From selecting yarns and learning the basics of crochet to assembling your projects and adding whimsical details, The Complete Guide to Crochet Dolls And Animals makes any amigurumi project possible! Hundreds of photos demonstrate the best crochet stitches to use, along with lessons on how to assemble amigurumi figures correctly and give them more personality. All the basic stitches and steps are explained in detail, including extra directions for left-handed crafters. This is the official guide created by The Japan Amigurumi Association-whose thousands of members are found all over Japan, the original home of amigurumi. It provides an authoritative overview of techniques and includes all the information that amigurumi enthusiasts need to know to start creating. This indispensable book shows you how to: Shape expressive heads, limbs and tails Put all the pieces together in a way that makes your toy come alive Add armatures so your toys can bend and stand on their own Create features that give your toy attitude and personality Make cute little accessories (zakka) like mittens, scarves and purses. The Complete Guide to Crochet Dolls And Animals includes 3 sample projects to practice the skills you learn, while inspirational photos of what you can do with amigurumi-from cute critters to rosy-cheeked dolls-will fuel your creativity. This is a book you’ll refer to again and again for years to come!