This article was co-authored by Lois Wade. Lois Wade has 45 years of experience in crafts including sewing, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, drawing, and paper crafts. She has been contributing to craft articles on wikiHow since 2007.
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Amigurumi (lit. Knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.
Here are instructions kindly shared by Amy Lim, an amazing textile artist whose other creations will astound and delight you.
But first, here are her instructions (shared with permission) for making “Bobby Blue”, an Amigurumi Toy!
Things to note:
- This item is crocheted in the round. Do not join rounds. Use a scrap of different colored yarn to mark the rounds.
- Work in loose ends as you crochet along or thread the end of yarn through a needle and weave it into the other stitches.
- Amigurumi is characterized by its tight crochet that can hold beads and stuffing materials easily. This is achieved several ways, but the most common is to use a smaller crochet hook and pull the yarn taut with each “stitch”.
- Abbreviations used are:
- Ch – chain
- Sc – single crochet
- Rnd – round
- Inc – increase
- Dec – decrease
- Sl st – slip stitch
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Crochet Amigurumi Toy Patterns
If you haven’t tried crochet amigurumi yet, they can seem to be very intimidating. I used to think the same thing at first, and then I made one. A very simple little sleeping baby doll the head and body were all one piece, and I just had to add the arms and a hat, the arms oh those arms not even remotely close in size or shape, but it was still pretty cute. My kids love the thing.
It occurred to me that it wasn’t all that bad to make! I could do this again, maybe something without arms this time, I made my F-bombs so very many of them, then I tried a pattern that was supposed to be a bunny but ended up a kitty and it turned out beyond my expectations. I try to keep it on the self to remind myself that with practice I can get there. The kids keep stealing it, I find it daily in one room or the other. If you haven’t tried amigurumi yet, try one of these adorable patterns, once you have the technique down pat you will be wanting to make so many more patterns.
Crochet Baby Elephant Pattern
Designed by Nancy Anderson this Crochet Baby Elephant Pattern is so stinking adorable. Definitely a great pattern to make whether it’s for yourself or a gift. I love elephants they are just intelligent creatures and so gentle considering their size, and when you add a baby bonnet, how can I not make one!
This Crochet Baby Elephant Pattern was made using Red Heart Super Tweed as well as Red Heart Super Saver. If I could give you one piece of advice for making anything like this, don’t join at the end of the round. Always keep a stitch marker in that first stitch move it up each round, just do your next single crochet in that first stitch instead of slip-stitching. it makes a difference.
Crochet Baby Elephant
Crochet Ned The Narwhal Toy Pattern
Recently there was a wall hanging blog written that had the Crochet Nar-Wall Hanging Pattern in it, this toy would make a great pattern to pair with it.
If you have a room that is done in a beach or ocean theme, this Ned The Narwhal Crochet Toy Pattern would be a perfect addition.
Ned The Narwhal Toy Pattern was made using Lily Sugar’N Cream. A great gift for the Oceanographer in your life. This Ned the Narwhal Toy would also make a great little craft show project.
Crochet Ned The Narwhal
Crochet Sheep Toy Pattern
My oldest was obsessed with Shawn the Sheep when he was little, It was a very bizarre show where pretty much no one talks, but there was lots of clever little sheep in it. This Crochet Sheep Toy Pattern looks so much like one of the sheep from that show. Part of me wants to make this for nostalgia reasons, also it’s pretty cute.
This Crochet Sheep pattern was designed by Deb Richey and it was made in Caron Simply Soft, she also has a list of other yarns in the pattern that she recommends as well.
This little sheep would make a great gift as well as another great craft show item.
Crochet Sheep Toy
Crochet Monkey Toy Pattern
I don’t know why monkeys are so cute to me but they are. I call one of my best friend’s son my little cheeky monkey. It’s funny that I came across this Crochet Monkey Toy Pattern because awhile ago I was at my friend’s house and we were trying to teach the cheeky monkey to ride his bike, he was getting pretty frustrated, as I was getting ready to head home, I said I have a deal for you, keep trying and practicing and if by the end of the week you’re able to do it I will make you a monkey. I got a video the next day just after lunch of him riding up and down the driveway, and saying “I did it before Friday!” I owe him a monkey!
