Whimsical totes and bags for kids: Amigurumi on the Go!

Someone recently called me whimsical, and then in a moment of uncertainty pulled out an iPhone to look up the word. I should have provided this quick definition:

1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions.
2. crochets pink octupi, smiling mushrooms, and anything else made by Ana Paula Rímoli.

Small stuffed amigurumi have been hugely popular with knitters and crocheters in recent years. In the new Amigurumi on the Go, Ana turns stuffed creatures into purses and bags to crochet for kids. Not only are these highly usable items that children will love filling and carrying—they’re also adorable. So adorable you may wind up making everything for yourself instead!

As with everything Ana designs, the quality of her workmanship and easy-to-follow instructions make her amigurumi patterns anything but intimidating. Easily learn how to crochet a backpack, messenger bag, or zippered coin purse. All the projects are worked in worsted-weight yarn with a nice big (size J) hook. You’ll also find tips and advice on where to find colored zippers, what types of eyes to use, how to reinforce straps and handles, and more.

Here are some of my favorite projects from the book:

crocheted pencil cases
Zoo-inspired pencil cases
Even the most reluctant little student will want to carry supplies to school in one of these zippered cases. You may even be tempted to crochet one for yourself as a notions bag. Crocheted in the round, they’re easy to finish with felt muzzles and crocheted ears.

crocheted Amigurumi owl purses
I love owls, and the book includes not one but two owl bag patterns. The book bag, left, is retro in the best way, with 1960s stripes and a cartoon-worthy face. The wings provide clever little pockets. The owl purse, right, is crocheted in the round with an opening in back for a zipper. What would the child in your life carry in one of these?

crocheted mushroom purse
Not every purse is created equal
When a regular purse just isn’t enough, you need something special—something fungal. This happy little red mushroom zips up to carry toys or snacks with a smile. The unusual shape is constructed with basic increases and decreases and embellished with felt spots and eyes.

crocheted amigurumi purses
Crocheted in the roundie
Stitch a charming “Roundie Purse” to give to a lucky child or adult. Composed of two round shapes and a quick single crochet strap, this pattern includes instructions for a cat, panda, apple, and koala—but the possibilities are limitless.
Amigurumi on the Go cover
That’s not all!
With 30 patterns in all, this book just bursts with happy crocheted creatures to carry. Check out the other projects below!

Do you ever crochet or knit for kids? What sorts of childrens’ projects do you make? Let us know in the comments!

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