Stranded & Tangled In Madagascar

Tangled in Madagascar
The Crochet Crowd’s New Exhibit, Stranded & Tangled in Madagascar

SOS! The Crochet Crowd is Stranded and Tangled in Madagascar!

Over $3000 in Prizes

The Crochet Crowd is back at Creativ Festival October 24 – 26, 2014 and is stranded in Madagascar on the show floor Booth #517.

Creativ Festival, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building Hall D, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto Ontario, Canada

Have your creativity featured in front of 30,000 guests while at Creativ Festival and be part of something huge!

Press Release

SOS! We’re Stranded & Tangled in Madagascar!

Another crochet escapade… they like ‘em big… they like ‘em chunky!

Michael Sellick and Diva Dan went a bit ‘crackalackin’ in Africa and need to be rescued! While inside a crate on board the freight liner headed to Madagascar, they had lots of time on their hands to plan a course of action. Once they hit land the rescue challenge was issued! Get in on the mission.

The Crochet Crowd Global Community is challenged to create fun creatures and items for a crochet safari. There are over $3000 in prizes to be won, thanks to Red Heart Yarns, Creativ Festival, James C Brett, Schachenmayr Yarns, The Crochet Crowd and Westcott Scissors.

Watch it all unfold at Creativ with a wild and crazy display full of crochet lions, hippos, giraffes and even monkeys created by the Crochet Crowd fans. They ‘Like to Move it, Move it’ with all that Red Heart, James C. Brett and Schachenmayr yarns…  it’s a fibre safari adventure!

The ‘Crowd’ loves mother nature’s creatures and you’ll have the chance to purchase finished Madagascar crochet item made with love by Crochet Crowd challengers. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Canada.

The Crochet Crowd – Booth #517

The Challenge & Inspiration

Unleash your creativity to come up with a characters or elements from the Madagascar Movie. Use the island scenes as part of your inspiration.

  • Review the movie. Don’t limit yourself to only doing the main characters. There are so many other creatures that didn’t get much of a role in a movie.
    • Melman the giraffe.
    • How about the slap happy penquins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private
    • The two chimps, Mason and his sign language friend Phil.
    • How about a Cracklack’n zebra, Marty.
    • Gloria the Hippo
    • Marty the Lion.
    • Don’t forget about the pesky predators.
    • The comic relief lemur, King Julien and his gang.
    • There are many other characters that didn’t have a speaking role but are part of the movie. Look carefully.
  • Be creative to think outside of the box of what is in the movie that can be your inspiration?
    • Look at the background of the movie to see elements such as palm trees and other elements the characters are interacting with.
    • Example, Melman was in a box for a bit with his legs and head sticking out.
    • Gloria showed up on the beach with moss hair and star fish bra.
    • There as a hula girl on the dash of the plane that the Skipper fell in love with.
    • What else did you see when reviewing the movie?
  • Tips
    • When designing your character, think about the emotional connection to the creature or item you are making.
    • Use existing patterns and/or come up with your own designs to make your creatures.
    • Don’t be afraid to embellish and let your imagination soar.

These Patterns are Free

Animals Hardcopy or eBook $4.99

See More Details and/or Purchase

Red Heart Yarns, pattern Book
Crochet Animals, Big & Small Pattern Book

Don’t be afraid to express your creativity.

The Prizes – Over $3000

Our sponsors have come through with an incredible array of prizes.

  • We have 5 Top prizes of $500 in gifts courtesy of Creativ Festival, Red Heart Yarns and The Crochet Crowd. Prizes include fully loaded Red Heart Yarn Bag, Swarovski Crystals, Creativ Festival Tickets, Ball Winder, Yarn Swift and Official Crochet Crowd Mug.
  • We have 10 prizes of $75 courtesy of James C Brett, Schachenmayr Yarns, and My Mountain Yarn. Prizes include $75 worth of yarn assorted yarn balls and Official Crochet Crowd Mug.

