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Huggable Amigurumi Review + Interview + Giveaway!

Today, I’m excited to share Huggable Amigurumi: 18 Cute and Cuddly Animal Softies with you! I’ve known Shannen for a long time and I couldn’t wait to get her first book into my hands!

Huggable Amigurumi

Interview with Shannen: a behind-the-scenes peek at making the lamb

Hi there! I’m Shannen from Sweet N’ Cute Creations and the author of Martingale’s newest crochet book: Huggable Amigurumi!

When Stacey and I were talking, one cutie kept popping up: Little Lila the Lamb.

Making her was way more complicated than what I had in mind, but I was adamant on making sure that her fluffy-ness didn’t just rely on the yarn used. For this, I used a puff stitch! (Honestly, it was also because I’m not really used to using fuzzy yarn and it’s not as available in the Philippines)

The first few versions of little Lila was not good. Like it just looked odd. I knew I wanted to use a puff stitch for the body, but I never really thought of doing that for the head – quite frankly, I didn’t think it would look this weird ahahah.

Here’s a photo of how I was starting with the body. I experimented between puff stitching every round or just alternately, I ended up going with alternate rounds as seen here.

beginning of making lila the lamb

This photo is the very first version of Lila. She looks SOOOOO different from the finished version. Here, I started troubleshooting already. From this point, I saw that maybe she did need that added bit of fur. If I had to add the fur, I had to change the ears, or at the very least just switch up the positioning of the ears (which I did, I made it face front instead of down)

progress photo of lila the lamb

Here Little Lila looks more like the Lila on the cover! I added blush on to the ears, added ‘fur’ to the head, and changed up the nose to use thread instead. I actually decided to remove the weird little accessory I made (I don’t even know what I was thinking that was!)

After all those changes, here’s little Lila now!

finished lila the lamb

Review

This book is an adorable collection of 18 amigurumi cuties! These are plush-sized animals, with most of the finished animals 9-12″ tall (when using the recommended yarn and hook).

The patterns in the book use a variety of stitches and techniques, so they will be exciting and a learning experience for a crocheter with a bit of experience under their belt. Moby whale even has some beads! 3 pages of basic stitch instructions are given in the back of the book, but I wouldn’t recommend that information for those started out: it serves more as a refresher for those already familiar with the techniques.

Most of the animals have some extra details, such as hats, a smile or accessory. These features give the animals a bit of extra pizazz, but may feel fussy for folks who aren’t a fan of attaching. The assembly instructions are just a few sentences (such as “Stuff head, arms and legs. Sew arms legs onto body.”), and do not include specific placement instructions, so you will need to closely follow the provided photos.

Exact gauge and yarn information is not included, so readers can feel free to experiment!

The book retails for $18.99, and with 18 patterns, it’s a good value if you spot a couple patterns that suit your fancy (It’s the price of 3 pdf individual downloads). The tradeoff is that the patterns are detailed and the book is only 64 pages, so there isn’t much space for step-by-step instructions. A crocheter with a couple of amigurumi under their belt will enjoy these cuties!

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of the book! Just leave a comment on this page, and you’ll be automatically entered! Entries are open until noon, January 24th EST. International folks, too!

Update – Sorry! the giveaway is closed now, but you can still get the book here.

Good luck, everyone!

130 COMMENTS

  1. Bethany SAYS...

    Those are some cute amigurumi! I can’t wait to make some for my little guy!

  2. Naomi SAYS...

    Wow this book looks fantastic 🙂

  3. Sarah SAYS...

    Patterns look great 🙂

  4. Ana SAYS...

    These are so cute!!

  5. Paula SAYS...

    I have this book sitting in my “Save for later” on Amazon, when I heard we had a chance to win a copy..These Patterns are Amazingly Adorable.. I Love the Penguin..

  6. Michele SAYS...

    Hi Stacey Please enter me for an opportunity to win the super cute book! Thank you

  7. season SAYS...

    I would love a copy of this book, so many cuddly amis to make

  8. hagoodbrad SAYS...

    Oh how fun!! What a cute book!

  9. Rebecca SAYS...

    Looks like a fun book!!

  10. Cheryl SAYS...

    So adorable!????

  11. Catherine Simmons SAYS...

    Love the book. I’ll put it on my wish list!

  12. Cindy SAYS...

    This looks like an adorable way to start crocheting the animals. This is generous thank you

  13. Michelle SAYS...

    Thanks for the chance to win. They’re very cute designs.

  14. christyweigant SAYS...

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  15. Debra SAYS...

    I would love to have this book. thanks so much for the contest. Now if only I could figure out the forum

  16. Peggy SAYS...

    Would love to enter in the give away! This book looks amazing! Such cute amigurumi’s! Thank you for the give away!

  17. Belinda SAYS...

    Such darling patterns!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  18. Stacy SAYS...

    Looks like book full of cuteness!

  19. lalinsocal SAYS...

    Oh! A little lambchop ????

  20. Karen SAYS...

    I would love to have this book in my library!!

