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The Crochet Wildlife Guide Review + FREE Penguin Pattern + Giveaway!

I am so excited! I love showing off a great book to you… and there are so many goodies! Keep reading to grab a FREE download of the Chinstrap Penguin by Philip Ha (aka Sir Purl Grey) AND enter to win a digital copy of the book, The Crochet Wildlife Guide.

The Crochet Wildlife Guide

You may have heard me say this before on the blog, but I get a lot of amigurumi books across my desk and for many of them, I say, ‘oh, ok. This has some cute patterns.’ And it ends there.

And I’ll admit it, my books are among them.

Much of the bare-bones nature of many books you see is completely driven by the publisher’s desire to save money. Cute illustrations? You have to pay an illustrator for those. Step-by-step detailed instructions? Nope. That takes too many pages. Fancy shaping techniques? Oh, no. That doesn’t appeal to a wide-enough audience.

For a crocheter who wants extra information either because they’re a beginner (and need the help and explanations) or are adventurous and want to try something new (hence, needing explanations of new and complicated stitches), this formula can be very frustrating.

Needless to say, when a book comes to me that breaks the mold, I jump out of my chair with glee!

The Crochet Wildlife Guide

The Crochet Wildlife Guide is a self-published book by Philip Ha and Jeff Wiehler, and the book is filled with creative crochet ideas and an artist’s touch. I was impressed by the coverage of basic crochet techniques as well as detailed instructions and illustrations for each animal.

The Crochet Wildlife Guide bird

Each project contains a diagram (as shown above) that allows you to see each piece and how they are put together. These photos are often what takes a good pattern and makes it amazing and easy-to-follow. (It’s why I include step-by-step photos in all of my individual patterns… no matter how many words you have, sometimes, you just need a photo!)

I was also enchanted by the darling illustrations in the book (including this table of contents).

The Crochet Wildlife Guide table of Contents

The patterns included in the book walk the line perfectly between wildlife-realism and kawaii cuteness. Amigurumi like the red panda on the cover, have little details so the animal is instantly-identifyable and unique, but not fussy and still cute with wide appeal.

The book also includes a table of the skills required for each pattern. This is such a great idea… you can identify the project that’s just right for you!

The Crochet Wildlife Guide difficulty levels

Throughout the book, the authors emphasize places where you can become your own designer, by highlighting small changes you can make or pointing out the design techniques used to create a particular shape.

The Crochet Wildlife Guide Bat

The photography, with animals photographed in nature, is lovely as well.

The book is available for purchase in digital or print form, from The Crochet Wildlife Guide website or from Amazon.

FREE Chinstrap Penguin Pattern

Free penguin crochet pattern

Phillip and Jeffrey have given us a pattern that didn’t make the book for FREE so that you can get started on some crochet cuteness right away!

Click here to download the pattern:Β  Penguin pattern by SirPurlGrey

Giveaway

Want to win a digital copy of the book? Yes, I know you do!

Just leave a comment (including your email address) on this post before Thursday, October 5th and you’ll be entered to win!

The Crochet Wildlife Guide Flying Squirrel

 

174 COMMENTS

  1. This looks so cute! Amy (dot) Kittel (at) Gmail (dot) Com

  2. Kiley SAYS...

    I’d love to win!

  3. Chloe lopez SAYS...

    Love to crochet these lovely creatures

  4. Sounds like a great book! thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Rebecca SAYS...

    These patterns look so cute! I’d love to have a copy of this book. ramhist[at]gmail.com

  6. Carol SAYS...

    What a great giveaway, just in time for the holidays!

  7. Theresa Catlett SAYS...

    This books looks like great fun!

  8. Mariana Gonzalez SAYS...

    It looks like a very complete book with all the explanations and images, i am sure this will be great for improving my crochet learning. Hope to win it!

  9. Katie Mosharo SAYS...

    Looks like a great assortment of cute animals!

  10. Marie Vogel SAYS...

    Those animals were great and thank you for the giveaway,

  11. Jane E. SAYS...

    Would love to win this book. I am always making critters and dolls for the grand kids!

