You already know how to crochet, would love to start your adventure in the "Amigurumi World", but where to start?
I will share with you a step-by-step tips to an Amigurumi newbie that will be valuable if you are in this situation.
First of all, what is the difference between crochet and Amigurumi?
I would say that crochet is the technique and Amigurumi your masterpiece!
Using your crochet skills together with some tips I will give you, you will be ready to start, yes,
YOU CAN MAKE AMIGURUMI !
1- Start watching videos on YOUTUBE:
Youtube is full of amazing crocheters teaching so many different things. You will find Youtubers that you like watching and the videos will teach you, round by round, how to make an amigurumi. This was how I started. I knew how to crochet since 8 years old, but for Amigurumi I had no idea how to start! So, first, go to Youtube and start researching to find nice channels to subscribe.
2- Abilities needed:
In crochet, you just need to know how to make Chains and 5 stitches:
Slip Stitch - sl st
Single Crochet - sc
Half Double Crochet - hdc
Double Crochet - dc
Treble Crochet - tr
Any other stitch will be a combination of these stitches. The pattern that requires a different stitch, will teach you how to make it or you can find it on Youtube.
For amigurumi, you just need to know:
Magic ring - that you can substitute for 2 chains and make the stitches inside the second chain
Slip Stitch - we normally crochet in continue rounds and use slip stitch when we finish the amigurumi part or for a particular way of making colour changing
Single Crochet - it is a very tiny stitch, so the filling you add inside the amigurumi doesn't appear through the holes between stitches
Increase - inc - making 2 single crochet at the same stitch
Decrease - dec - making 1 single crochet using the next 2 stitches (you can make an invisible decrease by using only the front loops of the next 2 stitches to make the one single crochet)
3- Learn to read a pattern:
As you read above, I used the name of the stitches and their abbreviation beside it. That is because in amigurumi patterns you will find the abbreviations with explanations now and then. So it is utterly important to learn these abbreviations. Each pattern will come with an "Abbreviation" list at the beginning, so you can follow "what you have to do" in each round.
Round 3: (inc, sc) x 6 
It means that at the third round you will make one increase and one sc, 6 times. So: inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, that will finish the round having 18 stitches total.
You can find charts on the internet with the stitches, abbreviations, difference between terminology from USA and UK, etc. Print one of these charts or save it so you can always take a look in case of doubts.
4- Count your stitches:
It is very important not to lose track of the numbers of stitches, mainly because to make amigurumi we normally don't close the round, but make them continually. It is why you will really need a stitch marker!
I started using a piece of yarn to mark the first stitch of each round, until I realized that this process of using a yarn thread took to much of my time. So I bought some plastic stitch markers that I put them very fast in place and close them, so they don't get out until I finish my round and take it out myself. Stitch markers are a good investment!
5- Embroidery Skills:
What do you need for embroidery?
After making the amigurumi parts, we need to sew them in place. This requires a tapestry needle and some yarn thread. After sewing the parts together, we need to embroider, sometimes the amigurumi eyes, sometimes its nose, mouth, etc. The pattern will tell you what to do and in each round, but the accompanying pictures will help you more.
It will be a work of "Copy - Paste", you will see the reference and will try to copy it.
Practice will be important. Don't worry if the first ones doesn't look so good. In time you will get good at it!
6- Chose an easy Pattern:
Don't try to start making amigurumi by choosing a very complex one. Chose a very easy pattern to start with.
What makes a pattern complex? If the amigurumi is dressed, has too much parts, different colours and shapes, it will be harder to make than one that is just made with one colour, and it has no parts to sew together, no accessories etc. However, gain confidence and grow your goals bit by bit, by trying other patterns with more things to do so you learn and increase your abilities.
7- The more you do, the easier they get:
Practice is fundamental. It will lead you to the level you want to be in. I think it is important to, not just use free patterns but paid patterns as well. That is because the paid patterns tend to be more complex and the designer put a lot of work and time into it. Sometimes you learn a new stitch, a new technique, etc, in these paid patterns and generally the quality and information is better.
Some people don't give value to the designers work, but I can assure you that they are worth buying!
They are very cheap little classes you will have forever! They are so cheap, that some yarns are more expensive than the pattern itself. Instead of spending with a very expensive course or spending hours on Youtube to learn, buy your preferred patterns and learn with them.
8- Master your stitch tension:
The tigher your stitch, the better the appearance of the amigurumi. It will not show the filling inside it and it will look much more professional. If your tension is not tight enough, try using a smaller hook than the required by the pattern and yarn.
I hope these steps could help you! Let me know if you need more information about crochet and amigurumis!
Thank you for reading my blog post!
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