02/07/2011 at 10:00 AM EST
Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Crochet
had us at Kon'nichiwa.
($14.99, Harper Design), which is available starting today, is a 72-page how-to guide to Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals. Amping up the adorable factor is the fact that every project showcased in the book is dog-inspired.
The first in a series of canine crochet tomes, Mitsuki Hoshi's crafty compendium is filled with hundreds of whimsical, full-color photographs as well as patterns for a whole litter of adorable Amigurumi (which translates to "knitted stuffed toy"). It includes detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create 12 kinds of dogs, everything from chihuahuas to Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Maltese to miniature schnauzers, Shiba Inus to Siberian huskies.
Hoshi, who taught herself Amigurumi in 1999 with the help of a Mickey Mouse knitting kit, is an an accompllished artist who has written five previous books on the topic. Her intricate designs – more of which can be found on her website
– are each crocheted on a small needle, using fine yarn and a spiral technique that ensures the stuffing won't fall out.
Her latest book is aimed at both expert crafters as well as beginners, so even novices can use it to create a knit parade of cuteness!See more hand-knit creations on PEOPLEPets.com:Etsy Fave! Anne Burton's Practical (And Pretty!) Winter Pet GearBald Factory Farm Hens Stay Warm with Hand-Knit Sweaters