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2014 Flamies: Crochet Awards Winner -- The Best Amigurumi
Amamani is short for Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals. They are based on the traditional Amish puzzle ball and, as such, come apart into three segments or rings, which have to be assembled to form the animal. Gauge isn’t important in these projects. However, it is important that you work as tightly as you comfortably can. Helpful tips and step-by-step photos are included. Each of the six projects are made using Deborah Norville Everyday worsted-weight yarns. Projects include a dinosaur, elephant, giraffe, turtle and two versions of the lion. Page Count: 62

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Skill Level: IntermediateRecommended Yarn

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Premier® Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday® Soft Worsted
    Dexter the Dinosaur
  • 2 skeins glass
  • 1 skein peacock
  • 1 yd black
    Eleanor the Elephant
  • 2 skeins grenadine
  • 1 skein magenta
    Gemina the Giraffe
  • 2 skeins northern lights
  • 1 skein snow white
    Skillie the Turtle
  • 2 skeins sagebrush
  • 1 skein woodpile
  • 1 skein cappuccino
    Brill the Lion and White Lion
  • 2 skeins mustard
  • 1 skein Bittersweet
  • 1 skein terra cotta
  • 1 skein snow white
  • 1 yd. black
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Customer Reviews for Amamani Puzzle Balls:

Average Rating:
4 out of 5 (Reviewed by 20 customers.)
February 26, 2015
Laura S
I'm struggling with the elephant head. It keeps coming out crooked. I got to the part hdc and dc part. Are they supposed to be symmetrical on the head? Mine aren't and I could use help to figure out what I need to do to fix it. Thank you.
Annie's Customer Service

Laura - We are glad that our technical editor could help you through the elephant's head so that you could complete your project.
January 23, 2015
Joanne A
Happy with my purchase. However I couldn't find a hook size to work with so had to go to free puzzle ball pattern to know what size to use! I just can't find this info in the book. My apologies if I simply missed it.
Annie's Customer Service

Joanne - The hook size is listed in the "Materials" section of the pattern for each of the animals.
January 11, 2015
Grace S
My first try was the elephant. I absolutely adore the finished toy, and so have my friends (even those who don't do fiber crafts). But I agree with others who said the patterns were difficult to follow. Flipping back to the basic instructions, and then having to re-do because for that specific animal there was a different option needed. I'm going to have to write all over the original pages to remind myself before I do another. (Thank goodness I can do that on the PDFs with Notability)

I did set myself up for some frustration by using a chenille yarn and a ball that I knew didn't have enough. Used a nice contrast color that had a different gauge, but when finished it was stunning. (Thank goodness the pile of the chenille covered the glitches in gauges)

As I said, the completed toy is outstanding, even via Skype, my grandson loved seeing it.

Thanks for posting the revisions, they'll be helpful.

Can't wait to do another.
December 28, 2014
Teri W
I made the lion and the elephant. This pattern is extremely hard to follow. Possibly putting the basics after the animal patterns would help because I started making the lids separately and then found out that they needed to be a continuous link. The lion was easier than the elephant. I learned all the wedge and lid pitfalls from the lion making it easier for the elephant, and then had problems with the head. While there are pictures, everything is the same color (not like the lion). It was hard to follow pattern. On the plus side, once done, my grandchildren loved playing with them.
December 14, 2014
Alice D
I am also having trouble with these patterns. I would love to make these but also having trouble with the head and tail. Could you send me the revision also.
Annie's Customer Service

Alice - Alice - If you have a first printing version we do have a couple revisions posted on our site at the link below.
https://www.anniescatalog.com/pages/customer_care/pattern_services.html?mode=products&criteria=amamani

Let us know if you have any other questions.

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