Crochet a big hug for everyone you (+ giveaway!)

Need a hug?

Monty-Monkey
Monty Monkey from Huggable Amigurumi

Huggable AmigurumiYou’ll find a ton of fun ways to get your daily dose of hugs in with the new book Huggable Amigurumi!

These sweet, snuggly crocheted animals are ready to give and get cuddles from kids and grown-ups alike. Big, amigurumi-style buddies measure from 9″ to 13″ tall, rely on basic crochet stitches, and are quick to create with easy-to-find yarns.

Twenty-year-old college student Shannen Chua learned how to crochet in school in the Philippines—it was a requirement in sixth grade, how fantastic is that—and she is charming the crochet world with her creations. When you take a peek at the Huggable Amigurumi gallery, you’ll see why. You’ll meet Belle Bluebird, Henry Elephant, Rocco Raccoon, and many more cozy critters to crochet.

From-Huggable-Amigurumi
Discover even more adorableness in Shannen’s illustrations, sprinkled throughout the book.

Today Shannen is our guest writer, here to tell us a little about her new book and give you a few little tips for making your crochet extra cuddly.


Shannen-ChuaHi there! I’m Shannen, the author of Huggable Amigurumi, a compilation of 18 seriously adorable designs (no bias here). All the designs are huggable, as the title suggests, and they’re super addicting to make.

(Me with my huggables—you can see they’re bigger than traditional amigurumi. More to hug! >>>)

When you first look through the designs, some of you might wonder if the projects are complicated. But rest assured, the moment you start crocheting, you’ll stop worrying. All of the designs in the book are made with super-simple stitches—you can be a beginner and still create these wonderful toys!

Elliot-Giraffe
Elliot Giraffe

Shannen-crochetsAll the stitches used in the book are as follows: slip stitch, single crochet, long single crochet (a fancy term for inserting your hook 1 row below while making a single crochet), half double crochet, double crochet, magic ring (easy to substitute with a chain 2), and a puff stitch. I explain how to do each stitch in the book. Probably the most “difficult” stitch would be the puff stitch, but that’s only for one project, little Lila—and the instructions offer an easy alternative.

Lila Lamb amigurumi
Hint: Instead of a puff stitch you can opt to use a fuzzy yarn and a larger hook for Lila.

Another great thing about these little huggables is that you don’t need balls and skeins of yarn. If you have bits and pieces of different yarns lying around, feel free to combine them! It gives your projects even more personality.

In Huggable Amigurumi, I also share tips on improvising materials to give your amigurumi extra pizzazz. However, my favorite tip in the book is one method that has really made my amigurumi stand out. It’s how I stitch my single crochet. Instead of a YOH (yarn over hook) for the first step, I do a YUH (yarn under hook). It’s so simple and it makes a huge difference in the finished product!

Connor-frog
Connor Frog from
Huggable Amigurumi

I am so excited to share this book with crocheters new and pro alike! I hope you enjoy Huggable Amigurumi—please let me know how you like it! You can visit me online on Instagram and Tumblr. Be sure and tag your projects with #huggableamigurumi!


Huggable AmigurumiShannen, we can’t wait to crochet your little sweethearts—thanks for telling us more about your new book!

Are you: 1) new to crochet, 2) new to amigurumi, or 3) an ace at both? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Huggable Amigurumi eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Shaneka, who says:

“I’m new to amigurumi but not new to crocheting. I want to make a huggable for myself and to give to my goddaughter for Christmas.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Shaneka—congratulations!

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121 Comments

  • I have crocheted in the past, but am just now getting back into it. I love the idea of such cute projects!

    —Anya on October 14, 2016
  • Love crochet but new to amigurumi!

    —Ashley on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi and these are sooooo cute. The book seems like it would have tons of information to help me get started with amigurumi. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on October 14, 2016
  • I’d have to say I’m fairly new to amigurumi, but have been crocheting for years.

    —Diane Nishri on October 14, 2016
  • never done either, but they are so ADORABLE- my grandkids would love them.

    —Nadine on October 14, 2016
  • I am an old hand at crochet, but new to amigurumi! These are so cute!

    Snoodles on October 14, 2016
  • I think I’m in love with a frog!

    New to Crochet but dying to try a few of these animals for my grand daughter. They are adorable and such talent to create these!

    —Erin Owens on October 14, 2016
  • I am definitely new to amigurumi. I’ve only crocheted scarves and throws. I’d so love to learn to make these cute huggable creatures. I’d love to make them to give away to children who need something to hug. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book

    —Joellyn Partyka on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi and love it!

