Dumpling Cats… A Review


Title: Dumpling Cats

Author: Sarah Sloyer

Published: 21 June 2017

Publisher: Dover Publications

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads summary

Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!
You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!


I really liked this book because come on, cute crochet kitties? Like, hello… what is there not to like?

From the cover to the end the book was aesthetically pleasing and kawaii approved! At first, I was worried on how the instructions for crocheting the kitties will be because I have some patterns are difficult for me to understand from the get go and I have to actually crochet it first and understand as I go and re-do some aspects of the pattern to get it correct but not for the patterns from this book.

The patterns were easy to follow as it had step-by-step detailed instructions and photographs, which by the way was superb. There is 25 patterns in this book as well as extra patterns for miscellaneous things such as food bowls, boxes and a pet bed.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes to crochet as the finished products can be used for gifts or any of the sort.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Frankenstein crochet pattern

Okay today I will do something different. Something other than talk about books. Today, I will write down my pattern for my Frankenstein crochet pattern. The pattern is really easy and anybody can follow and do it.

So, let’s get started!


  • MC – Magic circle
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Inc – Increase
  • Dec – Decrease
  • FO – Fasten off
  • BLO – Back Loop Only


  • Dark green yarn
  • Light green yarn
  • Black yarn
  • Red yarn
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • 8 mm safety eyes
  • keychain (optional)

Now, the pattern starts from bottom up so we are going to start off by doing the legs.

Leg (make 2)

*Use the dark green yarn but this is optional

Round 1: MC (6 stitches)

Round 2: SC, Inc (repeat 3 times)

Round 3 – 5: SC all round

* For the first leg you’d want to fasten it off but for the second leg DO NOT FASTEN IT OFF

Round 6: Create a foundation chain (4 – 5 stitches, depending on how wide you want the leg gap to be) and SC to the other leg

Round 7 – 8: SC all around then FO and change color to light green yarn.

Round 9: SC all around.

Round 10: SC 7, Inc (do note that if the stitches don’t correlate exactly it’s completely fine)

Round 11 – 21: SC and FO.

Round 22: Change to black yarn and SC. It’s here where you want to choose which stitch you want to make the Frankenstein hair.

  • Choose any stitch and insert your hook two stitches BELOW the chosen stitch and SC like normal. Try to make your SC as loose as possible so it won’t pull the other stitches
  • Making the hair you can just choose any stitch at random. Make it closer together or farther apart, it really is up to you.

Round 23: SC

Round 22: SC 7, Dec

Round 23: SC 6, Dec

Round 24 – 25: SC

Round 26: SC, BLO

Round 27: SC

Round 28: Here you want to SC both open flaps together and FO.

  • Essentially what you want to do is insert your hook in the stitches in both the front and back flaps and SC together till the end


Hands (Make 2)

Round 1: MC (6 stitches)

Round 2: Inc, SC (3x)

Round 3: Inc, SC 2

Round 3: Dec, SC 2

Round 3: Dec, SC 1

Round 4: Dec all around.


  • Attach the eyes between rounds 12 – 13 with 7 stitches in between.
  • Sew on the hands/limbs at between round 12 – 13
  • Sew on additional scars on the Frankensteins body however you like

Now, making this it doesn’t matter if the stitch count is out the window because Frank is made to look a bit wonky don’t he?

I truly apologize if my pattern is hard to understand, it’s my first one but don’t be shy to comment or ask questions.

Okay, just so we are clear you can use this pattern to make or sell or whatever. It’d be nice if you acknowledge or tag me if you actually make it but either way I’m cool it’s a really simple pattern no need for no formatlities. 😀


I talked a bit about my crochet hobby in a previous post (I can’t remember which one though) so since I haven’t read enough books to warrant two book reviews this week I thought why not I talk about something that isn’t book related? Because let’s be serious the whole ‘Saturdays with Ezza’ isn’t working partly due to me being busy or just plain lazy.

I was practicing my brush lettering again last night (still haven’t improved as much as I wanted to) before I got tired of doing it then decided to crochet a small amigurumi last night while watching a video.

The pattern I chose was a unicorn! I didn’t take a picture of it though. At least not yet.

But when I was crocheting last night it reminded me of a few things.

  1. Crochet is seriously tiring especially for your fingers especially if the thing you crochet is small. I got a cramp in my pinky finger!! If the pattern is big then its your wrists that get tired.
  2. I forgot how much I really enjoy crocheting. Its very relaxing especially when I don’t feel like reading. Crocheting scarves are great because its the same pattern over and over and over again so you can just zone out in a way and let your fingers do the work. You don’t have to overthink it. I don’t crochet scarves as much because there is no use whatsoever. Miri is so blistering hot, using a crochet scarf is just suicidal.

Anyhoots, here are a few amigurumis that I crochet. It’s not all because I have a tendency to not take pictures. Why? I don’t know. Which is a shame actually because I crochet a HUGE giraffe once for a friend and it was beautiful but I don’t have a picture so its only in my memories.


If you ask me which amigurumi is my favorite, I would say the lion but they take so much time and energy to do. I have to attach each strand of yarn, ONE BY EXCRUCIATING ONE. But the end product is that my lion has FABULOUS hair! Absolutely fabulous!

Don’t let the picture deceive you the brown mane lion is about 25-30 cm tall… I think in my next post I am going to include my newbie crochet projects so a comparison can be made of how far I have come. 😀