Crochet animals and amigurumi are so much fun to make! They’re cute, quick, and portable projects that can be whipped up in a short amount of time. Plus, they’re perfect for beginner crocheters.
In this post, we’ll share 25 of our favorite beginner-friendly crochet animal patterns. So whether you’re looking for a little project for yourself, or want to make a handmade gift, you’ll find the perfect pattern right here.
Crochet Softies and Amigurumi
Want to try your hand at making cute crochet animals? You’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you how to get started making crochet plushies and amigurumi, and share our favorite easy animal patterns for beginners.
What is amigurumi?
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting yarn creatures. It comes from two Japanese words: “ami”, meaning “crocheted or knitted”, and “nuigurumi”, which means “stuffed doll”.
Amigurumi only became popular in the US in the early 2000s. Japan, however, has practiced this fun, adorable art for decades.
There’s a lot of variety when it comes to amigurumi – you can make your plushie as big or as small as you’d like. Still, most amigurumi patterns you will find are for small creatures (Don’t worry – we have a couple of jumbo, huggable critters included in this post!).
Everyone seems to love these cute crochet animals. Amigurumi projects make perfect gifts, especially for babies and kids.
Can beginners do amigurumi?
Absolutely! Amigurumi can be a wonderful project for those just beginning their crochet journey. To make most beginner-level amigurumi patterns, you’ll need to know a handful of simple crochet stitches, like single crochet, increases, and decreases. You also need to know how to sew pieces together and embroider facial features to bring your amigurumi critters to life.
Stitches and Techniques You’ll Need to Know
There are a few stitches and techniques that you’ll find in nearly every amigurumi pattern. Here are the most popular ones that you will see.
Many patterns use short single crochet stitches to keep the fabric tight and close. You don’t want any of that stuffing popping out of your squishy creature.
Increases and decreases
You’ll also need to know how to sc increase and sc decrease. You’ll use increases and decreases to create curves and volume in your amigurumi patterns.
Crocheting in spiral rounds
Most crochet amigurumi and made in spiral rounds. That means you’ll be crocheting around and around in a circle. Make sure you have stitch markers on hand in order to keep track of your rounds!
This fun jellyfish project is perfect for entertaining a baby with its long, ticklish tentacles. Choose vibrant colors to make your sea friend even more enjoyable. Just make sure that small children are always supervised in order to avoid a choking hazard.
Watch this cute little dino come alive as you crochet its fun spikes and add the eyes. The best part about this project is that it includes instructions to make an egg for your little dino, so you can watch him hatch!
Cozy up to crochet this waddly little friend. And don’t forget the pom pom for the top of his hat! Crocheting this little winter penguin will put you in a Christmas mood in no time. You’ll love all the colors that are included in this project.
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