    —Jeanmarie K on October 14, 2016
  • I have always been afraid to attempt amigurumi but LOVE these. Thanks to the encouragement, I will give these a try. I’d love to win the book of patterns. So adorable.

    —Janet on October 14, 2016
  • I’m new to both. I’ve been knitting but get easily frustrated with it so a friend told me to give crotchet a go instead. I love these animals! I must have a go!!

    —Hannah on October 14, 2016
  • These are adorable! I am new to amigurumi, but would love to give these a try!

    —Nancy Austin on October 14, 2016
  • I’m new to amigurumi although I’ve been crocheting for a long time.

    —Marthese on October 14, 2016
  • I love crocheting! I really enjoy doing cute animals for any of the holidays. I usually add my own little touches to make them special for each individual. It would be super to have eighteen animals all in one place to crochet. They are perfect for any age, from babies up to adults.

    Cynthia Benedum on October 14, 2016
  • So fun and so cute! As a beginner, these would be great to create, plus the instructions and tips make it look very doable 😉

    —Gretchen H. on October 14, 2016
  • I used to crochet a lot, but now more into quilting, I have not tried amigirimi, but up to try most anything. Thanks for all your ideas.

    —Rita S on October 14, 2016
  • My mother crochets, so I was thinking about learning to knit, BUT after seeing these cute huggables, I am starting to change my mind! They are so adorable and I would love to learn to crochet them! (I am 44 and my mother lives on the other side of the country). Thank you for your consideration:)

    —Cassandra M on October 14, 2016
  • hi, I only know how to crochet the very basic stitches , but would love to learn how to make these adorable huggable little animals. They would be ideal presents for my future grandchildren

    —Marlene Auret on October 14, 2016
  • What a wonderful looking book. Would love to have it.
    I make a things for the Angel tree at Christmas time. These animals would be just the thing to put under that tree.

    —Leola Deering on October 14, 2016
  • Would love try this for my step grandchildren,,, tried patterns in past and just don’t get it done.
    Hopefully this patter will be better🙂

    —Ellen on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to crochet but stuffies have always been my favorite to knit. This book has such cute animals that all the little ones in my life would love to hug!

    —Michelle Sanders on October 14, 2016
  • I am not new to crochet, but am new to amigurumi and I would love to win this book.

    —Janet Wiener on October 14, 2016
  • I can crochet but am new to Amigurumi. They are so cute.

    —Nancy B on October 14, 2016
  • 2) I’m an "ace" at crochet, in general, but have never tried amigurami. With these patterns, I would be learning, though!

    —Amber Bourland on October 14, 2016
  • I love amigurumi. these look so cuddly and so cute. My sweet little granddaughter would love them. I have crocheted many years and can never get enough of it. Mostly making things for every one else. Some charitys too. these look like they would be such fun to make!

    —Pam on October 14, 2016
  • Such cute projects to make! Thanks!

    Twyla Johnson on October 14, 2016
  • I’m an expert crochet-er. I used to make little animals for my kids when they were young. It’s good to see that it’s coming back in style 30 years later. I need new projects for my grandkids

    —Christine on October 14, 2016
  • I have been crocheting for a while and love doing amigurumi.

    —Julie Wietzke on October 14, 2016
  • Have crocheted for years, but have never tried amigurumi. Looks like fun!

    —Linda S on October 14, 2016
  • Hi! I’m new to both arts, but amigurumi motivated me to learn how to Crochet! I would love to hug this cutties of the book!

    —Ana Carolina on October 14, 2016
  • I crocheted one ripple stitch afghan a very long time ago and then went back to sewing. I am definitely new to amigurumi and would love to be a new again crocheter! These animals are absolutely adorable!

    —Debbie Miller on October 14, 2016
  • I am very new, but these little cuties seem to cute not to learn!

    elr on October 14, 2016
  • Love these guys! Not new to crochet, not new to crocheting cute little animals but haven’t done amigurumi!

    —Robin H. on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve been crocheting for a few years, but I usually only do small amigurumi. They make great little gifts for everyone!

    —Rhi on October 14, 2016
  • I am just getting back into crocheting but I would love to make these for my grandchildren, they are so cute. And I must say how cool it is that she had to learn crocheting in 6th grade!!!

    —Mary Van Kleeck on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi.It really looks like fun! I have done some crocheting but nothing like this.

