August 9, 2019

Crochet Cute Critters Book Review & Giveaway

Inside: My review of the Crochet Cute Critters pattern book by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me. BONUS: I’m giving away two copies of the book!

Congrats to our winners!!

Tami W. & Lindsay M.

“Hoot!”, says Oswald the Owl.

“Baaa!” bleats Lilly the Lamb.

” … ” hums Ginger the Giraffe. (Yup, giraffes hum. Google it!)

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Win a copy of this wonderful book!

You’ve got to meet the adorable group of 26 amigurumi animals found in Sarah Zimmerman’s new book, Crochet Cute Critters, yourself to believe how cute they are.

Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me designed each of these plushies with the care and love that I expect from her.  Her sweet style goes hand in hand with kids and cuteness. She’s taken her crochet design to the next level with the wild collection in Crochet Cute Critters

crochet cute critters book table of contents with all 26 animals
My faves are Ginger, Lilly, Iggy and Tina. Who’s your favorite?

The book is really simple to read and understand.  If you have basic crochet skills you can tackle any of the critters with ease.  No experience in toy making needed! You donโ€™t have to have any knowledge of amigurumi or making crochet toys to tackle one of these projects.

Let me give you my thoughts on the book section by section.

Crochet Cute Critters Book – Part 1

Although this is a pattern book, it includes much more. The first part is all about the tools, materials and skills you need to crochet the patterns in the book.

Sarah covers absolutely everything you need from choosing your crochet and yarn to helping you decide what to use for the facial features. Great mom tip about using safety eyes and noses, Sarah!

Part 1 also includes a list of crochet abbreviations and a picture tutorial to help you understand the basic stitches. You know I’m all about the video, but these pics were clear and easy-to-follow.

Crochet Cute Critters Book – Part 2

This is the Finishing Section. At first it seemed odd to move from your material right to finishing, but it made perfect sense after reading it.

The tips in this section are as essential as the patterns.

I thought stuffing involved cramming as much fiber fil into the leg as you can fit.

Um, I was wrong. So, very, very wrong.

Sarah explains why some parts may need more stuffing than others. She also explains that using the right amount of stuffing will allow an animal to sit upright or stand. I loved that!

Then she covers piecing, adding facial features and even weaving in ends. There are oodles of tips in Part 2 alone that make this a great reference book for any crochet (or even knit) amigurumi maker to include in their library. 

crochet cute critters book pile of finished amigurumi animals

Crochet Cute Critters – Part 3

Come on now. The patterns are what we all buy books for, right?

You will be delighted by these characters. Sarah uses color, texture, and shaping techniques to infuse personality into each new friend.

From Dash’s mismatched floppy ears to Quinn’s crown you’ll find unique details that bump up the cuteness factor.

I also want to note that these are not mini stuffies, they are full size cuddlers!

Many of the patterns use the same basic shapes.  Creatively they are used different on the critters and with some colorful yarn changes and playful adaptations a new character comes alive! When you start on the patterns you see that all you have to do is make the parts and attach.

I hope you enjoy your Crochet Cute Critters book as much as I do.  

Crochet Cute Critters Video Review

Crochet Cute Critters Video Review


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Crochet Cute Critters Book Giveaway!

  1. Who can enter? Anyone 18 years and older in the United States.
  2. When can I enter? August 9, 2019 12:00 am – August 15, 2019, 11:59 pm
  3. How can I enter? Use the raffle widget below. Each entrant has 3 possible entries.
  4. How many winners will you choose? There will be two (2) randomly chosen winners from all valid entries.
  5. What can I win? Each winner will receive one (1) print copy of the Cute Crochet Critters book.
  6. How will I know if I won? Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, August 16th
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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. Sheโ€™s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    This book is adorable! Love doing amigurumi! Good Knit Kisses has given me great learning opportunities! Thank you for the chance to win this great book! ๐Ÿฆ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿฟ ๐ŸŠ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿฆ›

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    I love these! I would love love love love love to make them all! but especially the owl!

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    This would be great to win. Love the cat!

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    My Daughters expecting in March. Sheโ€™s in love with Safari animals would love ๐Ÿ’• the elephant and giraffe ๐Ÿฆ’ and monkeys. My granddaughter love unicorns ๐Ÿฆ„.

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    this would be super to win

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    My favorite is the penguin!

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    That giraffe is adorable!

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      I’m finding it hard to just pick one. I love them all. I just started to learn how to crochet and these would make wonderful gifts for my neighbor’s and their grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

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    Deborah Listman Ward August 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm Reply

    I really need to learn how to make these!!! the elephant for Brit and the hippo for Jet and the giraffe for a little boy who is going through cancer treatments he loves giraffes!!!

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    Paula Babette Hill August 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm Reply

    What fun! My 2 year old grandson likes foxes. This would be great to make for him.

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    Love the cat!

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    These are adorable!!! I can’t wait to make that sweet octopus!!

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    My favorite is the giraffe!

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    Love these so much! The unicorn is my favorite!

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    Elizabeth A Keating Weeks August 12, 2019 at 7:31 am Reply

    My favorite is Lilly the Lamb and Benny the Bear. I know my granddaughter would love them both.

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    This sounds like the book that will finally give me all I need to know to make cute critters.

    Thanks for the great review.

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    What cute little critters ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I love the fox. We have foxes in our yard most days. Making an amigurumi fox would be great fun. Looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. I am sure you will have great success with this cute book.

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    The cat is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Oswald the Owl is my fave. He is so cute!!!!

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    I did not know there was such a book of ” Cute Crochet Critters” . Wow. Sarah just gave me more ideas on making
    heads for the lovey blankets that I have been making to give to kids at Haven for abused women and children .
    Thank you Kristen for telling all of us who knit and crochet what is out in the latest books to keep our hands busy.

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    Deborah Listman Ward August 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm Reply

    oh I need to learn to make the elephant for Brittany and the hippo for Jessica!!! these are adorable!!!

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    Alex is calling my name, but my son will want Callie and Ginger!

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    Hi…hope to make some softies.

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    After my daughter learned how to crochet, yes I started her and the rest she got from lots of Youtube.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    She likes making the critters that match up with the comic book characters they read..
    It is fun to see what creates..
    I believe this book would help and give her even ore inspiration.. Something we can share and do together.

    Thank you for the opportunity to get one of these. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the book from Sarah! Either way, I’ll get this book for sure LOL. I have many little ones in my life who’ll LOVE these!

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    I started with crochet but had to move to knitting because the crochet was too difficult for me. I’d love to be able to make these cute little animals, and all the best other things you can make with crochet. Maybe I’ll get to it right after I finish this winter blanket I’m making in August in Texas for some odd reason!

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    I would love this book I do not know what my daughter is having she is only 9 weeks pregnant. So I have time for blankets but these animals are neutral. I can make anyone of these and be safe.

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    Thank you so very much for a chance to win this cute book !

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    Have never made stuffy animals but am definitely going to try!

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    Super cute amigarumiโ€™s!!!!

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    I love the unicorn, elephant & kitty! Actually I want them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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