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Crochet amigurumi: The cool crochet trend from Japan

Do you like to crochet? If so, then you should definitely try the hip crochet trend from Japan. And if you have never crocheted before, then the small crocheted figures from our picture gallery will definitely inspire you and tempt you to knit and crochet. There are numerous amigurumi instructions in text and pictures on the net that show you step by step how to do it. So even absolute beginners can make the cute little animals and males themselves. In the following lines we would like to introduce you to the art of amigurumi in more detail and give you a few practical tips for it. But let's start at the very beginning!

What actually is amigurumi?

The crochet trend and the term itself come from Japan. The suitcase word “amigurumi” consists of two parts - “amu” (編 む, dt. Knit) and "Kurumu" (包 む, eng. To wrap). So, the art of crocheting or knitting small figures. Often the motifs are cute little animals or males. Manga characters or those known from cartoons are also very popular, such as the good forest spirit Totoro from the Japanese anime film of the same name "My Neighbor Totoro". The amigurumi figures are usually around 10 to 15 cm tall and are not only suitable for playing, but also for collecting or as practical objects, such as key rings, for example.

Crochet totoro as an amigurumi

Amigurumi crochet basics and materials

At first glance, crocheting amigurumi may look rather difficult, but it isn't. With a bit of basic knowledge and some practical basic courses as well as video instructions, you will certainly soon be able to crochet beautiful amigurumis yourself. Normally, the body parts of an amigurumi start with a loop and a few chain stitches.

Then you hang more and more stitches on it, depending on the desired shape and figure. In addition to chain stitches, you should also be good at slip stitches and single crochet stitches. And soon nothing stands in the way of your great amigurumis.

The first basic stitches in amigurumi crochet

The materials needed:

  • Crochet hook in the necessary crochet hook size - 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 or 3.5
  • Wool, such as Schachenmayr Catania - i.e. yarn made from 100% cotton
  • Filling material: strips of fabric, polyfill, scraps of wool, styrofoam balls, etc.
  • Embroidery needle for embroidering mouth, ears or eyes as well as for sewing

Match the wool correctly on the needle

And a few more practical tips

Tip 1: Make sure that the crochet hook you choose is not too big for the wool, otherwise unsightly holes could appear in your amigurumi. A basic rule of this crochet art says: Needles and wool should match each other perfectly!

Tip 2: If you crochet rather loosely, then it is best to choose a smaller crochet hook. But if you want to crochet more tightly, then larger needles are much better.

Tip 3: If the stitches are loose, you can also fill the filler material into a nayl stocking. So this will not come out when washing.

A simple crochet pattern for cute elephants

Or maybe you would rather crochet an amigurumi bear yourself?

No matter what you choose, we wish you a lot of crocheting fun with amigurumi and good luck!

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