Book Review- Zoomigurumi Endangered Animals
Are you looking for a new crochet book? Have you ever wanted to be apart of something that will have an impact on wildlife?
A few months ago, Amigurumi Dot Com released their new crochet book, Zoomigurumi Endangered Animals. This book contains 15 amigurumi patterns of threatened wildlife. Part of the proceeds from each sale go to wildlife conservation projects. This book is great for all level crocheters. You can purchase the book here.
Endangered animals you’ll find in this book are:
- Finley the Blue Whale
- Cleo the Yellow-Crested Cockatoo
- Monty the Giant Manta Ray
- Ron the Red Panda
- Kia the Monk Seal
- Jack the Crested Penguin
- Mayangi and Matondo the Mountain Gorillas
- Lucy the Polar Bear
- Nestor the Leaf-Nesting Shrub Frog
- PanPan the Giant Panda
- Zuma the Sloth
- Zilia the Mangrove Hummingbird
- Gilly the Axolotl
- Ernest the Pangolin
- Mara the Peacock Spider
For beginner crocheters there is a a section that thoroughly describes the stitches used in this book. What I find beneficial for beginners are the video tutorials for all of those stitches. All you have to do is scan the QR code or use the link next to the description of each stitch. Having a visual to learn how to complete the stitches just adds to my reasons why I love this book.
The book looks very clean and flows well. Having everything on a white background make it a lot easier to follow along. The patterns are all written using the same format, which makes the patterns consistent throughout the book.
This book is written in US terminology.
At the beginning of each pattern, there is a brief description about each endangered animal to help you learn not only about the animal itself, but also why it became endangered. I have always loved animals and I find it extremely important to educate people about what is happening to so many animals in our world.
I chose to make Gilly the Axolotl as part of my review.
The skill level is listed as 1 star, which means easy. You can find the description of skill levels on page 18. You’ll also find a materials list at the beginning of each pattern, plus a QR code to go look at the amigurumi gallery for Gilly.
The pattern designer of Gilly the Axololt, Lelia used a light worsted weight yarn, but for mine I chose to use a super bulky plush yarn, which resulted in a larger end product. I had to use 18 mm safety eyes instead of the 10 mm eyes that were recommended. I also used a 5.5 mm hook instead of the recommended 2 mm hook.
As I was working through the pattern there were photos to guide me during different steps (I didn’t need them, but would be helpful for those that did). The pattern itself was easy to read and even using plush yarn, my axolotl came out looking exactly like it was supposed to. On occasion with plush yarn the beginning stitch count needs to change, but I found with this pattern I didn’t need to do that.
One thing I really loved about this book is the information given about the 15 endangered animals. I found it fascinating to read and so happy to know that part of the proceeds from this book go to wildlife conservation projects.
If you want to purchase this book, you can find the book here. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves crocheting cute animals.