Amigurumi

KenInMaine's picture

Has anyone else gotten into making Amigurumi (little crocheted/knitted toys)? I was fairly obsessed with making them for a while and though I've slowed down on them, I do still enjoy them. However, they are usually crocheted instead of knitted, so maybe they're taboo on this site? Hehee... (If you want to see some of what I've done... http://www.alterknituniverse.blogspot.com )

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batsignal2000's picture

I have a friend who loves to

I have a friend who loves to make Amigurumi and she even teaches a class on how to make them. I took the class because I wanted to make a monkey so badly. I don't know what I was thinking. I am not a fan of stuffed animals and I am not a fan of crochet, but I have to tell you... the amigurumi I have seen are stinking cute.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Have made a few toys but

Have made a few toys but none as tiny as amigurumi. Closest was knitting sweaters for a friend's Mack Truck Bulldog hood ornament. You could always tell when Wes was driving down the street! -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Mnjack's picture

I loved the teddy bear with

I loved the teddy bear with the frog hat. It always amazes me how everyone makes up their own designs. I love the idea of the toy society, what fun. I will have to look into making some of these adorable creatures.

KenInMaine's picture

One of the best crochet

One of the best crochet books I've seen is Amigumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. Very cool patterns, mostly animals, but also some food items like cupcakes and fruit. I also just got a new book that, even though I haven't tried anything from it yet, is already a favorite. And this one is especially for the knitting crowd. It's called Amigumi Knits by Hansi Singh. It has some of the most creative patterns I've ever seen, toy or otherwise. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

I've made one and have

I've made one and have patterns for 4 others. You can find patterns for knitted ones on etsy.com by searching for hansigurumi, though she's on raverly too under the same name. Her patterns are easy to follow and she offers help if you get into trouble. They're absolutely adorable!

Tallguy's picture

There is an international

There is an international group called The Toy Society. The Toy Society spreads the love throughout the streets of the world. Nothing to it really -- just a bunch of handmade toys looking for a nice home. You make a small toy, put it into a plastic bag with a note saying that the finder is to "take me home" and leave the web address of the society -- not yours. You leave these anywhere so that others (usually children) can pick it up and take it home. The Toy Society is about leaving something for nothing.

You post where it was dropped off -- even a pic of it -- and then wait to see if someone posts that they picked it up. Quite fun! Any kind of small toy can be made in any technique. This is perfect for any Amigurumi that you have made, and that need a good loving home.

Nathanael's picture

Thank you for sharing the

Thank you for sharing the info about The Toy Society. What a great concept!

I've crocheted a few Amigurumi's. Elisabeth Doherty has a great book with some good techniques. I am always surprised how much yarn goes into the little creations. But, that may because I use thinner cotton yarn. I love the bear with the frog mask! Keep sharing more photos!

SpazticMagic's picture

I haven't made one...yet.

I haven't made one...yet. I've seen a few i hope to have my friends make for me since they know how to crochet while i just know how to hopelessly tangle my fingers and de-hook fish with the poor crochet tool. I can peel oranges with them too. Lion Brand actually has a pattern for a Purple Square critter that i think would be me if i were an Amigurumi.

vsidart's picture

Brad and I are doing some

Brad and I are doing some micro-sweaters and stockings from the knit-picks kit. Way fun, and actually becoming good at magic loop! Same principal, I think some micro-toys would be fun for the tree too!

I've only made a couple, but

I've only made a couple, but they are pretty fun. They work up really fast and the kids love them. I finished a 3 ft long snake for my daughter that I really liked, so I decided to try the same pattern with a K hook and some Woolease Bulky. I'm guessing it will be close to 7 ft long when its done!