October Crochet Fun + Fave Links

I know I say this every month, but there is just SO MUCH going on! Fall is the time for crocheting, so I’m just going to go ahead and get started!

October Ami Club Pattern

Isn’t Mr. Jack the Pumpkin so adorable?
freshstitches pumpkin
I designed his arms to be like ‘vines’ that you can style any which way! And I created an easier technique for making the ‘pumpkin grooves’ than many other tutorials I’ve seen, so I hope you find it a cinch.
Ami Club members can hop over to their account and download the pattern!

As always, there are featured patterns that are 50% off for club members. Head to the News & Announcements forum to have a look and grab your coupon!

New Products

Glow in the Dark Eyes

Just for October, I’ve released hand-painted, glow in the dark eyes! Here’s a video so you can see them in action.

These are limited in quantity, so get them while they’re available!

Craft Eye Sampler Boxes

I’ve had lots of people ask me about making sampler boxes available. I usually sell eyes in 5-pair packs, but maybe you don’t want 5 pair. You just want a sampling of the different colors?

FreshStitches eyes sampler

Now I’ve got you covered. Craft Eye Sampler boxes now available in 2 sizes!

Mini Scissors

A rainbow of mini scissors (with adorable Nelson the owl) is now available! A video of how to use them (shown on the previous version) is here:


You can enter to win a giveaway of 5 amigurumi books, here!

Mini Knitted Books

Crochet Hook of the Month Club

Have you seen this Crochet Hook of the Month club by Louet?

Kollage square crochet hook

You choose either a pointed or rounded tip (whoa!) and the hook is customized with your chosen inscription. So cool!

Amigurumi Patterns.net Design Contest

I’m super-happy to be a sponsor of the AmigurumiPatterns.com design contest!

This is a great opportunity to enter… you don’t even need to write a pattern!

Love my customers!

This one is fun… here’s a little map of purchases from the month of September!

Fave Links

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:  Penguin pattern by SirPurlGrey


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


Eyelash Yarn Giveaway from Ice Yarns!

We all love fun yarn, right? Well, today, I have a giveaway for a super-fun bundle!

Eyelash Yarn giveaway

It’s a rainbow bundle of Eyelash yarns from Ice Yarns! Keep reading for how to enter!

About Ice Yarns

Ice Yarns ships from Turkey, and they have the largest collection of eyelash yarn I’ve ever seen! Check out the full listing… long eyelash yarns, regular eyelash yarns, twisty eyelash yarns, the list goes on. And in so many colors!

The prices are very low (these eyelash yarns are $4.99 for a bag of 8 balls! That’s $.62 a ball!), so at first I was worried about showing them too you because I thought the shipping price might be very high (some overseas companies charge ‘handling’ as a way to improve the sales price). But, shipping to the US is $7.50 for an 8-ball bag, so that’s still just $1.50 a ball. For so much fun!

How to use Eyelash Yarn

Eyelash yarn is really fun for creating special characters with a really fuzzy look. They’d be great for any of the monsters in my Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster class, a fuzzy teddy bear OR a prickly cactus!

blue eyelash yarn

Nervous about working with eyelash yarn? Here’s a great tip for making working with eyelash yarn easy!

Enter to win!

This bundle contains a skein each of purple, pink, blue, green and yellow eyelash yarn, along with two complementary skeins of yarn. To enter, just leave a comment on this page! It’s that easy! A winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, June 14th.

Ami Club members should hop over to the forums for an extra chance to win!