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.
"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