If you’ve fallen head over heels for the gorgeous Japanese art of amigurumi, you’re in good company – we can’t get enough of the cute crocheted characters! In this ultimate amigurumi guide, you’ll find out all there is to know about amigurumi and learn how to crochet amigurumi yourself.
What is amigurumi?
Amigurumi are adorable crocheted creatures that boomed in popularity in the early 00s in the US and the UK. Meanwhile in Japan, crafters have been in on the secret for decades!
The word amigurumi is a combination of two Japanese words: “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi” meaning stuffed doll. You can make them any size you want but they’re mostly small and crocheted in fingering weight or DK-weight cotton.
What do I need to crochet amigurumi?
Amigurumi characters aren’t only super cute, they’re also great for stash busting! When you first crochet your favourite amigurumi characters, it helps if you have tons of different colours in your stash. With a range of coloured DK yarns as well as fingering weight cotton thread,you'll have all the shades you need for your favourite little ami friends!
A selection of hooks is an absolute essential, and most amigurumi patterns call for small sized hooks - from 2mm to 4mm - to create dense fabrics. Stitch markers are super helpful for colour changes and keeping track of where you are, and grab some small scissors and tapestry needles for sewing up. Last but not least, a good selection of different sized amigurumi eyes will bring those sweet creatures to life!
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Cute beginner amigurumi patterns
There are tons of amazing patterns out there to choose from, but here are a few great ones to show you what amigurumi crochet looks like.