• September Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    I can’t believe it’s already September! Time is moving so fast (and um, it was 105 in Los Angeles last week… that feels like July to me!). As always, I have lots of exciting news to share! If there’s something specific you’d like to see on the blog, feel free to leave a comment or […]

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  • Amigurumi Lion Stuffed Animal Pattern How to crochet the mane on a lion!

    Our Kepler the Lion CAL is well underway! Ami Club members have the pattern available in your downloads, and the pattern is also available for individual purchase! There’s already a lot of great finished Kepler’s in the July/August CAL: Kepler the Lion Finished Photos thread, but I know there’s still a lot of you who […]

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  • 8mm safety craft eyes August Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    It’s August! Hooray! It’s the time of year that I’m so happy it’s summer, but also won’t mind when it cools down a bit… how about you? There’s so much happening this month… umm… so much that we stressed out the server. Ooops. So, if you’ve been trying to get to the site over the […]

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  • crocheting through the back loop with FreshStitches Crochet: Back Loop vs. Both Loops + Video

    This post was originally published April 28, 2015… but it’s so popular that I’ve updated it and added a video! Crocheting is so much fun because there are so many options! Even a simple single crochet gives you the option of crocheting through the front loop, both loops or the back loop! Today, I’ll show […]

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  • Stanley the Stingray amigurumi from Freshstitches... so cute! July Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    Little editorial note… I published this post about a week ago but I discovered that the fancy website widget that emails the blog post out to my over 5000 subscribers wasn’t working! Eep! And you can’t go without the July news! So, I’m republishing the post… apologies to the (few) folks who read it the […]

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  • Easiest way to begin your amigurumi crochet! Try this technique: the Sloppy Slip Knot! How to Start Amigurumi the Easy Way! The Sloppy Slip Knot.

    This blog post was originally published April 15, 2009. Today I’m going to show you my favorite way to begin crocheting amigurumi: using the sloppy slip knot. I find it easier to do than the magic ring, and it closes up nicely so that you don’t have a hole at the start of your work. […]

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  • 50% Patterns for Club Members!

    Did you know that every month, Ami Club Members get 50% off a selection of patterns? And that’s in addition to the exclusive free monthly pattern! If you’re not already a member, you’ll want to join to grab these awesome goodies! Want a real deal? Head on over to this post on Moogly for a […]

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  • free sleepy eyes pattern Crochet sleepy eyes for your amigurumi!

    A little while ago, I was invited to crochet-a-long with the facebook group, Learn Amigurumi Crochet with Us! We crocheted Howie the Penguin and had a blast! (If you haven’t downloaded my FREE Beginner’s Guide to Amigurumi, which features this adorable pattern… what are you waiting for?) Carrie (one of the group leaders) designed sleepy […]

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  • donate supplies to foster children Comfort Cases Charity Drive + Giveaway!

    About Comfort Cases You know that every quarter, FreshStitches picks a new charity in need of receiving lovingly made, crocheted stuffed animals. Last quarter’s drive, animals for Kids Need to Read, was a huge success… and I am over-the-moon excited about this one! This quarter, we’re making stuffed animals to put in the backpacks distributed […]

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  • crocheting amigurumi How to crochet the 2nd round in amigurumi

    Today, I’m going to talk about how to crochet the second round of your amigurumi! You see, I spend a lot of time talking about how to start off with the first round. Whether it’s using the magic ring method or the sloppy slip knot… the first round gets all the attention! And then, Jen […]

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