Adorable amigurumi

I have been a fan of amigurumi for years. For those that don’t know what that means (I didn’t until I became a fan!) it’s the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and creatures. The word is actually made up of a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. OK, that’s enough of the education, now onto the cute!

The year of the octopus

Ever since I first laid eyes on these cute crocheted toys I wanted to make one and bought a few crochet books but never got round to really giving it a good go. At the start of this year however I promised myself I’d finally learn and make at least one amigurumi animal before 2012!

I bought this book…

Amigurumi-World

…because of the cute lil faces (honestly, don’t ever let me loose in Japan it would cost me a fortune getting home with all the extra baggage!) and kept trying and trying until I finally made my first toy: an octopus! The best thing about these amigurumi is once you get the hang of it which just takes a little patience and perseverance it’s really quite simple. There’s a few ‘moves’ needed to create these animals but for the most part they’re just the same action repeated over and over. I’ve since really enjoyed being able to create these for gifts and love seeing recipient’s reactions when they get not only an extremely cute toy but something that’s handmade too!

If this is something you fancy trying then I’d recommend buying Ana’s book as there are loads of patterns to choose from and if you’re unsure of any of the crochet moves just hit Youtube as sometimes watching the movements is much easier to understand than reading about them. Then all you need is wool, hooks, stuffing, eyes and a needle, thread and felt for the faces. Crochet is a great craft to take around with you too. If you got really fast at it you could even create a toy during a boring train journey!

My crafty creations

Here’s a few of the things I’ve made so far…

My-amigurumi

One last thing to remember is the tension. I made Moo the monkey for my friend’s adorable baby boy and because I crochet way to tight (I really need to loosen up!) Moo ended up being 3 inches shorter than the pattern suggested! Luckily I just had to pull a few rounds of crochet out (his jumper became a T-shirt) and the recipient loves his new friend, he’s always chewing on his tail! He was sick on him the very first time he met Moo but I’m just going to take that as a sign of affection ;)

So will any of you be attempting crochet? Or is there another craft you prefer?

Those of you that love amigurumi, but don’t want to learn how to make them, just head on over to Ana Paula Rimoli’s Etsy store as she sells creations that you can find in the book… much easier but not quite as satisfying ;)

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