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

Need a hug?

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.

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

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 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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