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Sunday, January 17, 2010

☺You just have to smile when someone is smiling at you☺Crochet some Amigurumi ♥s

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. 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.[1] 

Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings, and inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features.

Amigurumi are usually crocheted or knitted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals. In contrast to typical Western crochet the rounds are not usually joined. They are also worked with a smaller size hook in proportion to the weight of the yarn in order to create a very tight-looking fabric without any gaps through which the stuffing mightescape. 


Amigurumi are usually worked in sections and then joined, except for some amigurumi which have no limbs, only a head and torso which are worked as one piece. The extremities are sometimes stuffed with plastic pellets to give them a life-like weight, while the rest of the body is stuffed with fiber stuffing.

The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities.




These little guys are so much fun to crochet and so much fun to give or to keep or to just look at as they smile right back at you! This is a very easy pattern so don't be shy! Make up a bunch while you are watching teevee and fill a basket for your table or give one with each of your Valentines or hang them with little ribbons from your curtains - use your imagination and have fun

Abbreviations:
Ch-chain
Sc-single crochet
Sc2tog-single crochet 2 together (decrease)
MM-Move stitch marker
FO-finish off or bind off
Materials:
Size F (3.75 mm) Crochet hook

Caron Simply Soft Brites or
Red Hear Soft Yarn is highly recommended
9mm doll eyes
Polyester stuffing material
Embroidery Needle
Finished Size:
Approx: 3” tall

Directions:
1st circle:
R1-Ch2, 6sc in 1st chain, mm
R2-2sc in each sc around (12sc) mm
R3-*2sc in first sc, 1sc in next, repeat from * around, mm (18sc)
R4-*2sc in first sc, 1sc in next 2sc, repeat from * around, (24sc)
FO First circle leaving a 6” tail
Set aside
2nd Circle:
R1-Ch2, 6sc in 1st chain, mm
R2-2sc in each sc around (12sc) mm
R3-*2sc in first sc, 1sc in next, repeat from * around, mm (18sc)
R4-*2sc in first sc, 1sc in next 2sc, repeat from * around, (24sc)
Do not finish off, remove your hook and get your first circle
Put both circles together, wrong sides in, using the tail from circle #1, whip stitch the two circles together using your yarn needle through 4 stitches. Your working loop should be on the outside of the circle and not stitched through.
When you are done, you will have a figure “8” shape.
Put you hook back into your working loop and continue to…
R5 thru 13-sc in each stitch around, mm (42sc)
R14-*sc2tog, 1sc in next 5 stitches*, repeat from * around, mm
R15-sc in each stitch around, mm
R16-*sc2tog, 1sc in next 4 stitches*, repeat from * around, mm
R17-sc in each stitch around, mm
R18-*sc2tog, 1sc in next 3 stitches*, repeat from * around, mm
R19-sc in each stitch around, mm
R20-*sc2tog, 1sc in next 2 stitches*, repeat from * around, mm
R21-sc in each stitch around, mm
Add eyes and begin stuffing, the more stuffing the better…don’t be shy with it. You want the finished hear to be firm to the touch.
R22-*sc2tog, 1sc in next stitch*, repeat from * around, mm
R23-sc in each stitch around, FO leaving a tail
Finish stuffing and use the tail to sew the hole shut tight.
With scrap black yarn, add a simple v-shaped smile!

9 comments:

Marilyn said...

I have seen these patterns on Annie's Attic.... They are adorable!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Susie Jefferson said...

How lovely! Perfect for a pin cushion, something to squeeze for weak hands, or to destress, a perfect small dog or cat toy... thanks so much for posting. Such fun!

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Adorable! :-) And look at the happy faces :-)

Dropping by from Pink Saturday. Princess Suzanne sure is a princess. Love her snowy white hair

Mizpah,
Li

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

A great little giver for your friends or bazaar. Simple to make too!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Mimi! I can't keep up with you. Always such wonderful recipes and now crochet items to boot. And I must say, Miss Camille is just gorgeous and she knows it! :) I tried the crocheted heart pattern and the first one was crooked and although the second one came out better, it still didn't look like the picture. Of course, the yarn here we get is so thin. I long for Red Heart yarn from WalMart. Nice and think and so wonderful to work with -- in so many different happy colors. :) I can only work with what I've got! I hope things will thaw out in your little corner of the world. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed and wonderful day! Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

PS I so agree about the word verification -- much easier when it is all in one place and easy to click through. :) Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

PS I so agree about the word verification -- much easier when it is all in one place and easy to click through. :) Tammy

Bird learning to fly... said...

Mimi,

I can't do crochet! But these look absolutely adorable!!!

They are just sooo sweet I can't stop looking at them :)

crochet lady said...

Those are super cute, thanks for sharing the pattern!

They would certainly make fun little gifts for Valentines Day. Hope I have time to stitch a few up.