Crochet 201: Amigurumi

Crochet is a popular needlework craft, much like knitting except you use one hook instead of two needles.

Introduction to crocheting amigurumi

Long gone are the days when crochet was reserved for making blankets and winter warmers. Since the early 2000s, these little crochet dolls - amigurumi - have been spreading from Japan to become a worldwide phenomenon. They’re cute, and easily achievable on a commute or while switching off after a busy day. It’s almost meditative.

The art might be a little tricky for absolute crochet beginners, so you’ll want to practise some basic techniques first. We’re told the magic circle is the foundation of most amigurumi, so there’s an easy-to-follow tutorial for that in the projects section. With that said, you’ll probably find it easier to learn to crochet with a bulky hook doing single stitch before working down to a medium-light one for amigurumi once you’re comfortable with the stitching.

To follow crochet patterns, you’ll need to take a little time getting familiar with stitch abbreviations. There’s a useful guide for this on All About Ami, which - by the way - is a great resource for all things amigurumi.

What you need:

  • A crochet hook (normally 3.5 - 4.0mm for amigurumi)
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Yarn needle
  • Safety pins
  • Decorators, like eyes, ribbons, embroidery thread and felt
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Tips from our favourite crocheters

"Amigurumi is pretty forgiving, so it is alright if you lose count of your stitches and you’re off by a stitch of two."

Stephanie @ All About Ami

"There are few things so rewarding as seeing your own design come to life."

Bas @ Zabbez

"I find that time goes really quick with cross-stitch and with crochet as well - I’ll be like, ‘Oh it’s only been half an hour’ but two hours have gone!"

Zoe @ Ladybird Likes

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