Amigurumi is the name of a Japanese crochet or knitting art with which you can make small figures. These are often animals. But you can also crochet human bodies or fantasy figures, such as witches, comic heroes or dwarves as Amigurumi dolls. The little dolls, which you can make yourself, can be wonderfully used as decorative objects on the windowsill between the green plants. You can put them on the zipper of your handbag as a pendant. They are suitable as a gift for a dear friend. And the cute Amigurumi dolls are just perfect for cuddling.
Crochet Amigurumi doll
Dolls as a replica of the human form have existed since the early days of mankind. The Amigurumi doll often resembles the Japanese Mangas. It has a large head, a cute little nose and large round saucer eyes. But of course this is not a must. Of course you can crochet and design your doll as you like. On our portal you will find many different crochet instructions for Amigurumi dolls, so there is definitely something for your taste. From fantasy creatures like elves, angels or gnomes to grandmothers or real Scotsmen in miniature format, you can discover and crochet everything. There are simple figures without faces and complicated dolls with numerous accessories. Let yourself be inspired!
Crochet simple doll for beginners
If you already have a little practice in crocheting and count yourself among the advanced crocheters, you will find so many beautiful crochet instructions for Amigurumi dolls at Crazypatterns that you won't be able to keep up with the handicraft. You can put together your own collection or give away your little works of art. But for beginners we have a lot to offer, as well. We also have many simple Amigurumi dolls which can be mastered with only a few basic skills. So if you belong to the laymen when it comes to crochet art, it is best to start with a doll that looks as simple as possible. A round head without a cute little nose and chin, straight legs without thighs or calves and a simple torso are quite easy to master. With us you will find wonderful instructions for crocheting an Amigurumi doll for every skill level.
Amigurumi doll instructions in English
Because the idea for the cute Amigurumis originally comes from Asia, on other platforms the tutorials are often in other languages. With Crazypatterns this will not happen to you. This way, you can start crocheting immediately after downloading your tutorial, since all manuals are in English. You won't need any translation help, but you will find the crochet instructions for the Amigurumi doll and of course all additional explanations and recommendations in the English language. You will be guided step by step through the explanation by means of an easy to understand tutorial.
How do you crochet dolls best?
Before you can start crocheting, you must of course decide on one of our great crocheting instructions for Amigurumi dolls. In the general overview you can already see if you have a free or a fee-based tutorial in front of you. As soon as you have paid, your crocheting instructions for the doll are available for download. You now have the choice, either you save your manual on your computer: Then you will always have access, even if you are not on the Internet. Or you download it every time you need it (after the first payment of course without further costs). In the instructions you will then find recommendations for crochet yarn, the thickness of the crochet hook and often even colour suggestions. Each manual also contains an overview of the crocheting techniques you should know. If you have procured everything necessary - of course you are not bound to the suggestions in the manual - you can start.
Which materials do I need for a crochet doll?
For each Amigurumi doll you need different materials. Some basic materials and tools vary, but some things always remain the same. Of course you always need a crochet hook and yarn. As well as material for stuffing. If you are unsure, it is best to stick to the recommended yarn and needle size. You will find both in the instructions. If you have other ideas, you will find the appropriate crochet hook size printed on the label for the wool you have chosen. The following is essential for crocheting an Amigurumi doll:
Crochet yarns in the colors you like.
Filling cotton or wool to stuff your figure.
Other materials, such as sequins for embroidery or plastic eyes.
Crochet hooks in different sizes corresponding to the yarn.
A wool or darning needle to sew up the thread ends.
A pair of scissors to cut the threads.
Other tools, such as a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your round or glue to attach googly eyes.
Crochet doll's head
When crocheting an Amigurumi doll you usually start with the head. That means you cast on a magic ring. Then you increase the number of stitches round by round until you reach the desired head diameter. And then, depending on the shape of the head, you crochet a certain number of rounds with the same number of stitches. With the simple doll's head the face is completely embroidered. Then you do not have to increase the number of stitches for the nose or decrease them for the chin. If you want to give your doll's head contours, you can achieve this by increasing and decreasing the crochet stitches. In addition, you can pull threads into the finished head, which will pull it together slightly in some places. This way, you can give your Amigurumi doll deeper eyes. You have the possibility to make a doll head with chubby cheeks. And you can crochet a cute nose into the doll.
