Amamani Puzzle Balls

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Technique: Crochet
Skill Level: Intermediate
Item # A871428

Number of pages: 66

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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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Amamani Puzzle Balls

February 26, 2015

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.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

January 23, 2015

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.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

January 11, 2015

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.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

December 28, 2014

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.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

December 14, 2014

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.

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