This Toy Monkey was designed by Deb Richey using Caron Simply Soft and is a great gift for any little cheeky monkey in your life!
Crochet Toy Monkey
Crochet Baby Bee Pattern
How cute is this little bee? A great easy pattern if you are looking to try your hand at amigurumi if you haven’t yet. This Crochet Baby Bee Pattern is a great little pattern for learning how to change colours in a project. If you wanted to make it for a baby |I would suggest doing french knots or stitching the eyes on, also putting the smaller round cat toy balls in the head to make noise.
This adorable Crochet Baby Bee Pattern was designed by Michele Wilcox made using Red Heart Super Saver. It’s a fun little pattern to work up, and also another great craft show idea.
Crochet Baby Bee Pattern
Crochet Basket Pattern
Now that we have made up all these fun amigurumi patterns, we will be needing somewhere to store them all until the kids, grandkids, or friends kids are over to play with them again. Also, who doesn’t need more Crochet Baskets around the house? I know I never seem to have enough I’m always finding spots where a basket would come in handy, either in my craft corner or in one of the kid’s rooms where I have tripped over something for the third time (that can’t be just a me type thing).
This Crochet Basket Pattern was made using Bernat Blanket Extra, that is a pretty bulky yarn, so if you are at home looking to make this one and don’t have the extra, you can use 2 strands of the blanket yarn together, or you could also try 3 or 4 strands of worsted weight together. If you wanted to do it with just one strand of the Blanket you certainly could, adjust your hook size, and keep in mind that it will turn out smaller than the size in the photo.
Many crocheters love making cute, stuffed crocheted dolls, animals and toys for babies and young children, but these special gifts should be made as safe as possible, especially for children under age three.
Play With Me Bear
The face is generally the most appealing, but potentially the most dangerous, part of a crocheted doll or toy. Never attach anything to a toddler’s or baby’s toy or doll that can be pulled or chewed off and swallowed. The best method for applying facial features on toys for children this young is to embroider them with yarn rather than using buttons or other potentially dangerous items.
Facial features can also be crocheted. To ensure nice, even placement of crocheted facial features, use a tiny amount of washable fabric glue to place the features as desired and then sew them securely in place. Carpet thread is a good choice as it is stronger than regular sewing thread, but embroidery floss or yarn from the project can also be used.
For dolls, animals and toys with parts that need to be sewn together, make sure all joinings are securely stitched and strong, and won’t pull apart. Beginning and ending yarn tails should be left long enough (at least 5-6 inches) to weave in completely and securely.
Crocheted toys can last longer if they are properly cared for. It’s always best to hand-launder a crocheted toy (make sure it doesn’t contain any non-washable materials). First mend it as needed. Then immerse the toy in cool, mild sudsy water, pressing down gently to saturate, and let soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse gently in cool water. Place the toy on thick towels and roll the towels gently over the toy to remove excess water. Arrange the toy nicely shaped on more dry towels and let dry completely.
After the toy is dry, replace any stuffing as needed by poking very small bits of stuffing through the crochet stitches with the blunt end of a small crochet hook. Smooth and pinch openings in the stitches closed after stuffing. You can also use the crochet hook to adjust any stuffing that has shifted during washing to reshape areas where needed.
If giving a doll or toy as a gift, it’s always helpful to include safety information and washing instructions. When putting the time and care into crocheting a special doll or toy for a child, following these suggestions will help you produce a finished project that you can feel good about giving and the recipient will enjoy using.
And speaking of crocheted toys and dolls, have you seen the brand new Crochet World special issue Best Crochet Animals, Toys & Dolls? Oh, my goodness, talk about cuteness overload! These 50+ enchanting designs will delight kids of all ages (even the grown-up kind!). Check out your local newsstand or if that’s not convenient, a quick and easy download is available here.
Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the exceptional projects you’ll find in Best Crochet Animals, Toys & Dolls (in addition to the cute Play With Me Bear shown above):
1. Hair Bun
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- Angel Pixie
- Hana the Korean Hanbok Doll
- Coral the Mermaid
- Christmas Angel
- Japanese Kokeshi Doll
2. Easy Hair-Down Style
- Winter Explorer
- Little Red Pandora
3. Easy Hair-Down, Fuller Version
- Marcela the Mexican Doll
- Unicorn Pixie
4. Pigtail Braids
- Whimsy the Witch
- Anne of Green Gables
- Christmas Pixie
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- Primrose the American Prairie Doll
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- Willow the Woodland Doll
- Emerie the Emerald Princess
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What is amigurumi? Only the hottest trend in crochet, that’s what. Say it with me now: ami-goo-roo-me. (at least I think that’s how you say it?) Amigurumi refers to the crocheting of stuffed things; animals, toys, dolls, objects… the list goes on and on. New to amigurumi? You’ll want to read up on my favorite amigurumi tips and tricks!
Amigurumi Tips and Tricks
If you can crochet in rounds and you know the single crochet stitch then you can create beautiful amigurumi. The only difference between regular crocheting and creating amigurumi projects is sewing and stuffing, and there are a few tricks that will take your amigurumi up that extra notch. Amigurumi does not have to be intimating so let’s demystify it, shall we?
1. Start with the magic circle
The magic circle is the best way to start working in rounds and especially in amigurumi. Instead of chaining 3 or 4 and joining to form a circle, the magic circle gives you the ability to cinch up that hole. This makes the top of the head and the ends of the limbs look so much cleaner. Just make sure to weave the tail through the first round of stitches to secure it as in this tutorial.
2. Use a smaller hook size than suggested on yarn label
Amigurumi needs to have tight stitches so that stuffing does not come out and so that the project looks more professional overall. I recommend going down at least one hook size than what is suggested on the yarn label. For example, if the yarn label suggests that I use an H/5.00mm hook, I would use a G/4.00mm hook instead.
3. Do not join every round
In order to keep your amigurumi heads, bodies, arms and legs as professional appearing as possible, do NOT join at the end of each round. Joining creates a line that will be clearly visible. Instead, work continuously without joining and keep track of your rows with stitch markers and/or running stitch markers.
4. Use stitch markers!
Stitch markers are not an option when crocheting amigurumi; they are a must! Because we are not joining at the end of each round we need to know exactly which stitch marks the beginning (and/or end) of each round.
You may decide to use a running stitch marker in addition to a regular stitch marker. Simply weave a different color strand of yarn back and forth (in and out of the project) as you complete each row.
5. Count your stitches
While counting your crochet stitches is always a good idea, it is imperative in amigurumi. When you’re increasing and decreasing you need to know that you are on track after each and every row completed. It stinks, but we all know that ripping out stitches stinks worse.
6. Even increases
Increasing in crochet is as simple as placing two stitches where there would normally only be one. By spacing your increases out (evenly around) your project will be more round and professional in appearance. If following a pattern, increases should be calculated for you, just make sure to count as you go.
7. Use pantyhose to keep stuffing from poking out
Since amigurumi is typically on the tight side, it is rare that stuffing will start to work its way out. You can, however, throw your polyfil in knee-highs or other pantyhose to make 100% sure that it won’t. Heck, you could even buy different colored hose for different projects!
8. Use leftover yarn ends for stuffing
Ideally you’ll want to use polyfil for stuffing your amigurumi projects. If you don’t have stuffing on hand, however, you could totally use yarn ends! I keep a vase full of my yarn ends for exactly this reason and hey! Those are free. 😉
9. Stuff evenly (more for feet, less for legs etc)
While you do want to make sure you’re evenly stuffing your amigurumi, some parts I stuff more tightly than others. You’ll want to stuff feet and hands more than legs and arms for example, if you want them to be bendable. I always stuff the head a little bit more fully than the body as well, for added hug-ability.
