For those who do not know the amigurumi, understanding its concept is not difficult. The name, for example, is a combination of the Japanese words “ami” (knitted or knitted) and “nuigurumi” (stuffed animals). In other words, its basis is basically knitting and crochet, which allow the making of a series of very cute pets and that can be part of your decoration, especially that of baby rooms and so on.
Examples of the many creative possibilities of amigurumi are the amigurumi doll, the amigurumi bear, the amigurumi octopus and many others. With good amigurumi recipes you get creative models that are sure to be the highlights of your decor. Even the amigurumi versions for beginners are striking, proving that the beauty of this craft work is in the technique.
If you want to learn this interesting resource, know that we are here to help you. Keep reading and learn the main techniques involving learning how to make amigurumi, with unmissable tips to have the most fun models. Enjoy and take a look at our gallery, as we have separated amazing crochet amigurumi photos for you to get inspired when it comes to getting your hands dirty and creating your own models.
What is an amigurumi?
As much as amigurumi has become a strong trend in the world of decoration and DIY, some things involving the technique are not well known by the general public. One of them is the amigurumi recipes, which exist to help those interested in making their own models to reproduce versions already on the market, making it easy to find good examples on the internet.
However, amigurumi recipes have a complexity that can only be understood by those who are already familiar with knitting and crochet. Amigurumi recipes not only use technical jargon, but also work with guidelines based on concepts well established by the practice of knitting. This can be seen in the simplest recipes, which usually work with photos and a real step by step.
How did the amigurumi come about?
The amigurumi dolls made in knitting and crochet appeared in the 80’s in Japan and nowadays they are successful in everybody, including in Brazil. Japan is recognized for its weaving techniques, however amigurumi is made using knitting and crochet techniques from the East, but they were widely used by samurai who made their own socks with their fingers, as they allowed greater freedom in their movements.
Amigurumi dolls appeared in the 80s, after the development of graphics and kawaii culture very strong in the country, as they value high aesthetic quality mainly in their pop culture. With this culture on the rise, Japanese magazines aimed at the female audience started publishing various recipes on how to create their amigurumi, thus spreading the animals to the general public. With the great demand and demand for amigurumi in January 2002, the first Japanese Amigurumi Association was created.
Types of amigurumi
Nowadays there are several types of amigurumi, from the ones made for babies that are used to reassure them, for children as a soft and fluffy toy and for adults, used mostly for decorating environments. This great diversity of public occurs, because the amigurumi making technique allows the elaboration of several pieces such as: cartoon characters, animals, flowers and plants or even invented beings. Thus, amigurumi become objects that appeal to all audiences and are therefore very successful.
Walkthrough: What you need to know to make an amigurumi
To be able to replicate or even create an amigurumi it will be necessary to know some knitting or crochet techniques, at first it may seem complicated, but with practice and dedication the result will be incredible. See below the step by step of the most used crochet stitch:
The most common and used point of crochet is called little chain, one of the simplest points of the technique as it simulates a braid of hair. When you start making the chain, you can choose the most open or closed stitch, as it can vary depending on the needle and thread chosen. Let’s start:
- First step is to stretch the end of the line and make a turn;
- Second step is to pass two fingers through the loop and pull the thread, thus creating a knot;
- In the third step, insert the needle into the loop and pull the thread until the knot is close to the needle;
- In the fourth step to start the chain, hold the loose end of the thread inside your hand and with the other hand make movements with the needle;
- The fifth step you position the needle hook facing you and hold the thread between your fingers. Then pass the needle underneath and lace the thread by pulling into the knot;
- The stitch continues like this, looping the thread underneath and pulling into the knot.
Choosing the appropriate thread is an important step, as it is close to the needle that defined the size of the stitches and consequently the size of your amigurumi. The thicker line of light color can make it easier if you are a beginner, since with them it is easier to see and observe the points.
Most thread bundles indicate the ideal needle size, but this need not be taken literally. Choosing a needle that is comfortable in your hand is essential, as working with crochet requires a high number of hours of work. The size of the needle will also determine the size of the garment, because larger threads and needles will give a greater volume.
An amigurumi needs to be filled with light and fluffy materials, that’s why silicone fiber is one of the indicated materials. This fiber is looser and softer making the amigurumi look light and fluffy. Wool can also be used as a filler, however it is necessary to use a greater number of this material.
The final details of your pet are something very personal, but the most common are the black eyes that can be reproduced by materials such as the black half pearl with a straight base or any other type of craft material that can be found in several sewing stores .
What are the best amigurumi models for beginners?
As we have already said, amigurumi is a difficult technique to be replicated by those who are not used to all the properties of crochet and knitting. Even so, it is possible to find amigurumi models for beginners, which call attention due to the lower level of complexity, with recipes that are easier to follow and, of course, understood by those who are just starting out.
That said, we can use as an example of a good amigurumi model for beginners those who are smaller and have simple shapes. Dolls, for example, are very complex, requiring a lot of knowledge to be able to make the arms and legs. Amigurumi keyrings and even cacti, in turn, are simpler and do not take long to be made.
Speaking of amigurumi doll, we can’t help but reserve a topic for her. In addition to being very popular, a good model of amigurumi doll is perfect for your decoration, especially for girl rooms. You can still make use of the amigurumi doll as a toy for your children, considering that because they are knitted it can be used even by babies.
The amigurumi bear is the most popular model on the market. Precisely for reproducing the first versions, still made in Japan, the amigurumi bear is also the most versatile type, being possible to find incredible variations. Some recipes even associate the amigurumi bear with other elements, such as decorative candles, lanterns, lamps and items that make it even better as a decorative element.
Also very common, the amigurumi octopus is a great representative of the fun fact that the technique can promote for your decoration. Many amigurumi octopus models are made in creative ways, which is possible thanks to the tentacles. You can find, for example, an amigurumi octopus with colorful tentacles, made from other materials and even models that work as lamps or even personalized lamps. These models in turn end up making the ambient lighting even more special.
Amigurumi keyrings have also been gaining space with the general public, because they are great choices to give as a gift to someone special. By using the crochet and knitting technique these pieces have an excellent cost-benefit and are a good choice for those who want to earn an extra buck or even start their own business. Felt keyrings and amigurumi keyrings can be customized depending on the taste of each person and are therefore a great success in sales.
Is it possible to learn how to make amigurumi fast?
Because it is an interesting item for decorations, it is common to find people who want to learn how to make amigurumi in a short period of time. However, this is very difficult to achieve, given that a good crochet amigurumi model can take a long time to be made even by those who like to work with string or have mastered the knitting technique and have knowledge in the area.
That said, the tip for those who want to discover a magic formula on how to make amigurumi fast is to study hard before getting your hands dirty. That is, before any attempt to reproduce the recipes that can be found on the internet, the best thing to do is to learn the basics of knitting, making single pieces like small rugs and even different kitchen utensils like creative sousplats, napkins and so on. against.