Quirky and cute free amigurumi patterns
Geeky, weird and wonderful amigurumi
Amigurumi are fun and easy to make, but some designers have got really creative with their sticks and string! From microbes to monsters, sci-fi to scientific equipment, math to mythical beasts, here's a round up of some of the cutest, oddest, most creative free amigurumi patterns out there.
There's something for every skill level and every geekdom, so grab your crochet hooks and have fun!
Check back regularly for more ;)
Sure, there'a a lot of patterns out there for bees, birds and sheep, but how about crocheting some of the more unusual members of the animal kingdom, like a meerkat? Brigitte Read's cuties are just one of many unusual animal patterns you can find for free
Unusual animal amigurumi patterns
- Hococo the lemur
Knit a lemur to help charity projects in Madagascar!
- Pleasance Platypus
Crocheted duck-billed platypus
- Crocheted Alpine Newt
Crochet an alpine newt (requires ravelry login)
- Crocheted Chameleon
(requires ravelry login)
- Japanese fighting beetle
These crocheted kabutomushi are a lot cuddlier than the real thing!
Scorpions can be cuddly, honest!
- Don the Dillo
knit armadillo pattern by Gabrielle ThÃ©riault
Knitting under the sea
Fish, coral and octopodes - you'll find patterns for these aquatic beasties everywhere - but if you want something a bit different, how about this beautiful knitted humpback whale, designed by Bec Brittain?
Or dive deeper beneath the waves with the links below...
Aquatic amigurumi patterns
Hawaiian tropical fish (knitted)
Simple but sweet narwhal pattern
- Bobtail Squid
Probably the cuddliest squid I ever saw
- Teeny tiny lobsters
Great for using up yarn scraps, these lobsters are minute!
- Plarn Betta
Plarn is an unusual material for amigurumi, but is very effective for a fish. The finished product will even be waterproof!
There's lots of jellyfish patterns out there, this one's my favourite.
Under the microscope
Fancy giving your best friend strep throat? Or if Laurel Jorgensen's knitted streptococcus isn't quite what you're after, you'll find plenty of other microscopic critters in the links below.
Inspired by Mary Shelley's classic tale, Frankensteins Monster by Ann D'Angelo is challenging but adorably grouchy. Or check out the list below for more literary-inspired toys.
Literary amigurumi patterns
Unusual amigurumi on Amazon
Whatever your favourite series, there's bound to be a pattern inspired by it. As a Whovian through and through, I love Kirsten Danley's pattern for the Eleventh doctor's sonic screwdriver!
Sci-fi amigurumi patterns
Games and anime
Gamers and anime fans have plenty of free patterns to choose from. If you're into Portal, you might like Emjay Bailey's Portal 2 playset, featuring Chell and a weighted companion cube (do not incinerate).
Amigurumi patterns from games and cartoons
- Berk (Trapdoor)
Crochet Berk from Trapdoor - designed by squid Lemming13
- Sailor Moon
Kyubey/QB/Kyuubey/Kyubei is from Puella Magi Madoka Majica
from Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- Ravelry: Angry Birds Cardinal pattern by Karla Fitch
Everyone's favourite android game
Knit or crochet a toy version of your favourite movie character - I particularly like Day and Night, designed by Hope Furno from a Pixar short.
More movie knits below!
Movie amigurumi patterns
More unusual knits on Amazon
Science, math and engineering patterns
From geometric curiosities in crochet, to the cutest lab equipment you'll find. And robots. Lots of robots.
- Trefoil knots
Two distinct knots - despite looking very similar you can't deform one into the other
Dragons and unicorns, oh my! This fierce little dragon, by Lucy Ravenscar, is particularly adorable.
Monsters and Mythical Creature patterns
Just plain weird
These patterns defy classification - if you want a really unusual gift, start here!
How about Emily Stoneking's dissected earthworm?!