10. Be consistent
While tension and maintaining gauge is always important no matter what you’re crocheting, you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re focused and on track when creating amigurumi. We want all four legs, or both arms, to be the same size, right? One thing I do that I find helpful is making both feet at the same time to make sure they are identical before moving on to the legs etc.
11. Make invisible decreases
Decreases when working in rounds can stick out like a sore thumb. Invisible decreases make the piece really POP! Invisible decreases are so much easier than they sound. Learn with this Invisible Decrease tutorial.
12. Use invisible join for fastening off
If possible use the invisible join when finishing off an amigurumi project. Instead of leaving a knot where you fastened off, the invisible join helps to keep each element as even as possible, which in turn helps to make sure you’re sewing the pieces on as beautifully (and seamlessly) as possible.
13. Leave long tails for sewing
This tip will come to you after sewing together several amigurumi bodies, arms, and legs, but I wish I had known from the start. Instead of reattaching the yarn to sew limbs to torsos, leave a long tail when you fasten off each limb so that you can use that to sew instead. Note that if you’re using the invisible join for fastening off, you’ll want to weave the end of the yarn as close to the top as possible for a more seamless transition when sewing.
14. Use tacks to decide where eyes go
The placement of the eyes, nose and mouth can make or break your amigurumi project. Use tacks – before you sew up the head! – to play around with the eye placement. Because safety eyes (see #15!) would distort the stitches if removed from a project (meaning you would be able to tell where they were placed before) you’ll want to make sure you’re placing them exactly where you want them, and the first time!
15. Use safety eyes
Safety eyes are inserted through a stitch like a screw, then a washer is placed on the back so that it can not be pulled out. If a small child will be playing with this amigurumi (or do it just because, you never know where a toy will end up years down the line) make sure to use safety eyes instead of buttons for eyes. While buttons are an extreme choking hazard (especially if the child is teething) you can avoid that hazard by using safety eyes.
16. Use the lines!
An easy way to make sure you’re placing the arms, legs and ears evenly is to use the lines of your crochet! If you place one ear 5 rows down from the magic circle, make sure the second is also placed 5 rows down. You can also count how many stitches between the front and back which is particularly helpful if you’re making an animal with four legs.
Ready to try your hand at amigurumi? I have a complete set of animal bookmarks that would be perfect to get your feet wet! Try Kenny the Koala, April’s Giraffe Baby, Webster the Elephant, the Adorable Pig, the Nerdy Bookworm, Freddy the Frog, the Bunny Rabbit or the Quacktastic bookmark.
Not into reading? I’m sad, but you could also try amigurumi with my free Joker amigurumi pattern or my Love Heart pattern!
Your Fairy Craft-Mother: Knitting, Crocheting & Amigurumi
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Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between knitting vs crocheting amigurumi? Maybe you’re already an experienced “amigurumist” (a clever term for making amigurumi) but you’ve never tried knitting them before. Or maybe you’ve been knitting toys for years, but all the new crocheted toy patterns have piqued your interest.
Knitting vs Crocheting Amigurumi
At first glance, knitting and crocheting amigurumi seem fairly similar. You use yarn to create both. They actually look pretty similar. And in the beginning, you can’t even tell the difference between the two.
My Story of Knitting & Crocheting Amigurumi
My personal journey began with crochet. I fell head over heels in love with crocheting when I began making granny square blankets . To this day, I still love granny squares and almost always have a project on my hook.
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I don’t even remember when or how I stumbled upon crocheted amigurumi, but I do know that once I did, I was hooked (literally).
Learning how to crochet amigurumi was a bit of a challenge, but I was bound and determined. Something about those adorable toys tapped into my creativity and had me longing for more.
