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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 27 August 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217336
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Mabel Bunny & Co.


15 loveable animals to crochet using chunky yarn by Claire Gelder

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Book Description

Fall in love with these oversized toys, then crochet them all, including three mini versions.

Who could resist these loveable toys and their babies? De-stress by snuggling up with Mabel Bunny and her friends oversized crocheted toys, perfect for giant cuddles and little hands. Not just for children, the soft, chunky yarn and floppy limbs will appeal to all, so make them for yourself or give as gifts (if you can bear to part with them). Mabel makes a great reading companion and at about 70cm tall from head to paws, the animals sit comfortably on a shelf or at the end of your bed.

As well as fifteen different animals to crochet and love, including a dragon, a polar bear, a red panda and a pig, you can also make a mini Mabel, octopus and koala, which are 30-40cm tall. The projects are pitched at beginners to improvers and are suitable for someone who has mastered the basics of crochet. So be inspired, choose a pattern to start and be prepared to fall in love with this collection of adorable toys.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani 6
Introduction 8
Tools and materials 10
Techniques 16
Meet Mabel’s family 36
Mabel Bunny & baby 38
Lilly Polar bear 44
Ruby Elephant 50
Walter Zebra 58
Trevor Arctic fox 64
Florence Red Panda 70
Oliver Octopus & baby 76
Stitch Puppy 82
Gabriel Alpaca 88
Doris Sloth 94
Clarence Pig 98
Lionel Lamb 104
Matilda Koala & baby 110
Kielder Red Squirrel 116
Teetee Dragon 122

About the Author

About Claire Gelder

Claire Gelder loves all things hand-made, hand-woven and hand-crafted. She has been crafting for relaxation and fun for over twenty years.

In 2015, Claire left her career as an NHS Director to launch her new business, Wool Couture, which specializes in knitting, crocheting, weaving and macrame. She quickly got her DIY craft kits on the shelves of retail giant John Lewis and, in 2017, secured two Dragons' Den investors to help her pass on her passion of crafting to the next generation. Adding a modern twist to age-old pastimes knitting and crochet, Claire uses giant, chunky yarn and oversized knitting needles made in her own factory.

As well as a successful entrepreneur, Claire is also a firm believer in the therapeutic side of craft, particularly its benefits to mental health and well-being.

Claire lives in Wakefield, UK and is proud to be continuing Yorkshire’s textile tradition. Her website is


Inside Crochet

Claire Gelder used craft as therapy during periods of darkness. She teamed up with her sister Ali in 2016 and a year later won the support of two investors on the BBC's Dragon's Den, and her luxury crochet kits and soft merino yarn have won the hearts of many a crafter since. Claire's first book introduces some snuggly new crochet characters hooked up in gorgeous Cheeky Chunky yarn making for some really luxurious giant amigurumi. The softies include a beautiful dragon as well as farmyard friends and exotic animals. 

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