“WHAT IS AMIGURUMI?”
When I first came across this word, I had the hardest time pronouncing and remembering it. Of course this was quite a number of years ago, before the term became as well known as it is today! Anyways, Amigurumi is defined as “the trend of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic (human-like) creatures.” It is a Japanese word that is a combination of ami, meaning crochet or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. In other words, it’s a fancy term for crocheting stuffed animals/dolls.
Take a look at some of the things you can make with a crochet hook and some yarn!!
In fact, if you google “Amigurumi images”, you will be bombarded by countless adorable dolls made by people just like you and me from all around the world!! Recently, a fellow designer “All About Ami” decided to catalogue as many Amigurumi blogs as she could find. Her list contains over 180 bloggers from pretty much every inhabited continent in the world. (You weren’t expecting anyone to be crocheting down in Antarctica, right? 🙂 Her Amigurumi Blog directory can be found here) Amigurumi is truly an art form – just looking at the imagination and creativity floating around out there, how can you not be inspired to pick up a crochet hook and start a project?
Although it may look difficult, Amigurumi is an amazingly simple hobby to learn! Usually, the technique for making amigurumi dolls requires making single crochet stitches in spiral rounds. Individual pieces of the body are made, then stuffed, and then sewn together. Each stitch is made quite tightly, so that the stuffing that is eventually put in does not show through. (Or leak through, if you’re using polyester pellets as stuffing!) With only the most basic of crochet skills, even a beginner can produce adorable Amigurumi creations! For example, most of my patterns are quite suitable for those who are just starting out!
Ok, now that you are familiar with what Amigurumi is, let’s see what you need to get started!