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The 5 most perfect patterns to learn Amigurumi crochet


Who wouldn’t agree with me that these crocheted softies or Amigurumis are utterly adorable. You would love to make such cuteness yourself, but how does it work?  And won’t it be to difficult for me?

Absolutely not.  Actually there’s plenty of Amigurumi patterns for beginners.

I selected 5 of those beginner patterns for you.  Just go for it and before you know it you’ll be crocheting any amigurumi.


Unboxing – Little box of crochet


Who doesn’t like to receive a gift?  Either personally given to you or in your mail.

Recently I subscribed myself to Little box of crochet, a subscription service that sends you a box filled with crochet goodies EVERY month!

The box contains a crochet pattern, all necessary notions and some very gorgeous extra’s.  The story behind the making of this gorgeous box is a heartwarming and beautiful story, that I think everyone should read.

Already getting excited?  Let’s take a look inside!


Essential crochet tools – stitch markers


If you’re a serial crocheter (like me), than you’ll no doubt will have stitch markers in your stash.  Yes, you can use yarn leftovers as stitch markers, but where’s the fun in that.  Don’t we ladies (and fellows) like to indulge ourselves from time to time?

Today there’s stitch markers in any possible color or shape.  There’s plain functional stitchmarkers, some look like jewelry and some are even a bit fashionable.  For crochet it is important the you always choose locking stitch markers or split ring stitch markers.  If you buy closed ones, you might end up needing to cut them out of your work… and we wouldn’t want that to happen.  But then, who uses those closed ones?  The closed versions are perfectly fine for knitting projects.  Just put them on your needle in-between two knitting stitches.


Split ring, locking and charm stitch markers



A stitch marker is just functional for me it it just does what it has to do.  So it can be as easy a little leftover of yarn.  The stitch markers on the right side of the photo are a perfect example from my stash.  I believe these where the first stitch markers I ever bought and they already went a long way with me!  These kind are called split ring stitch markers and always have an open side.  They look a bit like paper-clips, but believe me it is not very smart to use a paper-clip as a stitch marker!  (I tested it and had a full-time job trying to get them out again… kind-a funny if I think about it now…).  The good thing is, that nowadays you can find these in happy colors and a bit more stylishly shaped.

The second kind of stitch markers are the locking stitch markers.  They look like mini safety-pins in plastic and are really popular at the moment.  Good for us!  Because now you can get them in any color you can possibly imagine.  I bought these very colorful ones at Button Envy UK. A really lovely Etsy shop that actually specializes in buttons.  I also have some from freshstitches, and those even have a heart- or flower-shape!

And then there’s a third group.  For those who want more and want to make a statement with their stitch markers, there’s stitchmarker charms.  The duck, elephant and blue pearl are all free gifts with a magazine subscription, but you don’t need to look hard to find online shops that sell the most gorgeous handmade designs.

Hand-made charms and subscriptions



A shop I really love is The Clay sheep. I recently purchased 3 different stitch markers and I am thrilled to show you what I got!

When you place an order at The Clay sheep, you can choose if you like them for knitting (closed) or crochet (locking).

Soon after I placed my order, I received two of these cute little boxes in my mail.  You can tell that they really take care of their packaging, these look like jewelry boxes.  The stitch markers where gently packed in a plastic bag and where gathered around a safety pin.


I choose to buy the peas, ice creams and (obviously) the sheep, but it was hard to make a choice from all those gorgeous designs.  The stitch markers are even more beautiful in real life than on the pictures.  I’m sure I will have a lot of fun using these in my next crochet projects.

If you can’t get enough from these fashionable stitch markers, there’s also the option to subscribe yourself to a monthly stitch marker charm.  Yes, you heard me!  A subscription to receive one (or two) new gorgeous handmade stitch marker every month!  I just enrolled in the Charm of the month club from Bakery Charms.  These charms are all based on yummie bakery food and candy.   You should also check out the ring, earing and necklace section.  So beautiful!

Another well known website for bakery-jewelry is Tiny Hands.  But these even have the scent of the yummie food they’re representing.  They don’t sell (many) charms, but you can ask for custom orders.  So you can always request a locking stitch marker version.

Heartsprinkle is another fun online shop you surely need to visit.  This shop is specialized in crochet-related goodies… all custom made!  You can order your very own custom made crochet hook, plus matching stitch markers!  And nowadays you can even order cute notebooks to keep all your project notes.

I’d love to hear where you go shopping for your special stitch markers.

Crafty greetings,

Tutti Frutti CAL @Hookabee

the very berry trio

Yup, I joined another croche-along… the Tutti Frutti CAL from Hookabee.

I really love the patterns from Hookabee!  They are super cute, really original and a joy to make.

For this CAL I purchased the e-cook The very berry trio.  The e-cook concludes 3 lovely patterns of berries: a blueberry, a raspberry and a strawberry.

Here’s a small review on the patterns.


Pattern: Dave, the blueberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: easy
The yarn I used: Schachenmayr catania and DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 6 cm


This one is a really fast project and pretty easy to maken.  If it’s your first time to crochet an amigurumi, I’d say this one is a perfect project to start with.
The pattern suggests to use a worsted weight yarn, but I choose to use a fingering weight yarn.  This gives a really cute and tiny blueberry, that is also perfect for kids to play “little shop”.


Pattern: Meg, the raspberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: intermediate
The yarn I used: DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 9 cm


A tiny bit more challenging than the previous one, but if you tackled Dave,  than I’m sure this one will work out fine as well.  I think it’s a perfect project to work on your amigurumi skills.
What I really love about this pattern, is that you can remove the crown!  How awesome is that!  Extra cuteness!
Again, I worked with a fingering weight yarn, but I think this one will look fantastic in a worsted weight.  Be aware though… extremely cuddly when large…


Pattern: Sandy, the strawberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: intermediate
The yarn I used: DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 7 cm


Also a bit more challenging, but it should work out fine if you finished the blueberry and the raspberry.  It does require your attention a bit more, since Hookabee designed a special technique for the placement of the seeds.  Rather genius, I think, and the result is really beautiful.  My strawberry has the size of a real (large) strawberry.  So I think I might end up making more of these to use as a shopping-toy for kids.


If you make all three the berries in the order suggested in the e-book, these berries are the perfect project to learn Amigurumi or to enhance your skills.
And if your using fingering weight yarn, they are also very fun for kids to play “shop” with.  However, if you choose to work with worsted weight yarn, you’ll get these utterly cute and large berries.  It’s up to you to decide.

A fun tip: why not make a basket as well to store them ?

I am really curious to see your versions of these berries!


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crafty greetings,