Some time ago I stumbled on Bittersweet’s blog, and was amazed by her crochet creations. She makes the most adorable creatures, photographs them beautifully, and posts them with a delightful background story. Her post today is a lovely example.
I wanted to learn more about this, and rapidly discovered a whole area of crochet called Amigurumi. What is Amigurumi? From wikipedia:
Amigurumi (Japanese: from amu (編む, to knit) and nuigurumi (縫い包み, stuffed toy), but referring specifically to crocheted dolls) is a Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed animals for home decoration or toys. Amigurumi are typically animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs etc), but can include other items.
Amigurumi are usually crocheted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals (the type of crocheting where the rounds
are joined is not technically amigurumi). True amigurumi consist of
oversized spherical heads on cylindrical bodies with undersized
extremities, although the term is now loosely used to describe any
crocheted stuffed toy.
There are plenty of examples of Amigurumi out there:
- An amigurumi feature in Crochet me Magazine
- Amigurumi patterns in Craft Magazine
- Amigurumi patterns you can buy online
- Plenty of examples on Flickr…
Edited to add (07 Nov 2006): Bittersweet has a fantastic pattern for an Amigurumi turkey.