Crochet doll with hair
If you have decided on a very simple Amigurumi doll, which is for example intended as a gift for a baby, your figure does not need a face or hair. If the child is already a little older, the doll should not only have eyes, nose, mouth and ears, but also a mop of hair. You can make your doll's hair either from wool threads, which you sew in strands onto the doll's head. Or you can crochet a wig for the Amigurumi doll, which you can then sew on. First make a circle in brown, yellow, red or black wool that corresponds to the diameter of your doll's head. Then you crochet the edge with curling chains of chain and single (US: double) stitches. Alternatively, you can crochet a wig for your doll with loop stitches. When you cut the loops at the end, the hairstyle of the Amigurumi doll can be changed again and again.
Crochet doll without sewing
A simple doll can even be made without sewing. You start with the head. When you have reached the shoulders after the corresponding increases and decreases, you cast off the arms and crochet the torso first. Now continue with one arm and then divide your stitches at the end of the torso. Then you finish a right and a left leg. And finally crochet the missing arm in the divided part of the torso. To keep your Amigurumi doll in shape, don't forget to stuff it while crocheting. When crocheting it for the first time, it is best to fill it as soon as you reach the shoulders. Then fill the torso and arm. The legs should be stuffed just before you close them at the foot end. And also fill the last arm before crocheting.
Crochet doll with face
The doll face cannot be crocheted completely. Details, like the mouth or the eyes, should be embroidered. But you can already give the face of your Amigurumi doll contours while crocheting. By increasing stitches in the middle of the face, you can prepare the snub nose. And if you decrease the number of stitches in the lower front part of the head, a chin can be formed. To make the eyes deeper or to create little chubby cheeks, pull tight threads through the already stuffed doll's head. This allows you to create "hollows" for the eyes and elevations for the cheeks.
Crochet doll legs
You can crochet your doll legs in straight form. This is ideal for a simple Amigurumi doll. However, if you want to make a most lifelike replica, you should make the legs thicker at the thighs and thinner at the lower legs. You can even form calves with a slight increase. However, you should bear in mind that the smaller the doll is, the more difficult it is to model the legs. If your figure is very small and the legs are very thin, you can use either the back of your crochet hook or a chopstick to stuff them.
Crochet doll for babies
Because babies want to get to know the world with all their senses, they not only take toys in their hands but also in their mouths. Therefore, when crocheting an Amigurumi doll for a baby, you have to pay attention to a few small things. In order for the little sweetheart not to swallow small parts, you should avoid accessories as well as glued or screwed on face or body parts. Everything that you cannot crochet, you either leave out or embroider it. You should also make the little doll from a washable crochet thread. Because once it is soaked through, germs will quickly collect in the wet areas. And it goes without saying that your yarn should not fray easily.
Crochet techniques for Amigurumi dolls
To crochet an Amigurumi doll you should not be completely inexperienced in the art of crocheting. Because even for a very simple figure a few basics are absolutely necessary. In general, the more elaborate you want to make the contours of your doll and the more accessories you want to give it, the more skilled you have to be in crocheting. While some crocheting instructions for Amigurumi dolls will explain special sophisticated methods or unusual stitches, the basic crocheting techniques are always required. Therefore the following techniques should not be strange to you:
You should be able to start a Magic Circle.
You have to be able to do chain stitches.
You should be able to do slip stitches
And even single (US: double) stitches should not be strange to you.
You should be able to increase stitches.
And you should also be able to decrease stitches without any problems.
Apart from crocheting, you have to be able to sew the beginning and the end of the thread and sew on individual pieces.
Help with crocheting Amigurumi doll - we are here for you!
Even though all crochet instructions for crocheting Amigurumi dolls are very detailed and easy to understand on Crazypatterns, it can happen that a question comes up which you cannot handle on your own. In this case you can look for an answer for your issue on our help page. There we have collected and answered many frequently asked questions. If it is a specific problem, you also have the possibility to post your question in our forum. The large community of enthusiastic crocheters will certainly know what to do. Great tips and tricks for crocheting Amigurumi dolls can be found in the videos on our YouTube channel. The videos are regularly updated and added to, so it's always worth stopping by. And if you have a great idea for crocheting Amigurumi dolls yourself, we look forward to your creative post on our Facebook page.
Sale instructions for crocheting dolls
If you have thought up your own instructions for crocheting Amigurumi dolls, you can earn a little pocket money with your tutorial on our website. All you have to do is write down step by step how to do it in an easy to understand text. Afterwards, you add a few descriptive pictures to your manual and then you can upload your crocheting instructions with us. The details that you still have to pay attention to and how the upload itself works, we explain in our guide to selling instructions.
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