Amigurumi Basics

Thank you for all your lovely comments about my little crochet creations! I never realized how fun and cute crocheting could be. I know a lot of you want to make them yourself so here are some helpful links.

Just to explain, Amigurumi is what this kind of crocheting is called and is defined as the Japanese art of knitting and crocheting small stuffed animals. Just had to clarify so that you all weren’t doing a google search for “crochet animals” which still brings stuff up but Amigurumi is the proper name for it.

Amigurumi only requires very basic stitches so once you get that down, you’re pretty much set.

Planet June has the best tutorials for beginners so I suggest that you start there. Amigurumi is always done in the round meaning you always work in circles rather than straight lines so when I started, I found a basic pattern to make a round coaster and just practiced until I got the hang of it. The pattern I used is from a book I bought but I’m sure you could google for a coaster pattern and try it yourself. All you really need to learn is how to do a single crochet in the round.

When I got stuck on a stitch I didn’t understand (because really, reading crochet instructions is not the most clear) I did a quick search on YouTube and found very helpful videos like this one on how to do a Double Crochet stitch.

It definitely takes some practice, as you can see from my very first ami turtle, which wasn’t the best, but helped me learn the basics.


Once I got more comfortable I went on to something a little more complicated.
Miss Ballerina Bear

and then when I understood pretty much how the stitches worked, I created my own patterns and added my own accents!

Sugar cookies

I will warn you though, once you get the hang of it, it’s too hard to stop!

If you are interested in making the pears in my previous post, I got the pattern from Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli, who has her own etsy store as well!

You can peruse my flickr set for the other ami’s I’ve made. I have several that I have to take pictures of so will update the set soon.

Happy crocheting and feel free to email me with your questions!

Updated with answers to questions:

What do you use for stuffing?

For stuffing I use fiberfill found at the craft store. This is always in the same aisle with the pillows and foam. I just looked on the package for ones that say that they are for toys and crafts. A little goes a long way with these little guys so if you buy one package you can make a lot of amigurumis.

What size crochet hook should I use?

The pattern will always tell you what crochet hook to use but in general, I only use two sizes, the F or G. I bought this pack, and F and G are the two smallest sizes. I have yet to even touch the other hooks!

Other tools you will need:
Stitch Markers: When working in rounds, you will not know what the beginning of your row is (unless you are very diligently counting each time!) so I use these stitch markers to hold the place of the first stitch in the row.

Stitch Counter: For most patterns, you only work one or two rows before you move on to the the next stitch pattern but for some of the bigger ones (like the pear) I lose count pretty easily so I rely on my handy counter to tell me what row I’m on. I use this one.

Crochet Hook Cushion: Your fingers will be sore from all the back and forth crocheting motion. These little cushions have been a life saver! Just slip it over the crochet hook and there you go, a cushy little pad for your fingers.

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  • MizzJ
    January 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    They’re so cute! Even your first turtle looks so good and adorable. You should totally start up an Etsy store 🙂

  • Emily
    January 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    those donuts are too cute to be true!

  • tam pham
    January 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    aahh my sister loved the piggy and duckie so much!!! my stupid camera battery died so I couldn’t take pics of her with them. i will make sure to snap some pics next time i’m home :-).

  • x dee
    January 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    these are all so precious! you’ve got such talent girlfriend!

  • Janine
    January 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    OMG! They are so cute!

    I’m in love with the little pig!

  • EthidiumBromide
    January 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What do you use for stuffing?

  • Nina (femme rationale)
    January 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    i love all your crochet pieces. i dunno if i have the patience to do something like this, tho. but thanks for all the tips…in case i do decide i need another hobby. 😉

  • Sade
    January 17, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for the post.This very imformative and fun. 🙂


  • Maki
    January 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Aww they are so fricking cute!! You did great job – it’s not easy, you know… Cute, cute, cute!!

  • Fashion Therapist
    January 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    These are SO adorable.

  • Maegan
    January 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I adore my little turtle. I cannot tell you that enough! He’s sitting on our bookshelves right on top. But his head is heavy and makes him fall over {which reminds me of my brother when he was a baby} so I wedge him between little tea light holders


  • Meekaminniee
    January 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

    The turtles are just adorable! <3 I stumbled across this site and it's inspiring me to make an arigurumi doll.