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Amigurumi Patterns

Updated on June 4, 2014

What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi means crocheted/knitted toy in Japanese.

Read more about it on Wikipedia!

I started crocheting amigurumi in 2010 and have since created many cute and fun creatures for myself, loved ones, and as commissions.

Here you will find some photos of my amigurumi work, links to amigurumi patterns I've made, and walkthroughs for amigurumi I made freehand.

I hope you are inspired!

My Amigurumi Patterns

Here's a complete list of my amigurumi patterns here on HubPages, including the ones I mention here. If you like looking at my crocheted creatures, check these out to see more of my work.

Crochet Mermaid Pattern

Crochet Sock Monkey Pattern

Amigurumi Teddy Favor Pattern

Crochet Amigurumi Doll w/ Dress Pattern

Crochet Amigurumi Bear Pattern

Kaiju

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My first official amigurumi character, Kaiju.Crochet DinosaurAmigurumi dinosaur.
My first official amigurumi character, Kaiju.
My first official amigurumi character, Kaiju. | Source
Crochet Dinosaur
Crochet Dinosaur
Amigurumi dinosaur.
Amigurumi dinosaur. | Source

Blue Bird

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This little bird was made in a similar way to Kaiju.Amigurumi blue birdcrochet blue bird
This little bird was made in a similar way to Kaiju.
This little bird was made in a similar way to Kaiju.
Amigurumi blue bird
Amigurumi blue bird
crochet blue bird
crochet blue bird

Magic Ring - Very Helpful!

Using 2 or More Colors

Walkthrough of how I made Kaiju

Kaiju was one of the first amigurumi I made so his design is fairly simple. If you have basic crocheting skills you will be able to follow these steps to make your own.

If you already know how to make amigurumi you may not find this project very challenging. However, if you are new to amigurumi this is a fun activity that will help you get your feet wet!

1. First, select a desired crochet hook and yarn. For Kaiju I used a F crochet hook and 4-medium yarn, but depending on the look you're going for you can choose what you want. You'll need at least two colours; the colour for the belly (white), and the colour for the body (green)


2. Create a magic ring (see video on right) or chain three with the white then slip stitch the last stitch to the first one.


3. Stitch 6 or so single stitches in the ring you've created then gradually increase each round until you've reached a desirable width for your Kaiju. I increased something like this: round 1, 6sc, round 2, (2sc, 2sc in next stitch)x3, round 3, (2sc, 2sc in next stitch)x3 and so on...but you can do it your own way.


4. At the time I made Kaiju I did not know how to use two colours at the same time, so I actually added his belly later. I have since learned a better way to do this....so I'll say what I did and what I could have done and if you are making your own you can decide which method works best for you.

What I did: Fastened off the white. Using the green, I crocheted round until I reached just a bit shorter than my desired height for Kaiju. Using the white, I crocheted a circle directly on the belly of the green, decreased until the circle was closed, then fastened off.

What I could have done: Crocheted the green over the white yarn thread when going around the body and crocheted using the white over the green thread when working on the belly. Fasten off white yarn when belly was complete and then continue around with the green until desired height. (see video on right)

5. Begin to decrease, stuff the toy when the opening is just big enough, continue decreasing until toy is closed then fasten off.

6. You should now have a cylinder like shape. This is the body. Now for the tail and snout. I like to crochet directly on my pieces. I've found that most people like to crochet each part separately then sew it together--do what makes you comfortable! Sewing I find is great to add some flexibility/movement. But stitching directly on is more sturdy and less time consuming. Anyway.

For Kaiju's tail I stitched a semi circle round the back of the piece then did a few rounds. At the base I did single stitches but on the semi circle part I gradually decreased. I continued this until I just a nice tail shape, stuffed it, then closed it up and fastened off.

For the snout I crocheted a small long oval directly on the piece, crocheted a round or two, decreased, stuffed it, closed it up and fastened off.

7. The legs were (1sc, ch-4)x3 and the arms were 4sc crocheted directly on piece then (1sc, ch-3)x3.

8. The spikes were single stitch row from tip of tail to top of head then (1sc, ch-5) all the way back.

9. I stitched the face on with some yarn and a crochet needle. And there you have it! Little Kaiju!


If you used this to make your own amigurumi please share with me!

Learned from Rilakkuma

I crocheted amigurumi figures below using the video by beibettin as a guide. It's an adorable crochet music video that can teach you how to make a Rilakkuma amigurumi, if you pay attention.

