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What is an Amigurumi

Updated on March 14, 2014
A cute rabbit amigurumi I made for my niece.
A cute rabbit amigurumi I made for my niece.


Amigurumi is a knitted or crocheted stuffed toy or doll that originally in Japan. Most amigurumi are made to look like cute stuffed animals, such as bears, rabbits and etc. They are ideally created either as a toy or as a decoration.

The word Amigurumi comes from two Japanese words "ami" and "nuigurumi" combined together. "Ami" means crocheted or knitted, while "nuigurumi" means stuffed doll.

How to make it?

The first thing that you should know is that making an amigurumi takes a LOT of patience. This is because in order for you to create one, you need to know how to count your stitches. One wrong count can result in a much bigger mistake later on.

Second, you should have basic knowledge about crocheting or knitting. You won't be able to start creating an amigurumi if you don't know what single crocheting means or how to do the knit stitch. Aside from that, you won't be able to read out patterns. Most amigurumi doesn't have video tutorials available online so making an amigurumi really depends on how you follow the pattern in written form.

keychain size amigurumi
keychain size amigurumi

Styles and Sizes

As previously mentioned, most amigurumis were designed to look like animals. However there are several amigurumi patterns for any kinds of creatures or things. For example, there's a pattern for Disney or Marvel characters. Even plants like cactus or foods like banana, sushi can be made into an amigurumi. The best part, you can put eyes, nose, mouths ears, any other body parts whether it's an animal or not.

For sizes, like ordinary stuffed toys, it can be small, medium or large. One pattern can be used in any size you want depending on the hook and yarn you are using. The bigger the yarn is, the larger your amigurumi will be.

Artistry and Execution

For crocheted Amigurumi, the most used stitch is the single crochet (sc) stitch. Amigurumi is done by parts, i.e., first the head, body, right and left hands etc. before joining together by running stitch. The stitch begins with a magic ring then slowly working up in a spiral direction to avoid leaving space for small holes which won't be good once you are already placing stuffing on it.

Aside from the yarn itself, stuffing is an important material in creating an amigurumi. You can either use cotton fiber or polyester. No stuffing should show through the stitches especially if you are giving the toy to a kid or baby.

For those who wants to learn making an amigurumi (given that you already know how to crochet), start with simple patterns to get used to the styles and techniques in crafting different shapes. Once you have enough practice,you can move forward and look for a little complicated one. Baby-steps is key.

Good luck!


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