Crochet your favourite Fairy Tales

Since moving to the Middle East, crochet has dropped way down on my crafting priority list. The thought of crocheting an afghan fills me with horror. The smallest amount of crochet on my lap heats me up too much (and my daughter really doesn’t need any more crochet cardigans).

So what do you turn to when it’s too hot to crochet (and it’s no where near summer!)? Amigurumi, of course!

My 5 year old daughter had a fairy tale theme at school last term, and she is loving these traditional tales (and I’m loving sharing the classics from my childhood too!). When I got the opportunity to review the book “Crochet Stories: Grimms’ Fairy Tales” {Affiliate link} by Vanessa Putt, I couldn’t pass it up. The timing was just perfect!

This is a beautiful book, with patterns for the following Grimms’ fairy tales, including accessories:

  • Hansel and Gretel, including witch and gingerbread house
  • The Hare and the Hedgehog
  • Jack and the Beanstalk (plus the Giant and golden eggs)
  • Tom Thumb (including the cow)
  • Rapunzel (with a prince and her tower)

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The stories are in the book too, so you can read them and act them out after you’ve made your crochet characters. Just note, they are the traditional Grimm versions, so can be a bit darker and scarier than modern retellings. The characters are around 10-15cm tall (with Rapunzel’s tower being 50cm tall), so are a great size for kids to play with.

As with most amigurumi, the patterns mostly use single crochet, with increasing and decreasing, so are suitable for beginners (but the patterns are fun for more experienced crocheters too!). There are no instructions for how to do the stitched in the book, but there are plenty of places online to find instructions.  The patterns have simple faces, using safety eyes (but you can always add your own special touches, if you prefer). There is also a pattern for the basic body, so once you’ve made the creations from the book, you can branch out can make your own unique characters.

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There are only photos of the completed items, with no photos of the steps. I would have liked more photos, especially for how to add hair – something I haven’t done before. The hair instructions tell you to refer to the photos for where to sew it, but when there’s only front view photos of the toys, it’s hard to see what to do.  I also couldn’t see the instructions for the flowers in Rapunzel’s hair.

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I have any yarn on hand at the moment, so I haven’t had a chance to make any of the characters and can’t vouch for the accuracy of the patterns.

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Overall, it’s a lovely book with cute amigurumi crochet patterns. If you love to crochet and/or love fairy tales (or you want something small to crochet because you live in the desert!), you’ll have some fun with this book!

Disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Narelle (Threadistry) (30 Posts)

Narelle is a former engineer turned Mum and housewife. She loves to craft, with sewing being her favourite. She shares her love of sewing at http://Threadistry.com


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