Amigurumi is a crochet technique that originated in Japan and involves the crafting of crocheted, stuffed animals. This technique makes for a great hobby and challenges you past the confines of simple crocheting techniques and towards more technical, yet equally rewarding, creations. At Jaarn, we realised that Amigurumi may seem a little daunting when you are starting out, but once you know the basics, you will be expanding your skill before you know it.
3 Facts to Consider When Attempting Amigurumi
To make the learning process easier, we have compiled a short ‘Amigurumi for beginners’ guide to help you get started. By the end of the guide in this blog, you should feel a little more confident and ready to tackle the new challenge that is Amigurumi.
Fact #1: There are a Few Things That You Will Need
Before you can do any crocheting, you need to know what you will need. Firstly, you will need some yarn. Yarn that is too fuzzy can be challenging to work with and ruin the final product. We recommended using 100% cotton yarn, which will be the easiest to work with, as the fibres are hidden by the tightly spun yarn. Next, you need a small gauge crochet hook that will prevent the dolls stuffing from peaking through (the patterns instruction should advise you on what size hook to use).
Thirdly, you will need stuffing to, well, stuff the doll and lastly, a variety of extra bit and bobs to bring the doll to life. This can be googly eyes or small pebbles to attach to the feet of the doll to ensure it remains standing. In addition, you will also need scissors, yarn needles and stitch markers
Fact #2: There are Many Learning Resources to Choose From
Whilst this craft can appear daunting at first, there are several online platforms that offer support and can help you learn and perfect this fun crafty. YouTube is a popular site for assistance on learning the basics and you will find tutorials that guide you from the moment you pick up the yarn to when you put your first amigurumi doll on display.
Another way you can learn is through reading blog posts. Many blogs provide detailed pictures and instructions on how to complete a pattern. You can find just about any pattern you want online, often with a step-by-step guide. Once you have mastered the basics, you may only need a pattern to help you.
Fact #3: Amigurumi is so Versatile
Much like knitting and crocheting, amigurumi is good for a number of different things. It is believed that repetitive movements can soothe the brain and calm the body. Every time you pick up yarn needles, you are improving your fine motor skills and keeping your fingers nimble and quick. Additionally, this hobby treats insomnia, reduces stress, is linked to lessening the risk of Alzheimer’s and improves your confidence. When you have successfully completed an amigurumi project, donate it to a child in need or deliver it to your local hospital- it will put a smile on someone else’s face, as well as your own.
Get All Your Crocheting & Amigurumi Supplies from Jaarn Today
Now that you know the basics on how to begin your amigurumi journey, you need to stock up on supplies. We have an expansive store stocking everything you might need to begin. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you; we would be happy to help you get started!