Japanese Crochet

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
corsage No. 2
I am not immune to the current online trend for Japanese craft books – I just haven’t blogged about them before.  Once I learned to crochet so I could edge my knit projects, it was only a matter of time before I realized I could make all the cute amigurumi I saw all over the internet.

marche special japanese crochet
This is the most precious book I’ve bought to date - “marche special” ISBN978-4-529-04549-0.  I got it while I was in New York a few months ago and picked it up at a Kinokuniya book store.  (There are many places you can pick these up online – various Etsy sellers, superbuzzy, Amazon (affiliate link), are just a few.)

The instructions are by diagram – not too hard to follow & I’m sure I’ll be making most of the things in this book –if not all.  Right now I’m trying to start a new one and having a little difficulty figuring out where it begins – I think I’ll just have to jump right in and see how it turns out – learning from the experience.  Little flowers and corsages like this are perfect for me since I tend to hoard odds and ends of yarns instead of full-skeins (perfect little stash-busting, on-the-go projects).  Thread and fine-yarn projects like these usually call for small steel crochet hooks (affiliate link), and it takes me some trial and error to find the correct gauge.

Have you tried any craft patterns in a language that is not your native one?

6 comments:

  1. This flower will look good as a pin or a bag accessory!

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  2. That is really pretty! I am a huge huge fan of japanese craft books too and Kinokuniya is my favorite book store! Thank you so much for your lovely well wishes on my "Hearts and sweetness" post! Made me sooo soo happy! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

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  3. Great stuff.Mika (www.mikascrap.typepad.com)

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  4. I am so jealous - this flower is beautiful. I can crochet straight and not much more - forget about patterns...you rock.

    Love seeing what new things you have going on.

    if you have time stop by and see my artful thursday project this week.

    xo
    tina

    www.prettypaperposies.blogspot.com

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  5. That flower is adorable. I'm super impressed that you got this from a Japanese book. Are you going to put this on anything? Just love it!

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  6. This was a gift - I hope the recipient uses it on a coat or on a handbag - I forgot to include a note when I mailed it! So, I'll have to wait till she gets it & see what she says.

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