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Temperature Snake crochet pattern and workbook

Mon, 12/18/2023 - 19:43

After an amazing year-long CAL, with colourful snakes being crocheted all over the world, I’m delighted to announce that the Temperature Snake instructions are now available as a stand-alone crochet pattern and workbook. Pick up the pattern now, and crochet your own Temperature Snake in 2024!

Temperature Snake is an amigurumi-style riff on the temperature blanket/scarf, where you crochet one row per day to represent the maximum temperature that day. The Temperature Snake crochet pattern includes all the crochet instructions needed to crochet a snake in your choice of two sizes (Large and Small) and three different lengths (Daily, Every-Other-Day and Weekly).

The accompanying Temperature Snake workbook is included at no extra cost. This 25-page ebook includes all the information you need to figure out your colours and calculate the temperature range for your location, suggestions for colour palettes, and printable worksheets (that are also fillable digital forms, if you prefer) so you can log your temperatures and colours over the year.

Work at your own pace, mark the progress of the coming year or commemorate a special year from the past (birth year snakes for children have proven very popular, and kids adore playing with these fantastically long snakes). With just a single round of stitches per day, Temperature Snakes have a much lower time commitment than temperature blankets, so you’ll be much more likely to complete your daily project!

Here are just a few examples of the snakes that have been made during the CAL this year, so you can see how easy it is to customize your snake to any colour palette you prefer. Details for all these variations are included in the workbook:

Credits, clockwise from top left: Dot, PsychoGryphon, CrochetChrisie, jukatca, Mouzly

(Temperature Snake CALers: your multi-part CAL pattern and worksheets have been replaced by the final version of the pattern and workbook, and you can download them at any time from your PlanetJune account!)

And, although the official CAL is wrapping up now, we’ll keep the Temperature Snake threads going in the PlanetJune groups on Discord and Ravelry indefinitely, so please come and join us in either group if you want to show off your progress on your 2024 (and beyond…) snake, ask for advice on temperature or colour selections, and get some encouragement from the friendly PJ community.

So, what do you think: are you in for crocheting a unique and gloriously colourful snake throughout 2024? Now is the perfect time to grab the Temperature Snake pattern, so you can start choosing your colours and be ready to crochet your first stripe on January 1st!

Categories: Crochet Life

The Essential Guide to Amigurumi is here!

Mon, 12/04/2023 - 19:57

I can hardly believe I finally get to say this, but, after a year of dedicated work, The Essential Guide to Amigurumi: Crochet Toy Techniques from Basics to Advanced, the amigurumi reference book that I’ve been dreaming of and planning for years, is here!

I didn’t think I could be more proud of a book than I am of my beautiful Everyday Crochet, but The Essential Guide to Amigurumi is truly unique. This is the book that only I could write, and I’m so happy to have brought the vision I had for my legacy book to life.

About the Book

I’ve condensed all my expertise gained from 17 years of amigurumi design and innovation into this high-quality 200-page full-colour reference book. It’s laid out in a clear, easy-to-read format, and packed full of techniques, tips and patterns that will take you step-by-step from complete basics to becoming a skilled amigurumist.

The book is divided into three colour-coded parts (see more about the contents here), and I designed it to be easy to read, with large, clear text throughout, and colour-coded boxes for definitions, tips and bonus information.

And, as you may have already noticed, I’ve actually written two books! I’m thrilled to be able to offer The Essential Guide to Amigurumi in right-handed and left-handed versions, so everyone can see all the step-by-step photos and read the instructions exactly as you need them, with no need to translate or mirror any instructions. (Lefties, you are going to love this!)

Links to Buy The Essential Guide to Amigurumi

(You can use the ‘Read Sample’ feature on Amazon to see the complete table of contents, the first few pages, and the index!)

Paperback (right-handed) BUY FROM AMAZON Paperback (left-handed) BUY FROM AMAZON Ebook (right- or left-handed) BUY FROM PLANETJUNE


My paperback links above will direct you straight through to your local Amazon so you can buy the book. If you live in Australia (where Amazon doesn’t have the printing facilities to offer it directly), or a country that doesn’t have its own Amazon website, you can order internationally from

If that doesn’t work for you, I’m still searching for a way to offer wider distribution without compromising the quality of the book – I’ll let you know if that works out! In the meantime, the fabulous ebook version is available worldwide with no shipping cost. And you can always upgrade to the bundle deal (see below) later, if you want the paperback too – I’m not putting a time limit on that offer.

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I’ve channeled all my passion for developing and improving amigurumi techniques into this book, and I’m so proud of the result. The Essential Guide to Amigurumi is the complete reference for all stages of your amigurumi journey, and I hope you’ll enjoy using it for many years to come!

Categories: Crochet Life