What is amigurumi?

If you are into crochet, you may have already come across some amigurumi patterns without knowing it. The concept is Japanese and is based on the slightly caricatured and childish style that we recognise from manga and amine. Amigurumi crochet are small, crocheted animals or dolls characterized by large eyes, clear colours and light, soft shapes.

The technique itself builds on a magic ring, as well as decreases and increases - the same technique you might know from crocheting a ball. In its country of origin, this type of crochet is extremely popular, while still being a relatively new concept, and many are therefore not yet familiar with it. If you want to try your hand at amigurumi, but you don’t have a lot of experience with crochet, crocheting a ball with a colour change will be a good place to start.

The small, stuffed animals are not just cute and fun for kids. In Japan, they are also believed to have a soul and can be considered as small companions who will keep you company and bring you comfort when feeling sad.

Most amigurumi animals are crocheted with cotton yarn, which is available in a multitude of colours that makes it possible to create personal and colourful amigurumi animals, while also being suitable for machine washing if you choose the right filling.

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