Hello to All! Today we will talk about Amigurumi. It’s a Japanese technique that is based on stuffed little toys, using crochet and knitting techniques. In particular, we will explore today the amigurumi in crochet.
The first time that I’ve saw a little amigurumi toy, made in crochet, I didn’t even think in analyse the pattern because I thought that it would be very complex. But, stopping a few minutes to closely analyze a pattern, I’ve realized that not only it was very simple that it’s great for people who is starting to practice crochet. The amigurumi in crochet consists, basically, in circular crochet (in spiral), single crochet, increases and decreases. Knowing these crochet basic steps you will quickly make your first amigurumi piece.
Making amigurumi, the use of a marker is almost indispensable to be able to mark the beginning of each row (since with a spiral work it is very easy to get lost!).
If you do not have a plastic marker (or similar), you can always leave a “yarn trace” of a contrasting color, passing it under each first sigle crochet of the next row (representing the beginning of that new row – that could even me more useful if you need to undo the work).
The increases and decreases are also distributed along the rows, according to the purpose of the work (eg.: to make a sphere, we begin to increase, after the magic ring, and then we will have to start decreasing in order to close the work).
These increases and decreases are slightly visible after the finished work, as they sometimes leave some undesirable open holes. But there are some strategies to disguise these points (for those who do not like the final result).
This happens because these steps end up coinciding sequentially in the rows and to mitigate this result it is necessary to redistribute the increases and decreases in the next rows (always respecting the total number of points that the row should have). The holes effect is more visible in the decreases and you should always do the invisible decrease when you need to decrease your work.
I will leave you with a ball pattern, in order for you to practice. This could just be the head of your first amigurumi toy or just for decoration (you will see!).
Make the following circular (spiral) crochet rows:
row1. – 6 single crochet (sc) in a magic ring (6 sts)
row 2. – 6 increases (inc) (12 sts)
row 3. – *1 sc | 1 inc* (18 sts)
row 4. – *2 sc | 1 inc* (24 sts)
row 5. – *3 sc | 1 inc* (30 sts)
row 6. until 12. – 1 sc in each stitch (30 sts)
row 13. – *3 sc | 1 decrease (dec)* (24 sts)
row 14. – *2 sc | 1 dec* (18 sts)
row 15. – *1 sc | 1 dec* (12 sts) (you may start to fill your little sphere)
row 16. – 6 dec (6 sts)
close the sphere with a tapestry needle and finish the work.
Generally speaking, these are the most general features to consider in the amigurumi technique in crochet.
So, if you’re familiar with the basic steps above, start now that little toy that you’ve saved to do later. You will see that it is super simple and that will all work out in the end!
I hope you have enjoyed this article and this can help you in some way! If you like it, comment and share! We’ll be back soon with more tips to share with you! Enjoy!