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Amamani lookatwhatimade1 Amamani

I am obsessed with these Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals (Amamani) at the moment.  You cannot imagine my excitement every time I finish one of these designs.  And for every one I make, I think of 5 more I want to make.  If only I had four arms…

What are Amamani?

Amamani are Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals, which basically means that they are amigurumi animals based on the concept of the traditional Amish Puzzle Ball.  I say traditional, but I actually have no idea if this IS a traditional Amish toy and Google is failing to shed any light on the subject.  But what I do know is that these puzzle balls have been around for donkey’s years and are “traditionally” made out of fabric.  They consist of 12 wedges/cones that are attached or assembled in such a way that they form a ball.

As the name implies, it is a puzzle, or at least it should be a puzzle.

Amish Puzzle Ball 11 AmamaniIn most tutorials/patterns on the internet the wedges are actually sewn together.  The resulting balls have the same appearance as the puzzle ball without the actual puzzle element.  Even so, these toys make excellent grab balls for tiny hands and, depending on the fabric/colours you choose, can be a real treat for inquisitive eyes and minds.

Because the crochet hook is my weapon of choice, and I wanted an ACTUAL puzzle, I wrote a pattern for a Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.  This pattern is FREE and suitable for a beginner.

All my Amamani are based on this simple pattern.

Just as the ball comes apart into 3 segments that can be assembled and taken apart at will, so each animal comes apart into 3 separate sections, which then have to be re-assembled in a specific configuration.

Please note:  not all of the animals are configured in the same way.

Assembling the animals Amamani

And although the puzzle is a simple one and can be built blindfolded once you’ve done it once, it can be quite challenging for someone who has never seen one before.  My 4-year old can finally assemble the ball by himself.  My 2-year old still runs up to me every now and then to tell me that one of the animals’ “face fell off”.

P1160242 Amamani

Anyway…After designing the original puzzle ball, and because I love all things flowery, I adapted the design to form the Flower Amish Puzzle Ball.

And then, one random day, a Raveller happened to mention her Puzzle Ball and her grandson’s love of dinosaurs in the same sentence and I thought:  

“I could make the Puzzle Ball INTO a dinosaur!”

It took me about three months of playing with the idea and a month of active “designing” – you have no idea how many drafts and versions of the head I had to make to figure out how to shape it as I had never designed proper Amigurumi before.  But when I finally assembled the three segments and saw my little dinosaur for the first time, I was smitten…and immediately obsessed.

So please allow me to introduce you to my menagerie of Amamani.  I will be adding more as they appear, so if you don’t see anything you fancy, come back in a few months and you might have a lot more to choose from!

Remember that each Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animal comes apart into 3 segments/rings that have to be assembled to form the Animal.  If you want more information about each animal, please click on the link below to read more about them.  

Please note:

  • All patterns are protected by copyright.
  • All sales are non-refundable.
  • All patterns are advanced beginner, unless stated otherwise.
  • Most of these Amamani make use of short rows for the shaping and although my instructions are as clear as I can humanly make them, a knowledge/understanding of short rows will help you a lot.
  • You will need to know how to increase and decrease
  • A familiarity with joining in the round will also be helpful.

I am happy to answer any and all questions, so feel free to contact me!

You can buy these patterns from my Ravelry Store (recommended if you want to buy more than one pattern).  Alternatively you can click on the Buy It Now buttons below the images.  You can also click on the images below to read more about each crochet animal puzzle.

Amamani Menagerie

Crochet Turtle Puzzle Amy Affleck for lookatwhatimade 300x300 Amamani

Skillie

Crochet Turtle Puzzle

This pattern is no longer available as a stand-alone pdf, but will be available as part of a book due to be released later this year.  

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Skillie the Turtle works up to 12 cm high by 18 cm long (5″ x 7″). His front leg span is also 18 cm for what that’s worth (7″).

Like all my other Amamani, he comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Turtle.

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Eleanor the Elephant Puzzle1 300x300 Amamani

Eleanor

Crochet Elephant Puzzle

This pattern is no longer available as a stand-alone pdf, but will be available as part of a book due to be released later this year.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Eleanor the Elephant works up to 15 cm high x 15 cm long (6″ x 6″).  Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Elephant.

