Crochet Amigurumi: The Perfect Crochet Gift

Jan 24, 2013

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.

 
Polar Lucibear  

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.

 
 
Sir Stephen, The Bunny

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.

 
Roy the Gardener
 

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.

 
 
Ellie the Giraffe
Best wishes,

P.S. What tips would you share for crocheting amigurumi?


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MysticSeer wrote
on Jan 24, 2013 8:21 AM

I like to use puffy paint for eyes, mouths, etc.  It's cheap, comes in loads of colours, is washing machine safe, and affords greater control and precision than embroidery does.  Plus kids can't pull it off (believe me, I know!  My son tried for a period of time to pull the eyes off the first doll I made him).

on Jan 24, 2013 10:39 AM

Crochet with bright washable yarn...100% acrylic yarn would be my choice.  A lot of fun to make and  a nice small project  that doesn't take a lot of time!

on Jan 24, 2013 12:54 PM

Once you've learned the basics, don't be afraid to experiment with different yarns.  Who says an elephant has to be gray?

demiurge wrote
on Jan 24, 2013 4:27 PM

Why would I purchase a 2012 calendar for the year 2013? Is it a typo? Is it really a 2013 calendar?

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 24, 2013 4:38 PM

Hi demiurge,

This eBook is actually a collection of the patterns for the projects featured in the 2012 calendar not the calendar itself. These amigurumi are adorable in any year!

naduah wrote
on Jan 25, 2013 2:45 AM

I often use yarn to create eyes and the mouth. If you sew the eyes strong to the back of the head you create a nice face - the eyes are after this a little deeper in the face.

I hope you understand what I mean. - Anke - a yarncrafter from germany

horselove wrote
on Jan 25, 2013 9:13 AM

I've fallen in love with amigurumi so I made Ellie the Giraffe for my 2yr old 2nd cousin Alyssa for Christmas and she LOVED it! I embroidered the eyes on and went a little overboard securing  the spots, ears, horns, and tail. Turns out Alyssa was going through a giraffe loving phase and my aunt (her grandma) said she wouldn't put it down the whole time she was over at her house. Hearing that made me super happy! It was really a great pattern. Super easy and quick.(it took 2 days to make)

pickles1 wrote
on Jan 25, 2013 2:16 PM

I found that I could use the "Puffy Paint" to paint on eyes, noses  & mouths. I have made many many animals and amigurumi and haven't had any complaints.