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Finding Free Crochet Patterns for Amigurumi

Updated on October 19, 2015
CROCHETED DOLL WEARING BLUE by Jprescott DESCRIPTIONA crocheted doll toy with blonde hair wearing a blue suit with a hood.
CROCHETED DOLL WEARING BLUE by Jprescott DESCRIPTIONA crocheted doll toy with blonde hair wearing a blue suit with a hood. | Source

free Crochet Patterns Amigurumi

Amigurumi is a Japanese word for small crochet stuffed dolls and animals. Amigurumi dolls and animals may have exaggerated heads and small limbs. Amigurumi are very attractive and make super gifts. There are many free crochet patterns on the internet and most are suitable for any crocheter, who can follow a pattern.

Amigurumi are very easy to crochet. However, if you have not made amigurumi before, or you are a novice crocheter, you might want to look at a good tutorial.

When crocheting Amigurumi for a child or baby, you should consider some safety guidelines before beginning. Avoid fluffy yarns, which shed fibres, speciality yarn labels often state that they are unsuitable for child or baby items. When stuffing your toy, use safe and washable filling, your craft or local yarn store will advise you as to safe, washable filling. You could also use stockings, pantyhose, or tights, as long as the dye does not run.

You crochet Amigurumi dolls and animals in a slightly different way and it is important to follow patterns exactly. Tension, or gauge, is very important because amigurumi usually needs tight stitching. Amigurumi patterns often use the spiral technique, meaning that you need to mark the beginning of rows or your amigurumi item will not turn out well. Crochet patterns generally suggest using yarn scrap for this purpose, but safety pins make better markers because once closed they cannot work themselves out, losing your place in the process.

The large crochet pattern directories have links to many free crochet patterns for amigurumi. Crochet Pattern Central has a variety of links to interesting free amigurumi crochet patterns. The Little Bird's Holiday Amigurumi. There is a selection of angry birds amigurumi. The "Mr. Sleepy Bear" would make a comforting bedtime companion for a baby or child. The “Rose Back to the Fifties” Doll would make a lovely gift. The “Smiling Sun” would make anyone smile. The “Tiny Tooth” might make a fun present from the tooth fairy. The “LeeLoo Monkey” could be a good way to use up leftover yarn and make a great gift for children or adults.

Crochet blogs often carry free crochet patterns. Amigurumi are very popular with crocheters, and the Great Amigurumi Blog spot boasts 1500 amigurumi patterns. Under cupcakes and pastry there is a wonderful crochet Wedding Cake, which would make a lovely hen party gift for the bride. There are some inspired and imaginative patterns for crochet cakes and pastries, and a host of other amigurumi patterns for everything from computer game characters to snowmen and amigurumi for every possible occasion. The Great Amigurumi Blog Spot also has a super Amigurumi tutorial with video to help you crochet your first amigurumi doll.

The large Yarn companies have free patterns on their web sites. Lion Brand has 161 free crochet amigurumi patterns. There are spooky Halloween amigurumi ornaments, festive Christmas amigurumi and Easter Baskets. The Pond Friends stacking toy would make a wonderful baby gift. The Graduation Bear is an excellent congratulations gift. There are dolls, animals, flowers, plants and even food. The “two peas in a pod” would be an amusing wedding gift, and the Bunny Wedding Cake Topper a different way to decorate a wedding cake. Red Heart Yarn has a video tutorial on amigurumi and patterns for amigurumi and amigurumi ponies.

Ravelry is a knitting and crochet on line community. It has a comprehensive free crochet pattern directory, comprising both links and patterns. Membership requires registering an e-mail address but it is well worth joining Ravelry, as you will find patterns that are unavailable elsewhere on the internet. Ravelry has two thousand nine hundred free crochet amigurumi patterns. There are some innovative and exciting amigurumi patterns at Ravelry. The “Amigurumi Cell Phone” is tremendous fun. “Amigurumi Balloons” could celebrate any occasion. The “Amigurumi Shrimp Delight” placed in a glass would provide an excellent conversation piece for a dinner party. The “Amigurumi Bunny Pencil Holder” would encourage children to keep their crayons and pencils tidy. There is a wide enough selection of free crochet amigurumi patterns at Ravelry to delight any crocheter’s heart, everything from a fried egg to elephant hand warmers. There are patterns for the most obscure and unusual items.

Amigurumi are great fun to crochet and they are a good way to use leftover yarn. Amigurumi make super gifts and are humourous and fun. Amigurumi are quirky and delightful. Using free crochet patterns and yarn oddments also makes amigurumi inexpensive to make. The only thing you might have to buy is the filling, but a bag of stuffing will make many amigurumi and you could use old, clean tights or panty hose providing the dye does not run. Finding free crochet patterns for amigurumi on the internet is easy, when you know where to look for them. Crocheting amigurumi is sheer joy and you just cannot help smiling. Amigurumi give pleasure to their maker and to whomever eventually owns them; what could be better than that?

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  • Mercia Collins profile imageAUTHOR

    Mercia Collins 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank-you Talullah, I am glad that you enjoyed my hub and that it directed you to more on line patterns. You can never have enough patterns.

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    Talullah 

    6 years ago from SW France

    A lovely hub. I thought I had found all the online crochet patterns that existed, but you've provide me with even more, so thanks for that! I love the doll in the first photo.

  • Rhelena profile image

    Rhelena 

    6 years ago

    Another Great resource for free crochet patterns!

  • Mercia Collins profile imageAUTHOR

    Mercia Collins 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank-you SaraDuggan, The sheer variety of amigurumi to crochet was quite staggering.

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    Sara Duggan 

    6 years ago from California

    What an extensive list of free amigurumi patterns. I really like the Great Amigurumi blog - lots of great ideas on that blog.

  • Mercia Collins profile imageAUTHOR

    Mercia Collins 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank-you RTalloni, Amigurumi fascinate me, there are just so many that you can crochet and the variety is endless.

  • RTalloni profile image

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    This is a neat look at amigurumi for little ones. I like to use all natural yarns anytime I crochet of babies. Your advice is good to keep in mind. Thanks for putting this resource together!

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