Amigurumi, the trend that originated in Japan, is now also very popular in Germany. Because the small works of art do not only look cute, their creation is fun for beginners and advanced crocheters alike. If you also want to try your hand at crocheting animals in the Amigurumi style, you will find beautiful patterns on our portal. Which material you need, what you can do with the finished figures and a little insight into various crochet patterns for animals you can find here.
Even though the Amigurumi figures usually only reach a size between ten and fifteen centimeters, you don't have to stick to this scale of course. You can make cute little key rings, bag pendants or zipper tags with our crochet patterns, but you also have the possibility to make big cuddly stuffed animals. And if you don't just like crocheting, but also count yourself among the passionate collectors, you can create a pretty decorative collection with your own crocheted animals. By the way, even if you stick to the instructions very closely, you can bring in your own ideas and create individual figures. Depending on which colour you crochet and how you decorate your Amigurumi animal, new unique pieces will always be created.
The trend from Japan
The small stuffed animals inspire with their typical cute appearance and mostly come in the form of cats, dogs, bears or rabbits, but you can also discover sunflowers, daisies or even patterns for appliqués in cherry shape while browsing. Typical for the small figurines are the oversized, spherical heads, which stand in big contrast to the small body and thus reaffirm the principle of cuteness - in Japanese "kawaii".
Crocheting animals for beginners or advanced users with step by step patterns
If you are one of the crochet professionals, you will be thrilled by the variety that our portal has to offer in crochet patterns for animals. Whether big or small, delicate or simple, there is something for every taste. As an experienced user, you can either strictly follow our suggestions or fully live out your creativity. But the beginner doesn't miss out, either, when crocheting animals. A big advantage is that with the Amigurumi only single (UK: double) stitches, chain stitches and slip stitches are needed in the first place. In addition, you crochet in spiral rounds, where you mark the beginning of the round with a contrast thread for a better overview. In this case it is not difficult to make the figures and after a few practice animals you will dare to make more complicated works of art.
Crochet patterns for beginners and advanced users
At Crazypatterns you will find detailed and easily understandable instructions, which are not only suitable for professionals, but also for beginners and explain every step surrounding the cute Amigurumis. You can also use different levels of difficulty at your own discretion and thus master ever greater challenges - what previous knowledge is required for this, what materials you need, and which yarn or wool is best suited, is also briefly addressed on the introduction page.
Which materials you can use for Amigurumi animals
If you want to give away your crocheted animals to babies, you should create them from a natural material such as cotton, which is available in many colors. For older children you can choose acrylic, a mixed fiber or a fluffy yarn. The inner parts of your figures should also be adapted to their intended use. If you fill the cuddly toys with polyester padding from the craft shop, they will remain soft and fluffy even after washing. Normal household cotton wool is more suitable for small key rings. It must be stuffed very firmly so that the little animal becomes hard and stable in shape. For decorative figures, which should be somewhat heavier and must have stability, there is plastic granulate. To prevent your filling material from swelling through the crochet stitches or shimmering brightly through dark wool, you can incorporate a color-matching pantyhose as a lining. You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to the eyes. Safety eyes that are fixed from the inside have to be attached while crocheting. With buttons or beads you can take your time until your little animal is ready. And if you want to give each Amigurumi figure a personal touch, embroider the eyes or sew them from felt or fabric scraps.
Make your own crochet animals - Tips and tricks for your DIY Amigurumi animals
If you have a unique idea to crochet animals or if you have a figure that you think is especially good, you are welcome to visit our Facebook page with words and pictures. You are also welcome to join our forum and help all those who can't manage with patterns or who are struggling with another crochet problem. If you want to learn something new yourself, you can watch the videos on our YouTube channel. They are updated regularly so that you can always discover something interesting. And if you have a question that has preoccupied others before you, you might find the answer on our help page.
Tips and tricks for your Amigurumis
Especially with the first little animals the beginning can be a bit difficult, because in contrast to the classical crocheting the rounds are usually not connected. In addition, a smaller crochet hook is usually used so that the stitch pattern becomes firm - if the stitch is too loose, the filling may shine through. In addition, the individual parts of the figures are crocheted individually and only joined together at the end. For a particularly lifelike weight, you can also fill the arms and legs with plastic pellets while filling the rest with normal cotton wool.
