Amigurumi and Other Toys

Sachiyo Ishii’s Bunny Girl

Sachiyo Ishii’s Bunny Girl. Photography by George Boe.

Sometimes I hate being a grown-up. When the lawn needs to be mowed or the plumbing has to get replaced, there’s a lot of hassle and stress. Plus, people expect dignity or maturity or some other sign of adulthood from me. I’d much rather embrace my inner child all the time. Perhaps this attitude led to my most recent editorial assignment: a special issue devoted entirely to toys—patterns for amigurumi, knitted toys, and crocheted toys geared to kids of all ages.

Knit & Crochet Toys lets knitters and crocheters be kids again while they make adorable projects for actual kids. It’s the best of all possible worlds. There are tiny toys that fit in a child’s pocket; portable board games that are practically indestructible; magical creatures from designers’ imaginations; great big stuffed toys designed for maximum hugability. If you’ve ever looked at knitted toys or crochet toys on Ravelry, you’ll recognize some of our talented designers: Barbara Prime knitted a shy troll, complete with hammer and rucksack, and a wonderful trio from the sea: mermaid, merboy, and seal are ready to swim into your heart with their flippers. Sachiyo Ishii’s knitted zeppelin soars across the sky, flown by a minuscule aviatrix with donkey, goose, and rabbit passengers in its basket. Brenda K. B. Anderson’s crocheted jackalope will thrill every cryptozoologist or you can knit her cuddly Cat’s Pajamas Jammy Keeper design to tidy up someone’s bedroom.

Barbara Prime’s Tedmund Troll

Barbara Prime’s Tedmund Troll

Best of all, I can guarantee that grown-ups will love these toys just as much as kids will, because we conducted some seriously high-level scientific research. Designers with small children told me that their kids hated to see the samples sent away for photography. Once their packages reached the Interweave headquarters, my coworkers jumped right in to make sure the toys didn’t get lonely. It was not unusual for people to visit my office for some quality time with the toys. Finally, our wonderful models and their parents loved these toys, too. I had to search everybody carefully at the end of the day to make sure nothing got smuggled out. It will be a sad day at Interweave when the toys get shipped back to their creators.

Vicki Square’s Mrs. Chicken

Vicki Square’s Mrs. Chicken

But our loss is your incredible gain! The print magazine is available for pre-order or download the digital issue now. Get it today and start making toys, because nobody is too old to play.

Enjoy!
Deb Gerish
Editor, Love of Knitting