What is amigurumi? Why, it’s your new crochet obsession, of course.
Amigurumi is the art of crocheting or knitting toys. Like so many good things, it’s imported from Japan. Ami means crocheted or knitted, while nuigurumi means stuffed toy. Put them together, and you have amigurumi!
That’s the word. But what does it mean? Amigurumi tend to share some characteristics. They’re usually super-cute. Like, really, really cute.
Amigurumi tend to have oversized heads, and exaggerated features. On the technical side, they’re mostly crocheted in spirals (this avoids ‘jogs’ or seams), and tend to be made in bits and sewn up later.
That’s the word, and what it means. But why make amigurumi?
Let’s loop back to the beginning: when you say ‘what is amigurumi,’ I say, ‘they’re super-cute.’ That should be (almost!) enough reason for anyone.
Amigurumi can celebrate a fandom, make concrete an inside joke or favourite hobby, or they can simply be made for the joy of making. Playing with pretty colours, soft textures, to make a simple thing designed to bring joy. It’s wonderful.
Best of all, amigurumi (can be) really cheap to make. Sure, you can buy a whole load of new yarn, and speciality, hand-painted eyes, but you can also use scraps of yarn and create the cutest little thing for (almost) nothing!
The idea behind Amiguru.me is you shouldn’t need a pattern. It’s easy to crochet a circle. Once you’ve done that, pop some eyes on and embroider a mouth to make an adorable character. The same theory applies to all crochet shapes.
After six weeks and two countries (three, if you count our stopover in Singapore), my Persian Tiles crochet blanket is finished! I’ve blogged about this project before, so you know I bought the yarn as a treat for our trip home to New Zealand. It made the flight over way more bearable… but I finished […]
What is amigurumi? Why, it’s your new crochet obsession, of course. Amigurumi is the art of crocheting or knitting toys. Like so many good things, it’s imported from Japan. Ami means crocheted or knitted, while nuigurumi means stuffed toy. Put them together, and you have amigurumi!
I am so, so close to the end of my Persian Tiles blanket – but then I played yarn chicken (and I lost). Yarn chicken is one of those phrases which makes no sense when you first here it. Then it clicks, and it becomes quite a useful term! It’s when you are running short […]
Everybody panic!! Valentine’s day is just a couple of weeks away. I’ve rounded up some crochet gift ideas for Valentine’s Day which would make awesome gifts to your partner, your galentine, or yourself. Each pattern is: FREE, because so close to Christmas, this can be an expensive time of year EASY, so a motivated beginner […]
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