The so-called amigurumis represent a popular and extraordinary crochet trend, which originally comes from Japan. The term amigurumi is composed of the words "ami" and "niugurumi" - "ami" can be translated as crochet or knitting, while "niugurumi" means stuffed doll or bundle.
Visually, amigurumis are reminiscent of the well-known mangas and anime - typically Japanese. Quite classically, the crocheted dolls have a large and usually round head, big eyes and cute faces. In contrast to this are the bodies, which are kept particularly small and give the figures their typical, cute appearance. Meanwhile, the Amigurumi trend is already well known among crochet and handicraft fans, in Germany it first appeared around the year 2006.
Typically, Amigurumi are crocheted with single (US: double) crochet stitches and in spiral rounds. This means that the crochet is consistently done in spirals and the individual rounds are not finished with slip stitches. Regarding the materials, basically every yarn is suitable, but cotton yarn is used most often. For crocheting, a smaller crochet hook is most suitable, so that the work is really firm. This is important because the figure will later be filled with filling cotton or wool and this should not be seen through the individual stitches. Beside normal filling cotton also so-called filling granulate is suitable - depending on whether the figure should stand firmly.
At Crazypatterns you will find numerous crochet patterns which are all about Amigurumi. We have something suitable for every level of difficulty. But don't worry: Even as a complete beginner, amigurumis are an ideal starting project, because you don't need more than basic crochet knowledge for the project and you mainly have to master single (US: double) crochet stitches.
You would like to crochet a small cuddly toy in Japanese style? Then you should definitely browse through our selection of crocheting manuals for beginners! Whether turtle, teddy bear, owl or Christmas elf - our amigurumis are easy to crochet and our crochet patterns will explain everything to you step by step. If you want to crochet a particularly simple and quick Amigurumi, then make sure that as few different colours as possible are used and that the Amigurumi does not have too many individual parts.
If you are already experienced in crocheting or have already crocheted many different Amigurumis, then we also have a wide range of advanced crocheting tutorials for you. These have more complicated patterns and more unusual figures for you. If you are looking for particularly elaborate and unusual amigurumis, then it is definitely worth taking a look at our fee-based instructions!
The good news: Amigurumi are one of the easiest and very beginner-friendly crochet projects. That's why you don't have to be afraid of too many initial difficulties even with more demanding variations. Really important for the successful crocheting of the small figures are the following stitches and techniques:
Amigurumis in animal form are particularly popular; they are ideal for switching between many different shapes and ensure that you won’t get bored. On our page for amigurumi animals you can have a look at our complete product range, but we would also like to introduce you to some classics:
Amigurumis originate from Japan, so it is obvious that many of the small figures are based on Japanese comics and cartoons. Mangas and anime are also very popular in this country, so you have a wide range of possibilities.
Amigurumis are not only cute cuddly toys or decorative elements but are also perfect for your key ring. In principle, you can turn any amigurumi into a key ring, be it a little lucky pig, a heart or a snail. In any case, besides yarn and a crochet hook, you will need a blank key ring which you can attach the finished Amigurumi to.
Fortunately, amigurumi are also very beginner-friendly when it comes to the materials required. Because apart from a crochet hook, some wool, a darning needle and filling material you don't need much. Even with this basic equipment you can get started - not absolutely necessary, but very practical are additional materials such as beads, buttons, eyes for sticking on and the like.
Are you already practiced in crocheting amigurumis or have you even thought of your own designs? Then we would like to invite you to share them with our community. You can decide whether you want to provide them for free or for a small fee - in the latter case you will have some casual income on the side. In order to be able to sell your manuals, they have to be as detailed and understandable as possible. Ideally, you should even include pictures so that your readers can easily follow every single step. You would like to learn more about selling crochet patterns? Then just take a look at our guide.
If you have any questions about a specific crochet project, want to learn more about Amigurumis or just want to exchange ideas with like-minded people, then you are exactly right in the community area of Crazypatterns! For example, we provide you with a free forum where you can create your own discussions or join other conversations. Or would you rather follow us via social media? Then visit us on Facebook, where we keep you up to date with regular posts. We are also represented on YouTube, where you can find numerous tutorials about crocheting, knitting or sewing.
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You would like some change from crocheting and are interested in other handicraft techniques? Then have a look at our other categories. We provide you with many more instructions, for example for knitting, handicrafts or sewing.