I continued crocheting amigurumi and improved my techniques. I made patterns over and over again and noticed that each one got a little better. My confidence grew and so did my yarn stash.
A year and a half after I began crocheting amigurumi I was in a local yarn shop when the store owner showed me an Instagram account I had never seen before.
The toys literally took my breath away. It sounds a bit dramatic, but they were the most delicate, beautiful creations I had ever laid my eyes on.
That day I decided that I would learn how to knit toys. It didn’t matter that I didn’t particularly like knitting and found it much more difficult and finicky than crochet.
I had to knit those bunnies and the sooner the better.
Even though I’d crocheted dozens of amigurumi, knitting them was totally intimidating. At the time I considered myself a basic knitter and was unfamiliar with the techniques used to create knitted amigurumi.
But just like with crocheting amigurumi, I practiced and then practiced some more until I was comfortable with knitting toys.
General Differences – Crocheting vs Knitting
There are several differences between crocheting and knitting in general. The main one is in the way crocheted stitches are completed before moving onto the next stitch.
Whereas in knitting the stitches stay on the needle until completed in the next row. The fabric each produces is also quite different. If you are nerdy like me and like learning about these things check out the fascinating Wikepedia article all about crochet and the differences between it and knitting.
The texture and attributes of the fabric
The differences in the fabric these two techniques create is striking.
Crocheting creates a knobby, thick fabric while the knitted fabric is finer and smoother. But the biggest difference is in the quality of the stretch of the fabric.
Single crochets create a nice tight weave for making amigurumi, but there is very little stretch at all. The stockinette stitch knitting creates is a very stretchy fabric which in turn changes the entire structure of the amigurumi animal or doll.
In the round vs. flat construction
Before making this pattern I had only crocheted amigurumi in the round. Those patterns typically either start at the top of the head and work down, from the nose and work in, or from the feet and work up.
The teddy bear pattern from Mary Jane’s Tea Room (you can find a link to the pattern at the bottom of that page) is knitted flat and then seamed together.
For quite some time this technique kept me away from attempting to knit amigurumi. It seemed so incredibly foreign to me and I wasn’t sure I was up for the challenge. But I found that its like any skill that just takes practice and a desire to learn.
Seaming: Joining vs Mattress stitching
With crocheted amigurumi attaching snouts, limbs, and heads is a fairly simple technique. There is however a delicate balance between pulling the yarn tight enough to hide the stitches and not causing the fabric to pucker.
Here is a link to a great Youtube video showing the way I like to join my crocheted amigurumi pieces: How to Join Amigurumi Pieces.
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For knitting, mattress stitches are used to close the flat sections to create the rounded parts. This stitch has proven to be a little tricky for me causing the joined sections not to look as neat as I would like.
I did improve as I continued working the pattern. I found that using stitch markers to identify which rows should be joined together helped in making the seams more even. (Link to Youtube video tutorial for mattress stitch: Mattress Stitch Tutorial )
In my book, this is the most important difference.
With crochet, stuffing typically will not change the shape of the amigurumi toy.
It is quite important to make sure that it is stuffed really well, it actually feels overstuffed. Over time stuffing will deflate a bit and an an under-stuffed toy will not look its best.
In knitting, stuffing is part of the shaping process. The pattern may even specify which areas need more stuffing to create the desired shape. Because of the stretchy fabric knitting creates, strategic stuffing is imperative.
If you add too much Polyfil to a knitted toy it will distort the the entire shape.
Knitted and crocheted amigurumi may both be toys but the process and final product are quite different.
The crocheted toy is solid, sturdy, and structured. The knitted toy is typically soft, squishy, and supple.
Both are adorable and both have their challenges. I do not have a preference and believe that both are worthy of making. I plan on making many more crocheted and knitted ami!
I’m so glad that I didn’t let my fear of knitting amigurumi stop me from trying. My little teddy is far from perfect but he is perfectly wonderful!