Awarding of Prizes

  1. Each item will end up being judged. A Creativ Festival Judging Panel will decide the best 5 of the entire submissions on the day we are setting up the show. The winners will be on special exhibit.
  2. All of the submissions will be put into a random draw and 10 selections will be randomly selected. Everyone has an equal opportunity to win.

More About Creativ Festival

  • All creatures and items will be for sale at Creativ Festival. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Canada. We do not return items.


  • Anyone in the world is open to participating in this challenge.
  • You do not need to be a member or sign up in advance to participate. You simply complete the challenge and mail in your submission.
  • Your item must reflect something that is relevant for the Movie ‘Madagascar’ theme.
  • The challenger may use any yarn they wish.
  • The finished articles must be mailed to The Crochet Crowd Studio by September 26th, 2014. Packages must be post marked on or September 26th to remain in the challenge. We need the characters weeks before the show to do the final exhibit plans. Be mindful that our truck is packed up October 21st and all submissions must be received by October 18th to be included into the show exhibit. If mailing from a far distance, ensure you get your submission in the mail prior to the cut off date.
  • You do not need to attend in person at Creativ Festival to be part of this challenge. Winners will be selected and all prizes will be mailed to the winners after the show.
  • Your items will not be returned after the show. Remember, your item is going towards a charity cause and is up for sale to benefit the Humane Society of Canada. Your donations and times will be appreciated by many.

Submission & Processing

  • The challenger can submit multiple items. Each finished item is counted as a separate entry. Your item must be finished with no assembly required.
  • You will mail in your submission(s) to The Crochet Crowd Studio.
  • Each submission will be photographed as a group. For example, if a crocheter submits 4 items. The 4 items will be photographed together and labelled. Each item counts as a separate entry for the draw.
  • Photography will be released October 20th, 2014 as a complete gallery.
  • Challengers can share their entries in advance on our Facebook but be advised this allows others to see your creativity in advance to make decisions about their own entries and creative inspiration.
  • Use your best discretion when packaging and shipping these characters to ensure product arrives safely.


  • It is not necessary to gift wrap, tissue wrap or provide greeting cards with your submission. A quick note with your contact information. Contact information should be your full name, address, phone number and email address. Help keep the environment clean

You MUST Label Each Character

  • Each character needs it’s own label. Please provide your name and mailing address on each label of your character.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you label your character.
  • Place the label onto the character / item in an area that is not front and centre to the features of the character.
  • Ensure the label if legible and easy to read.
  • Your items will be on public display, be mindful where you put the label for display reasons.
  • You can use a stiff piece of paper to write your name and address. Hole punch the paper and insert a string through the paper to attach it.
  • Unlabelled characters will NOT be entered into the draw.

Package Acknowledgement

We will be entering your name into the chart below in order in which they are received. We will include the first and last name from the label of the characters. We will include the number of entries by person.

Mailing Address & Shipping

Please use regular parcel postal services. DO NOT USE COURIERS.

The Crochet Crowd Studio
10 Mullen Drive, PO BOX 473
Walkerton, Ontario, Canada
Declare your item under $20 USD and as a gift/crochet stuff animal for customs purposes.

Courier Services Charge Us A Minimum of $60 per shipment for customs processing. We will not enter any submissions into our draw that arrive through courier. All courier packages will be rejected and returned to you at your expense.


Confirmed Entries Received + Photographed

In order of when they are received. All entries to be mailed on or before September 26th, 2014 and to our studio by October 18th, 2014. Do not use courier to send us your entries as customs and taxes are applied to the shipment for The Crochet Crowd to pay.

