05 August 2017
Dumpling Cats by Sarah Sloyer
Format: Digital ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Publication date: 14 Jun 2017
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The subtitle of this pattern book (Crochet and Collect Them All!) shows the author's inspiration. Neko Atsume is a popular mobile game from Japan that involves attracting cats to your yard in order to collect them, and the chubby little amigurumi characters bear a striking resemblance to the cats in the game. You don't have to be a fan of the game to fall in love with these Dumpling Cats, though. Making stuffed items can be addictive!
I haven't made any of these patterns, but based on my experience in reading crochet patterns I would say this book is pretty straightforward. There are patterns for 25 cats plus patterns for a few accessories like a cat bed. Each cat has a name and a short blurb describing its personality. The patterns are written clearly and each one has several photos showing steps in the construction process. There are a few intermediate patterns in the book, but the majority of them are labeled easy. If you have any experience making amigurumi at all, these patterns will be a breeze for you. Several of the patterns seem to build on others, like a cat with a fish tail, so that should help if you decide to make the entire collection.
Whether you want to make a cat to give to your child, to decorate your desk, or to stuff with a bell and give to your real live cat to play with, Dumpling Cats gives you several cute options to choose from.
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