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