Just because you don’t crochet, doesn’t mean you can’t create amazing amigurumi! So grab your sticks – we’re going to make something great.
Getting started with knitted amigurumi
Crocheted amigurumi in the round usually starts with a magic ring. There’s no exact equivalent in knitting, but you do have some options. You can use Judy’s Magic Cast On, just like for toe-up socks, or you can cast on a few stitches and join in the round. Alternatively, you can work flat then seam your work.
The pattern you’re using should advise the best way to get started.
Knitted amigurumi for beginners
The best knitted amigurumi for beginners I’ve ever seen is this pattern. You just knit a square, and sew it up cleverly – that’s it!
Tips for knitting amigurumi
Want to turn out perfect knitted amigurumi toys and softies? Here are my top tips.
Pick the right yarn
The best yarn for knitted amigurumi depends on the pattern, what you have available, and your budget. Remember – there’s no such thing as bad yarn, only ill-suited projects! Think about who the amigurumi is intended for – is it likely to be handled a lot and need washing, for example – and what colours and texture you need. Once you have decided that, picking the right yarn will be easy!
It’s great to learn new techniques and challenge yourself! However, it’s best to limit yourself to learning one or two new techniques per project, not half a dozen at once. Pick a pattern within – or only slightly beyond – your skill level. Be honest with yourself for the best results.
How you place the face, and how you stuff your creation makes a huge difference to the finish product! Hide your ends carefully, place the face even more carefully, and you’ll get a better finish product. Often, the finishing can take as long as the creation – and that’s not a bad thing. It shows that you’re creating with care.
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