1 January, 15:49

Amigurumi from "A" to "Z". Beginner's Guide

Knitted toys like children and adults. Toys crochet and knitting needles exist of various shapes and sizes. Japanese amigurumi art or knitting of soft little animals and human-like creatures with knitting needles or crochets is very popular now among toy lovers . In this article we will talk in detail about how to learn to knit amigurumi, and if you already know how to knit amigurumi and are looking for new ideas and schemes for realization, take a look at our collections “ Crochet toys. Amigurumi ” and “ Knitting toys ” that have already accumulated more than two hundred schemes and descriptions of knitting amigurumi

In the photo you see the work of Alexandra Gnevko, an amigum amusing alien. Alexandra loves to knit amigurumi and, at our request, told in detail for all our readers how to do it. Let's learn to knit amigurumi together!


Why knit amigurumi? Have you ever had the feeling that you are doing only one thing at a time, as if you are losing precious time? For example, sitting in a queue, standing in traffic or while watching an evening movie. Personally, I always want to condense time and do more in less time, so I try to select combinable classes, for example, listening to an audiobook while preparing dinner makes it seem like I read at the same time, great! My other hobby is crocheting. I especially like to knit small toys - amigurumi . I have a whole collection of them, and I really like to give them to friends in the form of key fobs for keys or a mobile phone, pendants for bags and cars, Christmas-tree decorations, which are now fashionable slingbus and just as an accessory for decorating your desktop at home or in the office.+ The advantage of knitting amigurumi toys is that, firstly, you do not have to carry a lot of tools and a large amount of yarn with you, that is, you can knit them almost anywhere. Secondly, absolutely any yarn from your stock is suitable for toys, from thin iris to textured and melange yarn - everything will work. And thirdly, the result of your creative efforts will be ready in just a couple of hours, which means that the project will never become lanky in the drawer

Features of Amigurumi Technology

Features of Amigurumi Technology

What is amigurumi and how do they differ from other knitted toys? The art of knitting tiny cartoon characters and stories came to us from Japan. The name of the technique itself is a merger of two Japanese words: “ami” , meaning “crocheted or knitted” , and “nouigurumi” , which means “doll stuffed with filler” . Usually, amigurumi are knitted into separate parts and then crocheted or crocheted, but sometimes they can be linked initially in one piece, usually with crocheted columns, without connecting separate rows, and this is their main difference from the European knitting technique of toys


The photo shows a wonderful amigurumi lamb that Nastya Reshetnyak invented. You can find a scheme for knitting a lamb on Nastya’s blog page “ Description of an amigurumi lamb from Nastya Reshetnyak ”


Tools and materials So, what do we need? Amigurumi Knitting Yarn The choice of yarn depends on the size and characteristics of the future toys. For very small toys, “Iris” threads are best suited, for large toys - acrylic yarn, due to the variety of its colors and relatively low cost. Textured threads, sectional and melange yarns are perfect for individual parts and finishes. Hook and knitting needles Hook and knitting needles for amigurumi are best to choose one or two numbers less than the recommended ones for the selected yarns so that the knitting is more dense, and the filler does not get out of the surface. Finished items for amigurumi There is a wide variety of ready-made items for toys: eyes, noses, as well as materials for decoration such as beads, beads, sequins, buttons and ready-made accessories (carbines for key chains, chains, rings, etc.). However, if the future toy is intended for very young children, it is best to make small parts also knitted or embroidered so that the child does not accidentally swallow them. Other materials and tools We may also need scissors, a sewing needle, safety pins for fixing parts before sewing, wooden strapping balls if we knit beads, small solid filler if the basis of a toy is, for example, an egg from “Kinder Surprise”, in this case you can put inside rice or beans and we get a rattle. It should be noted that the limit in the use of additional materials here can only be your imagination


In the photo is Her Haze of the Goat-Dereza, which was invented by Ekaterina Bondarenko. Ekaterina tells how to knit a goat amigurumi on the page of her blog “ Goat Dereza and the method of knitting textured yarn ”.+ How to start knitting amigurumi? The basis of knitting in this technique is a special loop, which is called “ magic ring amigurumi ”. Its advantage is that it can be tightly tightened after the first row of the scheme has been knitted, thus obtaining a dense uniform web surface from the very beginning. Let's see how it fits in a detailed video tutorial from Tatiana


Further details fit in the following basic schemes of increments in a spiral in a circle or oval, since the overwhelming majority of them are usually round or oval. The most important thing to remember is that the knitting should be as tight as possible so that the filler does not get out of the knitting holes and the toy looks neat. The scheme of increases in a circle, three options from Marina Arkhangelskaya


The scheme of increases in the oval from the article "How to crochet an oval" on the website my-crochet.ru , in it you will also find a step-by-step master class with a photo on knitting an oval

We Try to Force in Practice

We Try to Force in Practice

And now I suggest you try your hand at a real toy and crochet a pony unicorn. A detailed description and knitting scheme can be found in the Handcraft Studio blog on the page " Knitted Pony-Unicorn. Amigurumi Crochet ". I invite you to share your ideas and experiences, as well as boast ready-made toys on our forum. I wish you smooth eyelets and the joy of creation! In the following publications I will tell you what other techniques Amigurumi art fans use in their work, for example, amigurumi made from beads or fashionable nowadays among schoolchildren for weaving (lumigumi). But if you wanted to try something now, I recommend you two toys with diagrams and descriptions.+ How to tie such a bear-bearer from beads you will find on the blog page "All Handmade" " Bear Snowball, toy amigurumi from beads "


And these are funny lumigurum rabbits, the description of which you will find on the site woman7life.ru in the article “ How to weave a 3D rabbit out of rubber bands ”


Enjoy your knitting