Entry(ies) – Name – State/Province/Country

  • 1 – Paige Wright – Brick, NJ USA
  • 2 – 18 – Kevin & Karen Price – Ontario Canada
  • 19 – Cathy Blay – Texas USA
  • 20 – 27 – Diane Suder – Michigan USA
  • 28 – Sandy Borth – Ontario Canada
  • 29 – Karen Wheeler – NH USA
  • 30 – Pamela Jones – MA USA
  • 31 – Claire Baker – UK
  • 32 – Miriam Lauer – KY USA
  • 33 – 36 – Ann Ring – UK
  • 37 – 44 – Kevin Price, Ontario Canada
  • 45 – Sylvia Beschman – OH USA
  • 46 – 47 – Lydia M. Carawan – MI USA
  • 48 – Cindy Shepard – CA USA
  • 49 – Sara Hoos, GA USA
  • 50 – 51 – Annette Grant, Ontario Canada
  • 52 – JoAnne Seiple, OH USA
  • 53 – 54 – Julie Birkes, NE USA
  • 55 – 56 – Alan Lenton, AZ USA
  • 57 – 60 – April Williamson, WA USA
  • 61 – 68 – Pamela Jones, MA, USA
  • 69 – 72 – Anna Farquhar, Ontario Canada
  • 73 – 79 – Cheryl Jensen, Utah USA
  • 80 – 83 – Lori Grondin, Ontario Canada (1 Scene with 4 Affixed Items)
  • 84 – 101 – Ellen Morey, TX USA
  • 102 – Emma Ivemay, Ontario Canada
  • 103 – Elizabeth Williams, TX USA
  • 104 – Stephanie Sage, Ontario Canada
  • 105 – Claire Veitch, Ontario Canada
  • 106 – Tara Hretsina, Saskatchewan Canada
  • 107 – 109 – Jessica Pearrault, MA USA
  • 110 – Betty Lewis, IN USA
  • 111 – Pamela Jones, MA USA
  • 112 – Julia Lengyell, Ontario Canada
  • 113 – Julie Ashton, France Europe
  • 114 – 115 – Kelly Wilson, Ontario Canada
  • 116 – 121 – Deanna Piney, Ontario Canada
  • 122 – Emily Dextraze, New Brunswick Canada
  • 123 – 126 – Stacy Hinds, NE USA
  • 127 – 131 – Dawn Heisdorffer, IA USA
  • 132 – 134 – Salma Ibrahim, Dubai United Arab Emirates
  • 135 – Jennifer Teryua, CA USA
  • 136 – 137 – Jennifer Rippey, WA USA
  • 138 – 141 – Julie Spindler, AZ USA
  • 142 – 150 – Sheri Goad, VA USA
  • 151 – 161 – Kevin and Karen Price, Ontario Canada
  • 162 – Sylvia Beschman, OH USA
  • 163 – 164 – Caroline Casey, Ontario Canada
  • 165 – 173 – Pamela Jones, MA USA
  • 174 – 175 – Jessica Singh, Ontario Canada
  • 176 – 177 – Joanne Zednik, IL USA
  • 178 – Trisha Mortimore, British Columbia Canada
  • 179 – 188 – Judy Wray, MS USA
  • 189 – Vanessia Osborne, Ontario Canada
  • 190 – Pamela Dow, NH USA
  • 191 – Dianne McGreggor, TX USA
  • 192 – Jeanne Beverly, MD USA
  • 193 – 195 – Elizabeth Jones, OH USA
  • 196 – 197 – Patricia Reitz, PA USA
  • 198 – 200 – Darlene Power, Nova Scotia Canada
  • 201 – 202 – Victoria Gonzalez, FL USA
  • 203 – Wendy Wrage, IA USA
  • 204 – 207 – Sarah Winters, Alberta Canada
  • 208 – 211 – Jess Gee, IN USA
  • 212 – Linda Castro, Hawaii USA
  • 213 – Mary Bloodgood, FL USA
  • 214 – Arielle Roberts, FL USA
  • 215 – Marie Ressler, FL USA
  • 216 – Elaine Poff, FL USA
  • 217 – 225 – Margie Carroll, NY USA
  • 226 – 229 – Laura Jean Bartholomew, KS USA
  • 230 – 231 – Pat Scheffer, FL USA
  • 232 – 242 – Janet Diller, CO USA
  • 243 – Sarah Redford, TX USA
  • 244 – Eugenia Pentland, Ontario Canada
  • 245 – 249 – Erica Sutton, SC USA
  • 250 – 253 – Naomi Bell, OR USA
  • 254 – 257 – Corrine Neeley, IN USA
  • 258 – Noel Wiseman, WV USA
  • 259 – 265 – Amy Still, IL USA
  • 266 – 271 – Lori Johnson, WI USA
  • 272 – Crystal Jones, VA USA
  • 273 – Kevin Price, Ontario Canada
  • 274 – Dela Wilkins, British Columbia Canada
  • 275 – Anna Farquhar, Ontario Canada
  • 276 – Cheryl Jensen, UT USA
  • 277 – Karen Shepherd, Ontario Canada
  • 278 – Maaike Smeeter, Netherlands
  • 279 – Sophie Crawford, New Zealand
  • 280 – Cheryl Comier, Ontario Canada
  • 281 – Julia Franklin, NC USA
  • 282 – 288 – Kris Rollings, Australia
  • 289 – 294 – Kate Johnson, TX USA


