You can completely change the look of an amigurumi by brushing the pieces after you crochet them. Doing this drags some of the fibres free from the yarn and will give a soft, fluffy finish to your amigurumi. The brushed crochet technique can be used to great effect:
The body and wings of my Baby Emperor Penguin are brushed
You will need something with fine, hard, sharp teeth. A wire pet slicker brush works very well for larger pieces, or a miniature wire brush – called a Teasel Brush (UK), Nap Riser Brush (US), and Bunka Brush (Japan) – is ideal for smaller pieces. You can use either type of brush for any amigurumi, but a larger brush will bring up the fluff over a larger area more quickly, while a smaller brush is better suited for brushing specific areas or smaller pieces without scratching your fingers.
Brushed Fuzzy Chicks with a teasel brush (front) and pet slicker brush (back)
To make brushed crochet amigurumi, you can crochet with any regular or fluffy yarn. Wool and other natural animal fibres work very well, but acrylic and other yarns work too. I always use acrylic yarns for my amigurumi, and they brush out nicely.
Brushed acrylic (left) and cotton (right) pieces
While you’re crocheting…
Brushing in action
Fuzzy Bear arms, before and after a little brushing.
Trimming a Fuzzy Chick
Whether you strategically brush certain areas of your piece, or brush out the entire animal, brushing your crochet can add a new level of fluffy cuteness to your amigurumi, and it’s a great technique to add to your arsenal 🙂
The brushed look makes a fluffy baby angora bunny extra adorable!
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