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« on: March 21, 2007 10:21:17 PM »

So I've seen alot of "amigurumi" mentioned in various forums but I'm really not sure what it is...Can someone help?
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007 12:42:26 AM »

It can be super addictive!  Essentially amigurumi is a style of Japanese crochet or knit dolls.  Though mainly it's crocheted animals with a certain look to there facial features, wide set eyes on or below the level of the nose.  You should check out flickr, people post amigurumi pics daily.  You can also go to yesasia.com, type in amigurumi under books, and get a sampling of pattern books from Japan.  Try checking this out too...

http://huangfamily.com/craftingjapanese/archives/amigurumi/

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007 10:55:17 AM »

Ooooohhhh. Yes that totally helps. Question though, it's it a different style of crochet itself? By that i mean, are they different stitches form US/European style stitches or just Japanese patterns?
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007 11:59:37 AM »

You make ami's in all sc(US)/dc(UK) usually using a hook or two smaller than you normally would for the yarn you choose. Japanese pattern books use symbol crochet so the x=sc.

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007 04:38:39 PM »

Yep, sammimag is right, all single crochet, with occasional double crochet.  Just need to use a hook that is smaller than what the yarn calls for, so you can get a really tight fabric.  Wouldn't want your stuffing to poke through.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007 05:07:21 PM »

ty I'm going to have ot look for a few patterns now
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