Amigurumi for beginners: Materials

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You might want to read the first post in the Amigurumi for Beginners series  if you haven’t already.

Getting the right materials can  be pretty tricky when there’s so much to choose from–I know I’m not the only one who gets overwhelmed when I’m in a craft store! I’m going to give a little overview on some essential amigurumi supplies along with links to the products I like to use.

YARN

The majority of patterns that I’ve come across require regular old 4-ply acrylic yarn. This yarn is really easily accessible, cheap, easy to work with, and comes in so many colors!

HOOKS

If you find that your previous amigurumi attempts have ended up with spaces between stitches, you’ve probably been using a hook thats just too big. If you find yourself aggressively trying to get the hook into a stitch on a regular basis, your hook is too small. With regular 4-ply acrylic yarn, I use a 2.75mm crochet hook.  Try using a 3.00 mm crochet hook if 2.75mm feels uncomfortable.

I’ve actually had 2 hooks break on me recently (I guess I don’t know my own strength). Clover soft touch crochet hooks are by far my favorite brand. They are slightly more expensive than your average crochet hook but they are certainly worth the extra $3.00 investment if you plan on crocheting often. These are relatively hard to find in craft and specialty yarn stores. You can find the 2.75mm Clover hook  here and the 3.00 Clover hook here on Amazon.

STUFFING

Some stuffing can make an amigurumi plushy feel stiff instead of squishy and huggable. The most reliably squishy stuffing that I’ve used is Poly-fill Premium Fiber Fill. You can find it at pretty much any craft store and even some Wal-Mart stores. I just bought more fiber fill here.

TAPESTRY NEEDLES

Tapestry needles are essential to finishing off any crochet item. I’ve never been too picky about tapestry needles.

One thing to look for when buying them is the size of the eye. For a thicker, 4-ply yarn used in amigurumi, you will need a wide-eyed tapestry needle. A smaller tapestry needle will work as well, you may want to keep it nearby for adding yarn details Any brand should work just fine. I have a set of 3 wide-eyed and 3 small needles similar to this one.

SAFETY EYES

I’m relatively new to using safety eyes. Safety eyes are great because they look professional and its easier to attach them than to embroider an eye. I typically use black 6mm safety eyes. you may want to start out with this size. For some more in depth information on using safety eyes, check out this tutorial on PlanetJune. She does an amazing job answering pretty much any amigurumi eye question you might have. These are harder to find in craft stores so you may have to look online to purchase them. You can find a pack of 100 6mm safety eyes Darice SBE20 100-Piece Solid Black Eyes, 6mmhere.

EMBROIDERY THREAD

Embroidery thread is used to stitch on the face and features of amigurumis.  This skill takes some practice and I will go into more detail about it later in this series. I have used DMC cotton embroidery thread in a light brown shade which you can find  DMC 115 3-801 Pearl Cotton Thread, Dark Coffee Brownhere .

FELT 

Some people prefer to embellish an amigurumi item with some felt while others keep it all crochet. I think it’s handy to keep small bits of white, brown, black, and pink polyester felt nearby in case a pattern calls for it.

NEEDLE & THREAD

You might be able to find thread and needles tucked away in a sewing kit at home. If not, consider purchasing white, brown, black, and pink thread and a pack of small sharp tipped needles along with some pins. You can pick up a 24 pack of different colors and needles for less than $2.00 Singer Polyester Thread, Assorted Colors, 24 Spoolshere.

STITCH MARKER

Stitch markers are used when you are working in continuous rounds to keep track of your stitches. Instead of buying stitch markers I just use a bobby pin!

Today’s homework: 

Gather any materials you might have on hand. Read more about other amigurumi makers’ favorite supplies and find out which ones might be a good fit for you! Clear out a little space in your home where you can keep your amigurumi supplies and find out how you might want to store them.

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Here are some of my supplies!

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