Crochet Amigurumi: The Perfect Crochet Gift
Amigurumi! They are adorable and addicting. They are the perfect project for a beginning crocheter or an experienced crocheter who wants to use up a little of that leftover stash yarn. Crochet amigurumi refer to any crocheted doll, including adorable crochet animals like Polar Lucibear. In recent years amigurmi popularity has skyrocketed, leading to a variety of fun patterns from giraffes and monkeys to monsters and lobsters.
Amigurumi are especially popular as gifts for babies and kids. From personal experience, I have found that babies love the texture of the crochet stitches and the cuddle-ability of their soft bodies. When you are crocheting an amigurumi for a small child or baby, there are a couple of important tips to keep in mind.
1. Crochet with a tight gauge. Creating a dense fabric that will keep the stuffing from working its way out between the stitches is important for all amigurumi, but it is essential when you are creating a gift for someone with very small and incredibly inquisitive little fingers. Remember that you don't have to worry about drape when you are crocheting the body of your amigurumi, so don't be afraid to work tightly.
2. Use embroidery or safety eyes. Be especially careful if you are crocheting an amigurumi for a baby or small child, as they will try to put everything in their mouth. You want to make sure that they can't pop of a button eye that could become a choking hazard. There are plenty of great safety eye on the market. Remember if you are using safety eyes that you will need to attach them before you stuff the head.
So pick up your hook, yarn, and favorite pattern and create a special character for a little one in your life. Visit the Crochet Me Shop to download whimsical amigurumi patterns and other great crochet pattern ideas for kids and babies.
P.S. What tips would you share for crocheting amigurumi?