Picture of How To Crochet: Amigurumi Basics
Amigurumi projects are cute and fun to make, but if you don't know how to crochet, you need to learn the basics.

In this instructable, I will show you How To:
  • read a pattern,
  • select yarn and understand the labels
  • select the right crochet hook (conversion chart included) and,
  • complete many of the basic stitches required to make your own project.
  • and more.
All stitches shown, have been broken down into easy to follow steps; with both written instructions and photos.

If you like this instructable, and would like to see something added, let me know.

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Step 1: Crochet: Tools & Materials

Picture of Crochet: Tools & Materials
Crochet Hook (size should be listed on your project pattern). Each crochet hook is labeled with a letter and/or the size in mm's. Refer to the conversion chart (photo 2) for more information.
Yarn (The type/size of yarn should be listed on your project pattern).
Refer to photo's 3, 4 & 5 for more information about yarn labels.
Small safety pin or stitch marker
When crocheting in rounds, your project will grow more like a spiral, and it can be difficult to see where a round starts and ends. By using a safety pin, you can mark the first stitch of each round to keep track of where you start and finish each round.

100% Polyester Fiber Fill
In most cases, you will need to stuff your Amigurumi Crochet project after its been completed. 100% Polyester fiber fill is the best material to use, as it does not retain water when you need to wash and dry your project.

Yarn Needle
After crocheting your project, you'll have loose yarn ends that need to be woven (hidden) into your stitches to prevent your project from falling apart. A yarn needle is therefore needed. It has a larger eye (where the yarn gets threaded into), and the end is usually rounded instead of sharp and pointed like a traditional sewing needle.


Thank you for the instructions. My Grandma crocheted and I would secretly watch. She had everything memorized from years past and I was amazed that the "string" she used turned into doilies that I still have today. I also remember the starch solution and pinning the doilies upside down on cardboard to dry and be stiff, after washing. I could do the basics but never knew the names of the stitches.

craftpro1 year ago
EE I want to learn this so bad! I dont follow instructions very well i need someone to show me how. Thx for this instrustable! I'll get eventually lol
mslaynie craftpro9 months ago

I know this is an old comment, but I can't help it- I want to help you learn this! Go to YouTube and search for crocheting tutorials. There are tons, and it's almost certain there will be videos that will help you learn. It's where I learned most of what I do! So you can learn to do things like amigurumi, or things like I've done!

You can totally do this. Experiment and have fun with it!

craftpro mslaynie8 months ago
karatedragon69 months ago

hey canucksgirl,remember me!!

you crochet well,can you advirtise my instructable for me?

how to take apart a laptop (by karaterdragon6)

note that i am "knot"(crochet pun)taking advantage of you

kbfc1 year ago
I'd love a step by step instruction on how to make a toddler sized beanie with brim/cap
canucksgirl (author)  kbfc1 year ago
I have a nephew (toddler) that is growing out of the hat I made him last year, so your request may be do-able. :-)

I'll try to keep you posted, but feel free to msg me, or leave another comment here.
luv it! i'm new to the "Wonderful Land of Amigurumi" and may have a wonderfully amazing project *cough*amiigurumi unicorn*cough* posted soon!!! :P
Can't wait to see it and possibly make one for my self!
canucksgirl (author)  Instructablonian2 years ago
I look forward to seeing it. Thanks for commenting! ;)
A fantastic primer, glad you took the time to introduce these concepts to crochet newbies!
canucksgirl (author)  RollerScrapper3 years ago
Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it. It did take a while to make, but its worth it, if more people take up making things and sharing them in return. ;)
mygibzone3 years ago
Excellent instructable! More people need to crochet, because it's a great way to unwind & clear your mind. :)
I thought that's what wine for for. ;-)
canucksgirl (author)  mygibzone3 years ago
Thank you and I agree. I also appreciate the comments. :)
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice! I wish I had this when I first started to crochet.
canucksgirl (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks! It sure took a while to put this together. ;)