AMIGURUMI BASICS

Amigurumi is Japanese art of crocheting small dolls and animals. Amigurumis are usually worked in single crochet, in spirals, using increases and decreases to make the various shapes. Typical amigurumi has very large, oversized head and small body with tiny little arms and legs. The term “amigurumi” is used now to describe any crocheted stuffed softie.

So, you’ve seen somewhere a cute amigurumi and you wish you could make it but you’ve never done anything similar… You were looking some free patterns but you’re confused with all the abbreviations they use…..

You should learn:
1. Magic ring and Simple Twist Start
2. Basic stitches: slip stitch (sl st) and single crochet (sc)
3. How to increase and decrease in single crochet
4. How to end the shape

Magic ring

First make a loop with your yarn leaving 3” long tail. Insert hook in center of loop made, yarn over (yo) and draw up loop. Yarn over (yo), draw through to make your first chain. (Do not count this as your first sc.)

Continue to crochet over the loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number of single crochets (scs) for your first round. For example, if the pattern calls for 5 scs, then sc 5 times into the ring.

When counting stitches, don’t count the chain on the hook. When you’re finished, pull the tail to close the ring.

Simple Twist – Chain Stitch

Make a loop with the yarn leaving 3” long tail. Insert the hook in the center of the loop, yarn over and draw up loop. Yarn over and draw through to make your first chain. (Do not count this as your first sc.)

Continue to crochet over the loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number of single crochets (scs) for your first round. For example, if the pattern calls for 5 scs, then sc 5 times into the ring.

When counting stitches, don’t count the chain on the hook. When you’re finished, pull the tail to close the ring.

Slip stith (sl st)

Insert your hook into next stitch, yarn over, and draw through all loops.

Single crochet (sc)

Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through the stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull the loop through both loops on the hook.

Single Crochet Increase

It’s very simple to make increases. Just work two stitches in the same stitch from the row below.

Single Crochet Decrease

Decrease (in single crochet)
If your pattern reads something like  “sc2tog” (single crochet next two stitches together) or “dec over 2 sc” (decrease over next 2 stitches) that means that you need to do the following:

Insert the hook in the front loop of the first st and in the front loop of the second stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw up a loop through the first two front loops on hook, yarn over again and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook.

Weave in end

Usually you will cut the yarn and pull it through last loop. Then weave in end to the back of work.

If you made a round object (like a ball) then do the following: slip stitch in next chain, then thread the tapestry needle with the tail and weave tail through the remaining stitches (sew up and down around each stitch) and pull tightly to close.

Hide the tail inside the work by poking the needle to the other side. Tug on the yarn and cut the end close to the body; the end of the tail will get sucked inside.

Finish off

To make nice, invisible nish – thread tail onto tapestry needle. Insert needle under both loops of second st of the round. Insert needle between back and front loop of the last st of the last round and pull the yarn to secure.