Amamani Puzzle Balls Book

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I am very excited to share this new book with you! Amamani Puzzle Balls (short for: Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals) are inspired by traditional Amish Puzzle Balls.

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Photo Credit: Annie's Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys
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Title: Amamani Puzzle Balls
Author: Dedri Uys
Publisher: Annie’s
ISBN: 978-1-57367-569-7

Amamani Puzzle Balls Book

These crocheted puzzle balls are designed to be taken apart and reassembled to form specific animals. The 6-animals included in this book are:

  • Dexter the Dinosaur
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  • Eleanor the Elephant
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  • Gemina the Giraffe
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  • Skillie the Turtle
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  • Brill the Lion
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  • White Lion
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Each Amamani Design is comprised of three segments (or rings) which fit together to form a sturdy and cuddly toy!

Here is an example of the three segments which you assemble to make Dexter.

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Do you want to see how they work? Watch the short video from Annie’s – Amamani Puzzle Ball Video. Just click the link under the cover of the book on this page at Annie’s: Video

The instructions included in in this publication are fantastic!

The book contains colour photographs, diagrams (where they are needed) and detailed, step-by-step written directions.

You will be amazed by how these come together!


I have had the chance to crochet one of Dedri’s Amamani Puzzle Balls in the past and I loved making it.

Drew and Dexter

Dedri kindly sent me Dexter to play with (I also allowed Drew supervised visits with our UK friend!) and my son has fallen in love with him.

Dexter is sturdy and soft and so very loveable – my children adore these animals and I love challenging adults to try to put them together!

Darla and Dexter

I will be making Drew his own “Dexter” very soon I suspect 🙂

Every morning he comes to see if Dexter is still here, or if he has left to go back to “Igland” (aka England to the rest of us!)

Dexter and Drew

I hope you are inspired to try one of Dedri’s fantastic designs – they are so unique – and they make truly one-of-a-kind crochet gifts!

Drew Dexter Darla

and…Dedri has generously donated a copy of Amamani Puzzle Balls to be given away to one of my lucky readers! So you can make Dexter too!

Darla Drew Dexter

Enter below for your chance to win your very own copy of this unique crochet book!

As always, you get a daily free entry so come back tomorrow to enter again! 

And this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE 🙂

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You can pick up your copy of Dedri’s book from Annie’s here:

Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys

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eBook $10.99

Print Book $10.99



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  1. I bought the book and I’m making Brill. I’m stuck on how to make the legs. Help.

  2. Ì love those Amish puzzles, but the english version is to steep for me. Love to have the whole book in dutch, but couldn’t find it. Found 3 patterns in dutch, but they are still hard for me to make. But they are so cute !!

  3. Just love these little critters! Love your creative talent Dedri! Thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Eventually I would most likely make them all, but would start with the dinosaur for my grandson.

  5. these are so cute !! I am new to the “puzzle ball” concept, but would love to make the elephant 🙂

  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your awesome books. You are a very gifted and talented artist!

  7. Dexter the dinosaur first for a certain young lady I know who is obsessed with all things dinosaur related….

  8. I love them all but I would make the giraffe first for my niece 🙂

  9. Dedri is amazing! I would probably make the dinosaur first if I had this amazing book.

  10. I would love to try these. Would be fantastic for my great grandsons.

  11. Oh my goodness!! They are adorable! I know a lot of little ones that would just love on of these.

  12. I would have so much fun making these. I’m sure my grandsons would love the dexter and brill. But I’d love to make any of them,,, so adorable.

  13. I am in love with the dinosaur!! The turtle would be next. 🙂

  14. too hard to decide would have to ask my 3 yr old granddau for her choice.
    They are all soooo cute and cuddly.

  15. I would make them all. The first would be the dinosaur. Just too cute.

  16. I think they are all great, but I would make the dinosaur first.

  17. The dinosaur would be my first project but definitely not my last!

  18. I would make the puzzle balls and donate them to the local Shriners Childrens Hospital!!!

  19. I like the elephant the most, but I would make all of them if I won the book! These are so amazing. I wish I was talented enough to come up with designs, but for now all I can do is follow everyone else’s patterns! Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous book.

  20. I love them all. It was very hard to narrow it down, because I would love to make everyone of them. But since I had to choose one, I would make Eleanor the Elephant. They say if the trunk is up that means Good Luck. So my trunk is up here in Michigan with the hopes I am the one that receives a copy of your book. 🙂

  21. I would love to make either the Dinosaur or the Turtle. The are so darn cute!!

  22. I love them all but would probably make the giraffe first!! Love this idea-so unique and cute!

  23. I don’t tweet but I have made two balls and the octopus. I love these things!! I think I’d make the turtle first.

  24. I love these! I think the giraffe is so adorable! Then again I am a sucker for giraffes.

  25. I have been following your blog for awhile and very much like your designs and patterns. Thank you for the chance to expand my learning curve!