Crocheting animals as decoration or as stuffed animal
Decorative or stuffed animals often stand out from the crowd because they can sometimes be larger than 15 centimeters. While a figure that serves as decoration for a shelf or sofa may be a little heavier, the stuffed animal should be able to be carried effortlessly even by small arms. In addition, toddlers occasionally put their toys in their mouths, which is why they have to be made of natural materials, easy to clean and child-friendly. Therefore, you should not use small parts such as buttons that can come loose and be swallowed. A decorative animal, however, can be decorated with sequins, pearls and buttons. For stuffing use sand, gravel or rice.
Crochet animals as a tag
Because of its size, an Amigurumi charm or keychain is always a somewhat delicate affair. To make it easier for you to crochet, use a thin yarn and an even thinner crochet hook. If you find different needle sizes on your wool, it is best to choose the smallest one. You can use a pencil to stuff narrow, tiny sleeves, legs or tails. Or you can buy a special stuffing tool with a flattened tip. For crocheters who have dedicated themselves to the small Amigurumi key rings or bag pendants, the purchase of this special tool is certainly worthwhile because it optimally supports the firm stuffing.
Crochet Amigurumi elephant
As a beginner a crochet elephant is exactly the right introduction. Because the jungle giant has simple shapes and no small details need to be attached, it can be made quickly and easily. You can practice crocheting in spiral rounds and concentrate entirely on counting stitches and rounds. The smallest part of this popular animal is the tail, but most of the time you only need chain stitches for it. If you want your deco elephant to wave with a curved trunk, thread a piece of wire through the elephant's nose while stuffing.
Crochet Amigurumi Unicorn
A lovely unicorn should not be missing in any cuddly corner these days. If you value a unique model, you should crochet your own Amigurumi unicorn. Since the popular mythical creature is usually designed in white or a pastel color, you should also choose a pale material for filling. By the way, if you are worried that your decorative unicorn will fall over easily, you can also include small pebbles or sand as a precaution when filling the legs. The remaining body parts like head, body, horn and tail are stuffed with cotton wool. With this little trick your magical horse will definitely be stable.
Crochet Amigurumi rabbit
A rabbit to love and play with is especially popular with young children of a crawling age. Therefore, make sure that you use low-maintenance cotton when crocheting Amigurumi bunnies. Your lovingly designed stuffed animal will surely end up in the washing machine often. To give your princess an extra treat, you can create a rattling bunny. Put a few grains of rice or lentils into the plastic container of a Kinder surprise egg and glue it up. Put your homemade rattle in the middle of the rabbit's body and pad it all around with cotton wool until the rabbit has the desired shape and firmness.
Crochet Amigurumi Monkey
As with most self-crocheted animals, the monkey is started with a thread ring, as well. Head and body are often crocheted in one piece. You have to sew on the arms, legs, ears and tail. To make it easier for you to sew everything together on the one hand and on the other hand not to have anything slipping, you can fix the body parts with pins. If you stuff the filling cotton well when crocheting the Amigurumi monkey, you also save yourself the hassle of sewing up the thread ends. You first use the thread on the end of the limbs to sew them together and then pull the rest of the thread into the monkey's body. Cut the thread directly at the object. If you still have a tip sticking out, use a darning needle to push it into the body.
Offer crochet patterns for Amigurumi animals
Are you familiar with the Japanese trend of crocheting animals ? Have you even designed one or two Amigurumi animals for your own use? Then you can turn your talent into cash on our portal. All you have to do is write down your pattern with easy to understand words and illustrate them clearly. How you can submit your design to us is explained in the guide to offering patterns.
By the way, we are not only able to score with great crochet patterns. On our portal you will also find your own section for knitting. There is a whole section with the most different arts and crafts ideas and the sewing section is also represented in an extensive category. Just have a look at our large selection! You will be thrilled.