The happiest amigurumi you’ll ever see (+ giveaway)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

From Happy-gurumi

Have you heard the latest buzz? No, it’s not the bees taking up residence in your garden. It’s the happiest collection of amigurumi toys ever!

But there’s something unique about these crochet designs: many of them have puppet-style mouths. Vanessa Chan, author of Happy-gurumi, started incorporating open mouths for her crocheted softies after studying animation in college. Vanessa is here to tell us more about her process and inspiration—welcome, Vanessa!
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Vanessa ChanHello everyone! I’m really excited for the release of my first book, Happy-gurumi! I often get asked about how I came up with the designs for the book and how I started doing puppet-style mouths. I started crocheting in college, where I studied stop-motion animation. I naturally gravitated toward combining crochet with my puppets and started working on the open-style mouth for some of my puppets. I liked the happy mouth so much that I started adding it to my amigurumi and kept going from there. For the future, I’m working on developing new styles of mouths and details inspired by my stop-motion puppets.

One of Vanessa's working prototypes
One of Vanessa’s working prototypes

For my designs, I keep a running list of potential amigurumi ideas, and I used that list as a starting point when picking projects for the book. When thinking of new designs, I’ll ask my friends and family about their favorite animals or what they’d like to see next. I also try to make a fun, goofy version of everyday things such as a daisy or root beer float.

Crocheted Root-Beer Float

Crocheted Present

I hope you crochet these designs yourself! Remember not to be discouraged if your softie doesn’t look exactly like the one in the picture. Even when I follow my own patterns, each amigurumi turns out a bit different, but they all have their own personality!


Would you like to win a copy of Happy-gurumi?

Because Vanessa’s characters are bursting with personality and ready to speak, we helped her caption all the photos in the book. Check out some of the silly puns in Happy-gurumi:

Crocheted Sunshine

Crocheted Elephant

Think you can come up with even funnier captions? Head on over to our Facebook page to enter the Happy-gurumi caption contest! You could win a copy of Happy-gurumi. We’ll choose three winners; we can’t wait to read your submissions!

Visit the gallery to see all 20 projects (and enjoy the captions) in Happy-gurumi.


Happy-gurumiCrocheted amigurumi: silly animals or goofy objects? Tell us your pick in the comments! Don’t forget to enter the Happy-gurumi contest on Facebook for your chance to win a copy of Happy-gurumi.
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25 Comments (leave a comment)

  • How absolutely adorable this giveaway is .. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Diana Grindel on April 17, 2015
  • Definitely silly animals! They are all so cute!!!

    —Michelle Olsen on April 17, 2015
  • Love the bees and the dog and cat. I ordered TWO copies of this when you featured it before! Gifts for my friend and my daughter. should have gotten one for me too!

    sharon in colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on April 17, 2015
  • I love the Happy-gurumi as it makes me think of Spring and it has been a long Winter in Maine.

    —Jill Ames on April 17, 2015
  • I like to crochet silly animals best.Although the other patterns are cute as well.

    —Marthese on April 17, 2015
  • I LOVE the bee!!! I’d find these critters a challenge to make, but it would be fun to try. Nice giveaway!

    Suzanne on April 17, 2015
  • I love the silly animals!

    —Sherril M. on April 17, 2015
  • These would be so much fun to make.

    —Cheryl Matthews on April 17, 2015
  • I think I’m going to put that purple elephant in my pocket with a side of bees, please.

    —Whiskers on April 17, 2015
  • PS. Errrr, put that elephant in my trunk. My pocket might bee too small.

    —Whiskers on April 17, 2015
  • I love both but my favorite would have to be the silly animals, so cute!

    —Amanda Best on April 17, 2015
  • Silly animals for sure. Great for children.

    —Bonnie on April 17, 2015
  • I have done this type of crochet in the past: owls, swans and cats are my favorite. So glad to see it back in style. Will do it again, for sure.

    —Dell M on April 17, 2015
  • The silly animals are, in my opinion, much more creative. There is more leeway to change colors and details without worrying about it not looking like "the real thing".

    —Karen on April 17, 2015
  • I choose both. How could you not be in love with all these wonderful creatures.

    —CindyM in Oregon on April 17, 2015
  • They are all so cute, which one do you make first. Definitely have to make all of them. What a whale of a deal. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on April 17, 2015
  • I liked the ostrich! Way too cute and very unique! You could put a bell or rattle in him to make the cutest baby rattle if he isn’t too big.

    —Lori B. on April 17, 2015
  • Silly animals are a must. My grandchildren would love it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on April 17, 2015
  • I love them all the bees are adorable.

    —Kathy Kauth on April 18, 2015
  • I love these little animals and plan on making them for my granddaughter

    —Betty on April 20, 2015
  • Silly animals! And I love them all.

    —Pearl on April 20, 2015
  • Definitely silly animals! So cute! Thanks and God bless!

    Rose Santuci-Sofranko on April 21, 2015
  • I love amigurumi – great silly animals

    —Carmen N on April 22, 2015
  • I love to make silly amigurumi animals!

    —Nicole Sender on April 24, 2015
  • I love the frog on the front of the book!

    —Doris Mccarty on April 24, 2015

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