May 2016: My 5 Favourite Etsy Shops

1. LuvlyGurumi

This shop has been a favourite of mine for years. I have purchased nearly every LuvlyGurumi pattern. The placement of the safety eyes and mouth designs are perfect. The patterns themselves are also clear, well written, and include photos. My personal favourite (although it’s nearly impossible to choose just one) is the monkey with his adorable hood and banana. I’m also a huge fan of using the same yarn for all of my patterns and this shop’s patterns use Vanna’s Choice, which has a great range of colours for amigurumi.

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2. Mary Jane’s Tea Room

This shop is unbelievably cute, especially the Little Yarn Dolls pattern which I’ve just purchased and am so excited to knit! I purchased Method 2, which is knit flat and then seamed because I’m not comfortable using circular needles just yet. I love that this shop offers both a flat and circular version of the same pattern!

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3. Dolly Time

This is another knitted toy shop, and the dolls are so sweet! A couple years ago I knit a puppet using a pattern I purchased from this shop called Ruby and Rose Hand Puppets. It was easy to follow even though I’m not an experienced knitter, and mine turned out just like the picture. I am excited to try some more patterns from Dolly Time!

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4. Bubbles and Bongo

This is a shop I only recently discovered, and I fell in love with the photos of amigurumi toys on pastel coloured backgrounds. I have purchased the Pippa the Pig pattern, and I’ll post a picture once I’ve crocheted her!

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5. hookabee

It’s so exciting to discover other Canadian amigurumi shops! I’ve attempted crocheting amigurumi in the back loops only, but so far I’ve struggled to design a toy I’m happy with using this method. But this shop has inspired me to give it another go! I have purchased the Narwhal pattern and can’t wait to start crocheting!

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