The Amigurumi patterns seem to work just fine for you. I say stick with them; they can be better than blankets and if you make enough of those crochet animals, then maybe you could try to sell some online.
Thanks! Nah, it will be a mixture of animals and creatures and things. Crocheting is stupidly addictive... (I honestly forgot about crocheting mythical monsters…may have to do a unicorn. ) I found the pattern to make a young kraken and fell in love with the result.