  21. Debbie Boyes SAYS...

    this looks like a wonderful book 😀

  22. Cyndi Bauslaugh SAYS...

    Beautiful work. These are super cute little guys. I would love to make some, especially the lamb & giraffe. Defiinitely would consider buying…..unless i am lucky enough to win!

  23. Lorien SAYS...

    Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  24. Catherine Houston SAYS...

    These animals look super cute! I’d love to win a copy of the book 😀

  25. Vicky Rout SAYS...

    I have had some of these patterns saved in my Ravelry que since they first appeared

  26. Vicki SAYS...

    Looks like a great to expand my amigurumi skills. I’d love a copy.

  27. Kristen Johnson SAYS...

    Hi! I learned to crochet amigurumi with your Craftsy classes (thank you!). Thanks for a chance to win this book! 😀

  28. Thank you so much for the chance to win. I can’t wait to get my hooks into this book????

  29. Melissa SAYS...

    These patterns look super cute!

  30. Cora Shaw SAYS...

    These are so cute! I know I love each one. After the rough year I’ve had, I could use a win….lol.

  31. pattycrochets SAYS...

    Wow, I’d love to win this book! 2017 is the year of amigurumi for me. My focus is to make as many as I can to donate to the local Children’s hospital.

  32. Corinna SAYS...

    This is such a cute book! I would love to win!

  33. Sarah L SAYS...

    These are so stinking cute!

  34. Kelley SAYS...

    These critters are Adorable! I’d love to win a copy.

  35. Julie SAYS...

    These characters are so cute! My sisters and I made bunnies for our cousin’s baby shower. I’m still learning to crochet, so needless to say, mine were unique (but still appreciated). I’d love to win this book and share the patterns with my sisters.

  36. Melissa SAYS...

    Exciting!

  37. antonia prime SAYS...

    I have this on my waiting list. Cannot wait until I can get it to crochet them all . Would love to win this. ????

  38. Alyssa SAYS...

    LOVE these patterns!! Just too cute 😀 Thank you for the giveaway opportunity 🙂

  39. Theresa SAYS...

    I love her patterns.

  40. missmcrochet SAYS...

    These are adorable! Cute looking layout, as well.

  41. Ana Carolina Fenati SAYS...

    What a great opportunity to know Shannen’s work! I’m enchanted!! Fingers are already crossed!

  42. This book sounds like so much fun!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Winifred SAYS...

    Love the way you created them. You gave them a cute face everyone would love to hug…

  44. Sheila SAYS...

    Adorable is the perfect word for these cuties! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  45. Nancy SAYS...

    These patterns are so adorable! Gotta have it!

  46. Oh I would love to win this book. I love making Amigurumi’s and I know a certain little Red head niece that would love Lila

  47. Sarah SAYS...

    So cute!

  48. Melina Yong SAYS...

    would love to try make a design or two to give away!

  49. n_misty SAYS...

    Woo hoo, cute.

  50. Joy SAYS...

    Can’t wait to buy the book! I’ve only been making small amigurumi so far, so can’t wait to try making something bigger! =D

  51. Christine SAYS...

    Oh these are some very cute critters. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.????

  52. Allison Fisher SAYS...

    What a lovely book. Saw some beautiful patterns I would love to make.

  53. Kelli SAYS...

    Absolutely adorable!

  54. Natalie Price SAYS...

    These are too cute! They look super fun,

  55. Michaela SAYS...

    This book is amazing! Would love an opportunity to make these cuties.

  56. Antonia SAYS...

    These look so cute!

  57. Nicole SAYS...

    Very cute! Love seeing the progress of the lamb 🙂

  58. Ruby-dee SAYS...

    I would love to make these projects again!

  59. Elizabeth SAYS...

    I would love to win a copy! Thank you so much!

  60. Sandra SAYS...

    The patterns are so cute. I would love to win a copy. 🙂

  61. Julie Copeland SAYS...

    Cute book! I would love to win!

  62. Yolanda Galindo SAYS...

    Those little animals look adorable! I learned how to crochet on YouTube 5 years ago because I wanted to make amigurumis, they are my passion. As almost everything I make is a present to a beloved someone, I keep pictures so I won’t forget I made them. It would be great to win this book

  63. dottieschwarze SAYS...

    Hi Stacey! I became a grandma for the first time yesterday! I have already made several of your patterns for my little grandson. I would love to enter the giveaway!

  64. blu_haven02 SAYS...

    would love to have the book especially made by a fellow filipino 🙂

  65. Delores Kujawa SAYS...

    I love all the beautiful animals in this book. They all have a friendly, playful look. I would love to win this book.

  66. MJ Humphrey SAYS...

    So very cute. I love her patterns!

  67. Shannon Collar SAYS...

    Would love a chance to make these cuties, one Shannon to another.

  68. I would love a chance at this. Shannon’s creations are so amazing!

  69. Christine SAYS...

    I love your amigurumi patterns. I bought the owl pattern a few years ago.

