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What is ‘amigurumi’?

Amigurumi (or ‘ami’ for short) are crocheted stuffed toys. The word amigurumi (pronounced ‘ah-mee-goo-roo-mee’) is a contraction of the Japanese words amimono (‘crochet/knit’) and nuigurumi (‘stuffed toy’). Amigurumi may also be knitted, but they’re always crocheted here at PlanetJune!

Amigurumi come in many forms and styles, but they are usually characterized by being formed from single crochet stitches, and worked in the round. If you’re interested in learning more, see my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, or read my beginner’s advice, linked below, for recommendations for my online patterns and tutorials geared to beginners.


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