Kerry Lord's latest offering is a beautiful collection of doll patterns, in the form of
Edward's Crochet Doll EmporiumThe patterns are based around two standard templates - one for complete beginners and one for more advanced crafters - with the main differences being in the detail of hair construction, the addition of fingers etc. There are 23 different head and costume options which can all be mixed together easily, using the split pages (it's a flip-book), to create a mini version of anyone!
Full patterns and detailed instructions are provided for all aspects of making and finishing, and they are arranged in order of complexity so even if you haven't tried amigurumi before, you'll be able to make a start with more basic options to build your confidence.
The book itself has a hardcover with spiral-binding so it lays flat for easy reference. With a clear font and layout, it's easy to read and full of beautiful photography from Kirsty Noble. It's a real beauty and would also make a lovely 'coffee table book' for flipping through, between use. Or a beautiful gift for a crocheter.
Some other great books for making toys can be seen here