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34 Free Amigurumi Patterns Easy For Beginners

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Have your learned the basics of crochet and are now looking into expanding your Amigurumi skills? Then this list of easy and free Amigurumi patterns is for you. With only a few basic crochet stitches and techniques to learn, you can create a range of adorable stuffed toys with Amigurumi. 

And even the most elaborated toys, only take some practice to master. But before we dive into the list of free patterns, let’s get into a little more about Amigurumi. You may find some helpful information and links here that will teach you something new.

Free Amigurumi Patterns

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What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi is a Japanese term that means “crocheted or knitted”, which is a technique used to make stuffed toys with yarn. The craft was created in Japan many centuries ago, according to Wikipedia

But it only became popular in the Western countries in the early 2000’s. To create toys with the Amigurumi technique, you need tight stitches to create a solid fabric. Usually, in a 3D shape, and then you stuff them with stuffing fiber, like Poly-Fil. 

Free Amigurumi Patterns easy for beginners
Beginner friendly Amigurumi patterns

Which are the Easiest Amigurumi Patterns?

The easiest Amigurumi for beginners are the ones that don’t involve a lot of parts to sew on. Also, it’s best if you choose patterns with simple sphere or oval shapes. 

However, even the patterns that are more elaborated, but with little to no sewing, are great ones to start with as well. 

I’ve searched for the easiest free Amigurumi patterns for this list. Save it as a reference to start your Amigurumi making journey. 

Are you Supposed to Flip Amigurumi Inside Out?

Generally, you’re not supposed to flip amigurumi inside out. The reason why you don’t flip it is because there is a side intended to be the right side. Which is the one that touches your thumb while you crochet.

However, even though the right side should always be on the outside, while you crochet, some people keep it on the inside. A lot of times it is a matter of preference and convenience.

I would advise you to get familiar with the wrong and right sides tough. That way if you choose to crochet with the right side in, you won’t forget to flip it back out. And it is aesthetically correct as well, for Amigurumi making. 

Tips to start making Amigurumi

Now that you know a little about what Amigurumi is, here are a few technical tips to get you started. But before you read the tips, check these free Amigurumi patterns out, they are great for you to start with.

Tip 1: Invest in a Few Basic Supplies and Tools

To start your debut into the Amigurumi making journey, you will need to have a few supplies and tools. Usually, you don’t have to spend a lot, you will only need a few basic tools and materials.

  • Yarn – I recommend worsted weight (#4). Cotton or cotton blend are the best because it’s a tightly spun kind of yarn that’s easy to crochet with. And it makes beautiful and durable toys as well.
  • Crochet Hooks – Amigurumi needs to be crocheted with a tight tension, that way the fiber won’t show. To achieve that, the best hook size for worsted weight yarn should range between 3.5 mm (US E-4) and 4 mm (US G-6).
  • Stitch markers – The simple plastic ones, with a locking clip, are great to start with.
  • Stuffing fiber – I live Poly-Fil, it’s a great quality polyester fiber for stuffed animals.

The above are all you need to practice. Then, when you feel confident to make your first more elaborated stuffed animal or doll, you can order other Amigurumi essential supplies

Tools needed for Amigurumi making
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Tip 2: Learn the Basics of Amigurumi

If you already know how to crochet, you will probably find it easier to learn Amigurumi. If not, no worries, there are tons of online tutorials you can watch, or read, to get started. 

Here are the basic stitches and techniques to make Amigurumi:

  • Single crochet stitch (sc): insert the hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two.
  • Single crochet increase (inc): two single crochets in next stitch. Increases help to shape the toy, making more stitches in a round.
  • Single crochet invisible decrease (dec): insert the hook in front loop only of the next two single crochet stitches at the same time, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two. Decreases also help to shape the toy, making less stitches in a round.
  • Crochet in continuous rounds (or in spiral rounds): What this means is that you don’t join the rounds with a slip stitch. When you get to the end of a round, you simply keep going, in a spiral.

Once you have mastered these basic stiches and techniques, you are ready to start with you first amigurumi. As for the rest, like Fasten Off and sewing, you can learn on the go.

Tip 3: Watch tutorials on YouTube or pay for an online class

The best way to learn Amigurumi is by watching videos. There are tons of videos with free Amigurumi patterns that you can follow on YouTube.

Once you feel comfortable with the basics, it will make sense and it will be so much easier for you to read patterns. 

Here is a great Amigurumi video tutorial for beginners. Or, if you feel like investing in a paid online class, I recommend this Craftsy kawaii amigurumi class and this one on Skillshare.

Tip 4: Learn How to Read Patterns 

In the crochet world, one of the most important things you need is to learn how to read patterns. Get yourself familiar with the crochet terminologies needed to get into Amigurumi making.

Here are a few terms you should know for Amigurumi making (US terms):

  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • inc: increase 
  • dec: decrease 
  • FO: fasten off
  • Rnd or R: Round
  • sl st: slip stitch 
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sk: skip
  • sc: single crochet 
  • ( ): usually means repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed
  • [ ]: usually used as a stitch count in a round

These terms will be the most common in the free Amigurumi patterns in this list. Often, if there is a special stitch, the designer will add instructions on the patter as well.

One of the most complete online resources is the Craft Yarn Council website. With them, you can learn all the crochet stitch abbreviations and terminologies. 

As a matter of fact, terminologies change depending where in the world you are. Check that out on the Craft Yarn Council website as well.

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Tip 5: Practice Amigurumi with a sphere

Spheres are the best way to practice Amigurumi for beginners. And the reason is because they have all the basics that you need for an Amigurumi construction. Such as single crochet stitches, increases and decreases, as well as crochet in spiral rounds. 

Once you learn the basics of Amigurumi and learn how to read patterns, you will be ready to start your first crochet stuffed animal. And this list of free Amigurumi patterns, you will have the easiest options to get started.

Here is how you crochet a simple sphere:

  • Ch 2 
  • Round1: sc 6 in second ch from hook (alternatively, you can start with a magic circle
  • Round2: (inc) 6 times [12]
  • Round3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times [18]
  • Round4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [24]
  • Round5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [30]
  • Round6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [36]
  • Round7-14: sc around [36]
  • Round15: (dec, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [30]
  • Round16: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [24]
  • Round17: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [18]
  • Add stuffing fiber
  • Round18: (dec, sc in next st) 6 times [12]
  • Round19: (dec) 6 times [6]
Amigurumi sphere pattern
How to crochet an Amigurumi sphere

Here is the list of free Amigurumi patterns

Gather your supplies and get started with your Amigurumi making journey. This list is perfect for beginners because they are all easy patterns. Enjoy!

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The Bottom Line

There you have the list of free Amigurumi patterns for you to try. As a heads up, Amigurumi will get you hooked, literally. It’s one of the most addictive crafts out there. 

Not to mention, it feels so empowering to give shape to something with your own hands. Usually, I say that making Amigurumi is sculpting with yarn. Starting something and seeing it taking shape as you go is so satisfying.

Drop a comment below if you have any questions or if you just would like to say “hi”. Another way to reach out to me is by joining my community group on Facebook

If you use any of my patterns or tutorials for a project, please tag me @zamiguz or use the hashtag #zamiguzmakers. I would love to see what you make.

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