Jennifer Olivarez


Jennifer Olivarez

Jennifer Olivarez is a crochet artist and designer who enjoys using the medium to explore soft sculpture, storytelling, and pattern design. She uses amigurumi characters in a crochet world to illustrate the original stories featured on her blog, Squirrel Picnic, and in her book The Big Acorn Race: A Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects. Her crochet sculpture “Pineapple Sunset” won the artistic expression category in the 2016 CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Design Competition. Jennifer’s designs have been published or are forthcoming in Crochet! and international amigurumi magazines.

Projects by Jennifer Olivarez


Tree Full of Friends Wall Hanging (Part 3)

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Tree Full of Friends” is the perfect toy for busy little hands. This 20″ x 24″ crochet wall hanging of a tree against a bright blue sky includes several pockets on the tree in which to tuck an amigurumi owl, bluebird, and squirrel. Children will enjoy popping the flower petals onto oversized buttons on stems and in the tree. This colorful toy, which also doubles as a children’s room decoration, offers a great opportunity to use up stash yarn.

We are making this wall hanging over the course of three issues, and in this third and final installment, we will cover crocheting the squirrel amigurumi and flowers and finishing the assembly.

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Tree Full of Friends Wall Hanging (Part 2)

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“Tree Full of Friends” is the perfect toy for busy little hands. This 20″ x 24″ crochet wall hanging of a tree against a bright blue sky includes several pockets on the tree in which to tuck an amigurumi owl, bluebird, and squirrel. Children will enjoy popping the flower petals onto oversized buttons on stems and in the tree. This colorful toy, which also doubles as a children’s room decoration, offers a great opportunity to use up stash yarn.

We are making this wall hanging over the course of three issues, and in this second installment, we will cover crocheting the owl and bluebird amigurumi.

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Tree Full of Friends Wall Hanging Part 1

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“Tree Full of Friends” is the perfect toy for busy little hands. Children will enjoy popping flower petals onto oversized buttons and tucking an amigurumi owl, bluebird and squirrel into the tree’s cozy little pockets. This colorful toy, which also doubles as a children’s room decoration, offers a great opportunity to use up stash yarn.

We’ll be making this wall hanging over the course of three issues, and in this first installment, we will cover crocheting the background, including the tree.

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