  12. Beth Lawrence SAYS...

    The patterns look great!!!

  13. Ronanne Fleetwood SAYS...

    This sounds like an awesome book! Need to have it!

  14. Rachel Friendship SAYS...

    This book looks really amazing. I’ve made a decent amount of amigurumi and I still struggle with placement at times and can become easily frustrated. cythereamorte@gmail.com

  15. Betwixtknits SAYS...

    The flying squirrel is adorable!

  16. Anne Shortreed SAYS...

    What a beautiful book. So cute and includes endangered animals. I will try the free
    pattern. Thank you very much.

  17. AJ Boff SAYS...

    How adorable. πŸ™‚

  18. Kim SAYS...

    Love this!

  19. Kim White SAYS...

    Looks so cute and great instructions.

  20. Florence Leto SAYS...

    I love the uniqueness of the patterns! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  21. Melissa SAYS...

    Super cute!

  22. Joyce SAYS...

    I love the fact that there is a scientific name listed for the creatures! So cool if I don’t win I just might have to purchase the book for that fact alone πŸ™‚ and also the patterns are adorable

  23. Terrie SAYS...

    Oh awesome amazing I love animals, such a great way to enjoy them. I make them , display grandkids I am sure will have dibs on them. Thanks for chance to win!

  24. WJ SAYS...

    I adore your precious little critters – all of them! This looks like a fun book. Thank You for the opportunity to win one.

  25. Vicky Rout SAYS...

    This looks absolutely amazing

  26. Jennifer SAYS...

    Oh my goodness, I’m really excited for this giveaway! I just learned how to do amigurumi and my career is in parks, how great would it be to crochet up some little friends for nature programs!

  27. Eva SAYS...

    Awesome!

  28. Pauline SAYS...

    Oh my gosh, these are so cool!

  29. dujyt SAYS...

    Adorable Bat! Would love to do them all.

  30. I really like the educational information and illustrations that accompany the patterns. Not only enjoyable to make but also a fun way to teach children about animals.

  31. Jody SAYS...

    Would love to win this! Such cute designs and it with all the illustrations and step by step photos it will be a pleasure to make these characters. jbherb1@bigpond.com

  32. Debbie Norvell SAYS...

    We are talking cute and adorability here! My goodness the animals are waiting to be made for a home. A wonderful idea too along with a book available even a free one. d6425@hotmail.com

  33. Gina SAYS...

    Thank you for this great give away, what a way to educate the children about the wildlife and to be able to make them to give as pressies for the kiddies
    Thank you again

  34. Marcia Vicknair SAYS...

    I really, really want to win! lol I’m fairly new to crochet and still learning. My grandkids would love these. mvicknair62@gmail.com

  35. Andrea Tsang SAYS...

    Those are all so cute!!! All of your patterns are, though. Thank you for offering a giveaway!

  36. Jenny C SAYS...

    So cute. Makes you want to start right away.

  37. Suzi Perry SAYS...

    Such cute and adorable critters! Wish I could afford the book but as a grandmother on social sercuity, I can’t but thanks for the free pattern, I look forward to making it.

  38. Maya Vanderpool SAYS...

    Sounds wonderful!

  39. Amy SAYS...

    This looks absolutely adorable! I’ve added it to my crochet book wish list, in case I don’t win. πŸ˜‰

  40. What an adorable book, count me in for entry πŸ™‚

  41. Pamela SAYS...

    I love the inspiration for many more animals around the world. Thank you for such a great giveaway

  42. lakotajo2 SAYS...

    These animals are so cute, hope I win a copy of the book so I can use the money for yarn, instead!

  43. Katherine Maples SAYS...

    Adorable cuties!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Pam Doran SAYS...

    Really neat book with some really cute animals in it. Fun.

  45. I love when you share Books with us. I end up buying them as soon as the contest is over. I really like this one and how they break everything down.. Good Luck Everyone

  46. Alison SAYS...

    Great commentary would love to win the book very cute

  47. Christina Cavallo SAYS...

    Designs are cute.

