The Japanese art of amigurumi, or making little cuddly animals, comes from ami, the word for knit, added to nuigurumi, which means stuffed animals. These little cuties are great fun to create and a joy to give to friends and loved ones of all ages. Best of all, they require only basic stitch skills, though you’ll need to crochet in the round, and counting your stitches is key.
Most amigurumi have large heads, thin bodies and small limbs. They often have large, soulful eyes that are embroidered, crocheted or sewn into place, and their overall look is whimsical. The figures are made in separate parts — head, torso, arms and legs — then stuffed and sewn together at the end.