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.
Unit 1: Head & Body
Complete the Head and Body of the Basic Amigurumi.
Unit 2: Limbs
Complete Arms and Legs (and Tail, if desired) of the Basic Amigurumi. Attach to the Body.
Unit 3: Advanced Details
Customize your Basic Amigurumi any way you want!