There are many different forms of crochet and one of the most popular is amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese word for crocheting or knitting small yarn stuffed creatures. The beginning of the word “ami” means crocheted or knitted, and the second part of the word translates to mean stuffed doll. This means that any stuffed animals or dolls you see that have been crocheted or knitted is amigurumi. I wasn’t aware of this form of crochet until I made my cousin a small crochet bear for Christmas one year, and I fell in love with it! Now, most of what I make and sell is amigurumi.
The main difference between amigurumi and classic crocheting is how you start the piece and the structure of your finished projects. Most classic crochet pieces start with chaining, and you work in rows to create a flat piece. For example, blankets and clothing, such as shawls and sweaters, are classic crochet. Amigurumi is worked in continuous rounds to create 3D pieces that can be stuffed and sewn together.
I think amigurumi is a cool and fun style of crochet, and I encourage every crocheter to try it! If it looks hard, challenge yourself or if it doesn’t look interesting to you, just give it a shot; you might love it. If you are a beginner, I recommend you take your time and learn more of the classic side of crocheting before trying to learn how to create amigurumi. When you think you’re ready to give it a shot, you can find free amigurumi patterns on any craft-friendly site. You can also check out some of the free patterns available on my site under the free patterns category. They are beginner friendly, and I recommend my Ice Cream Bear pattern, which you can find using the link below https://crittercrochet.com/2021/01/20/ice-cream-bear-free-pattern/.
Check out my other free patterns -> https://crittercrochet.com/category/free-patterns/
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