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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi

My plan for this book was to create the definitive reference guide to amigurumi techniques, not just another pattern book. I put a lot into this book, and I hope that you’ll get a lot out of it, whatever your skill level or experience with amigurumi. It’s the only book of its kind, and I really hope you’ll enjoy it!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank
My book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, by June Gilbank

Amigurumi (pronounced ah-mee-goo-roo-mee) is Japanese for “crochet (or knit) stuffed toy.” Although the concept originated in Japan, the amigurumi craze is taking over the world in waves of crocheted cuteness! From adorable fuzzy critters, to sweet-looking fruits and vegetables, to quirky comic book and cartoon characters – if you can imagine it, you can crochet it!

Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or have never taken hook to yarn, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi shows you everything you need to know to hook your own delightful amigurumi. This helpful guide includes:

  • A primer on the yarn, hooks, and stitches best for amigurumi, plus fun embellishments you can use to personalize your ami.
  • Easy-to-follow tutorials for getting started, increasing and decreasing, working in the round, changing colors, and more.
  • Expert advice on adding eyes, hair, jointed limbs, clothes, and other fun accessories to your ami.
  • Tips for following an amigurumi pattern, plus four start-to-finish patterns to give you a head-start on designing your own.
  • A full-color insert with inspirational photos of the finished ami patterns featured in the book – and more!

Watch the Video Trailer

I made a little stop-motion animation trailer to promote the book:

All the amigurumi you see in the video are made from the patterns in the book. These are exclusive patterns that I created for the book – you won’t find them anywhere else.

Free Signed Bookmarks

As I’m not ideally located to do signings, I’ve had some exclusive Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi bookmarks professionally printed, with a nice space in the middle for me to sign your bookmark especially to you. Keep the bookmark in your copy – it’ll be useful as well as a way to get your copy ‘signed’ without the logistical difficulties or costs!

CIG to Amigurumi bookmark by planetjune

And as a personal thank you for buying my book, the bookmark is FREE to you if you’re already buying anything that includes a shipping cost (that’s anything from the Crochet Tools category in my shop: Detail Stuffing Tools, Stitch Markers, or Amigurumi Essentials Kits), and, if not, you can just pay the postage cost for me to send it to you.


Buy Your Copy!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi is available from all good book shops, and online. Here are some handy amazon links for you, so you can buy a copy directly from Amazon US, CA, UK, or DE:

Kindle (eBook) Version

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi is also available as a Kindle version.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app to read eBooks on your computer (PC or Mac), or on any tablet (iPad, Android, or Windows) or smartphone (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows).

FREE bonus content: the Kindle version omits the 8-page colour photo section, which shows helpful details of the patterns included in the book, and an Ideas Gallery showing some of my other amigurumi designs. You can download this as a separate PDF from here:
CIG to Amigurumi Project Photos (3.8MB PDF)

18 Comments »

  1. Heather D. Green said

    Would you consider donating some of your crochet patterns to our cause. http://www.indexjournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=40&ArticleID=11662 is a link to a recent article about our program in the local paper.

  2. Su said

    I happened upon your website when I was looking for a tutorial this morning. I didn’t know you were the author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide! I started crocheting in April, and have read and used a whole bunch of books on amigurumi as well as some patterns from on-line. I’m sure you know they really vary in quality, including some whose instructions are so badly written you can’t understand them.

    I love the Idiot’s Guide. It stands out as the only book I’ve happened on that thoroughly teaches the underlying techniques. I don’t mean to put down pattern books–a good pattern book is a lovely thing. But your book seems really well-suited to helping folks take their crocheting to the next level. I’ve been recommending it all over the place.

    Nice to bump into you–my kids and I loved your hamster movie!

  3. CB said

    Hi! I love your tutorials! Thank you VERY MUCH for the Magic Circle tutorial. Saved my life! I would love to buy your book! I hope to very soon! Thanks again for the amazing crochet patterns!

    ~CB

  4. Mel said

    I know you said your book is “not just another pattern book”, but does it include your dinosaur patterns? My nephew (almost 2) and good friend (22) are huge dinosaur fans!

    • June said

      Hi Mel, my book doesn’t contain any of my patterns, except the 4 I designed exclusively for the book, so you can practice all the skills and techniques I teach in the book! You can find all the dino patterns in my shop though :)

  5. Katie Tapp said

    Dear June,
    I was looking through your website and i found a pattern for a Amigurumi
    platypus and i loved it ! I was just wondering if you have a pattern for it on your website or if i have to purchase your book.
    please let me know if i can get the pattern for free!
    thanks
    Katie Tapp

    • June said

      Katie, my book doesn’t contain any of my patterns, except the 4 I designed exclusively for the book (Hamsters, Mushroom & Toadstool, Boy, Girl – you can see them all in the YouTube trailer above), so you can practice all the skills and techniques I teach in the book! You can find the platypus pattern in my shop :)

  6. Bruna Melo said

    I’ve just got it from “The BookDepository”!
    Love it!
    It’s my Christmas gift (form me…to me….)

  7. Sharon S-S said

    Just bought your book! I love this stuff :)

    (got it from the BookDepository – easier to use than Amazon)

  8. Kelly Doolan said

    Hi June,
    I stumbled across your bog whilst looking for a magic ring tutorial.
    Your pictures are really helpful. I’ve since been looking round your site for 30 mins now. I’m a beginner but your website has spurred me on to pick up my hook again (knitter with crochet phobia)
    Your book looks great as well.
    You’re now bookmarked on my iPad for quick access when I get stuck.
    Many thanks and keep up the great work
    Kelly

  9. Lylee said

    Dear June,
    I want to learn to crochet, does your book contain all the picture tutorial that you post in your blog? Sometimes I don’t have access to the internet to open your blog.

    • June said

      You can definitely learn to crochet from my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi – it will help you every step of the way, from if you’ve never picked up a crochet hook right through to becoming a master of amigurumi. It actually covers basic information in more detail than you’ll find here on the blog, and it includes photo tutorials for all the amigurumi essentials – basic crochet stitches, magic ring, invisible decrease, changing colour, finishing off, etc. It also includes many more tutorials about joints, hair, embellishing, embroidery, etc, that you can’t find on my blog!

  10. Gloria said

    I live your patterns! The hamsters are absurdly cute! Where do you get their tiny pink noses?

    • June said

      The noses are just made from yarn! You can find all the details in the pattern (in my book) :)

  11. Jacqueline said

    June, I am just back from our 5 th annual Woolgathers where people who love wool and all associated handicrafts meet to buy product and learn new craft skills. I was asked to teach Amigurumi, I have done this for the past 3 yrs. this yr was the best because I brought your book, and sat back to offer an insight or help. They all could crochet and were thrilled with your book. I also gave them your website. I have to say this yr was the easiest and most satisfying class I have taught. Thanks
    One question when will your new book be out ? Anytime soon?
    Jacqueline

    • June said

      That’s great, Jacqueline – I’m really happy to know how useful my book has been to you (and thanks for sharing my website with your students!). Re: the new book, you must have missed my announcement :)

  12. Robin Jackson said

    I just wanted to tell you I love your book. I’ve used it several times to help with projects, including assembling critters. I’m glad I found your website.

  13. Riley said

    I just came across your website and fell in love! I’m planning on buying your book today and I’m so exited!

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