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CrayonPirate
« on: November 12, 2011 09:09:57 PM »

Heya! Not the best title, I know- but to get to the point: I've never crocheted before. I've found myself with a lot of time on my hands, at the house, and thought I should take up some kind of trade. I don't have any hooks, or yarn, or anything- but I've been looking up tutorials, and watching a bunch of videos. I haven't been able to find what I was looking for in terms of complete beginners guide, though, so here goes:

There's a crafting shop nearby, and I've been wanting to get into making Amigurumi dolls. Miniatures, in particular. Lets say I was going to go purchase some hooks, and yarn- is there anything you'd suggest for a starters kit? Anything I should probably practice making, first, to get the hang of practical application of the magic circle, and such?

Thank you, in advance, for your help!

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011 10:44:09 AM »

Do a google search with the phrase;

learn to make amigurumi

you will find a lot of very helpful sites. I would suggest making a few ami with worted weight yarn and a F hook before you jump into the minis. Learn the stitches first.

Looking forward to seeing your first creation.
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chpetunia
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012 02:45:31 AM »

I agree with sewhappysue when she suggests Google search for all things amigurumi.  Do not forget to look at Google Images for more ideas.

Since you have never crocheted before, keep your initial investment small.  Who knows, you may love crochet or not.

Many people use size F crochet hook.  My choice is D for amis.  I also like the clean and clear-stitch appearance of cotton yarn.

Work with worsted weight #4 yarn to learn.  It is easier to see your stitches.

PlanetJune's website has tutorials that are very helpful.

Basic ami uses single crochet, single crochet increase, single crochet decrease, and slip stitch.

PlanetJune also has great tips to join parts of the body in a non-conspicuous way.

Making arms and legs gets tricky because of the small size.

I use small gold safety pins to mark my rows. 
Counting stitches per row is also a good idea. 
Don't panic though.  Amigurumi crochet is very forgiving.
Most of the time, you are the only one to notice a tiny mistake!

There are many free amigurumi crochet patterns to be found on the internet.  Over time, I have collected many free patterns for a wide variety of amis.

Choose a pattern that you like.
Just do it.

Best Wishes
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AshleyCat
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 06:20:06 PM »

I prefer an e hook. Worsted weight is great for starting out (plus its cheap!)
also- fiberfill for stuffing, buttons or safety eyes, and stitch markers or safety pins to mark the start of the round.
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