  70. Jennifer SAYS...

    Looks awesome!

  71. Georgina Smark SAYS...

    Love the animals and stitches. Will keep my fingers crossed.

  72. Carolien SAYS...

    These are adorable! Cute looking. I love your patterns

  73. Dana SAYS...

    I would love to win a copy. Very cute patterns!

  74. Christine Arndt SAYS...

    these are sooooo adorable! <3 <3 would love to get the book and make all of them!

  75. Panteva SAYS...

    Adorable!! I hope I win <3 🙂

  76. Hannah SAYS...

    I would so love to win. She is so sweet and I love her patterns so much. ❤️

  77. Glaucia SAYS...

    Omg! Can’t wait for this!! I want to make it to my son… he will be in surgery next month and loves amigurumis!

  78. Cari SAYS...

    I love crocheting this. These are adorable!

  79. Jane g SAYS...

    So cute!

  80. Ailee SAYS...

    They are so cute! 🙂 Hope to bring the book home n create those cute little friends.

  81. Cynthia Van Casteren SAYS...

    I would love to win this book to start making things for my grandkids and for charity events.

  82. JoAnn SAYS...

    I would like to enter to win a copy of Huggable Amigurumi!

  83. Such cute projects! I’d definitely enjoy a copy!!

  84. I love that the stitches look like little X’s. I think I saved a post somewhere that tells you how to get them to look like that in single crochet. Thanks for sharing!!

  85. Kristin SAYS...

    Those are some adorable animals. They would make great gifts for kids.

  86. Sarah SAYS...

    I would love this book. My grandkids would like many of these animals

  87. Lianne SAYS...

    I would love to win a copy! I am so in love with the sheep 🙂

  88. letakaye27 SAYS...

    Adorable! 🙂

  89. Tami SAYS...

    These are darling. I’ll have to add the book to my list of things to buy.

  90. orchestra19741 SAYS...

    This book looks AWSOME. I would love to make the lamb or the penguin.

    I will certainly purchase the book after the draw, if I need to…wishfull thinking

  91. carolyn.s.ritter SAYS...

    Love, love, love!!

  92. Carmen SAYS...

    Oh these are so cute! my kids would love them 🙂

  93. beckymmoe SAYS...

    Great post! I loved hearing about how you developed the lamb. She’s adorable 🙂

  94. Tammy SAYS...

    Adorable! Would love to win a copy.

  95. jennifer SAYS...

    Have been using Stacey’s patterns for awhile and think it would be fun to try someone else’s. They look very sweet and fun.

  96. Emily SAYS...

    Looks like fun patterns!

  97. Sara Driscoll SAYS...

    These are super cute! Amigurumi are the reason I learned to crochet.

  98. Carrie SAYS...

    These are adorable! I’d love to make all of them!

  99. Tami SAYS...

    I would love to win a copy of Huggable Amigurumi. Please enter me in the give away.

  100. Diana SAYS...

    The animals in the cover and Luka look adorable. I’d like a chance to try to make them. ????

  101. Penny SAYS...

    Awesome! I would love to try out these patterns and I am really excited about the Christmas penguin ????

  102. Sarah SAYS...

    Oooh this is sooo cute. Id love to win a copy, and if i dont this book is deffinately going on my birthday list 🙂

  103. Bronwyn SAYS...

    These designs are so fun. I think the raccoon is my favorite. I love the addition of bead to the whale–clever. I’d love to win!

  104. Carolyn SAYS...

    these are so cute! especially the penguin! I would love to win the book 🙂

  105. Mirena SAYS...

    One more chance to enter and win this adorable book! Thank you Stacey and Shannen!

  106. Jenny SAYS...

    Deliziosi pupazzetti ????

  107. Janet Hood SAYS...

    I would make these for all my friends and family. We all love animals and these are so cool!

  108. Benny Sequeira SAYS...

    I have just lately started to do Amigurumi, this book would be a great help !

  109. Natasha S SAYS...

    I would love to win and gift to my mom !

  110. Ananya Gupta SAYS...

    My MIL loves crocheting, this book would be greatly used by her.

  111. Felicia SAYS...

    These are adorable! I love the sheep and raccoon!

  112. Berta SAYS...

    This is just cuteness overload! I’d love to win your book.

  113. Michelle SAYS...

    Thanks for the chance to win. This book looks great!

  114. Gemma Johnson SAYS...

    This book is on my wish list! Love Amigurumi ????

  115. Irene SAYS...

    Wow! Those patterns look like fun!

  116. All these amigurumies are so wonderful! The book looks great 🙂 Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

  117. Joyce SAYS...

    Looking forward to some new and challenging projects! Adorable!

  118. Jan Medina SAYS...

    Love to have this!!! Just starting to learn how to do these type of animals and could use the help!!!

  119. Cheryl Diedrich SAYS...

    I wish to congratulate someone so young making such a wonderful book. Your creations are just to die for and I love them so much. Would love to win this book but either way I will be getting a copy as i love crocheting Amigurumi.

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