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Stacey Trock
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Book Description

November 15, 2011

Stacey Trock, author of Cuddly Crochet, presents a terrific new collection of cuddly stuffies. Find animals from every continent and the sea, all made with earth-friendly yarns. Discover fun facts about the yarns and regions.

  • Create a moose, panda, penguin, alpaca, snake, fish, and a few surprises
  • Turn fibers such as soy, bamboo, organic cotton, and undyed wool into child-friendly toys
  • Get basic info on crochet as well as stuffed-animal assembly in projects for all skill levels

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Children adore their stuffed friends, and what could be better than crocheting that new toy for a cherished child? Featuring two animals from each continent, the 22 fantastic patterns include mammals, reptiles, aquatic life, and even aliens. Use your imagination and create a cuddly cutie in their favorite color. First, follow the initial helpful hints to ensure the perfect finish before moving on the detailed step-by-step instructions; each pattern includes clever tips to help you select the ideal fiber to crochet your treasured gift. --Love of Crochet Magazine

Stacey Trock, author of the popular Cuddly Crochet book, presents a terrific new collection of cuddly stuffed animals from around the world, all made with earth-friendly yarns. Discover fun facts about the yarns and regions while creating a moose, panda, penguin, alpaca, snake, fish and a few surprises. You can learn the basics of crochet, as well as stuffed animal assembly, all while turning fibers such as soy, bamboo, organic cotton and undyed wool into child-friendly toys. --Crochet 1-2-3 Magazine

Crocheted Softies is Stacey Trock's latest book. She has designed 18 adorable animals from around and out of this world. Cuddly Crochet was her last book that covered 10 stuffed animals and baby items that matched.


The book opens with "Give a crocheter a pattern and she'll make an exact copy of the sample in the pattern. But teach a crocheter how to use a pattern and there is no stopping her!" So true.


Stacey will show you how to work the stitches through step by step photographs. You will also learn about fibers and yarn substitution. The fibers used in the stuffed animals are "slightly outside the box". They include yarns that are organic, undyed, banana silk and from yarn companies that give back to communities that are in need.


The results of this book are bright, fun loving stuffed animals. You will create your own menagerie from start to finish with Stacy's help. Which one will you crochet first? --Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner

About the Author

Stacey Trock is the designer for FreshStitches Amigurumi, an exciting place where her stuffed animal creations live very happy and fulfilling lives. You can read all about them on her entertaining blog (see link below). Although she has an affinity for stuffed animals, she occasionally gets involved in other fiber projects, including knitwear design.



Aside from designing, Stacey is a blogger, knit/crochet teacher, and yarn-store employee. She enjoys baking, practicing yoga, watching sports, and traveling.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stacey Trock was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where her mom taught her to crochet at the age of 6. Although she loved crochet, her pursuit of the craft was limited to entries in the county fair and presents for family.
The summer after finishing school, Stacey was in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, and her boyfriend was away in Europe. Looking for something to do, she designed two crocheted stuffed animals. And she hasn't stopped since! After making her first animals, she heard the call of the crochet-bug loud and clear, and went into crocheting full-time. In 2008, she founded Freshstitches, an amigurumi design company, where many of her stuffed animal designs are featured.
In addition to designing, she also works at a fantastic yarn store, where she teaches knitting and crochet, and also helps customers solve yarn-related crises. In her free time, Stacey loves to travel and, since she isn't looking for a change in vocation any time soon, tries to not get left at home from any more European expeditions.
Visit www.freshstitches.com to view the full range of Stacey's designs.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Fast, Cuddly Animals February 9, 2012
By bonster
Format:Paperback
So far I've made 3 items from this book. The first item I crocheted was the alien. I was pleasantly surprised at the completed object's large size - even using a "G" hook with worsted weight yarn. The alien crocheted up in a night and a half of casual crocheting in front of the TV. The animals are absolutely adorable, and the patterns are easy to follow. The author uses a consistent increase / decrease pattern so after making a couple you will need to refer to the pattern less and less making it go even faster. There is a 'generic' pattern for arms, legs and spheres so if you do them a couple times it gets really easy to memorize (which is great if you like to take your crocheting with you).

I've bought patterns from this author's website, and am taking her 'design your own amigurumi' course on craftsy.com. She consistently puts out patterns that are easy to follow and I always end up with cute finished objects that are adored by the receiver (even if it's for me).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun project book with helpful tips for making amigurumi December 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher to review on my blog, and another copy to giveaway on my blog.)

