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Amigurumi Style Crochet (Paperback)

Make Betty & Bert and dress them in vintage inspired clothes and accessories

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By Cara Medus
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 136
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526747273
Published: 30th August 2020

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Crochet Betty, an Amigurumi-style doll, with patterns for her fifties outfits ranging from shopping to movie-going. There’s a detailed explanation of how to make the basic Betty doll, and also her cute cat Bert.

Each section has patterns for a selection of stylish removable garments and accessories on a fifties theme, with a few added extras for Bert too.

Come with Betty as she channels her inner Audrey Hepburn at the movies, or takes off on holiday in the glamorous footsteps of Grace Kelly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Such an amazing crochet pattern book, full of cute characters. This book is wonderful, well illustrated, easy to follow instructions with patterns that are clear. It’s well laid out and I just loved the vintage style, it would be a big hit with me and my fellow crocheters. Just adorable and retro.

NetGalley, Tara Keating

This is an amazing crochet book and I dream I will one day be competent enough in crochet to be able to make the items in this book as they are absolutely adorable! I loved the hair curlers and thought this was a very unique touch!

NetGalley, Natalie Horman

Super cute... Make your Betty doll, then make all of her outfits, her cat, her cats carrier or bed. It’s all here. You can even make her with her curlers in! Very vintage feeling. Probably targeting adults more than kids, but both would appreciate these dolls, kids because it is a doll with a cat and extra clothes. Adults for the vintage / nostalgic feel.

Easy to follow.

NetGalley, Ramie Pace

The patterns in this book are unlike any that I have seen in any other patterns. I like that they are not necessarily for young people but more for display and adults. The pictures are very useful and help with understanding what to do on the various steps. The outfits are adorable. I love the curlers in the one dolls hair.

NetGalley, Sheryl Hedervare

Clear instructions and great choice to make... A great choice of book with lovely characters.

NetGalley, Helen Finch

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I learned to crochet when I was 8 years old, that was many years ago. Today's crochet addicts, or fiber artists if you will, have so many more creative outlets available. Amigurumi is just one of the exciting branches of the craft known mostly for the blankets on the back of the couch. Although designers, like Cara Medus give us decidedly different patterns for our enjoyment. These dolls and their accessories may look difficult but the instructions are clear and easy to follow with many hints and tips along the way. Not only will you be surprised how easy it is to accomplish the dolls but your friends and family will be impressed too. After all, this is not the same crochet young girls learned all those years ago. Have fun expanding your art.

NetGalley, Denice Langley

I love the variety of clothing patterns to make for the doll along with multiple hairstyles. There are even multiple versions of the cat. The inner structure makes the doll able to be posed as well. The photos show the assembly for the more fiddly steps. This would be a great project to make as a gift for a child to keep.

NetGalley, Karen Ellsworth

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The beginning of the book has pictures of the completed doll for each chapter. The first chapter describes the amigurumi method of crochet. This includes details on how the different crochet stitches look (with a close-up photo of each), hook sizes and tensions, decreasing methods, use of lining fabric, toy filling, and finishing.

Each project includes photos of the finished craft, a general description with measurements and supply list, tips, and crochet instructions. There are photos for most steps, especially the more complex ones. The end of the book includes a list of abbreviations, list of materials needed and stores that stock them, and a large section of charts with symbol keys for each chapter/project that show specifics for each component (e.g. hair in a bun, bed jacket, handbag, joining the legs) including diagrams with stitch type and other directions. The author recommends caramedus.com ("Betty and Bert" section) for tutorial videos if additional help is needed.

Note: this book uses UK terms throughout Per the author, these projects are best for those with some amigurumi crochet experience. That said, the instructions are very straightforward with some alternatives to complete certain aspects in a more simple way, so I think if you practice a bit (lots of free tutorials online for the basics) and/or have a more experienced mentor to help out as needed, the projects can be attempted even if your skill/experience level is lower.

NetGalley, Maria Soldatenkov

A vibrant, enjoyable little craft book.

The book has easy to follow instructions to create a range of toys/toy accessories.

It also covers basic stitches and techniques so users don't need to be advanced in their crochet skills.

NetGalley, Alison Kennedy

These patterns look amazing. As an amigurumi artist of 10 years, I love patterns with more advanced shapes and tiny details. I'm particularly impressed with the shaping of each doll's body. I would love to create my own Betty some day!

NetGalley, Justine Dalipe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a FANTASTIC book this is going to give me many many years of pleasure something I can refer to easy to follow BRILLIANT thank you at these bizarre times with the Corona virus.

NetGalley, Jeanie Mckinlay

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was blown away by how much detail and care has gone into creating the book, not only by the quality of the images but by the simple but well put together instructions to create each project within the book. Being new to Crocheting I found a couple of projects to give a go. Will definitely be looking out for more craft books by Cara.

NetGalley, Natalie Drury

About Cara Medus

Cara Medus has made and drawn things for as long as she can remember, but has been seriously crocheting for about 10 years. She became technical editor on 'Simply Crochet' magazine when it launched in 2013, and loved the geeky side of crochet; patterns, charts, numbers, you name it!


Cara now freelances for 'Simply Crochet' and as a crochet designer, and develops training material for crochet designers and tech editors. She often designs garments, but has enjoyed a recent return to amigurumi, as she is more able to match this with her love of illustration. It’s been a joy for Cara to discover Betty and Bert for this book //or book title// and launch them on some new adventures!


Cara lives in Bristol with her husband and sons where she does a bit of singing, yoga and coffee-drinking on the side.

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