The reason I wanted to learn to crochet was so I could make those cute toys I started seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. My husband actually knew some of the basics already so he and my mom taught me. (And really I just love that I can say my husband taught me to crochet). Over the years I’ve gathered my absolute favorite crochet toy books, but I’m always on the hunt for a good craft project, so comment with your favorite if it’s not up here!
First and foremost, I love Edward’s Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns
by Kerry Lord. Her company, TOFT, is one of my favorites to follow. I love the classic style of her designs and just want to make all of them.*GIVEAWAY details at the bottom of the page* Here are some more TOFT books that I have my eye on:
I definitely recommend getting these books in print rather than e-book format, because you have to flip between the standard instructions and instructions for specific details for each toy. In fact, I almost always recommend print for craft books.
If you know a literature lover, Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books
is the go-to for a cute, creative gift. I recently gave my dad Hamlet and even though he’s not into dolls, he still thought it was a clever gift. So there you go, even dads like them.
A lot of crochet toys are dolls and animals, and so far my boys just haven’t been really interested in those things. So I was so excited to find this book
! You can make big or small versions of the vehicles. They are quite a lot of work (the wheels actually turn) but they are totally worth it.
I also just found Construction Vehicles to Crochet: A Dozen Chunky Trucks and Mechanical Marvels Straight from the Building Site
while browsing and you better believe that’s going straight in the shopping cart. So my review will follow shortly. 😉
The reason I learned all this in the first place was so I could make that cute little Yoda from the Star Wars Crochet
kit. Since then I have tried projects from many other kits and these also have my stamp of approval:
I just found this one
while browsing and it’s going in the shopping cart…. So another review will be coming and if you try these projects before I do then please tell me how it goes!
Here’s a little slideshow of some of my makes:
*For a chance to win a copy of Edward’s Menagerie, enter here. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway closes on January 8th.