Book Reviews Emma Varnam Cute Crocheted Animals on the LoveCrochet blog

Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Merion


Win a copy of Cute Crocheted Animals by Emma Varnam

If you choose one crochet book to buy this autumn, make it this one! Merion falls in love with Emma Varnam’s crochet animals patterns…


Cute Crocheted Animals by Emma Varnam, published by GMC (£14.99, available from

Who doesn’t love a book about crochet? I have shelves groaning with favourites, and I can’t resist a flick through anything new that appears on my desk (or anybody else’s desk to be honest) – so when this delightful collection of animal patterns appeared, I was lost!

With the great trend for high street chains of stuffed plush animals and vast wardrobes of jazzy outfits, you could be forgiven for thinking that children might not be drawn to home-made crocheted or knitted animals – but you’d be quite wrong! The need for these beautiful, gentle friends has never been greater.

So, Emma Varnam, whose patterns we have always admired here at LoveCrochet, has produced this fabulous new book of “Cute Crocheted Animals” – and it’s certainly very cute! There are ten characters to knit, complete with a divine wardrobe of clothes that frankly I’d wear! Each animal has a character and clothes designed to match – but all of the clothes will fit all of the animals, so you don’t have to stick to the prescribed outfit.

Emma Varnam Cute Crocheted Animals on the LoveCrochet blog

So – let’s have a closer look.  There are the rabbits, Emily and Jack; the mice, Lucy and Fred; the bears, Nancy and Bernard; the cats, Kate and Stanley, and the adorable foxes, Evie and Ben. Each animal has its own little character and back story, and you’re immediately drawn into the fun of enabling these little creatures to have the fun they love by dressing them in their favourite outfits!

“Emily likes wearing her bright red wellies to jump in puddles in the park. Her favourite food is cake, and lots of it!”

Emma explains, in her introduction, that she spent many happy hours as a child dressing dolls and teddies in outfits made by her aunties and grandma, and wanted to recreate that fun with her crocheted animals.

“I wanted to create a selection of toys and clothes that really were appealing to kids. The clothes I designed are the kind of clothes that children I know wear. Trendy fun clothes with stars and stripes. I also created outfits, like rugby tops and ballet tutus so that people could create a range of outfits for a child to play with. Maybe even a whole fun wardrobe. When I was a little girl, I love to dress my dolls and teddies in knitted clothes my grandma had made. People seem to make fewer outfits for dolls now,but I know the little girls I know now still enjoy choosing outfits and imagining little outings for their beloved toys.”

Emma Varnam Cute Crocheted Animals on the loveCrochet blog

The patterns are clear and easy to follow – the animals are made piece by piece and then sewn into the body.  All of the patterns are simple, using just basic stitches, so an adventurous beginner should be able to complete an animal fairly easily. The clothes involve some more complex stitches such the raised trebles in Bernard’s Aran jumper (“stylish and practical for rugged adventures”) and the tapestry colourwork in Jack’s t-shirt. The accessories are nothing short of divine – a beautiful tiny granny square bag for Nancy (with matching poncho) and Lucy’s ballet shoes and headband (that “she loves so much she wears it to bed”) – it’s a carefully written book full of sweetness and little touches that will charm you.

The handy section of basics at the back of the book is a great introduction to techniques you may be unfamiliar with, such as the Magic Ring, or different ways of seaming up – there is even a section for embroidery. Emma suggests too, that you augment the clothes with touches of fabric and ribbon, and of course use different colours and fibres!

“I hope people change the colours and accessories the patterns I have designed. I can’t wait to see the characters come to life and most of all are played with and loved.”

Win a copy of Cute Crocheted Animals!

We’ve got three copies of Emma’s book to give away, and all you have to do to win a copy, is to tell us in the comments section below who you would make one of these beautiful animals for and why!  Winners will be chosen on Friday 14th October and contacted via email.  Good luck! 

About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.

56 Responses to Win a copy of Cute Crocheted Animals by Emma Varnam

  1. Louise says:

    I’d make one each for my granddaughter and grandson because they love animals!

  2. Loretta Newnam says:

    I would make these for myself!

  3. Lisa Hunt says:

    I would make the bunny for my son who loves bunnies. I’d also make some teddies for the local hospital. I’ve done a few other crochet animals for them.

  4. Becca Makamson says:

    Would make the bunnies for my four year old autistic granddaughter.

  5. Susan Spiers says:

    My favorites are the rabbits-Jack would be very much appreciated for my new grandnephew, born this past September. A wonderful Christmas present!

