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Mini Giant Amigurumi

The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi ebook by June Gilbank - available in right-handed and left-handed versions

Are you unsure about taking the plunge into full-scale Giant Amigurumi? Then Mini Giant Amigurumi might be just what you’re looking for!

Allow me to demonstrate with my cute purple whale:

standard, mini giant and giant amigurumi whales, using the Tiny Whale crochet pattern by PlanetJune
Front: Standard (worsted weight) whale (silver)
Middle: Mini Giant whale (purple)
Back: Giant Whale (blue)

As you can see, the Mini Giant whale bridges the gap between a standard amigurumi and a giant – it isn’t close to the size of a full giant ami, but is still over twice the size of a standard amigurumi.

Why Mini Giant Amigurumi?

There are lots of reasons why Mini Giant Amigurumi might appeal to you vs Giant Amigurumi:

  • You don’t have a 15mm hook
  • You want to ease yourself gradually into sizing up
  • You don’t have the strength or mobility for the larger hand/arm motions
  • You’re short on funds for all that yarn and stuffing
  • You don’t have the space for giant ami!

Don’t let that be a reason to stop you trying to size up some amigurumi – you can still join in the supersizing fun and use all the techniques from The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi to great effect by making mini giant amis.

How to Make Mini Giant Amigurumi

To make a Mini Giant Amigurumi, instead of worsted weight yarn and an E US/3.5mm hook, you’ll need:

  • 1 strand of a super bulky (#6) yarn – I recommend a chenille-type yarn such as Bernat Blanket
  • an L US/8mm crochet hook

standard sized whale and mini giant whale, using the Tiny Whale crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Then use the techniques from The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi (especially my Secure Magic Ring, which works beautifully on this chenille-type yarn) to make and stuff your Mini Giant Amigurumi!

To finish, you can either use one of my crocheted ‘glinting’ eye patterns from the ebook, or you may find that you have plastic animal eyes large enough. For my whale, 15mm plastic eyes were just about large enough; for a larger amigurumi, the Small Eye pattern from the book would work perfectly.

Your Guidebook to Giant Amigurumi

The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi ebook by June Gilbank - available in right-handed and left-handed versions

Now, between standard amigurumi, mini giant amigurumi, and full giant amigurumi, you have the choice of sizing up your amigurumi as much as you like!

And if you haven’t bought my new ebook, The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi yet, check out the reviews (here) to see what people are saying about it – I think you’ll love it too 🙂

2 Comments »

  1. Stephanie said

    Hello! I recently purchased your book, but it doesn’t include yard calculations for the mini giant amigurumi. I’m confused why you mention the mini-giant option, but then leave out all explanation on how to calculate for the smaller hook size and only using one strand. Do you have this information some where?

    Thank you!
    Stephanie

    • June said

      Hi Stephanie! My Giant Amigurumi book has one page that mentions that you can use my giant ami techniques to scale up even further (Extreme) or not as much (Mini Giant) – these are different scales, so they aren’t covered in the Giant book; they’re just suggestions for getting creative if you want to.

      I spent weeks formulating and testing the yardage calculations for the Giant Amigurumi scale for the book, and I don’t have that data available for any other scale, I’m afraid.

      I can tell you that, for Mini Giant scale, you’ll need less than half of the yardage you’d need for Giant scale, as you’re using one strand of yarn instead of two, and each stitch is smaller so uses a little less yarn. I wouldn’t be comfortable hazarding a more precise guess than that – it’d also depend on the number of pieces and if it had multiple colors – but hopefully it’ll give you enough of an idea to get started 🙂

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