Do you like crocheting? If so, then you should definitely the hip Crochet trend from Japan try out. And if you have never crocheted before, you will surely inspire the little crochet figures from our picture gallery and will seduce you to knit and crochet. There are numerous Amigurumi guides in the text and pictures, which show you step by step how it goes exactly. Thus even absolute beginners can make the small niggling little animals and males themselves. In the following lines we would like to introduce you to the art of Amigurumi and give you a few practical tips. Let us start at the front!
What is Amigurumi?
The crochet trend as well as the term itself come from Japan. The key word”amigurumi”consists of two parts -“amu”( 編 む , dt. Knit) and “Kurumu”( 包 む , English). So, the art of crocheting or knitting small figures. Often the motifs are cute animals or males. Very popular are also Mangacharaktere or those, which are known from drawing films, as for example the good forest spirit Totoro from the same-named Japanese anime film” My neighbor Totoro “. The amigurumi figures are usually about 10 to 15 cm in size and are suitable not only for playing, but also for collecting or as practical objects, such as key hanger for example.
Crochet Totoro as Amigurumi
Basics and materials for Amigurumi crocheting
At first glance, the Amigurumi crochet may look quite difficult, but it is not. With a little basic knowledge and some practical basic courses as well as video tutorials, you will soon be able to crochet beautiful Amigurumis yourself. Usually the body parts of an amigurumis are caught with a loop and some air meshes.
Then you hang more and more stitches, depending on the desired shape and figure. In addition to airmats you should also master the warps and the tight stitches well. And soon your mad Amigurumis will stand in your way.
The first basic stitches of the Amigurumi crochet art
The required materials:
- Crochet needle in the necessary crochet needle thickness – 2.0 2.5 3.0 or 3.5
- Wool, as for example Schachenmayr Catania (I.e. 100% cotton yarn
- Filling material: fabric strips, filling wool, wool residues, styroprog balls, etc.
- Embroidery needle for embroidery of mouth, ears or eyes as well as for sewing
Tune the wool to the needle
And a few practical tips
Tip 1: Be careful that the crochet hook you selected is not too big for the wool; otherwise, unsightly holes in your Amigurumi may occur. A basic rule in this crochet art is that needle and wool should match each other optimally!
Tip 2: If you prefer crocheting, choose a smaller crochet hook. If, however, you want to crochet harder, larger needles are much better suited for this.
Tip 3: For loose stitches, you can fill the filling material into a Naylon stocking. This is not going to happen during washing.
Or maybe you would rather crochet an Amigurumi bear herself?
No matter what you choose, we wish you a lot of crochet fun with Amigurumi and a good success!