  6. Dawn Tenneson says:

    I would make them all for myself. I love stuffed animals and dolls. My home is full of them. They are so comforting and joyful. The patterns in this book are very cute. I will be getting this book for my library. Thanks so much for designing these cute creatures.

  7. Katie says:

    I would make Lucy, the little mouse with her tutu…..and a bunny, I think!

  8. Joan M says:

    These animals are so cute. Love them all! I would start with the teddy. Thank you for the great giveaway of this beautiful book.

  9. Claire says:

    I would make one for my 3yr old as she loves dressing and undressing her toys. We are expecting a new arrival so it would be love to make one of these as a present for her from the baby bump.

  10. I would make one for my three year old son. I’ve knitted him a toy fox before, and he loves it and takes it to bed with him. I guess I’d have to make one or two for myself too!

  11. Debbie says:

    I would make one of each for my old man’s great-great neices & nephews. They are all very young & would love to have something as special as these dolls.

  12. Dolores Hennessy says:

    I’d make several for my first grandson, who will be born in early November.

  13. Colleen says:

    My niece is due to give birth to my great nephew in december, I would love to make him one of these, very special

  14. Sarah Keery says:

    As my children are adopted, I would make them one each so they could “adopt” their own little one.

  15. Audrey Lack-McDevitt says:

    I would make the cats Kate & Stanley for my friends Lyn & Fee as they love cats. Recently they have been going through a tough time with one of their cats ( Taiko). Scans, blood tests, more tests weekly vet visits, not knowing if he had a tumour or something else. It was a horrible time for them. But thankfully he hasn’t got cancer but chronic IBS which is treatable with steroids. So far his treatment is working & he is coming back to his old self. So I would make them the cats as a treat for themselves as I know that they will be love them & just to let them know that I am there for them. X

  16. Moira Ferres says:

    I would make them for my two granddaughters. My daughter is a vet and we all love our animals. I also crochet and make things to sell and i donate the money to various animal causes, here in Australia where I live and around the world. I love animals and I am very active in trying to stop animal cruelty. These animals would be a big hit for sure. I do not profit from my crocheted toys and clothes the money is always donated. This is one way I can help, I also write a lot of letters and sign petitions but now I am going off track. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all

  17. Gemma Wood says:

    I would make one for my mum as she lost my dad to cancer so lives on her own and would love something to cuddle and keep her company when i’m not there.x

  18. Heather says:

    I would make these for the children of my friends.

  19. Niatta says:

    I plan to make crochet toys for children refugees, here in Greece.

  20. Amy Rowe says:

    I would make the animals to give to the children at our local nature reserve as a present from their ‘fries’. We made a fairy garden and they write letters, each day after school the children visit to see if their faries have replied.
    …of course we also have neighbouring ‘Dino Land’ as the lads like to write to their prehistoric friends instead 🙂

  21. Linda Jones says:

    I would make these for my 7 month old grandson and my 15 year old granddaughter.

  22. Meryl Brockway says:

    I would make mine for my daughters who have all left home now but still love a good Welsh cwtch ! (Hugs in Welsh)

  23. sandy brion says:

    I would make them for my Granddaughter Fae. I have not made any toys yet but would love to have a go.

  24. Sarah Baird says:

    I would make one for my lovely friend, who is expecting her fifth baby. Her new baby will inherit most things from older brothers and sisters, it will be nice to give something unique.

  25. Dianna says:

    I would make lots of them and donate them to the patients at the local children’s hospital.

  26. Andy Hickin-Bellamy says:

    I’d make something for my nephew whose nearly 9 months old

  27. Holly Merry says:

    I would make one for every foster child my friend looks after, so they have a special friend to take with them when they finally find their forever family and new parents. And I’d make them a new outfit for any extra birthday or Christmas spent waiting too.

  28. Patti says:

    I would make them for the children in church. We also have a team of missionaries that go out to Haiti, Kenya and DR. I would love to send some with them. I made bears for the last trip and the kids were fighting over them.

  29. Vicky Rout says:

    These amigurumi have a beautiful traditional look to them. Such lovely heirlooms

  30. Lizzie BM says:

    I would make one for my lovely boss, who’s being so supportive recently.

  31. Dawn Ashford says:

    I would make a set of these animals to sell to raise funds for the cats and kittens at a cat shelter I support

  32. Jo Draper says:

    I would make one for my beautiful best friend who has been with me every step of the way of my recovery from breast surgery and treatment.

  33. Kayla says:

    I would make Kate and Stanley for my daughter who LOVES cats and cant wait to get her own; Evie and Ben for my son who is big into foxes right now; and lastly, Emily and Jack for the baby im currently pregnant with because every baby needs a bed buddy💚

  34. Olivia says:

    I would make these for my sons – they love stuffed toys and take them everywhere!

