Amigurumi Basics: 4 Tips for Crocheting Amigurumi Patterns
By Toni Rexroat
They’re cute and cuddly, creepy and scary, or silly and fun, and we all love them. Crochet amigurumi range from mystical creature such as fairies and vampires to owls and giraffes and are the perfect gift for adults, teens, children, and babies.
Before you begin your next amigurumi pattern, check out this amigurumi tutorial featuring four helpful tips:
Pay attention to eye and mouth placement.
By simply shifting the eyes or mouth a fraction of an inch, you can completely change your amigurumi. Are you designing a scary monster, a loveable creation, or an amigurumi with a silly side? Try lightly sketching the features on before embroidering or attaching ears, eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc.
While there are exceptions to every rule, a face that has been neatly done will look better than one that has been slapped together quickly. Moving a detail of the face just a fraction of an inch can change the expression. It’s best to go slowly, making sure things are placed purposefully and your stitches are neat. –Brenda K. B. Anderson, Beastly Crochet
Take it one step at a time.
The first step is not to allow yourself to become overwhelmed. Take the pattern piece by piece. A head, a torso, a few limbs, a nose—amigurumi are created from a collection of small individual pieces usually worked in simple single crochet with basic increases and decreases. Heads and torsos are frequently simple spheres, while limbs can be easily created from crocheted tubes.
You can work all of the parts separately and then join them or watch your amigurumi grow piece by piece. Both methods are a great adventure.
Tighten your stitches.
When crocheting a stuffed amigurumi, work tight stitches that will keep the stuffing from slipping out between stitches. If you find your stitches are too loose, try concentrating on working tighter stitches, maybe watch a really intense mystery movie. Or you can use a smaller size crochet hook. Remember, you don’t have to worry about drape with amigurumi.
The eyes have it.
The easiest way to give your amigurumi a little personality is with the eye size or placement. One of the most popular ways to create amigurumi eyes is a round pupil layered over a white background. Make the size of the pupil larger to create a wide-eyed innocence or a look of surprise. Create pinpoint pupils for fear or a creepy monster.
For an even greater range of eye emotions, try adding eyelids. You can give your creation an angry glare, a thoughtful squint, or give the eyes a jaunty tilt. Add a single eyelid on each eye or both the upper and lower lids.
Eye placement can also affect the attitude of your amigurumi. Whether you are creating your own crocheted or felt eyes, the placement of the eyes on the face can also make a large difference. The best advice for finding the perfect placement is just to play. Move the eyes a little closer together. Which do you like better? Now try moving the eyes closer to the forehead and to the mouth.
From taking your amigurumi crochet one step at a time, to giving your creature the right expression, these tips will help you tackle your next project with ease. Download your favorite crochet amigurumi patterns today and put these tips to use!