Now to be honest, crochet is an art, and just like any other art form, there is no one-size-fits-all formula. It is up to you, the designer, to put your own spin on your creation and turn it into whatever you would like it to be. This is true of any crochet pattern. Designers give you the framework; you make it yours.
That said, if you've searched high and low for the perfect amigurumi pattern and just can't find it, don't be afraid to make one up! We'll guide you through the process with what we like to call the Amigurumi Formula. While the "rules" of the formula aren't set in stone, they'll certainly start you on your way to designing your own unique little plushies.
1. The Beginning Rounds. Beginning with a magic loop, crochet 6 single crochets in the loop, and tighten. (Note: You can start with any number of single crochets desired, but we recommend keeping the number between 6 and 8.)
2. The Increase Rounds. Using a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds, increase each round by 6 single crochets, spacing each increase evenly around each round. For example, round 2 will have 12 sc, round 3 will have 18 sc, and so on. Continue increasing until the piece is as wide as you want it to be. (Note: If you started round 1 with a different number of single crochets, increase each round by that number).
3. Working Even. Now work 1 single crochet in each single crochet until the piece is as long as you want it to be.
4. The Decrease Rounds. Once the piece is as long as you'd like it to be, you can start the decrease rounds by decreasing 6 single crochets (or however many single crochets you started with), until you have a round with only 12-16 single crochets.
5. Safety Eyes. Now is the time to add safety eyes if you're going to use them.
6. Stuffing. Stuff the piece firmly with polyester fiber fill, yarn scraps, catnip, or anything else you desire.
7. Closing. Continue decreasing as you were before until you have the same number of stitches as in the first round. Finish off, leaving a nice long tail for sewing if you're going to be attaching it to anything.
That's it! Your first amigurumi piece is complete. In our example we made an amigurumi head, but you can use the same formula to create the body, limbs, tails, and any other parts your amigurumi needs.
Go ahead and get started making your amigurumi parts! Next week we'll talk about sewing them all together and hiding those pesky yarn ends.