  35. Sarah Stark says:

    Lately I’ve been making crochet monkeys and bears for Em’s Friends which is an organisation run by a Police officer, she distributes soft toys to police stations for officers to hand out to children at traumatic incidents, or they go to children in hospital.

    If I was lucky enough to win a copy of Varnam’s crochet patterns I would use the patterns to make more toys for Em’s Friends as I love the thought of my toys going to children in need of a soft toy friend at hard times in their life 🙂

  36. Aimie says:

    I would make one for my friends who have just found out that they are expecting their second baby.

  37. Jo says:

    How gorgeous! I don’t have any small children in my life any more but I do attend a knitting and crochet group – Wooly Workers, in Ilminster – and, as well as our own makes we make items to sell in The Green House Interiors – in who’s cafe we meet – to raise money for the School In A Bag charity, so I’d make them to raise money for School in A Bag!

  38. Helen in Tasmania says:

    My four younger girls (ages three to 11) would all like the animals.

  39. Sam Sainty says:

    I would make one for my son…he plans to become a vet one day and is a completely animal mad. Thanks for the opportunity xx

  40. Sally says:

    I would make a bear and I’d dress her in pretty clothed. I would make her for my mum who is 70 this year. She has a huge collection of bear ornaments and this would be a great addition to her soft toy bears.

  41. Kate Andrews says:

    I’d make some for our local toddler group. They often sing about animals and these could be added to the bag for the children to pick from

  42. Clare says:

    I would make cats in the same colours as my real fur babies

  43. Michelle Baines says:

    I would make one each for two people that have helped me whilst I have been in a bad way.

  44. Vikki says:

    Hi! I would make the mice for my daughter as she has a had a few pet mice which she loved to bits and which unfortunately aren’t with us anymore, and I know that she misses them terribly, so these would make a lovely reminder of her little furry friends. She’s still got the cages and little houses so they have already got a home ready for them.

  45. Linda Hoffman says:

    I would love to make these for my great grandchildren, one boy, one girl and third any day now and number four in Feb. A grand total of one girl and three boys. Whoopie! Also looking for crochet super heroes, any suggestions?

  46. I love your work!
    I would need to make a cat for my friend who has a black & white cat called ‘Sparkles’.
    Sparkles loves when I crochet anything for her owner, as she loves rubbing herself up against it! Don’t know why she does this….. Maybe it is the texture….. Maybe it is because it smells of my big fluffy springer spaniel, Torin 🙂

  47. Elaine G says:

    I would make a rabbit for my niece who is away in Australia for a year, so she could have cuddles from home:-)

  48. Sue says:

    I totally love your patterns. I would love to work up this pattern to make up different colors for each of my grand nephews and nieces … as well as the children of my many cousins … as well as the children of my nieces’ in-laws … I have a very large extended family … as well as to certain other children I have ‘adopted’ since some of my nieces and nephews have moved to the other coast, their friends’ have adopted me as their children’s aunt.

  49. Rebecca says:

    I would make that black cat for my sister, she has a black cat called “black cat” and she would love it!

  50. Angela Armstrong says:

    I would make Lucy mouse for my new baby girl. It took twelve years of trying to get our two beautiful boys and we thought ourselves lucky. Then three years later along she comes completely unexpectedly. A little girl! I would make Ben Fox for my three-year old son, because there are foxes on his bedding and he loves them. My eight year old would simply request all of the rest. Lol.

  51. Lynne Rowe says:

    I would make them for my friends and a couple of new babies too 🙂 they’re adorable xx

  52. Babs says:

    I would make Nancy and Bernard the cats for my two granddaughters who’s have two cats they adore

  53. PollyEsther says:

    I would make some for my daughter and her friends and also for my crochet group who makes toys, hats and blankets, etc. for different charities. Thanks!

  54. I am travelling overseas in January to meet my grandchilden for the very first time! There’s Rachel Anne who turned one in April 2016 and then there is my grandson, who will make his appearance in early November this year so he will only be a couple of weeks old by the time I arrive! I am going to attempt to make all of these lovely animals and their wardrobe (of course) and I am certain that my grandchildren will love and treasure their little friends forever. So, all I need now, is to win xxx

  55. Sue Fuller says:

    I would love to make two crocheted dogs for my mum, especially if they resembled my own two mutts. She hasn’t been at all well in the past couple of years and would love a real little dog but doesn’t think it fair to get one at her age 🙁 so this would really cheer her up I’m sure 😀

  56. Theresa Rennie says:

    I don’t have Grandchildren yet, but there are plenty of little ones in our church to make for who would love any of these little pets.

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