  48. Rebecca SAYS...

    So cute! Thanks for the free pattern and giveaway πŸ™‚

    beckymmoe at live dot com

  49. Michelle McKee SAYS...

    Looks like a fabulous book, I would love to win. Thanks so much for the free pattern and the opportunity to win a free copy of this wonderful book! meowzie92@gmail.com

  50. Joyce Feain SAYS...

    Love the idea of adapting the pattern – also wonderful to see independent authors publishing

  51. Kareena SAYS...

    Would love to win this. It looks great!

  52. Hi!
    These amis look so cute!!
    Thank You for sharing <3

  53. Christine Guzorek SAYS...

    It looks like it would be a great source of projects for the children in my life

  54. Avital ordan SAYS...

    Looks like a great book

  55. Janet K Merkle SAYS...

    Adorable!

  56. DeeAnna SAYS...

    Flying squirrels! This book is adorbs!!!!!!!! If I don’t win, I’m buying!!! Thank you for the free pattern. Xox

  57. Tanya SAYS...

    These are adorable! The book look awesome ❀️

  58. Joan SAYS...

    Such an amazing book filled with majestic wild life cuties, I’d love to make them all. Thank you for this giveaway. Thank you for the penguin pattern, super cute.

  59. Michele SAYS...

    Thanks for sharing your gift of crochet and the opportunity to win your book too.

  60. JJ Wong SAYS...

    This book looks WONDERFUL! I love to learn about animals around the world.I’m looking forward to using the patterns to make some cute creatures.

  61. Kirsty @ moodycatcrafts SAYS...

    I love that flying squirrel! Thanks for the chance to win.

  62. debbieroo SAYS...

    what a great looking book, lots of fun patterns would love a copy to make for grandkids and my little niece. X djpeters468@hotmail.com

  63. Margaret Grant SAYS...

    Delightful little animals! A simply “must have”!

  64. Julie Reading SAYS...

    Christmas inspiration in a beautiful book. I know exactly who’s getting that adorable bat. Thank you for the give away. Off to download Mr “Cutie-Putie” Penguin XXX

  65. Trina M. Conley SAYS...

    These little critters look so AWESOME, can’t wait to make me and some very near and dear little ones, a couple sets!!!

    • jannwebb SAYS...

      Stac, you’re still amazing! I learned how to make my first Amigurumi from you and am still having so much fun with them! I ordered this wild animals book. Thanks for telling us about it!

  66. Florence Eller SAYS...

    This book and the instructions look amazing. I would love to be the winner.

  67. Toni SAYS...

    Love this book! Thanks for sharing it.

  68. Pamela SAYS...

    Love amigurumi. Such cute animals. I know my grandchildren would love for me to make these for them. thanks for the opportunity to win this book! pbjones80@hotmail.com

  69. Kathy SAYS...

    The flying squirrel won my heart! I’d love a copy of this book. What a generous giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. Mkbhel6@att.net

  70. Debbie Carey SAYS...

    I absolutely love wildlife! Very cute!

  71. Elly SAYS...

    Love it! The axolotl is so adorable. I can totally see making that in bulky yarn for a giant toy. πŸ™‚
    Ellyol@zoho.com

  72. Sarah L SAYS...

    This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway. Email is sarah.m.lawson (at) gmail.com

  73. cindyzs/freespiritczs SAYS...

    So cute!

  74. Valerie Harpham SAYS...

    I love your site and this book looks very fun

  75. Bonnie SAYS...

    I love amigurumi and this book looks so cute! I am definitely going to check out more of Philip’s work.Thank you so much for sharing!

  76. Ashley Hisson SAYS...

    What a great collection. Love that they’ve included factual information on the animals, as well.

  77. Barbara Cohen SAYS...

    Cute penguin patter. The book looks very interesting.

  78. Michele SAYS...

    Thank you for this fun opportunity!

  79. Bonnie Kanzia SAYS...

    Just started amiguri crocheting last year for the grandkids and absolutely love all the animals. Would love to win the wildlife book.

