Learning crafts like crochet can bring you a lifetime of joy. The skills you acquire give you the opportunity to unleash your creativity while challenging you to produce bigger and better things. Although the endless possibilities may seem daunting, crocheting is easy to begin with; There are only a few tools and basic techniques that you need to know. From there you can always make progress in your work and try out different facets of the field.
If this is your first time learning to crochet, scarves are a popular place to start; after all, it’s just a long rectangle! But once you are comfortable with your crochet hook and ready to take on more challenging projects, there are ways to create your own little sculptures. With the techniques of amigurumi, you can build plush toys that are as cute as they are fun.
What is amigurumi?
Amigurumi is a popular type of crochet. The word is a suitcase word made up of two Japanese terms: thewhich means crocheted or knitted; and nuigurumi, a rag doll. It is often in the shape of an animal or some fantastic creature with an aesthetic that is best described as kawaii or cute. This makes amigurumi ideal for kids or anyone who likes button noses and rosy cheeks.
Amigurumi exploded in the early hours of the morning, especially as it spread to the west. Thanks to sites like Etsy, Pinterest, and the online knitting and crochet community Ravelry, the influence of these dolls only grew. Now you can purchase them entirely from a crochet cutter or make your own from a pattern – many of these patterns can be purchased online. (We picked some of our favorites here!)
Supplies needed for amigurumi
Amigurumi is an accessible form of crochet that both beginners and skilled artisans can enjoy. It uses basic techniques that include single stitch, double stitch, and invisible decrease. Before you start crocheting make sure you have these tools on hand.
yarn – There are many yarns on the market and not all of them are good for crocheting amigurumi. Too fluffy yarn can be difficult to work with (especially if you use a small hook), and the fluffy fibers can hide the details of 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 yarn (50% cotton, 50% acrylic). Choosing this thread will make it lighter and machine washable. Depending on your project, the semi-cotton blend may be the best choice. It’s not as heavy as 100% cotton yarn, which means the stitches won’t pull out of shape as easily the bigger your project gets.
- Acrylic yarn. If you are budget conscious about crocheting, acrylic yarn is the best bang for your buck. There are some drawbacks, however; it can be fibrous and difficult to see, and the thread can easily pull out of shape if not sewn tight enough.
Small size crochet hook – You need a small hook for amigurumi because you don’t want the stuffing on the doll to show through. Refer to your pattern for what size hook to use.
filling – Fillings (like polyester or cotton) shape your doll and bring it to life.
Pipe cleaner or floral wire – Some, but not all, amigurumi have posable properties. Pipe cleaners or floral wire can be used as fittings to make the doll “move”.
Pebbles – If you want to make sure that your creation stands, small stones can be used to distribute the weight to the bottom of the doll.
Where can you learn amigurumi?
The online learning site Skillshare has a few courses that will teach you the basics of the craft and how to design your own creature.
Try these classes:
YouTube also offers tutorials, and many of the free videos break the process down into simple steps.
For example, Studio Crafti explains how to make a normal head and body shape.
Chisette Designs shows how to best connect your amigurumi pieces.
Amigurumi patterns to try out today
Are you ready to crochet your cute doll? Here are some of our favorites Amigurumi pattern, Kits and dolls available now!
André The anteater pattern
Master Yoda and R2D2 Pattern
Happy Veggies toys
Ollie the soth pattern
Carlotta the Fawn Pattern
Marla the unicorn pattern
Flying saucer kit
Pedro the donkey pattern
Oh my llama pattern
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Percy the Squid Pattern
Horace the Stegosaurus Pattern
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