I also have a FREE pattern for Grace the Crochet Elephant Comfort Blanket.  Together they would be the perfect gift for a new baby!

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 Olive the Crochet Octopus Puzzle 2 300x300 Amamani

Olive

Crochet Octopus Puzzle

Pattern available for FREE.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Olive the Octopus works up to 12 cm in diameter (that’s roughly 5″).  Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Octopus.

This is the easiest of all the Amamani, both to crochet and to assemble.

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 Hermione 300x231 Amamani

Hermione

Crochet Horse Puzzle

Pattern available in my Ravelry Store.

Suitable for Advanced Crocheters.

Hermione Horse works up to 20 cm high by 20 cm long (that’s roughly 8″ x 8″).  Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Horse.

Although the pattern is written for 6 colours, it is easy enough to disregard the colour changes and just make her in one colour.

For Hermione’s head, you will need to join in the round and use short rows.  You can find out more about both here.

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 Crochet Rhinosaur 12 300x300 Amamani

Gregor

Crochet Rhinosaur Puzzle

Pattern available in my Ravelry Store.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Gregor the Rhinosaur works up to 15 cm high by 15 cm long (that’s roughly 6″ x 6″).

Like all my other Amamani, he comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Rhinosaur.

For Gregor’s head, you will need to join in the round and use short rows.  You can find out more about both in this partial walk-through of the Rhinosaur head.

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 Chrochet Dinosaur Puzzle Ball 63 300x268 Amamani

Dino

Crochet Dinosaur Puzzle

This pattern is no longer available as a stand-alone pdf, but will be available as part of a book due to be released later this year.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

This dinosaur was the very first Amamani pattern I designed.  The legs for this one are worked in rows and then joined with a seam.  This makes assembly easier, but not everyone liked this method.  All the other 4-legged Amamani (apart from the Elephant), have legs that are worked in the round.  If you own one of those patterns, feel free to substitute the legs.

This dinosaur works up to 15 cm high by 25 cm long (that’s roughly 6″ x 10″).

Like all my other Amamani, he comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Dinosaur.

I also have a FREE Tutorial for making spikes to add to your crochet dinosaur puzzle.  You can also adapt the spikes to suit any project you fancy.

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 Celeta Moyer Crochet Giraffe Puzzle 192x300 Amamani

Gemina

Crochet Giraffe Puzzle

This pattern is no longer available as a stand-alone pdf, but will be available as part of a book due to be released later this year.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Gemina the Giraffe works up to 12 cm long (not counting her head) and 23 cm high (that’s roughly 5″ x 9″).  Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Giraffe.

For Gemina’s head, you will need to join in the round and use short rows.  You can find out more about both here.

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 Crochet Kiwi Puzzle 300x300 Amamani

Kiwi

Crochet Kiwi Puzzle

Pattern available for FREE.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

The crochet Kiwi Puzzle works up to less than 10 cm in diameter (that’s roughly 4″).  Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Kiwi.

Along with the Octopus, this is the easiest of all the Amamani, both to crochet and to assemble.

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 Fin the Crochet Fish Puzzle 300x159 Amamani

Fin

Crochet Fish Puzzle

Pattern available in my Ravelry Store.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Fin the Fish works up to 13 cm wide x 17 cm high x 18 cm long.  That is roughly 5″ x 6.5″ x 7″.

Like all my other Amamani, he comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Fish.

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 Lion 2 300x300 Amamani

Brill

Crochet Lion Puzzle

This pattern is no longer available as a stand-alone pdf, but will be available as part of a book due to be released later this year.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Brill the Lion works up to 13 cm wide x 15 cm high x 15 cm long.  That is roughly 5″ x 6″ x 6″.

Like all my other Amamani, he comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Lion.

Included in the pattern are instructions for making both a cutesey mane AND a manly fringe mane.

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 Final Photos 6 300x254 Amamani

Chloe

Crochet Cow Puzzle

Pattern available in my Ravelry Store.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners.

Chloe the Cow works up to 13 cm wide x 15 cm high x 15 cm long.  That is roughly 5″ x 6″ x 6″.

Like all my other Amamani, she comes apart into 3 segments that have to be “built” to form the Cow.

Chloe comes complete with a cute little Udder.

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