Looking for inspiration for your next project? Walk on the wild side with our colourful array of crochet animals. Whether you choose an animal from land or sea, then or now, reality or fantasy, you're sure to find the perfect crochet critter – or why not make the whole collection?
They may grow up to be fearsome, but right now they’re super cute! Liz Ward’s dragon and egg crochet patterns are the perfect introduction to amigurumi. Using simple increases and decreases, this cute pair are great for beginners and can be made in a couple of evenings. You only need to stuff the head, body and tail, as the limbs are sewn on without any filling.
Dive into the crochet pool and let your hook do the swimming with this fantastic pattern. The vibrant summery yarns and simple stitches in Heather Gibbs’ sea-worthy project make it a joy to stitch.
This pattern by Hannah Cooper shows just how special ombré yarn really is. Check out that colourful tummy and frill! Tommy is really lovely to make – most body parts are created with simple increases and decreases.
Ever since Planet Earth hit our screens, the nation has been obsessed with sloths. So, naturally here's a Let’s Get Crafting edition complete with realistic – ahem – shades of pink and purple. The arms and legs pop open with snap fasteners, so Heather Gibbs’ creation can flit between trees or simply take a seat somewhere comfy.
Kangaroo & Joey
Start your amigurumi journey with a hop, skip and a jump. If you’ve admired amigurumi from afar but are yet to give it a go, Irene strange’s project has your name on it. Her mother and baby kangaroo use the technique’s four most common stitches - hurrah! Once you’ve mastered them, you’ll have the confidence to try any pattern. Mama Roo has been designed so that Baby Roo can be popped inside her pouch. What are you waiting for? Hop to it!
Monkey & Sheep Toys
The possibilities are endless with our interchangeable friends. You can swap all of the body parts on our Sheep and Monkey, and that’s just the beginning – by changing small elements or even mixing up your colours completely, you can create a brand new animal every time with Irene Strange’s clever project.
Esmerelda the romantic frog was created by Liz Ward and is very simple to recreate. This project would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Use any DK-weight yarn for this great stash-busting creation.
Crocodile Pencil Case
Despite his impressive appearance and powerful jaws, Mister Snaps is known up and down the river for being a big softie. So much so, he keeps all of the pencils that his fish friends find safe in his mouth and even sharpens them with his teeth! Mainly worked in four-row colour stripes, you can mix and match the colours of Irene Strange's cheeky croc to personalise this fun pencil case that younger relatives will love taking to school.
If you’ve ever been tempted to crochet a toy but have been put off by complex instructions, look no further than our adorable giraffe. This pattern only involves the three most basic stitches: chain, slip stitch and double crochet. You don’t even need to know how to work decreases as the shaping is created by missing stitches. So what are you waiting for? Hook to it!
Another Amigurumi Giraffe
Did you enjoy the make above? In that case, it’s high time you made our second cuddly safari toy. It’s not a stretch to say that Jennifer is absolutely adorable! She loves nothing more than peering over your craft room door to see what knitting and crochet projects you’ll be whipping up next. Irene Strange’s adorable make only uses a couple of simple stitches, which is ideal if you’re just starting out. If you fancy testing yourself, why not try changing colours more often along the body for an even quirkier result?
Become the most on-trend crocheter with Hannah Cooper’s adorable little llama. With his cute rug accessory, Larry is ready to get to work helping you transport your yarn stash around the house for all of your new year projects. Want more yarn? That’s no di-llama! Get your hands on a 600g yarn pack at craftstoreuk.com.