Book Review: Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker

Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker Book Cover Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker
Lindsay Smith
Dover Publications
November 18th 2015

Experience the enduring charms of the holiday classic in an entirely different way! This version of the beloved tale is illustrated with full-color images of crocheted characters. Each chapter of the adventure ― from the Christmas Eve party to the fierce battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King to the visit to Toyland and beyond ― features complete instructions for crocheting charming representations of the story's personalities and props.
Twelve easy-to-follow patterns depict Marie and her Nutcracker, the Mouse King, the enchanted clock, a Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped gifts, and other festive figures. Well-illustrated instructions specify yarn colors, materials, gauge, and abbreviations for stitches; a Techniques section offers guidance to crocheters. All patterns specify yarns that are readily available in craft stores. The ideal gifts for all Nutcracker enthusiasts, these amigurumi figures are keepsake treasures that will brighten every holiday season.

my Review

I have been intrigued by amigurumi ever since I saw Flosstubers start talking about it a few months ago. Now, I don’t crochet. I used to knit, but gave it up about 10 years ago because I got bored with it. But the more I see these cute amigurumi dolls, the more I want to take up this new hobby. So when I saw this on NetGalley, I knew I had to check it out. And I must say, this is a lovely crochet book. I love how the story of The Nutcracker is interwoven into the book, so it’s not just a straight-forward pattern book. The patterns are adorable and easy to follow. I’m really looking forward to giving one of these patterns a go. If you are a fan of amigurumi, I’d check this one out.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Professional Reader

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