If the cover photo isn’t enough to interest you in this book, there’s more! This insanely cute book is full of the designs of Brenda K.B.Anderson who designs costumes for the extremely popular Sesame Street Live. So, she’s got the credentials, right? I can’t get over how cute some of these ‘monsters’ are. I bet you’ll agree.
Included in this book are such beastly objects as a Frankenstein lookalike, complete with bride, a large colorful fish bag, a tiki monster pillow, and a scary-cure skull shaped purse. There are monsters to wear, monsters to store candy, and monsters to hug. Overall, these 23 designs pretty much cover the whole monster universe. There’s even a Zombie marionette!
My absolute favorite project – and the one that will be the favorite of your little boy – is the Robo-blanky, an afghan showing six different robots. You’ll get a chuckle out of this one. In fact, the whole book will tickle your fancy.
After all the designs (great pictures, charts, instructions, and tips), there is perhaps the best couple pages ever written for anyone who wants to crochet animals or characters. Anderson’s Special Topic, ‘Principles of Cuteness’, gives very specific information about creating cute crochet, quantifying very succinctly how things like eye placement and proportions of projects work to produce cuteness. This information may well be worth the price of the book alone. This gal creates those adorable – and sometimes scary cute – Sesame Street Character costumes as well as various sports team mascots, so I’m thinking she really knows her stuff. This book proves that!
Beastly Crochet by Brenda K.B.Anderson
Published by Interweave Press, September, 2013
Large softcover, 168 pages, cheerful and useful photographs and charts where appropriate
List Price: $22.95 USD
By jd wolfe