Indie June Stephanie Lau of All About Ami talks about her top 3 tips to making fabulous amigurumi projects

Published on June 22nd, 2016 | by Csilla Gemmecke


Perfect Amigurumi with All About Ami

This week, we are talking to Stephanie Lau from the All About Ami blog. She’s chatting about her journey in crafting and her top tips for creating amigurumi toys

Indie June with Stephanie Lau of All About Ami: download the crochet shawl pattern at LoveCrochetAbove: the Boho Crochet Wrap by All About Ami, click this image to download the pattern

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first started crafting?

My name is Stephanie, and I’ve been crocheting ever since I was a little girl! I always loved doing crafts growing up, from making my own jewelry and scrapbooking to knitting and crocheting clothes for my stuffed animals. I learned how to crochet from a book and I absolutely loved it! I rediscovered my love of crochet when I got married and started working, and I absolutely fell in love with “amigurumi”, the Japanese art of knitted and crocheted stuffed animals. This love of amigurumi drove me to start my blog All About Ami in January 2011 and I’ve been documenting my projects and sharing my original designs with people all over the world ever since! I live in Alberta, Canada with my loving husband Ryan who helps me photograph, design and complete my projects. I am also the mommy to two sweet little girls named Myla and Brielle!

You are the Queen of Amigurumi! How did you become obsessed with them?

I actually started crocheting stuffed animals when I was ten years old. Back then, I did not have a clue that they were called amigurumi — I just loved that I could make my own cute toys! I made a bunny and pig for myself as a child, and I can’t help but smile when I see those creations now. They are extremely floppy as their limbs are attached by one strand of yarn! I also crocheted a cat for my younger sister back then, and she whipped it out during her Maid of Honour speech at my wedding five years ago. Needless to say, I turned into a bawling mess at the sight of this cat — I was so amazed that she kept it after all these years!

Indie June with Stephanie Lau of All About Ami: download her Chinese New Year Pony crochet pattern at LoveCrochetAbove: Chinese New Year Pony by All About Ami, click this image to download the pattern

Quite a lot of people are intimidated by amigurumi –  can you give us your three top tips to make a gorgeous amigurumi?

Yes, I know many people are intimidated by amigurumi as it seems like a big jump from wearable items or more two-dimensional projects such as blankets and dishcloths. It is such a fun challenge though, and once you get the hang of working in rounds, increasing, and decreasing, you can create so many different shapes! To create a gorgeous amigurumi, I would recommend:

Using a small crochet hook

It is generally recommended that you move a couple of hook sizes down when crocheting amigurumi to get nice tight stitches. This gives the amigurumi a much cleaner work compared to bulky, large stitches that sometimes allow stuffing to show through. People are always amazed that I work with my favourite tiny 2 mm hook with worsted weight yarn for my amigurumi!

Techniques such as the “Magic Circle” and “Invisible Decrease” are very important

They make us sound like magicians, don’t they? The Magic Circle helps give a very clean start to your shapes as there is no visible hole. The Invisible Decrease is important when you’re closing up your shapes as it gives a very clean finish — without it, decreasing in rounds often results in bumps, holes, and unevenness.

Learn the difference between the “right” and “wrong” side of amigurumi

I was blissfully unaware that there were two different sides when working three-dimensional shapes when I first started blogging. A reader pointed it out to me, and I was blown away that each side had such a different look. Some people prefer one side over the other, but it is good to know that there are two different options so that you can choose what look you want. Generally, the “right” side is what people prefer as it has a smoother look and a better shape.

I would also recommend taking your time when stitching on faces and placing the safety eyes since different placements and expressions can really change the look of your amigurumi! Even through everyone may follow the same pattern, each amigurumi will turn out differently since each person puts their own touch and gives them their own personalities!

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How many projects do you usually work on at the same time?

I must admit that I usually have A LOT of projects on the go. Sometimes I will ditch a project when I get another idea that I absolutely have to try out and start! I always like to have at least one project on the go that requires little to no concentration so that I can work on it while watching a movie with my husband or as a passenger in the car. Then I’ll have another project that requires a lot of calculations and planning that I work on when I have more time to focus. I currently also like to have a knitting project on the go if I feel like doing a slightly different craft. At this exact moment, I am working on five different projects!

Indie June with Stephanie Lau of All About Ami: we love her Chinese New Year dragon crochet pattern, which you can download at LoveCrochetAbove: Chinese New Year Dragon by All About Ami, click this image to download the pattern

If you were a yarn, what would you be?

Haha, I have never been asked that question before! I love sooo many different kinds of yarns from big chunky wools to fine mercerized cottons. If I were a yarn, I think I would be a soft, blush pink wool with a touch of sparkle to it!

If you love these featured patterns by All About Ami, click here to see all of her adorable project ideas.




About the Author

adores soft and snuggly accessories and thinks there is no better way than making them yourself. She loves knitting, yoga and picnics in the park.

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