What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi is the art of creating small (and adorable) stuffed animals out of yarn.

“Amigurumi” is a portmanteau of the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted”, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll.  Crocheted or knitted yarn animals are also called “Softies” or “Stuffies”.

While crafters in the East and West have been making knit and crocheted dolls and stuffed animals for centuries, the Amigurumi fad began to kick off in popular culture in the early 2000s, thanks to online crafting communities like Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and Pinterest.

Amigurumi patterns usually use basic crochet stitches (single crochet, increase, & decrease) are are worked in spiral rounds.  Patterns suggest using a crochet hook much smaller than called for on yarn labels, as the fabric created must be tight enough to keep stuffing from showing through.

Amigurumi make excellent toys for children of all ages! Keep in mind the age of the intended recipient when selecting the materials for your Amigurumi projects, as some materials (plastic eyes, buttons, pellet stuffing, etc) are not suitable for all age. Check out my Materials page for more info!

I design Amigurmi patterns for sale on Ravlery and Etsy, and sell many of my finished products on Etsy. See my Store for details!