Top 10 Childrens book and TV crochet characters
From timeless stories to modern day stars, we take a look at some of our favourite amigurumi patterns of crochet children's characters!
To celebrate the our Peter Rabbit & Friends amigurumi collection in issue 95 of Simply Crochet, we decided we'd take a look at some of the top amigurumi patterns depicting our favourite kids book and tv characters!
Peter Rabbit & Friends
Obviously we have to start with our Peter Rabbit amigurumi collection! Designer Ilaria Caliri has given us all those warm and fuzzy nostalgic feels with her latest amigurumi collection. Peter is joined by his friends Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle in this fab pattern collection hooked up in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn. You can get the pattern booklet that comes with issue 95 by ordering your copy here, or download it as a digital edition here.
We've got a bit of a soft spot for Dick Bruna's adorable little bunny. If you fancy hooking up your own Miffy character, then you'll love this kit from Stitch & Story which includes everything you need to make her (it's also perfect for crochet beginners)! Get your own Miffy kit here
Very hungry Caterpillar
We all love the very hungry caterpillar story... if only we turned into beautiful butterflies after eating that much. There's a fair few patterns based on this cute character out there (including a few adorable baby swaddle patterns), but we've chosen this fab free pattern by Twinkie Chan to share with you!
There's no way we could write this list without including Harry Potter - it is the best selling book series of all time after all! There's tons of online patterns from house scarves to sorting hats, but if you want to really hook up some Potter magic check out this awesome kit which includes patterns, yarn and even a magic wand crochet hook!
Anyone that is a regular reader of Simply Crochet magazine will already know how much we love Tove Jansson's sweet Moomin family. In issue 90 we brought you our special 2020 calendar, which features patterns for the whole Moomin family (and even a few friends). You can still buy issue 90 of Simply Crochet magazine which includes all of the Moomin patterns as a digital edition here!
Although many of us may think of Curious George as being more famous in the US, interestingly he first appeared in a French publication by German authors Hans Augusto and Margret Ray. He's since gone on to become a much loved children's character, and we think this Curious George amigurumi pattern is quite simply the cutest curious monkey we've ever seen.
She may not be quite as nostalgic as many of the other characters on this list, but her popularity amongst children (and parents) means she's definitely got to be included in our list! We found this adorable amigurumi peppa pig pattern which includes the whole family - be sure to keep them away from muddy puddles though!
Winnie the pooh
When it comes to 'classic' characters, there's only room for one bear - Winnie the Pooh of course (sorry Rupert)! There's long been a connection between knitters and crocheters making their own version of Pooh and his friends, but we think this pattern really captures the cute factor that can be achieved by amigurumi.
We may only really think about him come Christmas-time, but that doesn't mean he's not special enough to make it on our list. Raymond Briggs' The Snowman has a special place in all our hearts, and for many people it's simply not Christmas without him. Ilaria Caliri worked her amigurumi magic once again creating our huggable version of him in back in issue 77 of Simply Crochet magazine - if you missed it you can still download it as a digital issue here!
My Neighbour Totoro
Okay, so we admit it, we've gone for a bit of a wild card with this last one. No it's not from a book, yes we know it's a film and not a TV show, and a lengthy debate could be had on whether it's actually for kids... but come on, who doesn't love Totoro! Not convinced, well maybe this free Totoro amigurumi pattern will change your mind!
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.