While searching for easy crochet patterns, I kept seeing the word amigurumi. Do you know what it means? Technically, Amigurumi is "the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small animals or toys". I read that the word amigurumi originally only referred to crocheted critters but over time knitters have created their own amigurumi patterns. We can all share the craft, can't we?
Anyway, I started searching the Web for amigurumi patterns and found several easy ones to try. The snake pictured here is my first attempt. It was pretty easy. When making amigurumi, you crochet more in a spiral, so you need to make sure you mark the start of what would be a row. The directions Lion Brand Yarn gives for this snake and their other projects are pretty easy to follow along with. You can find the snake pattern here and then search for other amigurumi patterns. The Lion Brand Yarn site requires you to register to see their free patterns, but registration is free.
I enjoyed this project so much I was inspired to purchase a couple of amigurumi books:
- Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli (Compare Prices)
- Easy Crochet Critters from Leisure Arts (Compare Prices)
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