What Is Amigurumi?
Amigurumi is the Japanese art (craft) which creates small, cute, crocheted or knitted stuffed toys (usually animals) with large round heads and short appendages. Nuigurumi (縫い包み) is a ‘stuffed doll’ and Amu (編む) means ‘to knit’, thus Amigurumi (編みぐるみ) translates as ‘to knit stuffed dolls’.
They are usually made simply to be admired. They can be made using crochet yarn but they can also be knitted. They need to have a tight gauge so that the stuffing material is invisible in the finished product. Polyester or cotton craft stuffing is the usual medium, with the addition of heavier material (such as plastic pellets or buckwheat) at the base, for stability.
They are usually created ‘in the round’ or in sections, to be joined together as the finishing task. Sometimes felt is used for the facial extremities.
This craft has become popular worldwide in this century, though it has been practised in Japan for many centuries. The creatures are easy to manufacture using basic crochet stitches.
It has become very trendy with many patterns becoming available in books or free online and there is The Japan Amigurumi Association. Here is a link for translations of Japanese amigurumi pattern terms.
There are a number of good articles on Squidoo and Hubpages about Amigurumi, with extensive link lists to free patterns and products to purchase:
- Crocheted Dolls
- Introducing Amigurumi
- Free Patterns
- Cute Patterns
- Free Halloween Patterns
- The Right Way To Crochet Amigurumi Style
- Crochet Animals
- Find Free Amigurumi Patterns
- Cute Amigurumi Dog Patterns
- Free Amigurumi Patterns
- Free Crochet Patterns for Amigurumi
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“Crochet is the process of creating fabric from yarn, thread or any material strand that can be manipulated using a crochet hook. Crochet involves a process of pulling loops through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time. Amigurumi is the [...]”
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