Jump on the Japanese trend for crafting quirky toys with our amigurumi crochet pattern suggestions
Amigurumi crochet has seen a real rise in popularity in the UK.
A technique that originated in Asia, the name is a blend of the Japanese words ‘ami’ and ‘nuigurumi. The former means ‘knitted or crocheted’ while the latter can be translated as ‘stuffed doll’.
Amigurumi toys have a rather distinctive appearance, setting them apart from other soft makes. The animals tend to be petite in size and usually have oversized heads, making them undeniably cute to look at.
The Knitting Network’s Freddie Patmore has revealed she’s a big fan of the craze that’s continuing to sweep through the crafting community.
‘Amigurumi seems to have popped up over the last few years and has totally taken over, everybody’s doing it – it’s the hot new project every crocheter can’t put down,’ she says.
‘I can’t turn my head these days without spotting some quirky crochet creatures – they’re great! I love to use plastic toy eyes (the kind with washers) in my projects to give my critters a bit of personality!’
Why amigurumi toys are amazing
Only been working with a hook and yarn a short while? Freddie believes amigurumi crochet patterns are ideal for beginners as they’re made up of easy stitches.
‘They make great projects for people new to crochet because they only really uses dcs and foundation rings, super simple stuff!’
If you’re keen to have a go at crafting your own Japanese-inspired cuddlies, we’ve a number of suitable amigurumi crochet patterns in our associated shop.
You’re spoilt for choice with our Amigurumi Animal Toy Crochet Pattern bundle as it’s comprised patterns to make a duck, frog, pig, dog, cat and rabbit.
While our Amigurumi Rainbow Toys Crochet Patterns is sure to spread some sunshine. We’ve no doubt youngsters will love playing with this bunny, kitty, puppy and teddy set.
Alternatively if you’d like to keep things a little more neutral with subtle shades, opt for our Cat And Dog Amigurumi Animals Crochet Pattern.