Raincoast Books – Marvel Universe Crochet! ~Giveaway!

Quite a few years ago now, I taught myself to crochet via YouTube videos. The picture instructions just didn’t cut it for me, apparently I was more visual than that! Haha! Long live YouTube! Since then, I’ve enjoyed creating different things; mug cozies, baby blankets, scarves and cowls, etc. And I always have way too many works-in-progress that sit around unfinished for too long! Anyway, one thing that always intrigued me was amigurumi! Yup, that’s a funny word. It’s actually a Japanese word that has been adopted worldwide to describe crocheted stuffed objects – everything from animals to food to dolls to cars….well…really, anything you can think of! So many of the amigurumi patterns out there are soooooo cute!

Needless to say, when Raincoast Books offered, I jumped at the chance to check out Marvel Universe Crochet by Kati Galusz, who is from Hungary!  It was crochet and it was amigurumi – sounds fun right!? This is actually a kit – so it would make a great gift for any crocheter who’s into crocheting tiny things and is also into the Marvel Universe characters!

So there are 76 pages of instructions in this book. The instructions are for creating the 12 following characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, She-Hulk, Ant-Man, Groot, and Star-Lord. The kit includes all the tools and materials you need to create two of these – Spider-Man and Captain America. In order to make the rest of them, you will need to provide your own supplies. However, given the miniature nature of these characters, I’m reasonably sure most crocheters would have enough scrap yarn around to create them! (I’m pretty sure it’s not just me that has a bigger yarn stash than we want to admit! Haha!)

Now, I will give a couple caveats. If you have never crocheted before, please do not assume this will be a good place to start! First, while Kati does give 10 pages of instructions on different stitches and such, there are some things you need to remember to do during the pattern, that she explains in the instructions but not in the pattern. Some of these things would be second nature to seasoned crocheters, but not to beginners. Also, this is very small work. For example, Spider-Man ends up at a finished size of about 3.25″! Yup, that’s small. You see, here’s a picture of one of Spider-Man’s legs – it’s basically the same size as one piece of lego! I have to confess, while these are stinkin’ cute little characters, I couldn’t finish one because it was too small for me. Between struggling a bit with arthritis in my fingers and having to do tight, small stitches, my hands couldn’t hack more than a few minutes of crocheting at a time on these. It was fun to try – but now I know – if I’m going to do amigurumi, I need to stick to the bigger stuffie size!

This would be a great kit for someone who’s an experience crochet and wants to try out amigurumi. The kit is $34.99, so a reasonable price considering you do get the tools and materials to make two people and the amount of yarn needed to make more is practically negligible! Kati’s instructions are clear and concise and she includes loads of pictures to help you out!  And hey, what little kid wouldn’t love getting their favorite super hero in a crocheted version that they could play with to their heart’s content!? If you think amigurumi is super cute, but aren’t sure that you can create them or don’t know how to crochet, head over to Kati’s Etsy page – while she’s on holidays right now, evidently she sells loads of amigurumi and has received very good reviews! Kudos to her for being able to create so many mini items! It’s pretty cool!

WIN IT!

Raincoast Books is giving away one of these kits to one of our faithful readers! Who do you know that would love to try amigurumi? Please use the entry form below, contest open until August 15, 2017. Canadians only, please.

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Comments

  1. Darlene Demell says:

    Yes I both knit and crochet and have done both for many years. Love it.

  2. Shirleyp says:

    Yes, I know how to crochet

  3. No I do not and I would love to learn how. Maybe one day 🙂

  4. Robyn C says:

    I do not know how to crochet but I would like to learn!

  5. Janet M says:

    I haven’t learned yet how to crochet.

  6. Julie bolduc says:

    I no the basic thats it

  7. No, I don’t know but I want to learn.

  8. charityk says:

    no i dont but want to learn

  9. I would have to reteach myself it has been so long that I have crocheted.

  10. Judy Cowan says:

    I know a few basic stitches but would like to learn how to do more.

  11. Jennifer P. says:

    I used to know how to crochet, but I am not sure that I really remember how to now – it’s been a long time, at least 15 years I’d say, since I’ve done it. I also was never all that good at it, I just liked doing it with my Great Aunt who has now since passed away. One year for Christmas I wanted to make my then-boyfriend (now-husband) a scarf, so she started it with me while she was visiting (she lived in Manitoba, I am in BC). It started out quite well, so she left it with me to finish on my own. Except it started to get really crooked once I worked on it alone after she left, and I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it back, so I mailed it to her, she finished it for me and mailed it back, with a matching hat as well! She was the best!! She crocheted slippers, scarfs, hats, blankets etc for us and my kids – I treasure them all; always did, but even more now that she is longer with us. I always tell my kids about each blanket etc. whenever we use something she made, so that they never forget how special she was.

  12. I do not know how to crochet, but have been wanting to learn. This looks like fun.

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  14. I do not know how to crochet.

  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I used to knit and crochet but it’s donkey years since I did either.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    These are very cute little super heroes though. 🙂

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