Amigurumi (lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features.*

Every year, well, for the last two years (I hope it becomes a tradition), I have made these little animals for stocking stuffers. It started once I realized that, as much as my family appreciates my creations, they would rather receive things they actually need/want for Christmas. Since I still wanted to make something, I started making these. The octupi were crocheted the first year, the elephants were knit this past Christmas.

*Definition from Wikipedia
How fun! How did you learn to knit with shaping? So far, all I can make are scarfs.
Wow these <a href="http://www.reenysoddtoysplus.ab.ca" rel="nofollow">crocheted animals</a> are absolutely adorable and perfect. Thanks for pasting this.
I love the elephants, I saw a pattern for them on ravelry. They really are super cute
To all those who wanted to know how to make the elephants (I apologize for not posting sooner), here's the link:<br><br>http://freeamigurumipatterns.blogspot.com/2010/11/knit-floral-elephant.html<br><br>If you wanted to know how to make the octopi though, I'm sorry but I have no idea where I got that pattern! :-) <br><br>
Please email me on how you made those elephants! They are too cute! :) Superrmustache@gamil.com
will make them as crochet work :)
Where's the instructable? I wanna make me some cutesy elephants!
haha!!!! i loooove them :D. i've never knitted amigurumi, i've only crocheted.. but i hope someday i'll try ti knit some also;)).<br>They are so cute:D!! Keep on doing them!
Cute, I love the elephants.
I love the Roy G. Biv rainbow layout in the main image.

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