I’m the kind of person who thinks eyes and a smile make any inanimate object instantly adorable and irresistible. If that speaks to you (or your inner child) you will delight in every page of Lauren Espy’s Whimsical Stitches: a Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns.
Each pattern starts with a full-color picture of the finished crochet critter, and a list including finished measurements, materials needed, abbreviations used, and pattern notes. Favorite designs include a cherry pie with a wee smiling cherry on top, a cactus garden in a crocheted pot, a super squat mallard duck, and a pint of individual blueberries. All the stitches needed for the designs start the book off with clear, detailed photos.
While you could dive right in with no crochet background, crafters with some crochet experience will have an easier time achieving the desired results.