From Underground Crafter 11/15/2018:
Cuddly Animals to Crochet: 28 Cute Toys to Make and Love by Lucia Forthmann is a crochet pattern book including large, huggable crochet critters. The book opens with an introduction from Lucia, where she explains how the crochet characters in this book can “accompany little people on dangerous, imaginary adventures, protect them against monsters in the night and are always on hand to comfort them.” As someone who grew up with my grandmother’s adorable crochet bears, I have to agree with Lucia.
Each pattern starts with a background story for the animal and a full page image of the animal that is styled to match the story. For example, Priscilla the Pig loves to dance so there are illustrated dancing steps and ballet shoes in the background of her picture. The patterns start by listing the height of the finished animal. The patterns in this book measure from 8.25” (21 cm) to 19.5” (49.5 cm), but most are in the 12” (30.5 cm) to 17” (43 cm) range. The patterns also include a materials list with the yarn listed by brand name with fiber content, weight in grams, and yardage/meterage listed. The instructions are then written out in U.S. terms (with U.K. terms in parenthesis). What I liked about this book are that there are several different sizes and styles of animals available. The patterns don’t include difficulty level, but most are very beginner friendly, though there may be patience required for assembly. Cuddly Animals to Crochet: 28 Cute Toys to Make and Love is filled with fun project ideas and the background stories provide a nice launch into story time for the children that will receive the finished projects. I would recommend this book to beginner and intermediate crocheters who like to make projects for kids, or those who enjoy making softies.
Crochet Guild of America, Dec 2018
Cuddly Animals to Crochet: 28 Cute Toys to Make and Love by Lucia Forthmann is full of wonderful crochet patterns that are sure to bring joy to the little ones in your life! The patterns are separated into 7 categories – Forest, Farm, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and Water. Each category includes several lovable creatures that you can create in the colors of your choice. Before the patterns begin, there are several pages of techniques with lots of useful pictures to help you with your creations. The patterns are written in US and UK terms. All patterns include a supply list which includes the yarn suggested. Of course, you can use another yarn or other colors if you choose, just remember if your gauge is different than the size will be different. Each pattern includes color photos and a fun little bio about the critter you are about to create. The patterns are well written; between that and the techniques at the beginning of the book, even a beginner crocheter should be able to crochet these cuties.