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ABC of amigurumi crochet

Posted on: July 5, 2013

What is “amigurumi”? Amigurumi are crocheted stuffed toys that are rounds worked in spiral with single crochet stitches. The word is Japanese, and means “crocheted stuffed dolls” (ami and niugurumi). Here is the difference between a spiral round and a joined round:

joined_spiral

The round is crocheted in spirals in order to avoid the seam that you get when you work with joined rows. All you need to know to start an amigurumi project are the following stitches:

  • magic ring
  • single crochet
  • increase
  • decrease

Magic ring: a magic ring is the loop that starts your round. Here is a really good tutorial on youtube by June Gilbank from Planet-June:Magic Ring Tutorial Video

If that’s too difficult, you can also make a ring by simply making a chain with 2 stitches, then work 6 single crochet in the second stitch from the chain, as shown below:

Magic_Ring_2

Magic Ring Tutorial Video 

Single crochet (sc): a single crochet is the most basic stitch, and the easiest to learn. The examples shown below are worked in a chain, but it is the same principle when you work in a round:

single_crochet

Increase (inc or sc2tog): to increasework two single crochet in the same stitch:

increase

Decrease (dec): make a loop in two stitches, and draw the yarn through all the loops:

Decrease

Voila! This is all the basics you need to know to start your first amigurumi. Now you can go to my  easy Beginner tutorial, and learn to make a cute crocheted apple. I hope you have found these tips helpful. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment!

Happy crocheting!

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