The Beginner's Guide to Amigurumi

Yesterday we received a lovely gift from our friend Marjorie Dawson in New Zealand (she runs the pet news blog, Dash Kitten). The gift was two books: Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends and The Hello Kitty Baking Book, which are absolutely perfect because Little Lovely is very into Hello Kitty right now. In fact, the first thing she said when she saw the crochet book was, "Can I have a yarn Hello Kitty?" Looks like we're going to get back into crocheting amigurumi again.

In honor of the phase we're about to begin, I've decided to post a beginner's guide to crocheting amigurumi. Often I've heard crocheters who are comfortable with crocheting flat items lament that they can't make these adorable creatures, but I'm here to tell you that you can! If you can make a single crochet, you can make amigurumi.

I've posted these tutorials in the past, but here for the first time I've organized it for you in lesson plan form. And teachers: please feel free to use these tutorials and patterns in your classes.

UPDATE: This entire series is now available for download in one convenient PDF for a small fee. As a bonus, the PDF also includes our fully customizable Basic Amigurumi pattern. Get your copy on Ravelry!

Additionally, Marie Segares of Underground Crafter has converted the Basic Amigurumi to audio form, which means you can listen to the pattern while you follow the tutorial. Get the audio version of the Basic Amigurumi pattern for free on Marie's podcast or use the player below.


The Beginner's Guide to Amigurumi

Unit 1: Head & Body

Practice
Complete the Head and Body of the Basic Amigurumi.

Unit 2: Limbs

Practice
Complete Arms and Legs (and Tail, if desired) of the Basic Amigurumi. Attach to the Body.

Unit 3: Advanced Details

Practice
Customize your Basic Amigurumi any way you want!