Five Tips for Crocheting Amigurumi
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Don't you adore the amigurumi featured in the Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calender? I asked the designers to share with us a little bit about why they crochet amigurumi as well as a few tips on crocheting these fantastical crocheted creations.
What is your favorite thing about amigurumi?
Jenny Boully: I love the cuteness factor. Amigurumi just ooze cuteness . . . I also like the fact that they bring joy to both adults and children. With only a few simple tools, you can make an expressive and lovable toy.
MK Lee: My favorite thing about doing amigurumi is the creative process when designing a new creature. I like trying to create what I've conceptualized in my mind and enjoy the problem solving to construct the form. There are times when it seems impossible to get your amigurumi to take the shape you want, but when it does go right, it's a great feeling!
Mamta Motiyani: Reality does not mean a thing in the realm of amigurumi, and fantasy takes over, making it into tangible objects that can be touched and loved. That's why I love amigurumi, because I still get to live the innocence of childhood whenever I want and can create the impossible whenever I want.
Brenda K. B. Anderson: I love that you can really let your imagination run wild. It is so fun to create these big personalities with such a small amount of materials!
What inspired you to design/create amigurumi?
Stacey Trock: I've always loved stuffed animals, and zany ones at that. Even though I started with the standard teddy bear as a child, my faves were a bat and a hippo as a teenager. I eventually acquired a stuffed ostrich and snail collection . . . and now I get to crochet whatever animal I want!
Laura Gibbons: I had always wanted to do crochet because my Great-Grandma Filing used to do it all the time . . . I didn't end up learning until about three years ago. I was broke, but wanted to give everyone something for Christmas . . . so I decided to try my hand at them [amigurumi]. Ever since, I have been crocheting like mad.
Deb Richey: I had made a stuffed ugly duckling doll for a friend's new baby. It was an afterthought to the time-consuming baby blanket I had made her. She pushed aside the blanket and just gushed over the ugly duckling. . . . People are just amazed when you create a 3-D object, and I love making them. . . . Having only boys in my household (even my poodle is a boy), I started to design things they would like-monsters, snakes, etc.
What tips would you give others who want to crochet amigurumi?
Laura Gibbons: Don't give up! I think many people look at the patterns and their brain just starts to hurt because they don't understand it. Take the pattern line by line, piece by piece.
Stacey Trock: Amigurumi should be fun, not frustrating. Don't get too caught up about positioning the ears "just right" . . . whatever looks cute to you is right!
Gina Reneé Padilla: Don't be afraid of crocheting amigurumi, if you know the basic stitches of crochet, then you will have no problem crocheting amigurumis. Take your time, draw a picture, even search online for something that will inspire you.
Allison Hoffman: Keep those stitches tight and stuff til you can't stuff'em any more! Sketch the face out first (embroidery, eye placement, etc.), and it makes it a lot easier to transfer your idea onto the toy. Experiment with different kinds of yarn for texture.
Nancy Anderson: Use smaller hooks in order to crochet tight fabric with no stuffing show-through but rest your hands regularly, as this tight gauge makes your hands hurt. Have fun and don't be afraid to be creative and whimsical with colors, embellishments and feature placements. It's okay to go a bit wild and crazy, it's just a toy. Best of all, have fun as that's what it's all about.
You can join in the whimsical fun of crocheted amigurumi. Order the Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar and amigurumi projects eBook today and share the joy of amigurumi with your friends and family.
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