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Beginner guide to making your first-ever Amigurumi

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the beginner guide to make your own amigurumi dolls

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to write blog series about, how to: amigurumi for beginner.

For some of you that might just starting out in the world of cuteness overload.

Amigurumi is so trendy right now. What is amigurumi? Why they are so popular? Basically,  amigurumi is come from a combination of Japanese words which mean crochet or knitted stuffed dolls. (from wigipedia)

For anyone that have never been makeing amigurumi before. I might have to warn you that making them can be very addictive, because they are so cute, easy and fun things to do. You will get the feeling that your own creation is the cutest ever.

amigurumi baby cow pattern

And sometime when I found an adorable amigurumi on the internet, my heart is melting. I guess you are the same as mine. I knew I have to admitted that I am little crazy about them.

amigurumi are so popular on etsy

To prove that Amigurumi toys are so popular, one of the biggest handmade market place online called Etsy. They even have a special section for them. And Amigurumi toys have been featured in so many offline and online craft magazine.

So am I convincing you enough to grab crochet hook and start your first project yet? In this post I will give you a short overview of the process.

Start with learning basic crochet stitches.

Slip stitch and magic adjustable ring, are the basic foundation of amigurumi project, which is often use in the majority of crochet dolls.

Crochet increase and decrease, this is another important part to create a shape of your amigurumi dolls, just from this two, you could make a flatten, circle,
triangle, sphere shape and  can also make  dolls to become bigger or smaller.

making chains

Making  chains, are also great to know as well because they add a flow and a style to
your design.

stuffing polyester for amigurumi

Crochet tightened in each stitches, when you crochet project like hat or scarf, you do not need to worry about leaving a hole in your project. But when it’s come to making amigurumi leaving a hole will make your finished doll  look not very neat. So it would be better to have  little or no hole because when you stuffing with polyester you will not see the white stuff came through the dolls.

sewing pieces together for amigurumi dolls

Putting all part together, the final look of your crochet dolls depend on how you
assemble them especially the face. So it does can be very tricky or easy.

Finally, making amigurumi just like any other craft projects, Please be patient, crochet them with love and care. Remember practice make perfect! Repeat making ami dolls several times until you get to know them well and confident. Give it’s a try and you will completely in love with all those full of cuteness.

We will go to more detail about each part of process next time.

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Gail Turvey

Saturday 20th of April 2024

I have made mice while knitting them My Children although Grown up they have got the ones that my late mother and I knitted up when they were babies, And they still have then today, that was before amigurumi began. I can still make these One was dressed in trousers and a top (that is the boys pattern) and the Other was dressed in a pink dress (that is the girls Pattern). Both are really very cute, and cuddly especially for a baby.


Friday 24th of June 2022

I cannot crochet and would like to learn. In my 80s I think I am too old. Even the simplest crochet would be ideal for me. I do like looking at various items, and adore them but, as a I cannot crochet I just admire the items and sigh.........I wish?

Evylin Shunmugam

Friday 1st of December 2017

Thank you so much. I have made two dolls for my grand daughter. Thank you for sharing.

Erlinda S. Manuto

Friday 22nd of February 2019

Thanks for the free pattern of Amigurumi toy croched.erlinda


Friday 1st of December 2017

I am glad u like it Evylin ^^.


Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Hi, I just began learning crochet, but what caught my interest is this amigurumi because i want anime, and cute toys like how you can make using Amigurumi.. I made some baby sandals, headbands and baby shoes to practice some types of stiches, however, im not yet knowledgeable about how to make amigurumi, how to start and what are the things i need to learn when i want to focus on amigurumi only? i cannot make my own project without following other's videos. please tell me how you started amigurumi? what books you used to expand your knowledge of amigurumi? Acrylic yarn is enough for this project as beginner? By the way, I am getting married to my fiance and i want to surprise him with the bride and groom crochet doll.. Please help me with this.. thank you

Regards, Zara


Friday 16th of June 2017

Hi Zara, I got start with amigurumi with acrylic yarn is good for amigurumi project. I learn from mostly youtube tutorial. If you can do single crochet , magic ring that is good to go.


Wednesday 26th of November 2014

I'm verry happy finding your site. Thank you Jane.