There are a plethora of great amigurumi toy patterns (Check out my Amigurumi Pattern Directory to find some of my favorites) but I have not found as many for knitted toys. Be sure that I will be on the hunt for them and will share them with you all!
Thank you so very much for coming to my blog! I am so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you! I would love to know if you have crocheted and/or knitted amigurumi! Do you have a preferred method?
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Learning handcrafts like crochet can bring you joy for a lifetime. The skills gained offer you the chance to exercise your creativity while challenging you to produce bigger and better things. Although the endless possibilities might seem daunting, crochet is easy to get started; there are just a couple of tools and basic techniques you need to know. From there, you can grow increasingly advanced in your work and try different facets of the field.
When you’re first learning crochet, scarves are a popular place to start; after all, it’s simply a long rectangle! But once you grow more comfortable with your crochet hook and are ready to take on more challenging projects, there are ways to create your own small sculptures. Using the techniques of amigurumi, you can construct plush toys that are as cute as they are fun to make.
What is amigurumi?
Amigurumi is a popular type of crochet. The word is a portmanteau of two Japanese terms: ami, which means crocheted or knitted; and nuigurumi, a stuffed doll. It often takes the form of an animal or fantastical creature with an aesthetic that’s best described as kawaii or cute. This makes amigurumi ideal for kids or anyone that likes button noses and rosy cheeks.
Amigurumi exploded in popularity in the early aughts, particularly because it caught on in the West. Thanks to sites like Etsy, Pinterest, and the online knit and crochet community Ravelry, the influence of these dolls only grew. Now, you can buy them fully formed by a crocheter, or craft your own using a pattern—many of these directions are available to purchase online. (We’ve selected some of our favorites here!)
Supplies Needed for Amigurumi
Amigurumi is an accessible form of crochet that both beginners and seasoned crafters can enjoy. It uses basic techniques that include the single stitch, double stitch, and invisible decrease. Before you get started crocheting, make sure you have these tools on hand.
Yarn — There are a lot of yarns that exist on the market, and not all of them are good for crochet amigurumi. A yarn that is too fluffy can be challenging to work with (especially when using a small hook), and the fuzzy fibers can obscure the details in your doll. Here are three popular types of yarn for amigurumi:
- 100% cotton and mercerized cotton yarn. This type of yarn is tightly spun so you won’t see any fibers.
- Semi-cotton blend (50% cotton, 50% acrylic) yarn. If you select this yarn, it will be more lightweight and can be machine washed. Depending on your project, the semi-cotton blend might be the best choice. It’s not as heavy as 100% cotton yarn, meaning stitches won’t as easily pull out of shape the larger your project gets.
- Acrylic yarn. If you are budget conscious for your crochet, then acrylic yarn will get you the most bang for your buck. There are some drawbacks, however; it can be fibrous and be hard to see details, and the yarn can pull out of shape easily if it’s not stitched tight enough.
Small gauge crochet hook — You’ll want a small gauge hook for amigurumi because you don’t want the stuffing of the doll to show through. Refer to your pattern for what size of hook to use.
Stuffing — Stuffing (such as polyester or cotton) will give your doll shape and bring it to life.
Pipe cleaners or floral wire — Some, but not all, amigurumi have posable features. Pipe cleaners or floral wire can be used as armatures to make the doll “move.”
Pebbles — If you want to ensure that your creation will stay standing, small stones can be used to distribute the weight on the bottom of the doll.
Where to Learn Amigurumi
Photo: Kawaii Amigurumi Crochet: Adorable Animals & Friends
The online learning site Skillshare has a couple of classes that will teach you the basics of the craft as well as demonstrate how to design your own creature.
Try these classes:
YouTube also has tutorials available, and many of the free videos break down the process into simple steps.
Studio Crafti, for instance, shares how to make a standard head and body shape.
Chisette Designs demonstrates the best way to connect your amigurumi pieces.
Amigurumi Patterns to Try Today
Ready to start crocheting your cute doll? Here are some of our favorite amigurumi patterns, kits, and dolls available now!
