Updated: May 22, 2018
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of creating small stuffed creatures through the medium of crochet or knitting. The name itself is a combination of two Japanese words: Ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.
The practice of Amigurumi in Japan dates back as far as the 1950s, however, thanks to social media platforms such as Ravelry, Pinterest, Etsy and Instagram, it has boomed in popularity in the West since the early 2000s.
Traditionally, amigurumi are small and crocheted in the round. This means that unlike other crochet projects that are made row by row with a distinct start and end to each row, an amigurumi is crocheted in a continuous spiral. There is no "joining;" the beginning of a new round starts at the end of the previous round.
Amigurumi are extremely popular for one particular reason: they're extremely cute! Many people like to crochet little dolls, animals, or characters from movies, cartoons and video games.
I started crocheting amigurumi in early 2013. After I had learned the basics and could read patterns, I started making adorable little creatures. I've since made many amigurumi; animals, Pokemon, video games icons, sea creatures and cartoon characters.
Amigurumi make for fantastic gifts, toys for children or decorations! The possibilities for amigurumi are endless; another reason it's so popular. On this page are all the amigurumi I've made since I started crocheting (or all the photos I could find). Many have been gifted, sold, and a few I've kept for myself :)