October 2, 2020
Though we’re new to the world of crafting we’ve noticed a few big trends and we’ve been falling in love with amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. These cute little projects are quick to make and you can use leftovers from other projects as they require very little yarn. If you’re new to amigurumi, we found some tips and tricks that might be helpful to you in this blog article from Craftsy.
● By far the most important tip is to check your gauge. Amigurumi are generally a little denser than other kinds of crochet. This density helps your finished creature hold its shape and keep its stuffing inside!
● You’ll also want to check for holes, especially when you’re on finishing rounds, or attaching pieces together.
● Familiarize yourself with the basic crochet stitches – we love this guide from Interweave Crochet for getting started!
● Have fun! Play around, experiment with making creatures your own and above all, don’t be afraid to rip and re-crochet. These are small projects that should be fun!
If you’re excited about amigurumi, grab your kollage SQUARE™ crochet hooks (or add a Crochet Hook Set to your wish list for the upcoming holidays!) and check out some of the fun patterns we’ve found on Ravelry!
We think one of the things the art of amigurumi does best is bring your favourite characters to life! Whether you love Totoro by Lucy Collin, Baby Yoda by BeeFriendsCrochet, or Hobbes by Anna Stiver-Bala, or another, we bet you can find a pattern for all the characters you love the most!
After browsing Ravelry, there are almost too many adorable animals to mention! The Ragdoll Fox (and other animals) from Spin a Yarn Crochet is too cute! The Hearty Giraffe by Amigurumi Today is so sweet – it would make the perfect lovey for a little one in your life. Or try Lalylala the Honeybee from Linda Tresselt, Esther the Elephant by Jess Huff, Amineko the Crocheted Cat by Nekoyama or the Floral Easter Bunny by Zoe Bartley and build your own menagerie.
Fantastic Creatures, Monsters and More
Amigurumi is so flexible that you can create all kinds of fun fantastical creatures, monsters and more! Our favourites are Orbit the Dragon by Projectarian, Timothy the T-rex by Kelsey Liggett and the hilarious Succulent Cactus Eyeball Plants by Megan Lapp.
We hope we’ve given you a quick introduction to the art of amigurumi. If you’re looking for more inspiration we’ve put together a Pinterest board full of amigurumi patterns for you. We can’t wait to see what you make – tag us in your photos with the hashtag #kollagesquarecrochethooks!
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