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Crochet bear for my first son.This amigurumi Hello Kitty probably looks familiar. She's become a bit of my mascot.Crochet Bunny for my husband's niece.View of embroidered bow on crochet bunny.Back of crochet bunny.Crochet Bear Commission.Blue Crocheted DogCrochet amigurumi monster for Lady Gaga to thank her for her work with the MAC AIDS Fund.  They said they'd give it to her, but I don't know if she ever received it.
Crochet bear for my first son.
Crochet bear for my first son.
This amigurumi Hello Kitty probably looks familiar. She's become a bit of my mascot.
This amigurumi Hello Kitty probably looks familiar. She's become a bit of my mascot.
Crochet Bunny for my husband's niece.
Crochet Bunny for my husband's niece.
View of embroidered bow on crochet bunny.
View of embroidered bow on crochet bunny.
Back of crochet bunny.
Back of crochet bunny.
Crochet Bear Commission.
Crochet Bear Commission.
Blue Crocheted Dog
Blue Crocheted Dog
Crochet amigurumi monster for Lady Gaga to thank her for her work with the MAC AIDS Fund.  They said they'd give it to her, but I don't know if she ever received it.
Crochet amigurumi monster for Lady Gaga to thank her for her work with the MAC AIDS Fund. They said they'd give it to her, but I don't know if she ever received it.

I LOVE Mermaids

Mermaids are more favorite things to make, whether I'm crocheting, drawing, or working with clay.

If you like the mermaids I've made, I have a free Crochet Mermaid Pattern here on HubPages that you can check out.

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These mermaids are particularly popular at the local store where I sell my art, The Art Riot.  If it weren't for that I probably wouldn't have made so many. :)   They are a little time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort.Crochet MermaidCrocheted MermaidAmigurumi MermaidAmigurumi mermaid dollMermaid plushieMermaid DollCrochet sirenCrocheted sirenAmigurumi sirenCrocheted Little MermaidAmigurumi Little Mermaid
These mermaids are particularly popular at the local store where I sell my art, The Art Riot.  If it weren't for that I probably wouldn't have made so many. :)   They are a little time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort.
These mermaids are particularly popular at the local store where I sell my art, The Art Riot. If it weren't for that I probably wouldn't have made so many. :) They are a little time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort.
Crochet Mermaid
Crochet Mermaid
Crocheted Mermaid
Crocheted Mermaid
Amigurumi Mermaid
Amigurumi Mermaid
Amigurumi mermaid doll
Amigurumi mermaid doll
Mermaid plushie
Mermaid plushie
Mermaid Doll
Mermaid Doll
Crochet siren
Crochet siren
Crocheted siren
Crocheted siren
Amigurumi siren
Amigurumi siren
Crocheted Little Mermaid
Crocheted Little Mermaid
Amigurumi Little Mermaid
Amigurumi Little Mermaid

Mermaid Bag

I used The Crochet Crowd's video series on how to crochet a Mermaid Tear Purse as inspiration for my bag below.

I have also made smaller crochet bags as cases for my iPhone and as soap savers. To learn more about those check out my hub on how to crochet a custom iPhone case and how to crochet a soap saver/scrubby. Even though I market them as soap savers and iPhone cases, they can actually be used as cute little pouches for anything. So don't get too stuck on the labels.

Mermaid Bag

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This is a mermaid bag I made.  She isn't really an amigurumi, but don't tell her that.  She gets sad when separated from her sisters.Crochet Mermaid BagCrochet Mermaid Bag
This is a mermaid bag I made.  She isn't really an amigurumi, but don't tell her that.  She gets sad when separated from her sisters.
This is a mermaid bag I made. She isn't really an amigurumi, but don't tell her that. She gets sad when separated from her sisters.
Crochet Mermaid Bag
Crochet Mermaid Bag
Crochet Mermaid Bag
Crochet Mermaid Bag

Stitch for Juju's Lion Mane

Variations of Bear Pattern

The amigurumi I've made here are all variants of the Crochet Amigurumi Bear Pattern I have up here on HubPages.

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Lion toy that I made for my son, Julian when I was expecting.  It has a rattle in the body that has the power to silence oncoming tantrums.Crochet LionAmigurumi LionLion rattleCrochet lion rattleCrochet dogHandmade dog toyCrochet Dragon for 2012Amigurumi Dragon for 2012Crocheted Dragon for 2012crochet dinosauramigurumi dragoncrocheted dinosaurcrochet dragon
Lion toy that I made for my son, Julian when I was expecting.  It has a rattle in the body that has the power to silence oncoming tantrums.
Lion toy that I made for my son, Julian when I was expecting. It has a rattle in the body that has the power to silence oncoming tantrums.
Crochet Lion
Crochet Lion
Amigurumi Lion
Amigurumi Lion
Lion rattle
Lion rattle
Crochet lion rattle
Crochet lion rattle
Crochet dog
Crochet dog
Handmade dog toy
Handmade dog toy
Crochet Dragon for 2012
Crochet Dragon for 2012
Amigurumi Dragon for 2012
Amigurumi Dragon for 2012
Crocheted Dragon for 2012
Crocheted Dragon for 2012
crochet dinosaur
crochet dinosaur
amigurumi dragon
amigurumi dragon
crocheted dinosaur
crocheted dinosaur
crochet dragon
crochet dragon

The difference yarn makes....

