By Megan Kreiner
Gifted by Martingale
Reviewed by Jeanette Benoit, Editor of AllFreeCrochet.com
Make bathtime a blast with the new friends from Bathtime Buddies. The kids will love entertaining themselves as their new pals splash in the water. The facial expressions on each of the sea creatures are detailed with different colored yarns and safety eyes giving them a personality of their own. These soft and bathtub-friendly toys are crocheted using water-friendly materials such as worsted weight cotton yarn, terry cloth, and natural sponge stuffing.
Bathtime Buddies by Megan Kreiner features 20 different crocheted animals from under the sea. You'll find some popular sea creatures to crochet, like a Stingray (pg. 29), Sea Turtle (pg. 39), Octopus (pg. 45), Sea Otter (pg. 51), Lobster (pg. 55), and a Dolphin (pg. 63). There are also some less common creatures such as an Angler Fish (pg. 43), Blue Crab (pg. 57), and the Narwhal (pg. 67), just to name a few. There is even a Diver (pg. 79) and a Mermaid (pg. 83) to add a few humans to the mix!
Plus, like all Martingale books, each crochet pattern has super helpful stitch illustrations and the projects get progressively more detailed as you advance through the book; this skill-building progression enables even novice crocheters to create some pretty impressive sea creatures. Some bonus skills are also included to help personalize each pattern, such as crocheting on the surface and adding sewing or embroidery details; these finishing touches are a great way to give a "personality" to each crocheted sea animal and bring them to life.
If you're not keen on crocheting these adorable toys for the bath, then don't worry; Bathtime Buddies includes directions on how to crochet these cute toys for a life in the water, as well as on land. There are different types of yarn and stuffing to use based on how you will use these toys.
Whether you crochet these toys for bathtime fun or not, one thing is for sure: it looks like Nemo has some new competition in town!
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