  80. Rebecca SAYS...

    Very cute! Fingers crossed!

  81. jen shidaker SAYS...

    Oh my goodness! These patterns are ADORABLE!

  82. Jan SAYS...

    I am just beginning amigurumi. I was told the book was easy to follow and had tips. The creatures are cute and loveable. Would love to try them.

  83. Linda Hilliard SAYS...

    Very cute & educational

  84. Marta SAYS...

    I love it!!! Cuteness overload! ;-D

  85. Sara Driscoll SAYS...

    Oh my god they are sooooo cute.my list of animals to crochet just got longer.

  86. Juanita Otto SAYS...

    What a great way to learn animals from around the world. I hope there’s an Australian one. juanitaotto@hotmail.com

  87. Nina Nygard SAYS...

    Thank you for the sir pearl grey pattern, please enter me for The Crochet Wildlife Guide.

  88. deb rowley SAYS...

    I’d love to make all of these for my grandchildren!

  89. Debra SAYS...

    This does look like an amazing book. Thanks for the chance.
    debby236 at hotmail dot com

  90. Wow these patterns look so exciting! πŸ˜€ I’m blown away by them & thank you for the opportunity to enter to win them! πŸ™‚ I’m also desperate to make the penguin as I have a great friend who loves penguins & she’ll be ‘flipping & flapping’ with delight if I make her this one for Christmas!!!

  91. I love the red panda and blue bird. This seems like an amazing book with adorable animals. I would love to crochet them for charity for little children in hospital with a life threatening disease. Thanks for giving the chance to win this book.
    m.rekers at bitofcolor dot com

    Have a great day, Margaret

    • Congrats! You’re the winner! You’ll get emailed details, soon!

  92. I think this would be excellent! kialynne.maree at gmail dot com

  93. oma1648 SAYS...

    Flying squirrel for my grandson. Thank you for the Penguin pattern.

  94. sara SAYS...

    There are not many books out there to actually teach specific techniques and shaping for amigurumi…It’s great to know such a book is in the market now! Saraamic82@yahoo.com

  95. These are so adorable and your instructions look fantastic! I’ve only made clothing and a few blankets. I’m going to have to give it a go.

  96. sue Quinton SAYS...

    i love all the cute animals in his book ,they look amazing . i would really love to win a copy .THANKYOU

  97. Lori Paddock SAYS...

    Wow, this would keep anyone busy for a long time!

  98. I’d love to see all of the patterns included in this book πŸ™‚

    • Patricia SAYS...

      These patterns are adorable! Perfect size for the charity items I make.

  99. Bronwyn SAYS...

    This book looks so clever and cute. I love that the habitats are mapped. I’m always looking for new shaping techniques, so that sounds exciting, too. Thanks for the penguin pattern! It’s sad that the little guy was a publishing orphan, but I’m happy to adopt him!

  100. Anupama SAYS...

    Oh my,what an intriguing book.Hope I win.Keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

  101. Theresa SAYS...

    What a great variety of animals. I like the diagrams with the tips.

  102. Jessica SAYS...

    Beginner – would love to have a chance to try this!!

  103. Emily SAYS...

    What an adorable style! I didn’t even know I needed a flying squirrel amigurumi pattern before now, but wow do I ever! πŸ™‚

  104. Allie SAYS...

    Oh my cuteness overload! After this comment I am headed over to the penguin pattern right now. Thank you.

  105. Jenny Guthrie SAYS...

    That red panda is adorable!

  106. Arielle Platero SAYS...

    It would be awesome to add this book full of cute patterns to my collection! ????
    rishona18@yahoo.com

  107. Wow how awesome your wee creatures are just brilliant love to see more πŸ˜€

  108. Beth Long SAYS...

    I have this book and it is amazing! The best part is he makes Pokemon inspired by these patterns and will talk to you about what has been done!

  109. Leonita Mauludiyanti SAYS...

    I love your amigurumi designs, especially the red panda! πŸ˜„

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