly sure I can call this a beginner's book – mostly because of the tiny scale of the projects. I tend to think you'd need to have a little practice at full-size crochet in the round before trying to work this small.
But then again, Erin points out that all you have to do is swap out the crochet thread for some worsted yarn and grab a larger hook, and all her tiny patterns can be made as larger softies. So if you were giving this to a beginning crocheter, perhaps you could make that recommendation.
Seriously, how impressive would you feel, making something this cute and this small?
Here's something I really liked: instead of just presenting a collection of little animals, Erin adds instructions for creating small crocheted terraria. (That's what you get when you Google "plural of terrarium.")
…So you can choose a nice see-though container, and then Erin has instructions for making a crocheted base to fit. The book also has patterns for little trees, mushrooms, vines, and flowers. And then you can add a critter! I just find that so charming.
There's a nice range of challenge here, too. Some projects, like the bees you'll see below, are simple connected spheres, while others like this flamingo are made in more lifelike articulated shapes. Erin's really good at conveying personality through shape. These designs would be awesome in larger sizes, too.
There are 13 critter patterns in all, plus seven more for terrarium landscaping. I'm gonna need my reading glasses, but I can't wait to play around with these!
(Disclose, Baby: Tuttle sent me a review copy. The title links above are affiliate links.)