Amigurumi | The Beginner's Quick Guide


Welcome everyone! I hope your chilly Valentine's Day preparations have gone well for you. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here in front of my desktop bringing you a new post. And what else to discuss in February (other than cozy scarves) than the adorable art of amigurumi??


Amigurumi, 'ami' for short, is the Japanese art of making crochet or knit stuffed animals. I'm not saying that amigurumi is limited to just animals... like seriously. Check out these insanely adorable amigurumi rainbow donut unicorns by Super Cute Design.

Amigurumi is a funky word, but it actual derives from two Japanese words... ami and nuigurumi. Ami means crocheted or knitted and nuigurumi means stuffed doll. Not only can we thank the Japanese for giving us the inspiration for these anthropomorphic creatures, but they actually have quite a history in textile arts. From spinning silk or practicing sashiko, to zanshi and sakiori weaving. The Japanese were definitely advance in their crafts.


But just like any other crochet project you'll encounter, amigurumi has a specific set of tools you will need. Other than a hook and yarn... there are some 'special' tools that will help you along the way.

yarn


First things first, you'll want to find the right yarn. Though every pattern varies, most amigurumi is made of DK or worsted weight yarn. You'll need different kinds of yarn depending on the circumstances.


crochet hook


Next up is to find the perfect crochet hook. Since amigurumi can get tiny, its important to find a crochet that sits comfortably in your hand. Amigurumi calls for a smaller hook than recommended. Often times I use a 2.5 mm to a 3.75 mm hook for my ami projects. The reason why is to keep your stitching tight. We use the single crochet stitch and tight tension so that the stuffing doesn't start falling out over time. Which leads me to my next point.

stuffing

When shopping for stuffing there are a few different kinds. I use either Poly-Fil or recycled yarn scraps. I won't lie, sometimes I even use buffalo snow from my Christmas tree!! Either way make sure that you keep your stuffing in a dust free area. 


stitch markers

Another super handy tool to have is stitch markers. Though it may seem like it's only a notion, they can really come a long way in these kinds of projects. Most ami patterns are worked in the round, meaning that they go in a continuos spiral without joining the row. Stitch markers help you keep track of where your round starts and ends. There are also tons of different stitch markers. Find one that suits your taste!


safety toy eyes

Safety eyes are more than likely my favorite part of amigurumi! They're the adorable little eyes on all your projects. They come in so many different sizes, shapes, colors, and kinds that its impossible to collect them all. Safety eyes are what add life to your little creatures, I think you'll agree.


misc

There are tons of hacks and extra tools for amigurumi. There are so many creatives just like you who have gone beyond the basics. to find more ideas I turn to Pinterest. I garentee you'll find something interesting.




If you'd like to see more on amigurumi tools or techniques... make sure you like and share this post! I'd love to write even more on amigurumi. Til next time!!!



Polar Super Scarf | Free Crochet Pattern

Last year, super scarves became extremely popular. I mean who doesn't want a big, soft scarf to keep you cozy and stylish?



I decided to try my hand at a design of my very own when I was gifted two skeins of Homespun Quick and Thick. I remembered working with it once before, I had loved the chunky and squishy feeling between my fingers.


Since the yarn was so thick, I wanted to find the perfect crochet hook. I ended up using a 7mm bamboo hook I had in my stash. It definitely helped me get the effect I was going for... don't you think?


I chained 27 stitches, then in the 3rd chain from my hook I made my first double crochet stitch. Then for the rest of the row I repeated a pattern of *ch 1, dc 1. I continued to the next row by chaining 2, then repeating the same pattern to the end of the row. This went on for 99 rows. I still had a little less than half of a skein left too!!


I was considering stitching the two ends of my scarf using the Whip Stitch to make a double infinity scarf, but I decided not to instead. Besides, I could always change my mind if I wanted to.


So without further a-do, here's you copy of the FREE pattern...


Polar Super Scarf Pattern

Materials

  • 2 skeins of Homespun Quick & Thick
  • A 7mm crochet hook
  • Darning needle (for  weaving in ends)
  • Scissors

Notes

  • Make sure to buy the chunkier version of the Homespun yarn, the Quick & Thick version will give you the look you want for this pattern!
  • The crochet hook size, if you's like to use a larger hook for a more loose piece then go for it! Homespun is a difficult yarn at first so do what you feel is best.
  • Though I crocheted for 99 rows, you can add more or less depending on you height or whether or not you want to make it a cowl.
  • Remember, this is your project and you can tweak it however you'd like. sew the ends together to make a cowl. Add tassels, flowers, or change the width. Tell me below what you decide to do!!

Pattern

Ch 27.

Row 1- In the 3rd ch from hk, dc. *Ch , dc. Rep from * to end.

Row 2- Ch 2, dc in the very ch space. *Ch 1, dc. Rep from * to end. For a scarf, I continued for 99 rows.

Fasten off. Weave in ends using needle or whip stitch the to ends of your piece together to form a big loop.

I've been dying to mention that this scarf is soooo warm!! The day we were outside taking photos, it was drizzling all day long. Thankfully, I had my brand new scarf to keep me toasty.



It was really satisfying to see the work grow so quickly, it only took me 2 days to finish it! I love having a project that just flies off my hook. It's too bad I made it right AFTER Christmas. It would make a quick and easy gift for someone special.


Anyways, I hope you enjoy the rest of your 6 weeks in winter(thanks to little Phil). I'll be back soon with more posts that I'm sure you'll love!!

I'll see you soon......