Michael Sellick

Michael Sellick is the founder of The Crochet Crowd. He teaches how to crochet using videos and loves to share crochet patterns.

122 thoughts on “Stranded & Tangled In Madagascar

  • September 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm


    A few quick questions.

    Are you only using the theme of the first movie or all of them?

    I teach crochet and My students are all working on making some animals for this challenge . Is it ok to ship them all together ? We will have each student label their animal.

    Please let me know,
    Thanks Mary

    • September 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Shipping altogether is appropriate and will save you money for sure. We look at the labels attached to the characters to record the entries. Just ensure each one is labelled.

  • September 10, 2014 at 3:57 am

    When/where will Mad Agascar pics be posted?

    Also, where to find pics for Mad Hatter contest?


    • September 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      A week before Creativ Festival is when the pictures will be posted. There is $3,000 in prizes and I don’t want people to see entries prior to the cut off so that people aren’t influenced. We want to be fair to everyone. Here is the top hat gallery.

  • September 10, 2014 at 3:12 am

    OH NO! Have I been working zealously for naught? I’m confused. What if it’s from the first movie but a segment before they get to the island? And what if my character looks like the one in the movie? I’m making up the pattern and have tried to make it look as close to the character in the movie as I can? I’m almost done with one. Have I wasted my time? I looked for anything in the guidelines that said not to look the same and saw nothing until the newsletter. I could never make it exactly the same but….

    • September 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      We are looking for it to fit the theme Patti. Even if it’s prior to the island, as long as it fits to the movie we are good to go. The copyright issue becomes if you are trying to sell a pattern from it, especially if it closely resembles a creature from the movie. You should be good. I had Daniel reach out to you this morning.

  • September 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

    My tick should be on that list. I mailed it out in early august!

    • September 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      I have it here on my list and in the photographs. maybe I didn’t type it out on here… checking.

    • September 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Sorry about that… I missed you on my list when I was typing out your name. I do have you in the list behind the scenes and in the photography library as well.

  • September 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I’m not seeing my name on the list of entries and I entered on the first day…

    • September 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I haven’t received anything from you as of yet. Once we receive them here, they are professionally photographed and entered into the submissions.

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I’m working on a small box of animals, when it is full I’ll send it to you.

  • August 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I can`t believe I missed this!!!

    Not only am I ahooked “happy hooker” (LOL) I’m also a huge Madagascar fan

    It’s the first movie I EVER took my baby girl to “the movies” to see

    She was 2 years old….

    … sometime after that she asked to go back to “the movies” but was hugely dissappointed when something else came on the screen!