    —Chris W on October 14, 2016
  • I am brand new

    —Laura M on October 14, 2016
  • New to crochet

    —Amy Cofer on October 14, 2016
  • Very cute book! I crochet at a basic level and have never tried anything more complicated than a wash cloth, lol. I’d give one of these cute patterns a try.

    Nita on October 14, 2016
  • These animals are so cute, and I have never heard of amigurumi. Love to crochet.

    —Susan on October 14, 2016
  • New to Amigurumi.expecting first great grandchild in March. Twins to be exact. These would be so darling to make.

    —Connie Murphy on October 14, 2016
  • Soy nueva en crochet y nueva en amigurumi.Pero me encantaría saber hacer uno de esos dulces y adorables animalitos para abrazarlos y besarlos. En realidad haría todos los animalitos porque todos son preciosos y no sabes cuál te gusta más. Tiene que ser un libro maravilloso.

    Translation: I’m new to crochet and new in amigurumi. But would love to do one of those sweet and adorable animals to hug. Actually it makes all animals because all are precious and you do not know which you like better. It must be a wonderful book.

    —Margarita on October 14, 2016
  • Have crocheted loads in the past, including animals and dolls, not so much lately. The amigurumi are so adorable and I bought her previous book for presents, love the lamb and will be purchasing this one for Christmas for my daughter! If she has it, I can use it too…..

    —Sharon Schipper on October 14, 2016
  • I have been crocheting for many years but have not done amigurumi. I have 3 grandchildren now, the youngest was born with majoy physical issues, and would love to make some of these adorable animals for them as well as my 5 (soon to be 6) great nephews and great nieces. These are definitely the cutest I have ever seen.

    —Sandra Capps on October 14, 2016
  • Self-taught in the crochet art, I have not attempted amigurumi basically because the items created did not interest me. However, the critters designed by Shannen have inspired me to try. The critters have personality!

    —Elizabeth on October 14, 2016
  • I am actually new to both! I love learning something new and have been dabbling in crochet for a short time now. These are super cute!

    Nancy Roraback on October 14, 2016
  • I don’t crochet, but have been looking all over for a FROG pattern. A friend of my stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Canada when her grandson was hospitalized. She said they had pictures of frogs all over and she wanted to "pay back" by crocheting some frogs for the house that the kids could play with or they could be given to a family member for their child that was in hospital. This book would be wonderful for her. She’d also love the other animals and find a good cause in order to make some up.

    What a wonderful idea, Vickie – I’m sure Connor Frog would be honored to live there! –Jenny

    —Vickie Keith on October 14, 2016
  • I wouldn’t say I’m an ace yet, but maybe a Jack.

    —Diana Salmon on October 14, 2016
  • I have done a lot of crocheting, & am getting back into it a long gap doing other crafts… I am new to amigurumi, & love this book!

    —Jeannine on October 14, 2016
  • I must say I am new to crochet. I made a dish cloth when I first retired and gave it away as a shower gift. But I have not crocheted since. These animals are so cute. My granddaughters would enjoy them.

    —Judy D on October 14, 2016
  • These are so cute, I don’t Crochet I Knit but if I win I am sure I can find someone that does Crochet in my family to give it to.

    —Barbara on October 14, 2016
  • These animals are adorable.it has renewed ny interest in crochet.

    Joyce on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve been crocheting since I was 7 years old, but have recently learned how to make amigurumi, and I love it! I would love a copy of your book! The critters are super cute!

    —Beth on October 14, 2016
  • I’m new to amigurumi but not new to crocheting. I want to make a huggable for myself and to give to my goddaughter for Christmas.

    —Shaneka Giscombe on October 14, 2016
  • I use to crochet a lot, but I have not attempted amigurumi. I have grandchildren now that would love one of these amigurumi. Would love to try one.
    Ann

    —Ann Acquilano on October 14, 2016
  • I would love to learn amigurumi

    —Lynnette Lamance on October 14, 2016
  • I’m so new to amigurumi I don’t even know how to pronounce it. But I’m ready to learn. These are adorable!!

    —Karen on October 14, 2016
  • #2 is my number. I love to crochet but I haven’t been able to do any of the amigurumi animals. I would love, love this book.
    Thanks for the contest 🙂

    —Genevieve Caswell on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to crocheting and amigurumi! I’m a true beginner but would love to win this book. Thank you.

    —Linda on October 14, 2016
  • I have been crocheting for a while, but my 8 year old is new to crochet and she wants to make everything! She would *love* to have this book to practice crocheting by working on fun things and making special gifts for her friends.

