First Look at “Snuggle and Play Crochet” By Carolina Benitez
As most of my followers probably know, I really really really love Carolina Benitez’s amigurumi patterns! They are always so easy to follow and the format/pictures are pleasant to look at. I really enjoy making amigurumi from her patterns. I have made Felix the Baby Dragon, Nuru the Unicorn, and Brook the Tiny Bat. I am currently working on Kissie Kitty right now. I am so excited to try the new patterns in the Snuggle and Play Crochet book. I pre-ordered my copy and I just got it today so I haven’t tried any of the patterns yet. I just wanted to show you guys what’s included and what to expect if you want to add these patterns to your collection. So let’s get to it!
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The Author & Designer
Find Carolina around the web by clicking the links below:
If you join her Facebook group she does Crochet Alongs and offers her patterns at a discount. She also does giveaways and you get all the latest news on pattern releases.
She has a huge collection of patterns on Ravelry so make sure to check it out!
Skill Level Required
As stated in the book, “The character patterns are all labeled as intermediate – they involve some counting and perhaps some skills that you might not have learned before, such as surface slip stitch or using a magic ring.” She explains all of the stitches and techniques in the back of the book.
Materials & Equipment Needed
- 4 mm Crochet Hook
- 5 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn – Carolina recommends that you use a soft yarn like merino. I personally have used Red Heart Super Saver and I Love This Yarn and they both worked fine. I Love This Yarn is my preferred choice.
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
- Toy Stuffing
- 12 mm Safety Eyes (optional: you can choose to embroider the eyes instead)
Paperback Vs Kindle Edition
I bought the Kindle edition because it was cheaper, but honestly, I wish I would have bought the paperback version instead. She doesn’t list the patterns for all the pieces on every single toy. She references which toy to look at for duplicated parts. You can use the Kindle search functions if you want to. I think flipping through a book would be much better though. It just depends on what you are most comfortable with.
I absolutely adore the cover of Snuggle and Play Crochet. The monkey is just so cute! You will see on the cover that this book includes 40 patterns for loveys and their matching toys. You will get 5 blanket patterns for the loveys, 20 toy patterns, and 20 lovey patterns. The blankets you can mix and match with the different lovey patterns.
As I mentioned above there are 5 patterns included for blankets. You will get the Granny Blanket, the Peaks Blanket, the Texture Blanket, the Round Blanket and the Block Blanket.
Granny Blanket: 13″ x 13″
Peaks Blanket: 16″ x 16″
Texture Blanket: 12″ x 13″
Round Blanket: 14″ Diameter
Block Blanket: 14.5″ x 14.5″
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The Toys & Loveys
There are 20 patterns for toys and their matching loveys included. The patterns included are Maverick the Monkey (on the cover), Ceri the Panda, Cindy the Mouse, Clancy the Reindeer, Clover the Bunny, Cooper the Fox, Dylan the Dog, Ethan the Boy, Jack the Pig, Kendai the Hippo, Liz the Cat, Luke the Frog, Melvin the Zebra, Roy the Rhino, Sefra the Giraffe, Sue the Duck, Theo the Teddy Bear, Trish the Cow, Zoey the Sheep, and Ava the Girl.
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I think I am the most excited to try Cooper the Fox! I am obsessed with foxes. They are my favorite animal! After that, it would have to be Clancy the Reindeer and Ceri the Panda. They are all pretty cute though. Which one(s) are you the most excited to try!?
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Photos: All images used in this article are straight from my copy of the book. They are copyright protected by © F & W Media International, Ltd 2017. All designs and text in the book are copyright protected by ©Carolina Guzman Benitez 2017.