I confess that I was really looking forward to receiving my review copy of Crocheted Softies from Martingale & Company for several weeks before it arrived. I really like the look of Stacey Trock (FreshStitches)'s work, and especially enjoy the larger sizes of most of her amigurumi patterns. I grew up receiving awesome crocheted bears from my grandmother, years before I ever heard the term amigurumi. These bears were some of my favorite playthings as a kid, and I love how Stacey merges the coziness of an old fashioned teddy bear with a contemporary look. I was also really intrigued by the the book's concept of making amigurumi with earth-friendly yarns. In my mind, amigurumi has always been associated with acrylic yarn, but in the past year, I've been looking at my yarn stash and trying to replace my petroleum based yarns with natural fibers.

I'm going to come right out and say that I love this book, and definitely will recommend it far and wide. The book starts with a several concise but detailed sections: Getting Started, Crochet Stitches, and Additional Techniques. Stacey's writing style is really conversational, and she gives some wonderful tips on substituting yarns, informal gauge, assembly and stuffing, and caring for your softies. She also provides patterns for "basic animal shapes" which are used throughout the book. Once you are familiar with the basic head, for example, you can use it to make many of the softies.

The book then introduces 18 softies, sorted by region. Most of the critters are made with one skein of yarn in the main color and then smaller bits of other colors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice large animals January 7, 2012
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I appreciate this book because after working tiny and small animals, it is refreshing to work on larger projects. I have made the crab and crocodile and the instructions are spot on and easy to follow. For some reason, the author has you working back stitches only for all the projects. I ignored that because I find it clumsy and time-consuming to do back or front stitching unless necessary for the design. Some of the projects need special stitches like loop and bubbles. I recommend going to YouTube and following live instructions if you do not know how to do these stitches. The bubble stitch shown in the book is different from the one I use but a bubble is a bubble! There are very simple projects and some are a bit more complicated but I think even a beginner could find good projects in here. This book also has one of the cutest penguin patterns I have seen. I have an extensive library of animal crochet books and am always reluctant to buy anything that repeats what I already have but this one is definitely different.

Mrs. Phyllis VanNostrand
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crochetedd Softies January 31, 2012
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This book must be one of the best Crocheted Animals books I have in my collection. The animals are just sooooooo cute, and the patterns are really easy to follow. There are hints on how to calculate what hook you will need if you use a different yarn, and the stitch instructions are very easy to follow. If you love crocheted animals, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacey's second triumph! August 29, 2012
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This is the second book I have purchased by Stacey Trock. Her books are so clear and contain all the information one needs to make these cute animals. I have made quite a few from her first book and look forward to continuing making more from this one. I have sent her pics of my finished products and she has acknowledged them on her blog!
I suggest interested people checkout her website - information is in the book. She is quite talented and knows how to put her books together! Keep these cute animals in mind for charities that cater to sick kids. That's what I did with my animal friends!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! March 16, 2012
By Kelsey
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have purchased a couple of Stacey Trock's patterns before and the instructions were so easy to follow. So I knew this book would be completely amazing. And my hunch was right! I have yet to make anything from it, but I have read the patterns and she describes everything so clearly.
Also I love the fact that there are several photos of every project you are creating. :)
Highly recommend!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Debby Schwarz
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling softies
I have not yet made a softies from this book, but I have read through the book. Stacey Trock is very comprehensive in her explanations, making sure that she is talking to more... Read more
Published 11 days ago by T. King
5.0 out of 5 stars ... every kid (and a few adults) I know absolutely love these! The...
I've probably made 20 of these animals by now- every kid (and a few adults) I know absolutely love these! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, just what I was looking for!!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a good buy
A lot of very fun and easy to read patterns.
Published 2 months ago by Beckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book Great Condition
Published 2 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
This is definitely one of my favorite crochet books. Stacey has the cutest patterns and each is very well written. Each pattern has clear instructions and is easy to follow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacey Trock Rocks!!!
Absolutely adorable crocheted animals. They are fun to make and everyone I given one of the cute little critters to has loved it!! Looking forward to making more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with clear instructions and photos!
I love this book! Stacey's instructions are so clear and easy for anyone to understand! Loved the information about different yarns and animals from around the world included in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shauna Jared
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book & designer
I've took an online class (from Craftsy.com) with Stacy Trock instructing on how to make Amigurumi monsters in crochet and loved it. I then decided that I needed to buy her book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Berky
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