Squirrel Picnic

Handmade with Love and Stuff


Jennifer Olivarez

Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day here. From free crochet patterns to web comics featuring the cast of Squirrel Picnic, there’s plenty to explore. So go ahead and have some fun.


Hi! I’m Jennifer Olivarez, and I enjoy using crochet to explore soft sculpture, storytelling, and pattern design.

In 2012, I began the Squirrel Picnic blog you see here, and for four years, I used amigurumi characters and crochet sets and props to illustrate a series of web comics about the adventures of two little squirrels named Hodge and Podge. I had such a blast coming up with new stories and sharing the patterns to make the characters that in 2016 I created a full-color story and crochet pattern book called The Big Acorn Race.

If you are interested in making an amigurumi squirrel of your very own, you’ll find the pattern, along with patterns for lots of accessories, in the book. But there are also a ton of free patterns for you and your squirrel friend right here! Want to make fitness gear for your squirrel? Podge has a whole set! Want to make an ugly Christmas sweater for your squirrel? We’ve got it right here! (And for even more free patterns for everything from turkey hats to teddy bears, hover your cursor over the tabs above.)

To learn more about the book and follow my journey from concept through the process of self-publishing, head over to The Big Acorn Race blog.

As much as I enjoyed coming up with new stories and patterns for Hodge and Podge and all their friends, eventually I felt the calling to take my passion for crochet beyond amigurumi. Since closing the blog in 2016, I’ve been designing crochet fashion and home décor patterns. You can find my designs in Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, Crochet!I Like Crochet, and the We Crochet online store.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who followed this blog and generously offered their support and encouragement. It has been a great honor to meet you all and get to know you better. You have inspired me and challenged me to learn and grow, and I will forever be thankful for the experience.

If you’d like to see what I’m up to now and check out my latest designs, you can find me on Ravelry and Etsy.

Best wishes and happy stitching!

June 17, 2020


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