The crocheted animals shown below are also examples of a variation of the bear pattern, but I used premier brand, Alpaca Dance yarn and it gave them a completely different look and feel! Just goes to show how much of an impact your yarn choice can make.

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I made this for my husband.  A LOT of love and detail went into it!  Yep!Crochet TigerCrocheted TigerAmigurumi TigerCrochet catcrocheted catamigurumi catembroidered tigerembroidered tiger stripesCrochet ponyamigurumi ponycrochet horseamigurumi horsecrocheted horsecrocheted ponyhorse plushiestuffed animal horsebrown horsehandmade horsehandmade ponyCrocheted KoalaAmigurumi KoalaCrocheted BearAmigurumi MouseCrochet PandaAmigurumi bear, panda, and mouseCrochet bear, panda, mouseCrocheted mousecrochet bearCrocheted panda
I made this for my husband.  A LOT of love and detail went into it!  Yep!
I made this for my husband. A LOT of love and detail went into it! Yep!
Crochet Tiger
Crochet Tiger
Crocheted Tiger
Crocheted Tiger
Amigurumi Tiger
Amigurumi Tiger
Crochet cat
Crochet cat
crocheted cat
crocheted cat
amigurumi cat
amigurumi cat
embroidered tiger
embroidered tiger
embroidered tiger stripes
embroidered tiger stripes
Crochet pony
Crochet pony
amigurumi pony
amigurumi pony
crochet horse
crochet horse
amigurumi horse
amigurumi horse
crocheted horse
crocheted horse
crocheted pony
crocheted pony
horse plushie
horse plushie
stuffed animal horse
stuffed animal horse
brown horse
brown horse
handmade horse
handmade horse
handmade pony
handmade pony
Crocheted Koala
Crocheted Koala
Amigurumi Koala
Amigurumi Koala
Crocheted Bear
Crocheted Bear
Amigurumi Mouse
Amigurumi Mouse
Crochet Panda
Crochet Panda
Amigurumi bear, panda, and mouse
Amigurumi bear, panda, and mouse
Crochet bear, panda, mouse
Crochet bear, panda, mouse
Crocheted mouse
Crocheted mouse
crochet bear
crochet bear
Crocheted panda
Crocheted panda

Amigurumi Dolls with Dresses

To learn how I make amigurumi dolls, like the ballerina unicorns and the sprite below, check out my Hub on how Crochet an Amigurumi Doll with a Dress.

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Amigurumi Ballerina UnicornsCrochet Ballerina UnicornsCrocheted Ballerina UnicornsAmigurumi BallerinaAmigurumi unicornCrochet unicorncrochet ballerinacrocheted unicorncrocheted ballerinaamigurumi faerie spritecrocheted fairy spriteamigurumi fairy sprite
Amigurumi Ballerina Unicorns
Amigurumi Ballerina Unicorns
Crochet Ballerina Unicorns
Crochet Ballerina Unicorns
Crocheted Ballerina Unicorns
Crocheted Ballerina Unicorns
Amigurumi Ballerina
Amigurumi Ballerina
Amigurumi unicorn
Amigurumi unicorn
Crochet unicorn
Crochet unicorn
crochet ballerina
crochet ballerina
crocheted unicorn
crocheted unicorn
crocheted ballerina
crocheted ballerina
amigurumi faerie sprite
amigurumi faerie sprite
crocheted fairy sprite
crocheted fairy sprite
amigurumi fairy sprite
amigurumi fairy sprite

Stringy Arm Creatures

These were some of my earliest amigurumi. Basically, to make these guys, I crocheted circular forms for the head and body, then chained their arms and made little balls for hands. I then embroidered faces and added ears, tails, and whatever else.

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These were some of the first amigurumi I made. The stringy arm thing was kind of cute, but I grew out of doing that.Crochet bearamigurumi bearscrochet bunnyThis odd bunny's name is Hi Jack.  He is a world traveller!  My friend who bought him was teaching in Korea so I sent he joined her over there. :)
These were some of the first amigurumi I made. The stringy arm thing was kind of cute, but I grew out of doing that.
These were some of the first amigurumi I made. The stringy arm thing was kind of cute, but I grew out of doing that.
Crochet bear
Crochet bear
amigurumi bears
amigurumi bears
crochet bunny
crochet bunny
This odd bunny's name is Hi Jack.  He is a world traveller!  My friend who bought him was teaching in Korea so I sent he joined her over there. :)
This odd bunny's name is Hi Jack. He is a world traveller! My friend who bought him was teaching in Korea so I sent he joined her over there. :)

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      Samantha Harris 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you very much!

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      Looks like you've been busy...I find that amigurumi patterns take a long time to crochet. You did a great job!!