What you need to know about this cute craft

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You must smile when you see crochet amigurumi. It’s a craft with character – a style of crochet that originated in Japan and is typically used to create 3D crochet objects that have eyes and an expression on them.

These creations are super cute and popular with young and old alike. Amigurumi animals are most appealing because they are so fun, but it’s always a surprise to see everyday objects like food being transformed into amigurumi.

One of our favorite amigurumi artists is an American crocheter Vincent Green-Hite. A self-confessed “garnpunk” Vincent taught himself how to make amigurumi and it changed his life and perception of crochet – it made it appealing to young people and showed that crochet is also popular with men and rock music fans.

Vincent’s book Knot Bad Amigurumi will be released in November 2022

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Any children and grandchildren in your life will be especially impressed if you give them a copy of his new book Knot bad amigurumi (available for pre-order, released November 2022), featuring colorful amigurumi patterns designed by Vincent.

If you have already learned how to crochet amigurumi you can get started right away, or if you are a beginner and are wondering how to make amigurumi, Vincent’s book explains the necessary crochet stitches so you can crochet amigurumi.

Here, at Great, we enjoyed his book so much so that we thought Vincent was the best expert to chat to about all things amigurumi crochet – he explains what amigurumi is and how to get started. Get your crochet hook ready!

What is amigurumi and how did you discover it?

“Amigurumi is the Japanese art form of doll making, made by knitting or crocheting. I’ve wanted to get into crochet for a while but only knew it as something to make scarves and hats with – it wasn’t until I did a deep dive on Google that realized realized dolls could be made!”

What was the first project you did?

“My main motivation for starting making amigurumi was to create Pokémon! My first project was a Squirtle and there was definitely a lot of love put into it.”

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Vincent designs his own amigurumi patterns and loves the simplicity of only using a few materials

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Can people who have never crocheted make amigurumi?

“Yes, absolutely! Luckily, many amigurumi are made from the simplest of crochet stitches. In the book, I explain the single crochet work used for chain stitches, double crochet stitches, and creating a magic ring. The projects are mainly just a bunch of circles and flat panels and then put it all together to create more complex shapes. Sewing is a big part of that.”

Check out Prima’s Beginner’s Crochet Guide to learn how to make basic crochet stitches, or watch our step-by-step video below.

What basic equipment is needed for amigurumi?

“Fortunately, it doesn’t take too much to get in. What you need is a crochet hook (4mm is my favorite), yarn, a darning needle for sewing, scissors, fiberfill to stuff your doll, and safety eyes to add a face.”

How did your book Knot bad amigurumi occurrence?

“Quarto Group approached me and invited me to add some of my designs to a collection. It’s 25 amigurumi crochet patterns that fit into five different categories including space and forest. I have done my best to implement the crochet patterns in it Knot Bad Amigurumi simple enough that anyone could make it, but would still give the impression of being complex.

While writing the book I realized that I am so inspired by my surroundings, the Pacific Northwest. The coast inspired the beach chapter, which features an amigurumi turtle and an amigurumi surfboard.”

What are the most common things people do with amigurumi?

“People often start out with similar projects, usually crochet patterns that don’t involve too many pieces! Bumblebees are very popular and some kind of teddy bear will always be a classic.”

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In Vincent’s new book you will get a step-by-step guide on how to make amigurumi

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Can anything be amigurumified?

“I believe that answer is a yes! I can’t see why something shouldn’t be possible – but some things will be much more difficult than others.”

What are some of the most unexpected things you’ve seen or done?

“I tried to make fun fusions for myself to create a whole new character and one of my favorites was a snail mixed with a banana split sundae! I am currently working on a snowman gnome.”

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Vincent has over 200,000 followers on Instagram and over 500,000 on TikTok

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always have been creative?

“I’ve never expressed myself creatively in my entire life! At least not on purpose. Crochet seems to be the only thing I can really get into and working in 3D is too much fun to stray from. I don’t have any other handicrafts at the moment! When I’m not crocheting, I’m either sucking up media or playing card games.”

Tell us about your Garnpunk philosophy

“’Yarn Punk’ was something I wanted to categorize myself as – it’s really just someone consciously expressing themselves with their yarn. Crochet and knitting are both something to do that goes against the typical trend, especially in the age of technology. And it’s so focused on DIY, which is very punk! Inclusion and representation are important when it comes to his values.

Vincent shares his amigurumi patterns on his to blog.

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They’ve caused quite a stir on social media…

“I think most people are just surprised when they see a young person crochet, let alone a man who does it. On TikTok I was also able to put my heavy metal music into my videos with my dolls. I do my best to keep up with trends that are going around, but incorporate my craft into it to show people that anyone can crochet.”

If you’re feeling inspired to try amigurumi crochet for yourself, buy a copy of Vincent’s book Knot Bad Amigurumi and here are some other amigurumi crochet artists that Vincent recommends to get inspired by this fun and colorful crochet technique.

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Fancy trying amigurumi? Pre-order Vincent’s book Knot Bad Amigurumiavailable from November 2022.

Knot Bad Amigurumi: Learn crochet stitches and techniques to create cute creatures with 25 easy patterns

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Don’t forget to browse our free crochet patterns from Prima for new project ideas and check out our Tunisian crochet tutorial.

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