    —Michelle Wulf on October 14, 2016
  • new to amigurumi

    —Louise on October 14, 2016
  • I’m new to amigurumi but have been crocheting for years!

    —Linda B on October 14, 2016
  • I’m not new to crochet but am new to Amigurumi! These are so cute!

    —Tracy H on October 14, 2016
  • I don,t know how to crochet, but I have always wanted to learn. This book is so full of adorable animals. I wish I knew how to make them. Thanks for the great give aways.

    —Holly on October 14, 2016
  • I am a novice at crochet… barely know the basics and completely new to amigurumi, but think they are just adorable and would love to make some for friends and for the toddlers at church! <3 Thanks for the opportunity to win this package!!

    —Sondra McFarland on October 14, 2016
  • I like to crochet and so does my daughter. She would love this book!

    —Tina on October 14, 2016
  • I am only interested in quilting and knitting. Please don’t send me any more "darling" crocheted animals. Thanks.

    —Eleanor K Hunzinger on October 14, 2016
  • I know how to crochet–learned from Grandma and from books. I have never crocheted an amigurumi but have looked at many patterns.

    —Noreen on October 14, 2016
  • These are SO cute!! I have never tried amigurumi but would love to try these lovely animals and I know the grand-kids would love them, too.

    —Heather on October 14, 2016
  • Just learned to crochet (and read the directions) this summer. It wasn’t for lack of trying on the parts of both grandmothers when I was much younger. Eight grandchildren are a great excuse to have this book.

    —Margaret Hebel on October 14, 2016
  • Just learned to crochet (and read the directions) this summer. Not for lack of trying on the part of both grandmothers. Eight grandchildren is a really good excuse to own this book.

    —Margaret Hebel on October 14, 2016
  • I have crocheted for years, but have not ever made Amigurumi. It’s high time I started!

    —Erika B. on October 14, 2016
  • I’m a virtual Virgin at Crochet
    The only I have ever made, was the Picot Edge on a Babies Layette that I made when I was expecting my first child, 28 years ago.
    I would love to be able to Crochet some lovely Baby Toys for any future Grandchildren

    —Bridget Fletcher on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to both crochet and amigurumi, but I have been fascinated by amigurumi since I began learning crochet. These would make great Christmas gifts for young and old!

    —Donna G. on October 14, 2016
  • 1) I am new to crochet. I began self teaching myself some basic stitches a few weeks ago with the aim of making something for my baby niece who was born on Sunday! Her name is Scout and she is beautiful. I would love a chance to win a book that explains some crochet basics to help create adorable huggable creations that I would love to make for my niece. I really like the sheep and giraffe!

    —Madelyn on October 14, 2016
  • I have crochet before (just basic) but my granddaughter is learning so these would be a great place for her to try her hand at! (oh and I haven’t ever even tried amigurumi, but I’ve sure looked at it a lot!)

    —Judys on October 14, 2016
  • When I was small my grandmother taught me to knit & crochet….. I still knit (even though i don’t do that much of it now) but can i remember how to crochet? NO! I would love to have another go at learning it but am daunted by most of the patterns I see…..maybe a small project like a toy would be a good way to start. The book looks great & the toys are fantastic-so cute.

    —suzanne on October 14, 2016
  • Long-time crocheter, but have not tried amigurumi. Yet!

    —suzanprincess on October 14, 2016
  • New To Crochet :p

    —Gothiqua on October 14, 2016
  • Im big noob at this 😮 but i still trying 🙂

    —Gothiqua on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve crocheted for a long time, but haven’t done amigurumi. Would love to try one of these huggables!

    —Renee on October 14, 2016
  • Not experienced in amigurumi, but these critters are so cute they may draw me back to crochet. I just hope I haven’t forgotten all I learned when I was decades younger.

    —Sandy May on October 14, 2016
  • I have been crocheting for awhile, but last year I was introduced to amigurumi, and I love it!

    —Emilee Manley on October 14, 2016
  • I have crocheted quite a bit however I have never done amigutumi. There are so many people in all ages that I would like to make there for gifts.

    Linda W on October 14, 2016
  • I would have to say I am an ace at both!

    —Bridget on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve only done Granny Squares as doing things in the round has looked to hard and I haven’t mastered getting the increases right but these look so huggable and would make lovely toys for those children who come from a Domestic violence as they are so cuddly and huggable.
    Lovely work

    —Thelma on October 14, 2016
  • NOT NEW TO CHROCHET,BUT NEVER HAVE DONE ANIGUTIMI NEED TO LEARN!!!!!

