How to Crochet Amigurumi

I’m going to start this post off with a disclaimer:

I did not learn to crochet Amigurumi in a ‘traditional’ way. I don’t do much of anything traditionally. For me Amigurumi was the natural progression of my own curiosity. I had no idea that this fiber community existed when I attempted my first piece of patchwork love & I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and not be afraid. I am mentioning this first because the methods I use (& have used) will be different than other makers. This may mean I achieve different results, or similar results using my own methods. I may also explain my methods slightly (or outrageously) differently than others.

I will need your input to 1. help correct that OR 2. help you better understand how I got there.

See for me anyways Amigurumi is just shapes. It is also the fastest thing I can make, in the least amount of time, using the smallest bit of supplies, while creating a hugely visual impact towards buyers.

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The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.
— Amigurumi defined

I didn’t even know it had a name, never mind that there was a whole genre geared towards making what I called ‘Magic’ out of yarn.

One day I was preparing my daughters nursery and I found an old knitted toy that my great great grandmother had made. It was; besides being old and well ‘loved’ but not very well cared for, a weird shape. It did it’s job though and got the point across. It was (& is - I’m sure he’s here somewhere) a little clown (I think) but more in the way that a balloon animal is a ‘dog’.

When I held him in my hands, I had this strange feeling of love, and purpose for one of the first times in my life. I just FELT yarn dolls coming together in my mind. The possibilities were endless & I was out of practice - by yearssss at this point. SO I did what any logically thinking adult woman would do while in the midst of her third trimester without so much as a crib setup. I went on the hunt for some yarn and a hook.

I decided I was going to make something for my (at that time) only unborn child. I hoped for her health, I prayed for her secure safety coming into this world, but besides nagging Daddy about the crib, all I really had was time.

That’s when Mamma got. to. work.

& let me tell you, this has been by far the most fulfilling purpose in my life to date. I found out that I’m a great maker! I may be strange & do things my own way, but I am so proud to say: “I MADE my own way”. Making things for my child fills me with a full heart & brings me to a ‘slower’/ calmer time. I hope I can help you feel that same joy every time a little yarn baby hops off your hook from one of my patterns. I pray that the smiles you receive from your kiddos delights you & brings the sunlight to your day. - I’ll also just take a second to pray for their overall health and happiness, as well as yours (because who turns down a shout out - esp. to the lord - no one. amen).

My new Amigurumi Youtube Tutorials

Below you will find a short list of my newest Amigurumi Youtube video tutorials. These are ‘shorties’ that show you step by step how I achieve my Ami’s (now that I know they have a name). I will be working on a collection of videos that show you the process - piece by piece - to achieve certain looks & shapes.

This series of videos supports my new Maddison Rabbit Pattern Grab your copy here if you like it!

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How to start your Amigurumi project in the BLO

How to create a ‘crotch’ in your Amigurumi project

How to Invisible decrease your Amigurumi

How to Pin your Amigurumi

How to Sew Limbs onto your Amigurumi Project!

To Sew my Amiguumi together I almost always use a curved darning needle. You can find a pack of similar ones below. Heads up you may not see these helpful Amazon links below if you have AdBlocker on.

Offered by Amazon Affiliate I found these tools online if you need a hand findind the needles, yarn or hooks required for this project. ANY colour of sturdy #4 yarn will do! Worsted weight is my preference for Amigurumi!

Yes I am aware there is no "“from start to finish this is how you crochet this doll” video. I am not about that 30 minute Youtube video life. I did not want (it was a choice) to sit in front of my computer for hours while my video rendered and then more hours waiting for it to post).

If you have an issue with a part or portion of the pattern, you can more easily find the break down of said portion this way. If you would like some helpful tips on how to finish your Amigurumi Rabbit visit my site again! The next blog post will be all about adding finishing details to your makes for the WOW factor we are always looking for!

Videos on my Youtube channel will always be sorted into playlists. This will hopefully make it easier as time goes on to keep things easily FINDABLE - it’s a word, I just made it up.

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Source: Amigurumi Theory! How to Crochet a Doll out of Yarn!