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Amigurumi Crochet: Free Patterns - Owls, Angry birds, Madagascar Penguins, Pokemon & More Stuffed Toy Projects

Updated on August 26, 2015

Amigurumi is the craft or art of crocheting or knitting small or miniature stuffed animals or toys. It may have originated in Japan or China. These little creatures are absolutely adorable!

When searching for free patterns for amigurumi, you constantly find designers who offer a few patterns and then have patterns listed on etsy or Ravelry for a small fee. I hope you will buy patterns from some of these designers. It's wonderful of them to share such beautiful patterns and definitely worth it to purchase some of their patterns to show appreciation.

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Many of the little animals or characters have large heads. The big head, small body dolls are very popular Japanese dolls. The large eyes add to the cuteness. You can choose to sew buttons or safety eyes on. I prefer embroidering eyes on to make it safer for small children. Many of the collectors are adults so you can really use either method depending on your intended customer.

Getting Started

If you are anything like me, you will want to find a free pattern and then just take a go. It may turn out okay but after a few failed attempts, I decided to seek technical help. I found a fantastic site with lots of tutorials on the more technical aspects of making amigurumi items.

pepika.com - Really cool tutorial on the basic stitches needed to make amigurimi, like the magic adjustable ring. (A ring that can be pulled tight to close up the starting circle of stitches. This tutorial also includes the directions to make a basic ball. It's basically a crash course to get you started on the road to creating beautiful amigurumis. Her blog plots her crochet journey and many interesting projects like her grocery bag holder.

http://crochet.lifetips.com - This site has great tips for any kind of crochet. But this link will take you to tips relating to amigurumi. These are the kinds of things you would only learn from trial and error. For instance, one tip tells you how to get your crochet stitches to look like knitting stitches. Another tells how to join rounds.

Wolfdreamer has an excellent site with tutorials on the more technical aspects of amigurumi. She has also created a "help" site.http://oth.help where you can get her tips on how to create amigurumi. Here you will find just about everything you need for every step of creating crochet dolls. Like, what types of yarn and hooks to use, how to stuff the dolls and even what kind of stuffing to use. She gives you the kind of information needed to create professional looking items.

Planetjune's blog gives details on how to change color flawlessly in amigurumi. Here you will find close-up shots of each step for right and left handers. This is essential if you work the intricate amigurumi with stripes and other designs. planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/changing-coulour/

In addition, Planetjune also has tutorials with videos to illustrate step by step details.

After several tries this is my best effort in amigurumi so far! I gave this away as a birthday present to one of my daughter's friends.
After several tries this is my best effort in amigurumi so far! I gave this away as a birthday present to one of my daughter's friends.

Free Amigurumi Pattern Sites

-http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com is my all-time favorite site. I LOVE the Madagascar penguins and this site has the Madagascar penguins patterns! Wolfdreamer Off The Hook's site has characters from Pokémon, Mario Brothers, and Sonic. She has one of the minions from Despicable Me, too cute!! (I hope you visit her etsy shop. She has some fabulous patterns there. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WolfDreamerOTH?ref=em)

amigurumipatterns.net - this site has a large collection of free patterns. When you click the picture, you go to a page where you need to click a download button. This takes you to the blog or site where the designer posted the pattern. Here you will find just every animal you can think of. Hippos, chicks, elephants, sheep, bears, pigs and lots more.

Some of the patterns are in various languages. I clicked an adorable pattern that turned out to be in written in Italian. You can use one of the free online language translators if you really want a pattern that is written in a different language. The only thing is, sometimes technical terms for knitting or crochet will be translated using the wrong words.

http://www.ravelry.com/ Ravelry has tons of free patterns for both knit and crochet. There are specialty groups you can join to share information with others interested in amigurumi. Once you become a member, just click the link to groups and search for amigurumi. You have your pick of groups where they discuss the ins and outs of amigurumi. And Ravelry now has 2 million members! Woohoo!

Well, I hope this article helps you on your amigurumi journey.

Happy Crocheting!!

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      handmadebybheng 4 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

      I made amigurumi couple dolls as wedding souvenirs hahaah can just imagine now that I haven't completed the items.. although I moved the date of our wedding to a more relaxed time.. I wonder how I'm going to finish all of them.. now that I saw the links, it made me realize that I could've made my souvenirs simpler , but I think in the end it will be worth it.. thanks for posting these links.. :)

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      I know. I am working on two more but it is hard. I have small hands and use thread most of the time for crocheting but my hands hurt after I finished my first few animals. But I had a great sense of accomplishment when I was done. I hope you give it a try!

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      Samantha Harris 5 years ago from New York

      That bear is adorable! I'll have to give something like that a try...

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      Sanda 5 years ago

      Very nice and useful list. I'm so glad you started the list with Pepika :) Thanks so much!

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      Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I totally agree with you - they are adorable! It's geat tp see yet another way of using the crochet! Thank you :)

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      I love ravelry also! My sister introduced it to me. Thanks for commenting!

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      niccicoco80 5 years ago

      Good stuff, thanks for the great links. I love ravelry!

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Thanks! I am intrigued by this art and have tried it, but I'm not pleased with my results. Though my oldest daughter (26) thinks the little bunny rabbit and bear I made are cute. I'm going to have to carve out some time to work on amigurumi. I love the little creatures and want to be able to make them to my own satisfaction. Thanks for the vote!

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Thank you! I'm still working on this craft, it's very different from what I'm used to. And of course, I've made it even more difficult by trying to use crochet thread instead of yarn.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      This is a fabulous collection of sites on amigurumi. I am not that into crocheting dolls, but I'm sure at some point I will do some amigurumi since it's so ubiquitous these days.

      Voted up and (very) useful!