Hi, I’m Phillip! Welcome to Sir Purl Grey, a hub that showcases my crochet amigurumi patterns, designs and creations.
Believe it or not, I was a knitter before I decided to try my hand at crochet. My initial foray into the needle crafting world was in high school when one day, I picked up some knitting needles, yarn, and a book from the library and taught myself how to knit a cabled scarf.
Crocheting amigurumi has only been a relatively recent development in my yarn crafting experience. Amigurumi, the art of making knitted or crocheted stuffed animals, had caught my eye and I wanted to try my hand at it. About three years ago, I made the transition from knitting needles to a crochet hook and through much determination (or mostly frustation), I began to understand the foundations of crochet stitches and shaping techniques in order to create my own amigurumi. In November 2016, I published with Jeff Wiehler a book of my own amigurumi patterns – The Crochet Wildlife Guide. It is available on Amazon or as a download on Etsy. In 2021, I launched Amigurumio – an amigurumi pattern generator that makes crochet animal patterns.
I am a nerd at heart with a passion for video games and comic books, and my amigurumi designs exhibit that. The creatures of the Pokémon world have served as my main inspirations initially and continue to do so, though I frequently branch into other video game and comic universes.
The Crochet Wildlife Guide Review (Stacey Trock, Fresh Stitches, September 28, 2017)
Our Town: Crochet your favourite Pokemon characters (Swerve, Calgary Herald, August 11, 2016)