    Will surely be on the lookout for new challenges!
    Greetings from Caracas, Venezuela

  • August 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

    One crochet chameleon on it’s way. Posted Thursday. Fingers xd it gets from uk to Canada in time. He was a variation of a pattern in Vanessa Mooncie crochet wild animals for reversible chameleon , he’s just not reversible. Good luck for show. I dont think we have such craft spectaculars here. Hope loads of pics get posted for the peeps who can’t make it to show. Xx

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  • August 24, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Giving my fingers a short break to ask a quick question! Is it okay to use one of my business cards as the the label? I just figured it would be faster than handwriting all of them out.
    Thanks! I should have my stuff mailed off in the next week or so!

  • August 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I am working my heart out on this challenge. surprising myself. can finally comfortably crochet again.

  • August 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I want to participate but have a few questions. (1) The guidelines just say “items” but I get the idea that amigurumi is the preferred entry. Is it against the rules to enter something else, such as a pillow with the character on the front? (2) Are there any restrictions on the size of the piece? I only ask because I notice most of your challenges have size restrictions and I noticed there doesn’t seem to be one here. Thank you.

  • August 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Can we use ideas from the beginning of the movie. For ex. I was thinking of making Melman with the cone around his neck.

  • August 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Are we able to play with colors or should the entries be similar to the movie? This is the first time I am doing anything like this!

    • August 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      We prefer you explore creativity and be bold with your colour choices. 😀

  • August 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Can they be any color? For ex. can The zebra be pink and while or just black an white

  • August 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Do I enter online are when you get my item?

    • August 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      When your item is received here at the studio… we enter you in… do the photography and etc.

      • August 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Thank you that was the answer I was looking for to both my questions ha ha, I guess I just didn’t ask it correctly n ha ha! Thank you again Mikey!

  • August 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Is there an online form we need to fill out or just mail in our finished projects?

  • August 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I was wondering if the characters have to be from just the first movie or can they be from any of the 3 movies? I have all three but I was just wondering :) Thanks!

  • August 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I’m working on two entries now to submit to the contest. Is there something I need to do besides send the finished projects to you prior to September 26, 2014?

  • August 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Tangled and stranded in Madagascar…I have crocheted a chameleon. Not sure if they feature in movie but they are definitely a creature from Madagascar. Would that work for your display?

    • August 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

      One crochet chameleon on it’s way. Posted Thursday. Fingers xd it gets from uk to Canada in time. He was a variation of a pattern in Vanessa Mooncie crochet wild animals for reversible chameleon , he’s just not reversible. Good luck for show. I dont think we have such craft spectaculars here. Hope loads of pics get posted for the peeps who can’t make it to show. Xx

  • August 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I am wondering if it needs to be amurigami as it says item also
    . “The Crochet Crowd Global Community is challenged to create fun creatures and items for a crochet safari.”

      • August 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        Honestly still working on an idea just wanted to know if it was only amurigami. I am thinking along the lines of possibly something in the tapestry crochet area.

  • August 13, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Where do we mail submissions to.


    • August 13, 2014 at 2:16 am

      nevermind…i see it now thanks

  • August 11, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I just wanted to check can we use any animal as long as we incorporate the Madagascar theme just a little confused. I have a animal picked but it wasn’t shown in the movie but its from around Madagascar? This will be my first challenge.

    Thank You
    Bonnie Holt

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      It’s better for our theme to be close or appropriate… our booth will be an island… we are open to ideas of interpretation which may be what you fall under too! 😀

  • August 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’m interested to enter the name of my character are the “Four Slap Happy Penguin.

  • August 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I may be mistaken, but the dates noted on the CreativFestival website ( ) differ from what you note in your message above. I think it runs 24-26, not 25-27 as you say.

    Could you please confirm the dates? I’m planning a trip down from Ottawa and want to be sure I get the dates right!


    • August 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      It’s what is on Creativ Festival’s website… I have the wrong dates… thanks for noticing.


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