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.

And when you're ready to make your first Amigurumi project, please check out my Pin Cushion 'ible, which will help you learn to make a simple head, body, arms and legs!

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

Step 1: 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.

<p>I appreciate the instruction on how to crochet but I don't see you apply these skills to making an amigurimi. It might be better if you showed how to make popular amigurimi shapes such as a ball, a body shape, and so on. Thank you for sharing. I hope you add to this.</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment. I guess you didn't see the section (on the right) entitled &quot;More from canucksgirl&quot;? It shows the Amigurumi project I posted which does include step-by-step instruction on making a head, body, arms and legs. Here's a direct link for you;<br></p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Amigurumi-Voodoo-Doll-Pin-Cushion/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Amigurumi-Voodoo-D...</a></p>
Oh NO! I didn't see that. Perhaps the post should have specifically referred to it. Thank you for that heads up. I appreciate it. So sorry! :)<br>
<p>That's actually a good suggestion! I'll add that in somewhere. Thanks. :)</p>
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
<p>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! </p><p>You can totally do this. Experiment and have fun with it!</p>
Mel is there a tutorial for the octopus?
<p>Unfortunately there isn't. I did that one freehand several years ago. Sorry!</p>
<p><strong>love</strong> your stuff &bull;&bull;&bull; every one is fantastic<strong>!</strong></p>
<p>wow! i thought that <strong>i</strong> wrote this {&amp; glad i'm not the only one} ☻</p>
Very useful<br>
<p>What is the difference between crochet and amigurumi?</p>
<p>Crochet is a handicraft that creates patterned fabric using a hooked needle.<br><br>Amigurumi is a craft that originated in Japan that uses crochet (or knit) stitches to create cute, small, stuffed items such as animals and other characters. The name is derived from the Japanese words &quot;ami&quot; meaning crocheted or knitted and &quot;nuigurumi&quot; meaning stuffed doll.</p>
<p>Amigurumi are little crocheted and stuffed toys.</p>
<p>سلام </p><p>ازآشنایی با شما خوشوقتم . </p>
<p>i&acute;ve been searching for an instructive for amigurumis forever, and never found one that i could use (being a person who has absolutely no idea how to crochet). Theeeen... i got into this page, and you have pictures and all! Thank you soo sooo much. Much love!</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment and for subscribing to me. I hope this tutorial helps you. On my page, you can also find a tutorial to make a &quot;Voodoo Doll&quot;. The principles of making the doll should also help you in making Amigurumi figures (as I've included assembly tips that will help you in other projects as well).</p>
<p>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 &quot;string&quot; 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.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your reply and sharing that with me. I apologize for not replying sooner (I didn't get a message about your comment). Its such an amazing skill to learn and pass onto younger generations. There is something very special about a handmade item, whether its crocheted, or knitted. Its nothing like store bought stuff.</p>
I was wondering if you could tell me how to do a slip stitch after doing a magic circle??<br>
<p>Sorry for the late reply... I didn't get a message about your comment. If you still need that answer, I would suggest looking at my step by step tutorial on how to make a Magic Ring (there are also photos on each step.) If you still need some help, please let me know.<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Crochet-Magic-Ring-Adjustable-Ring/</p>
<p>Muy interesante y gracias por compartir este tutorial, sirve de mucho, sobre todo a las perssonas que somos autodidacticas. Desde Per&uacute; muchas Felicidades.</p>
<p>Gracias! :)</p>
This is a great tutorial ! I have one question tho ... how many chains on the magic circle do i need for sc, hdc, and dc ? For sc i know i only do the one chain! Thank you so much ;)
<p>Thanks for the reply. The number of stitches you make inside the magic ring depends on the pattern. Usually its 6 or 8 sc's in the ring to start. If you're not sure, check the stitch count on your pattern (i.e: sc 8 in a magic ring. Round 1, sc inc around = 16, Round 2, *sc inc, sc 1* repeat around = 24 stitches. In this example, you'd make 8 sc's around the magic ring to start and then pull the ring closed). If you need help making the magic ring, I have a tutorial with step by step instructions here.<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Crochet-Magic-Ring-Adjustable-Ring/ <br><br>Let me know if you still need more help. </p>
<p>Thank you for sharing your expertise!</p>
<p>hey canucksgirl,remember me!!</p><p>you crochet well,can you advirtise my instructable for me?</p><p>how to take apart a laptop (by karaterdragon6)</p><p>note that i am &quot;knot&quot;(crochet pun)taking advantage of you</p>
I'd love a step by step instruction on how to make a toddler sized beanie with brim/cap
I have a nephew (toddler) that is growing out of the hat I made him last year, so your request may be do-able. :-) <br> <br>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 &quot;Wonderful Land of Amigurumi&quot; 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!
I look forward to seeing it. Thanks for commenting! ;)
A fantastic primer, glad you took the time to introduce these concepts to crochet newbies!
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. ;)
Excellent instructable! More people need to crochet, because it's a great way to unwind &amp; clear your mind. :)
I thought that's what wine for for. ;-)
Thank you and I agree. I also appreciate the comments. :)
Nice! I wish I had this when I first started to crochet.
Thanks! It sure took a while to put this together. ;)

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