Tools & Materials

This is a list of the tools and materials I most commonly use when making amigurumi.  There are lots of useful tools available but these are what you should get if you’re new and want to know where to start.

Tools

Size E & F crochet hooks

These are the sizes most commonly used when crocheting amigurumi with worsted weight yarn.  With amigurumi, you want the stitches to be as tight as possible to prevent stuffing from leaking out and also for a more even appearance so you’ll typically use a hook 1-2 sizes small than what’s recommended for that yarn weight.  You can also use larger hook to start and switch to a smaller hook to make the foundation easier or you can use the smaller hook later to retrieve the thread through a difficult stitch.

Scissors

I have a pair of small but sharp scissors that are easy to carry around.  You could also use a cutting pendant which is a cutting tool on a cord.

Yarn/tapestry needle

These are big needles with big eyes for threading yarn to make it easier to weave in the ends.  I recommend metal over plastic since there will be times when you really have to work to get yarn through a tight stitch.

Embroidery Needles

These are needles with long flat eyes that are made for using with embroidery floss.

Needle Threader

Threading  a needle either with embroider floss or yarn can be a tricky task.  You can buy a needle thread or you can use a scrap of thin wire or string.  You make a loop and insert it halfway through the eye of the needle, insert the yarn or thread in the loop, and then pull the loop back through the eye and the yarn or thread with it.

Straight pins

Pinning your pieces together before you sew them will help you align the and position the pieces precisely. It will also hold the piece while you sew which is much easier.

Stitch markers

You can buy stitch markers or you can just use safety pins or yarn in a contrasting color.  It’s very easy to lose count of your stitches and difficult to figure out where you are because amigurumi are crochet in spirals.  If you mark the first stitch in every row you can frog to the stitch maker and start the row over.  It’s also helpful if you’re designing a pattern so you can mark places you might want to go back to and change.

Task lighting

It’s much easier to crochet when you have a lot of light so I highly recommend getting a task light that you can position over your work.  I have a standing floor lamp with three swivel heads that sits behind my sofa.

Materials

Yarn

You can use just about any worsted weight yarn but I definitely recommend using acrylic yarn as it’s cheaper, less prone to splitting, and holds it’s shape better.  For amigurmi that are going to be snuggled you might try Vanna’s Choice or Vanna’s Choice Baby. For other toys you can just use the cheap Red Heart Super Saver.

Plastic safety eyes and noses

If you don’t want to use plastic eyes you can always embroider eyes on but these are easy to use, safe for kids above 3 years of age, and super cute.  You can find them at your local craft store or online.

Embroidery floss

This is great for adding details to your projects.

Felt

this can be used for all sorts of accents: blush spots, faces on smaller amigurumi, inner ears, feet, etc.