Christmas in July with the Merry Moose

Though I can crochet all kinds of things, amigurumi defeats me. I really struggle to sew all the tiny parts together, let alone attaching pieces symmetrically. Often I’ve simply created a mess of yarn and crochet when it’s all done. Amigurumi has always been something I’ve wanted to be good at, it just never worked for me. Until now!

This summer, I took advantage of Interweave’s Christmas in July sale and snagged the How to Crochet the Merry Moose DVD with Megan Kreiner. When I first started working here, my tasks included checking in all the sample projects for our special issue of Knit & Crochet Toys from Love of Knitting. I knew I loved my job when I saw Megan Kreiner’s Rat-a-Cuties—she truly has a talent for amigurumi that I am seriously lacking. (Just check out her books Crochet a Zoo, Crochet a Farm, and Creepy Crawly Crochet, and you’ll see what I mean.)

If anybody could help with my amigurumi problems, Megan could.

This crochet DVD was the best purchase ever! In the past, I would follow the pattern, but somehow my finished crochet animals just never held the same charm as Megan’s finished pieces. I needed some extra help. Megan’s video provided all the special tips and tricks I needed to step up my amigurumi game. She reveals the secret to decreases: her special way to sc2tog leaves fewer holes for stuffing to poke through.

Then there’s all the finishing information: tips for making critter faces symmetrical, embroidery stitches for special details, and even the way to get your merry crochet moose to stand! And because amigurumi uses such simple stitches, this crochet DVD is the perfect gift to get for the beginning crocheter in your life: she walks you through each step of crocheting this adorable moose, so even a crochet newbie could follow along.

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I’m pretty excited to make a herd of these little creatures. The pattern includes a hat and scarf to dress him up for the holiday season, but for now I’ll let him enjoy his summer without clothing and follow me around adventuring. Maybe the crochet Merry Moose will encounter his real-life counterpart this Colorado summer!

Will you try out this moose pattern? Where will your moose travel? Let me know in the comments!

-Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet

P.S. The weekend after I wrote this blog post and took my merry moose home, a female moose visited a neighborhood close to the Interweave offices! Check out this news article on our very own Merry Moose!

Celebrate Christmas in July with Merry Moose!


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