  26. This looks so wonderful! Would have to make the pink elephant for my grandniece and the dragon for myself!

  27. Gemina the Giraffe. They are all adorable, though – including your kids 🙂

  28. I would make the giraffe first followed by the white lion! So adorable. 😀

  29. I would make the turtle first, and then I don’t think I could stop, and I’d just make a whole Puzzle Zoo 😀

  30. I would make Dexter the Dinosaur because my son is crazy about dinosaurs!

  31. I would definitely make the dinosaur first followed by the giraffe.

  32. I would love the challenge of making all of them! I am sure that any women’s shelter would be happy to receive these for the kids that come in with their moms. It would be a tremendous challenge to do it and do it right, but a great reward knowing that they may become a terrified childs comfort.

  33. I would love to make all of them. If I had to choose it would be the Dinosaur.

  34. The giraffe is just adorable. I love the look he has on his

  35. Those look absolutely adorable, I can’t wait to try to make them. Will need to buy the book if I don’t win it.

  36. I like the dino and the giraffe best. I would love to give it a try making them 🙂

  37. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I love your creations. God bless!

  38. I think the elephant would be absolutely ideal for my 6 month old Grandson Oliver!

  39. I love these and will be really nice gifts. I think I will start with the giraffe.

  40. Hi there,
    I would start with making Dexter the dinosaurs, one of my soms loves dinosaurs ! He wants a dinosaurs bedroom too, so that would be GREAT in it !! I tested a few of Dedri’s patterns for her, they are so much fun to make, easy to follow and when finished a hugh succes for kids and grown ups also !!! I really love making them and giving them away as a present to see the reactions on everyones faces !!!

  41. I would make the elephant first! I love elephants…but then I would slowly make every single oe of them because I have seven grandchildren. These patterns are so creative and I think you have a great talent Dedri. Thank you for making your pattern booklet available now to the world.

  42. Would LOVE to make these for my grandchildren in “Igland”!!

  43. This book is on my wishlist! I think I would start with Gemima, then Dexter, then Skillie…

  44. These are cute to make and donate to the cancer children along with the hats I crochet!!!

  45. Thank you so much for this giveaway! They are so cute!!! I can see why kids love them. 🙂

  46. They’re all so cute, but I’m kind of partial to turtles and elephants.

  47. Not sure which one I’d make first…maybe Dexter…he’s so cute! but – hmmm! they’re all adorable. I LOVE Dedri and all of her designs – and her tutorials have helped my increase my own abilities. It’s so exciting when I can do a pattern without a tutorial now….because I can harken back to doing stitches with Dedri! Invisible joins are second nature now – as are standing sc, dc, etc.!
    And Rhonnda you are also right up there on my favorites list! Look forward to your emails every Saturday!

  48. I would just have to make the dinosaur first. My grandaughter is crazy about dinos . I am sure I would eventually have to make them all. They are awesome looking. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win this book. I know whoever wins will be happy!

  49. I’ve been wanting to make an Amish puzzle ball for ages, and an animal one would be even better! I would make Skillie the turtle first.

  50. I just love these. I would definitely make the white lion first. I even know who will be the receive that little gem. My granddaughter!

  51. Love & want to make them all! The elephant will be first though for a great friend who is doing an elephant nursery

  52. I am torn between the dino and the elephant… Those 2 are my favs, but I love all of them so much. I just love Dedri’s patterns!

  53. Wow! All of them really, but I’ve just fallen in love with the giraffe!
    Thank for sharing and the giveaway, once again!:)
    Ah! And thanks for making it open worldwide!!!

  54. Dexter first. I love these patterns and have made some of the other ones

  55. The turtle! They’re are so cute but I’d make the turtle first! :D. Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. What a great idea! I would love to make these for our church nursery. Thank you for your generosity!

  57. I would make the Elephant first! But have to really make them all they are so adorable. Thank you for the chance to win!


  58. I love these creatures! I think I would try either the dinosaur or the giraffe first 🙂 I have seen this book floating around online, and have been waiting for a release date. Can’t wait 🙂

  59. I would make them all 🙂
    But I would make the giraffe first.
    Have a nice day

  60. I would make the elephant first. I can’t wait to try making them.