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I don’t speak any languages other than English well enough to converse in them, so I can only respond to questions or emails written in English. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I can’t help you if I don’t understand you. (And if you don’t know English well enough to ask your question in my language, you wouldn’t understand my response anyway!)


  1. Antoinette said

    Hi June,

    I sent an e-mail with pics and after reading this I guess you may not reply? So doing this one in case you do.

  2. Antoinette said

    Hi June,

    Is it possible to use a magic ring to start a guinea pig? The pattern says ch 2 and work into the 2nd chain 6sc. I notice that this pattern was written in 2007 and maybe you had not adopted the magic ring in all the patterns that it could have been used in. I’m not sure I can get such a neat finish crocheting into 1 stitch.

    • June said

      Antoinette, the reason that the guinea pigs (and all of my ‘fuzzy’ patterns) don’t use a magic ring is that, depending on the yarn you use, the fuzz can get trapped, making the ring difficult or even impossible to draw closed! [You’ll see that the ears, worked in a non-fuzzy yarn, do start with a magic ring :)]

      If you want to try using a magic ring start, go for it! Just substitute Make a magic ring, ch 1. Rnd 1: 6 sc in to magic ring for Ch 2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. You’ll know after Rnd 1 if your yarn will let you close the ring, or if you need to cut off that piece of yarn and go back to the ch 2 method.

  3. carolyn neff said

    I just ordered the xmas tree and the ponsittia. Idont know what I hit but the douwnloads are gone. and they are paid for. could you tell me what i have done.

    • June said

      Carolyn, I’ve checked and your downloads have not expired, so you should be able to save them by logging back into your PlanetJune account – see for instructions. Please email me if you’re still having problems after following the instructions :)

  4. Just had to stop in and award you the Stylish Blogger Award. You rock. Love your patterns.



    • June said

      Thanks very much, Dana – I appreciate it!

  5. Marleen said

    Dear June,
    I ordered your book (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi) through the internet and it arrived today, I’m really happy.
    I’m not a complete newbie when it comes to crochet, but regarding amiguri it made a lot of things clear. I learned a lot already and is is so well written that I’ll probably always keep it at hand for future reference.
    Your book as well as your website provided me with lots of new inspiration.
    I’ll be back to visit your website soon :)
    Thanks and best wishes,

    • June said

      Marleen, thank you so much! I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my book and website. When I was writing the book, I hoped that people would use it as a reference book, so it’s really nice to hear that you are :)

  6. carly said

    hi june i love your guinea pigs they are so cute! I was wondering if you have the animals already made because a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she is in love with guinea pigs. Also i wanted to know if you can make a replica of someone’s animal if they send you a picture of their pet

    • June said

      Hi Carly, I’m afraid I only sell patterns, not finished animals. I do occasionally accept a commission for a finished piece (and yes, I could customize it to match a real pet!) but I’m in the middle of moving to South Africa at the moment, so I’m not accepting any commissions for at least the next few months. I’m sorry I couldn’t help!

  7. edie said

    Hi June-

    I have been trying to find our early May conversation about punchneedle in your comments someplace, and I can’t. But I seem to have figured out the needle/ fabric/ thread size issue and have been punching a bunch. I seem to be obsessed. I just wanted to thank you for your help.


  8. Hello! I posted your awesome shrinky dinks here!:)
    I am excited I found you!:)

  9. ben said

    look at my stegosaurus!!

    awesome patterns :D

  10. Tanya said

    Hi! I just came across your website and I love your animal patterns! I am new to this craft so was wondering if you have any advice or know of a good starter kit. Thanks!!

    • June said

      Hi Tanya,

      Well, I know of a great book that would give you all the advice you need (and coincidentally, I happened to write it!): The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi.

      All you really need to get started is worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook (somewhere between size E and G – I like to use an E), a metal yarn needle, and some stuffing – you can find those in any craft store. The other things you might like to buy so you can create the best amigurumi (but you probably won’t find in a craft store) are a stitch marker, a stuffing tool and some eyes. I sell a kit that includes all those: Amigurumi Accessory Kit :)

      Hope that helps!

    • Dorothy Atkinson said

      Please, please order June’s book. I have been crocheting Amigurumi animals for awhile now but still had some questions. Her book is fantastic, I can’t tell you how much I have learned. She also has great tutorials with printouts of just about every technique. It isn’t terribly expensive for what you learn and the amount of work she has put into it. Happy Amiguruming. Dorothy

    • Dorothy Atkinson said

      Tanya, just wanted to clarify. The videos and printouts of the tutorials aren’t in the book but are on her site under Learning. Dorothy

  11. Seyeon said

    I just sent you an email saying how much I adore your work!!!!!!!!! :)

  12. Seyeon said

    Oops and I forgot to add: Where do you find the fizzy/fluffy yarn?
    I have been on the hunt for them at spotlight but I can’t find them really… Maybe I didn’t check well……….. I only asked this because I love the bunnies and stuff you make with these yarn! They look so attracting!!!

  13. Hi June,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really love the things you make.

    Thank you so much.

  14. nirmala pasala said

    hi….i love those African Violet plant that is so adorable and i would love 2 make one for my mom and gift it…
    but i am not getting the pattern can u please please send me the pattern

  15. Carmen said

    Hi June,

    I think that your commission process is a great idea :)! I just have one small suggestion since I guess that many foreigners (like me) are reviewing and voting for your pattern commissions. If you don’t face any copyright problems by using photos next to the animal names, I think that it would help a lot since some animal names which are in the commissions process are unfamiliar to me and I have to google them to know which animal they represent ;).

  16. Susan said

    Hi June
    I hope you are enjoying living in my former home-country? Just wanted to say I love your blog and website. And a non-needlework related question if I may: what is the piece of music you have playing in your video for your new book?
    Thank you!

    • June said

      I think South Africa is very beautiful, Susan. And the music I used in my book trailer video is Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov.

  17. Karen said

    I love the cactus patterns! I brought a potful to work and people thought they were real.

  18. Nga said

    Hi June,

    Was googling to look up a crochet stitch, found a chevron pattern tutorial and was pleasantly surprised to notice that it was yours! Congratulations on your thriving success!!! So happy for you.


  19. Judy Lee said

    Someone pinned a punchneedle with a spool threader on pinterest from your website. I can’t find it. Can you tell me if I can order it from you or how I can locate one? Thanks so much, Judy

    • June said

      Hi Judy, I made it myself and give the details of how I did it in this post if you want to make one too. It comes in very handy when you’re punching large areas in a single colour!

  20. Birgit nielsen said

    Hi, did You crochet The patten for the orangutang. I Cannes find it in her.
    Love Your Patterson.

    Kind regards

  21. Lisa Mack said

    Hi June I am so pleased to have purchased the giant panda pattern from you I cannot wait to make it thanks for allowing me to sign up on your site as well have a good day and I look forward in seeing what other patterns you have

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