Amigurumi Crochet

Hello my lovelies, how are we all?

This week we are looking at Amigurumi crochet. I love Amigurumi crochet, you can make some really cute cuddly toys using this style of crochet and they usually work up fairly quickly. 

Amigurumi crochet is a Japanese word made up of Ami, meaning crochet or knitting and Kurumi which literally means wrapping. It is the art of making small crochet or knitted stuffed toys. They are usually fairly small and use a smaller crochet hook. 

They are made using Double crochet (Single crochet for my American friends) and worked in a spiral. Some times body parts are crocheted separately and all sown together other times the body and head will be crocheted up together (increasing and decreasing to do this) with arms and legs made up and sown on separately.  The stitches are close so that when you stuff it you can't see the stuffing. 

They start with a magic ring and usually 6 DC and increasing from there. I tend to use a 4mm hook but use what size works best for you. Other supplies you would need are safety eyes and toy stuffing, I also recommend either a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn so you can mark the start / end of your rounds. All are available at most craft stores or via amazon.  You can also get safety noses as well depending on what you are making. 

There are so many patterns online, both free and paid for. If you have a character in mind you will probably be able to find an Amigurumi pattern for it. I have made many things in the past, Sailor moon, dragon, beavers (for a beaver scout leader), baby Grugu from Mandalorian Hubby loves his and keeps him in his truck window lol. My latest is a Squirtle from Pokémon.  

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Squirtle
 
It can be a little fiddly when you start making them but once you have done a couple it gets much easier.  

So go grab yourself your supplies and a pattern and get crocheting. 


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