8 tips for crocheting amigurumi

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So you want to start crocheting adorable amigurumi but not quite sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you with crocheting amigurumi!

1. Master the magic ring

The magic ring is essential to crocheting amigurumi and to working in the round as it allows you to cinch your stitches together really tightly so that no stuffing escapes. Learn how to do it! I promise that it is not as daunting as it seems. It may feel a little fiddly at first, but once you’ve got it you’ll be well on your way to your first amigurumi! Crafsty have a great step by step tutorial which can be found here. Bella Coco have a slightly different technique which you can see here.

2. Learn to crochet in the round

Once you’ve mastered the magic ring, you are ready to crochet in the round. Using this technique allows you to create all the shapes necessary to build your amigurumi. Crocheting in the round is very simple as the only crochet stitch that you need to know to get going is single crochet as well as basic increasing and decreasing.

3. Watch your tension

When making amigurumi, it is best to work the rounds nice and tightly so that the stuffing doesn’t show. For once having a tight tension is actually a good thing! Make sure to use a small enough hook (it’s ok if the hook is smaller than the suggested size for your wool – rules are there to be broken, right?)

4. Use stitch markers

Stitch markers are so useful when working in the round and allow you to work quickly without having to count every stitch as you go. There are many types of stitch markers available, but often things from around the house will work just fine, such as bobby pins or a paper clip. I find having a few on hand most useful.

5. Build character

The placement of your amigurumi’s eyes and other facial features make SUCH a difference to the cute factor of your little creation.  Play around with different placements before you commit. You can also go crazy and add all sorts of features like eye lashes and blush, which really bring your animal to life. Don’t be shy with using other materials too – like felt and ribbon.

6. Stuff well and often

I’m always amazed at how much stuffing is needed to stuff an amigurumi. Make sure you stuff firmly and evenly as you go so that your amigurumi retains it’s shape – don’t be stingy! I always like to add a bit more stuffing just before I close up.

7. Leave long tails

There is a fair amount of joining that you need to do when making amigurumi, so to save some time, leave tails that are long enough to join your seams.

8. Pins

My least favourite part of crocheting amigurumi is the assembly. I find it fiddly and time consuming – all the more reason to get it right the first time! I strongly suggest that you use pins to hold your amigurumi in place.

Have a look at my Etsy shop and the downloads page for some easy to follow, beginner-friendly amigurumi patterns. Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols for Thoresby Cottage patterns? Have a look at my crochet pattern abbreviations list.

Happy crocheting!

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10 thoughts on “8 tips for crocheting amigurumi

  1. Pauline Reply

    Recently started amigurumi and these tips are a wee godsend. Thank you xx

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