First Prize (10 winners)

  • Marshie the Monstermallow
    Marshie the Monstermallow
    by genuine mudpie

    Marshie is a creature (or, as he prefers, a monster) that lives on the 4 food groups of crisped rice cereal, marshmallows, syrup and butter. Somehow the chemistry reaction between those food groups made him look like a Rice Krispies square, or a marshmallow square, or a marshmallow treat, or what…

  • Crocheted Dragon Eating Ice Cream
    Crocheted Dragon Eating Ice Cream
    by knittingkneedle

    There is no pattern for this sculpture.  I thought about what I wanted to make and then I made it.  It's about 14" tall.

  • egg and platypus friends
    egg and platypus friends
    by makingfriends

    This egg friend hatches into a platypus friend! I followed a Mochimochi Land pattern but, under the careful supervision of a little red hen, improvised and made a platypus instead of a chick. The yarn is Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool in Natural and Nature's Brown and another worsted weight wool in …

  • Amigurumi and the Perils of Deep Sea Diving
    Amigurumi and the Perils of Deep Sea Diving
    by needlenoodles

    Follow along as our intrepid deep sea diver discovers the dangers lurking in the deep. All items were made and designed by me using my Clover Soft Touch US Size E (3.5 mm) hook, and stuffed using polyester fiberfill.  Some of the crochet patterns which I used here are available online, and I h…

  • Narwhal
    by niczilla

    This is my wonderous Narwhal! It measure in at 10" long including the tail. It took me some time to figure out the tail, but when I finally did, I knew it was right. I was messing around with creating it for about 5 hours before I completely loved the finished product. My favorite part abou…

  • Crocheted Orangutan
    Crocheted Orangutan
    by planetjune

    I love orangutans (blame Terry Pratchett!), but I've never found any toys that look like a real orang. I've been wanting to make a life-sized realistic baby orang for years, and I was lucky enough to find the perfect yarn to use for the fur! I crocheted my orang freeform, with various armatures i…

  • Oden the owl
    Oden the owl
    by rmatch

    Oden was inspired by many owl amigurumis I've seen around, but was made without a pattern.  He was made for my son and is stuffed with cut up pieces of one of my husband's old shirts.  His best friend is Bunbun.

  • Crochet an Amigurumi Cell Phone Buddy
    Crochet an Amigurumi Cell Phone Buddy
    by theitsybitsyspider

    This amigurumi cell phone pattern is my original design and the PDF is available as a free download from You customize your phone (make a phone buddy!) by adding a cute face to the screen with felt or embroidery thread To see more of my work or get copies of other patterns I've writ…

  • Hawk
    by Vanitygoat

    I just couldnt resist making a critter with horns and a mohawk.  Its my favorite.

  • Crochet Amigurumi Three Peas in a Pod
    Crochet Amigurumi Three Peas in a Pod
    by Yarnabees

    This Amigurumi Peas in a Pod pattern is from Lion Brand I did not make the hat, veil or flowers. What I added to the pattern was a bow and a baby pea, to the pod I added a stem. I do sell my own patterns on my etsy shop

Critter Contest




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Instructables and Lion Brand Yarn have teamed up to bring you the Critter Contest!

Make any sort of critter: cute or creepy, real or imagined, tiny or gigantic, or anything in between. The only requirement is that your critter uses at least some yarn. Take some pictures of your creation, upload them to Instructables, and tell us a bit about your work!

Naturally, amigurumi are welcome, and Lion Brand Yarn has lots of free amigurumi patterns. But feel free to let your imagination run wild! Check out the giant animals at Lion Brand's CHA booth for inspiration - they'll be at this year's Maker Faire as well.

This contest is open to both slideshow Instructables and full how-to Instructables.
• Slideshows require at least one overview image and one close-up photo of your critter! In-progress shots are also welcome in slideshows, and be sure to use the text space to share your inspiration and link to the pattern you used.
• Full Instructables give all the information someone would need to repeat your project. This includes the pattern, a description, and some in-process photographs as needed in addition to a snazzy photo of the finished product.

There are ten prizes: 5 will be awarded by user votes, and 5 will be awarded by our panel of expert Critter judges. So get started on your critters for a chance to win a gift certificate for Lion Brand Yarn, plus a t-shirt and a Pro membership from Instructables. We can't wait to see what you'll make!

• Enter as many times as you like, but each person can win only one prize.
• Only US and Canadian residents can win prizes, but the rest of you are welcome to share your projects in the contest group.

(Official Rules)


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