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I’m Hooked On Amigurumi

Crochet Penguin


Once I started learning how to crochet I came across what is called Amigurumi.

What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting stuffed animals. Ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.[

Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects such as fruit or cupcakes.

According to Wikipedia amigurumi has been around in Japan for several decades. However it only started to become popular in other countries around 2003. By 2006, amigurumi were reported to be some of the most popular items on Etsy. Since then popularity has continued to increase.

How did I learn?

My first creations were made through the guidance of a you-tube tutorial by Happy Berry Crochet. They were step by step tutorials and I made a turtle and a pig. If you would like to learn yourself check out Happy Berry’s You-Tube channel here. Laura provides fantastic tutorials and is excellent in explaining things so that a beginner can understand.

My next creation was an owl. I found the pattern on Ravelry which was by a designer from Denmark. I just checked and the pattern is still on her blog.  I was pretty pleased with myself that I had been able to make something from a pattern without the step by step guidance.

After making my first few Amigurumi’s, I was pretty hooked! (pun intended!)

I couldn’t stop looking through all the patterns and ideas on Pinterest and Ravelry. I just wanted to make everything!

My progress

Since I started in early 2015 I have completed over 50 Amigurumi projects. All of my projects have been gifts to friends, christmas presents, baby shower favours and some random requests.

I love finding patterns and putting my own personality into the creation.  I have really enjoyed customising certain things such as adding initials to a set of koalas and kangaroos I made for a friend who wanted to give them to her nieces & nephews in the UK.

I have also made several gift items for new babies and have been able to put my creative talents to use selecting colours for boy or girl.

One of the random requests was a Voodoo Doll which my partners boss wanted at work so that they could stab her or throw her when frustrations were getting high in the office!

Last Christmas I created two teddy bears, one was a traditional bear and the other a penguin. I made little Christmas hats and scarves to dress them up with. These were very cute. So as Christmas is just round the corner I shall be making a few more of these!

Here are a few of the sites I have used:

  • Amigurumi to Go – christmas teddy, monkey
  • Woolytoons – Jip the Owl
  • Yarn artists – granny square owl keyring – still have this on my keyring!!
  • Crochetroo – koalas & kangaroos.
  • Lion brand yarn – penguin – I have made 2 of these with different outfits.
  • I love Buttons – Giraffe – I have made 3 of these now.
  • Repeat crafter me – mini owls – I made a whole bunch of these as favours for a friends woodland themed baby shower. They were very well received.

Check out some of my photos below.

Crochet giraffe yellow, brown, green

Crochet giraffe made for baby boy

Crochet Pink purple yellow giraffe

Crochet giraffe made for baby girl

Crochet Christmas teddy

Crochet Christmas Teddy bear with santa hat and scarf

Crochet Owl

Crochet Owl. This was my first attempt at a full scale Amigurumi project.

Crochet Penguin

I made this penguin for my sister and gave her a little beret and scarf set.

Crochet koala

Cute Crochet Koala. Heading of an a journey to the UK.

Cute Crochet Kangaroos

Crochet Kangaroos getting ready for their journey to the UK

Cute crochet owl

Cute mini owl. Can be made into a Christmas decoration a baby mobile or a key ring.

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  1. Darcy Conroy

    This are gorgeous! I was looking for some small projects to do to practice my crochet, this is perfect. I shall make them for my nieces (I hope they like them lol!)

    Glad to have found your blog 🙂

    1. SonnyJ78 (Post author)

      Hi Darcy. I’m glad that you found my article of interest. I would love to see what you end up making. Let me know if you need any help or advice.


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