Almost two weeks ago I shared some pretty awesome amiguruimi aquariums. I eventually want to attempt to make one (or more) and in my search for patterns on the net I came across the book 75 Seashells, Fish, Coral, & Colorful Marine Life to Knit and Crochet. That’s one bloody long title.
There are plenty of perfectly lovely free patterns on the net to make a crocheted aquarium, but I am one of those people who want all the options they can get and the pattern of the stingray in this book sold me on the book. I just can’t say no to a small, cute crocheted stingray and it gave me a reason to add yet another book to my collection…because one can never have too many books. There is also directions for a rather happy looking angler fish in here. Seriously, what more can you ask for? Obviously, I’m easily amused if all it takes is an angler fish (well, as long as it isn’t one of the monster angler fish from Fallout 4).
There are a lot of fun patterns in this book that would be a great addition to any amiguruimi aquarium. The book also includes every pattern you could want or need to turn that aquarium into a coral reef. There are also some unusual project ideas like making a crochet seaweed scarf.
As far as the book layout is concerned, it’s rather nice. The projects are sorted by habitat and include little tidbits of information. There are detailed instructions on how to get started in both crocheting and knitting at the start of the book for beginners (doubt it will help me learn to knit – I’ve been deemed hopeless.) There is nearly equal attention paid to both the crochet and knitting patterns (33 crochet and 42 knitted). One doesn’t overshadow the other. Directions are easy to read, and where applicable, there are design diagrams/graphs to follow. For a book that I bought on a whim specifically for two small patterns, I am more than happy with the book and I can’t wait to get started on all my small ocean/sea creature friends.