    ANGELA PRINGLE on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve been crocheting since my grandmother taught me how over 40 years ago, but I’m pretty new to amigurumi – I’ve tried a few, but not very many.

    —Karen on October 14, 2016
  • What a cute book! I am new to crochet and amigurumi.

    —Bonnie on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to both. This book is sew cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to both, and your book is full of cute ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Linda Edwards on October 14, 2016
  • I’m definitely not an expert crocheter but I try. I love amigurumi and would love the book!

    —carol on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve crocheted before but never done amigirimi. It looks like fun1 Thanks for the giveaway

    —Karen N on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to both and am always glad to learn a new technique.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on October 14, 2016
  • I have crocheted for years but am new to Amigurumi Would be very interested in learning how

    Dora on October 14, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi but have been crocheting since I was a child. Cute book

    —lin on October 14, 2016
  • I’ve been crocheting for about 23 years but I’m an amigurami beginner.

    —Judith Martinez on October 14, 2016
  • I! New to amigurami. But I’m afraid to try. Lol

    —Joanne Roberts on October 14, 2016
  • I have never tried amigurumi even though I have crocheted before. This book will definitely help me get into amigurumi.

    Sandra on October 15, 2016
  • B) I am good at crochet, but I have not made many stuffies/amigurumi.

    —Emily C on October 15, 2016
  • Amigurumi are so cute, I have even put some in a Pinterest board, but I don’t know how to crochet!! That’s putting the cart before the horse!! I would love to win this book, and make some cute stuffies!

    —Jacklynn A Grimm on October 15, 2016
  • Oh my goodness these little sweeties are absolutely adorable! I am not new to crochet but I am definitely new to amigurumi. I have never seen cuter animals and I would love to be the lucky winner of this book! Shannen is truly talented. 😃💕

    —Paige Gonzalez on October 15, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi. I like the cute little animals froom this super book.

    —Timtirim on October 15, 2016
  • Learned to crochet a long time ago, making doilies with that skinny crochet thread. But these cute little guys are new to me.

    —Pearl on October 15, 2016
  • I have crocheted for decades, but have been on 5 month hiatus. Am just starting back into it. I Love making amigurumi for my 5 nieces and nephew and all of the kids I know and some I don’t even know. lol I just give them out! 🙂

    —Melanie on October 16, 2016
  • Still a beginner at crochet…

    —Carole on October 16, 2016
  • I’m not new to crocheter (over 50 yrs); but I’m new to amigurumi. Never tried it, but would love to make these huggable toys for friends and family as well as myself, of course.

    —Renee on October 16, 2016
  • I am a #2.

    —Karen Halliburton on October 16, 2016
  • New to amigurumi. I love the patterns in this book.

    —Karen Watkins on October 16, 2016
  • I am self taught at crochet. I love making gifts for children and would love to have this book!

    —Pamela Jones on October 17, 2016
  • I am new to both crochet and amigurumi (love that word), although my mother crochets quite a bit. These are just adorable and the imaginative illustrations make it very whimsical!

    Danette Stankovich on October 17, 2016
  • I’ve been crocheting for a long time but I’m new to amigurumi.

    —Mary on October 17, 2016
  • I had learned to crochet as a child, but then gave up on it until about 18 months ago. Since then, I’ve been crocheting up a storm! I particularly like to crochet amigurumi and the huggable creations that are brought to life in this book would be perfect to give as presents to the little ones in my life.

    —Carole J. on October 17, 2016
  • I am a knitter with basic crochet skills. I have crocheted 2 amigurumi projects and liked the results.

    —Carolyn Yocic on October 17, 2016
  • I’m love to crochet! I have been crocheting for a number of years. The Huggables in this book are darling!

    —Nicole Sender on October 18, 2016
  • I love to crochet.

    —Mary Jaeger on October 18, 2016
  • I love to crochet blankets.

    —Mary Jaeger on October 18, 2016
  • These look absolutely adorable. Looking forward to learning this since my health took me in a different direction!

    —Teresa Motz on October 19, 2016
  • I’ve made a couple amigurumi softies. These are so cute!

    —Lisa J on October 19, 2016
  • I don’t crochet myself, but I forwarded this to my daughter-in-law who does and is expecting our first grandchild early next year. They are adorable!

    —Barbara Barnes on October 21, 2016
  • I am new to amigurumi, I love the little darlings in the book.

    —Deborah B. on October 26, 2016

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