What is an amigurumi, you ask?
It’s not a thing so much as a way of doing things. An amigurumi is a piece (doll, animal, etc.) crocheted in the round. Rather than an afghan, or a washcloth, whose lines go back and forth, an amigurumi goes in a circle, spiraling out from the middle:
It’s a great way to make a doll that doesn’t have any sort of seam, and as long as you don’t need to make something square, it’s my new favorite way to go!
Amigurumis traditionally have other qualities, such as a strong level of cuteness (or kawaii, a word I just learned for a fellow Etsyian), are often smaller in nature (think, fits in the palm of your hand), and generally make you go “awwww!” Recently, I’ve expanded my personal definition of amigurumi to include anything I can possibly make, including larger items, such as Henry the Octopus (above), any slew of Harry Potter Inspired dolls (mandrakes and sorting hats and Dobby, oh my!), and gigantic collector-style teddy bears (my new favorite thing to
crochet do. Ever. It’s beginning to impede my freelancing work. But I figure I’d better get it out of my system before I start my master’s program).
Once you get crocheting in the amigurumi style down pat, you can basically create anything you want. It’s so much fun to start a new project, and even more fun to finish, hug your new doll, and know YOU made it, from start to end, and someone else, someday, is going to hug him the same way you just did, and treasure him just as much as you do.