Amigurumi, A New Doll for Your Child

These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys. The dolls are done in single crochet in the round. The rounds are never joined, instead being worked in a spiral.

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The word amigurumi 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.

An online fad for creating and collecting amigurumi began in 2003. By 2006, amigurumi were reported to be the most popular items on Etsy, an online craft marketplace, where they typically sold for $10 to $100.

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Amigurumi are made up of parts that are crocheted, stuffed, and sewn together. The parts are usually an over-sized round head, a cylindrical body, arms and legs, ears, tail (if needed) and embellishments. Sometimes, felt is used to create the ears, face, or nose. Felt can also make some pretty cute embellishments.

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As it is pretty easy to make an augurumi doll (cute animal, alien, dinosaur, robots, monsters…. well, whatever you can imagine), we will give you this time the nice video that shows how to make it, and plenty of pictures that could be a good start for you to make your own creation.

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