Dover is putting out a series of amigurumi pattern books that are absolutely adorable. I've been able to review Grimms' Fairy Tales and The Nutcracker thanks to NetGalley. I honestly can't decide which is my favorite of the two. I'll be quite happy to make dolls from both.
The Grimm book by Vanessa Putt includes presents each story before giving a couple of patterns for your amusement. The designer of the Grimm book favors a chain method of starting amis and describes how to do it, but if you're like me, you can just omit the chain and start with a magic ring on the first round. I really need to make the hedgehogs, and the witch from Hansel and Gretel. She also gives designs for Jack's beanstalk, and Rapuzel's tower. I thought those were pretty cool. They can be used for an infinite number of stories by kids (and adult kids), especially since she gives a basic doll pattern that you can modify as you need.
The Nutcracker book by Lindsay Smith also presents the story as it goes and then gives you the characters. This designer starts with a magic ring, but if you're a fan of the chain start, you can always replace it with that. This book has a couple of pages at the end that discuss special techniques and she uses more elaborate hairstyles than the Grimm book. She walks you through each of them. If I had to pick a favorite ami it would be between Godpapa Drosselmeier and the Mouse King. There are also a couple of smaller patterns that can be used as tree ornaments if you so desire.