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If you’re as enamored of cute stuffed animals as I am, then you’ll love amigurumi. This adorably satisfying hobby will keep you busy for hours.
Get out your crochet needles, and start crafting. Here’s everything you need to know about amigurumi, including what you need to get started and a few pointers!
What Is Amigurumi?
Amigurumi is a combination of two Japanese words: “ami” and “nuigurumi.” Both words come together to form amigurumi, which means knitted or crocheted stuffed toy.
While you can knit amigurumi, it’s better suited for crocheting. Crocheting creates a much thicker and tighter end result, making it better for round shapes.
The trend of amigurumi originated in Japan in the 1970s and later reached the United States in the early 2000s. Amigurumi is associated with the kawaii/cute trend that’s so iconic in Japan.
Most amigurumi crafters crochet small animals, objects or dolls using bright colors. This makes amigurumi perfect for gifting, selling at a convention, or adding to your own collection.
And once you start making amigurumi, it’s hard to stop.
Is Amigurumi Easy to Make?
Amigurumi is a great way to break into crocheting. Even if you’re not familiar with knitting or crocheting, you can still make amigurumi without too much of a learning curve.
Although some amigurumi may look complicated, it actually doesn’t take too long to create. To start out, you’ll need to create something called a magic ring.
The next steps depend on what kind of amigurumi you’re crocheting. A crocheted zebra is different than a crocheted dog.
If you want to incorporate spots or stripes, you can switch colors to create a pattern. Fortunately, you only have to know one type of stitch for most kinds of amigurumi.
After you’re done creating the body of your amigurumi, you’ll need to add some stuffing to give it a lively appearance. Don’t forget to add eyes, a mouth, and sew on its limbs.
What Amigurumi Supplies Do You Need?
When you’re ready to start your first amigurumi, you’ll need some specific tools and supplies. While you can generally use whatever you want, it’s recommended that you use the following products.
Make sure the crochet hooks you choose are small in size and comfortable in your hand. Clover Amour hooks are some of the most popular, as they’re comfortable to hold and efficient in small areas.
“Worsted-weight yarn” refers to mid-weight yarn, meaning it’s not the heaviest of yarns but it’s not the lightest either. You’ll also have to choose between acrylic and cotton yarn, both of which you can use to make amigurumi.
Just keep in mind that cotton yarn tends to be more expensive, and that acrylic yarn comes in a wider variety of colors.
Whether you’re an expert at crocheting or just a beginner, it’s always helpful to use stitch markers. These handy clips let you keep track of where the first stitch of each round begins.
Since you’re crocheting a big spiral for your amigurumi, it gets hard to keep track of your place, so don’t hesitate to invest in markers.
Fiber Fill (Stuffing)
You have quite a few options when it comes to filling your amigurumi. While you can use poly beads or yarn scraps, it’s better to use polyester fiber filling. Poly-fil is some of the cheapest stuffing you can get, and it gives your amigurumi a fluffy feel.
Instead of taking the time to meticulously sew eyes on your amigurumi, just use safety eyes. The eyes look like screws, and they sort of act like ones too.
Stick them into the yarn, and place a washer on the safety eyes’ post. Once you attach a safety eye, you can’t get it off, so make sure you choose the right location.
Getting Started With Amigurumi
Before you start creating an amigurumi, make sure you have the basics of crocheting down pat.
You don’t have to attend a crocheting lesson or learn from your grandmother—simply watching an instructional YouTube video can give you the basics of crocheting:
Where to Find Amigurumi Patterns
You don’t have to purchase patterns for most amigurumi. A quick search on Google will yield hundreds of patterns for a variety of different creatures.
Websites like AmigurumiPatterns and Bluprint have plenty of free patterns for you to download and print.
Once you pick up that hook to begin crocheting, I guarantee that you’ll be addicted. Your first amigurumi might not look perfect, but there’s always room for improvement in the future.