ollie the sloth crochet amigurumi pattern by irene strange

Most crocheters love making fluffy friends for themselves or for the little ones in their lives. So we've rounded up the top 10 animal crochet patterns, designed by some of the amazingly talented LoveCrochet Independent Designers.

Sweetheart turtles by Rupinder Kaur

Show off your fancy crochet Fair Isle and create something sweet for a loved one. Rupinder's patterns are simply adorable, make up this perfect pair in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran.

Harriet the Pegasus by LittleAquaGirl

Whip up a magical, mythical creature with LittleAquaGirl's Pegasus pattern. Hook it up in DMC Natura Just Cotton - why not choose the perfect pastel shades for you, or go bold and bright?

Octopus by The Cat and Wool

A FREE pattern for you to make as gifts or charity donations for newborns and premature babies. The tentacles resemble an umbilical cord and help to sooth newborns. Download the pattern and shop your favourite shades of Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK to get started.

Owl softies by Annemarie Benthem

A FREE Pattern by Annemarie Benthem that's guaranteed to be a hoot! Keep your owlets bright and bold with an amazing selection of shades in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK.

Little wolf by Katalin Gálusz

Katalin's medieval crochet patterns are accompanied by this trio of dire-wolves! Discover her character patterns to go with your hounds, or make them for some wild children you know!

Ollie the sloth by Irene Strange

Ollie is one of Irene's many incredible animal crochet patterns. Create him for the chilled out person in your life - someone you love to hang around with!

Hamish the hamster by Moji-Moji Design

Hamish and his friends are berry, berry cute! Moji-Moji Design has an incredible selection of adorable amigurumi patterns, but Hamish remains a firm favourite of ours.

Alpaca family amigurumi by Lucy Collin

We couldn't share our top animal crochet patterns without including one of our favourite woolly friends! Hook up a whole alpaca family and take a look at Lucy's other amazing crochet patterns for more crafting inspiration.

Fox with scarf by Little Bear Crochets

Go from beginner to semi-pro crocheter with this dapper fox pattern. Little Bear Crochets has an adorable range of crochet animal patterns available, so we're sure you'll find your perfect companion!