Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting and crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. In fact, the word amigurumi itself means, “knitted stuffed doll” in Japanese. Traditionally renderings in such a style tend to be animals but can also include artistic renderings or inanimate objects with anthropomorphic features as is typical Japanese culture. And like a lot of things in Japan, a key characteristic to amigrurumi is cuteness in which figures usually have a round head that’s disproportionally larger than their bodies. Since 2003, amigurumi has become popular to the masses outside its native range that such items are now the most popular pieces. Not only that, but amigurumi figures are being made by people outside Japan as well. And it’s easy to see why. In this post, you will see many amigurumi figures of all shapes and sizes whether it be in the traditional cutesy style, renderings of pop culture aspects, or those having a demented spin that wouldn’t appeal to children. Some will be perfectly appropriate as children’s toys while others, not so much. Nevertheless, for your viewing pleasure, I give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of amigurumi.
1. To kick things off, here’s a nice little crocheted Abominable Snowman.
Now while the one on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special was quite intimidating, this yeti is more like “the Abombinadorable Snowman” to me.
2. For the girl who believes in fairy tales, here’s amigurumi crocheted princess doll.
Sure she may be a lovely princess but she also seems to be from a more ethnically diverse background than most Disney princesses who are usually white. Let’s just say Disney has no Asian, Indian (India), Hispanic, or Polynesian princesses whatsoever.
3. For the redhead girl in all of us, meet Emily.
Now she seems the perfect little doll you’d want to give your niece, daughter, or cousin. Still, if Madeline had a granddaughter, she’d look like this.
4. Grace your Christmas tree with this cute crocheted angel.
I’ve seen a lot of angel amigurumi on Google Images. Of course, the biggest disadvantage of having them as a tree topper is that they don’t light up. Yet, that may be easily remedied.
5. Bunny Norman Bates sure loves his mother if you know what I mean.
Of course, only those who’ve watched Psycho would get this. Still, keep it away from blonde women in showers, especially in seedy desolate motels in the Southwest US that use taxidermy as decor.
6. As with almost every post on crafts, I’d always have to include one featuring Star Wars.
Playset is only available to those who live a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Also, the Han Solo one always shoots first for some reason.
7. Now here’s a nice little dark hair doll for a young girl.
Now it seems this one is made with realistic looking hair. Yet, she looks kind of awkward that she lacks a nose and mouth. I mean how does she even eat?
8. Whether it be for little girls or young men, crocheted My Little Pony toys make the perfect gifts.
Let’s just hope these My Little Pony toys go to young girls. I mean the very idea of adult men being into My Little Pony is rather disturbing if you ask me. I mean College Humor made quite a few videos mocking it.
9. Now these two sure make a cute couple don’t they?
I see a lot of wedding amigurumi figures as well. Still, while cute, I hope the bride and groom would treasure these forever and not let any of their children play with them. You have no idea what kids can do to toys.
10. It’s a pug! It’s a bee! It’s Pugbee!
Now I’m sure it’s cute but I can’t tell whether it’s a mutant from some genetic experiment or a dog in a Halloween costume.
11. If your kid is scared of shots, why don’t give him or her this adorable little nurse doll?
Now this nurse won’t keep you away from germs but I’m sure she’ll make everything feel better. Still, we know nurses nowadays don’t wear that stereotypical outfit.
12. Behold, I give you the Bride of Frankenstein.
Hate to say this but in Bride of Frankenstein, I’m not sure she was green but she was certainly not happy getting matched up with Boris Karloff’s character. And while Frankenstein let his creator and wife escape, him and his bride both died.
13. Now this little bunny would make a great Easter decoration or gift.
Of course, this little bunny was certainly inspired by Hello! Kitty. Yet, at least this one isn’t as creepy as the costumed Easter Bunnies.
14. Now I suppose that this is one of the cutest little peacocks I’ve ever seen.
Even though this little peacock is a little girl’s toy, it’s very obvious this little crocheted stuffed animal is a boy. Seriously, peacocks don’t lay eggs and are built with such a feathered train to attract peahens for mates.
15. These crocheted minons almost look like those from Despicable Me.
Of course, minions are a very popular craft subject in a lot of forms. Perhaps it’s because they’re so cute an very easy to make.
16. Now this little panda is simply as adorable as the real thing.
Of course, while pandas are considered cute due to their black and white composition and bear like appearance, they nevertheless are endangered in China. And I’m sure the pollution there doesn’t help.
17. Looks like Pooh and Tigger have been crocheted straight out of the Hundred Acre Wood.
I don’t know about you but I think these are almost perfect replicas of the real Disney cartoon characters. Of course, the book illustrations not so much.
18. I’m sure the marshmallows aren’t going to like us making smores.
I’m sure the shaded part is already burned and one of the marshmallows is already dead. And I’m sure the others are fearing an upcoming infernal demise.
19. There’s a happy face in the cheese pizza.
Let’s hope the cutter doesn’t do anything to this pizza. Still, I think it’s very cute if you know what I mean. Of course, I’m sure the cheese and tomato sauce bit isn’t made from yarn.
20. Oh, great, it’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.
Now this chrocheted marshmallow titan is much cuter and happier than the one in Ghostbusters. Yet, his appearance is one of the great highlights in the film.
21. Since Frozen is so popular I’m sure any little girl would want a crocheted stuffed Anna and Elsa doll.
I know that Elsa and Anna didn’t have button eyes, but they’re so cute just the same. Still, we’re sure that every little For girl wanted to be Elsa for Halloween this year that there was even a New Yorker cartoon depicting Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon dressed as her.
22. For breakfast, it’s best that you have your bacon and eggs sunny side up.
Luckily, you don’t have your bacon and eggs smile at you in the morning. Else, you might be quite disturbed enough to think twice.
23. From the Lord of Hell to a cuddly plush toy, Satan has done it all.
I’m sure this Satan goat doll with bare breasts isn’t going to make an appropriate children’s toy by any stretch of the imagination. Still, demented but cuddly.
24. While Bambi’s mom got shot by hunters, he was cut in sections by a meat cleaver.
For kids who haven’t seen Bambi: Don’t worry, little ones, contrary to this exhibit, Bambi doesn’t die in the movie. Yet, this doesn’t stop the film from having other scary moments.
25. Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles.
As with Star Wars, I’m sure I’ve put a lot of Beatles craft renditions on my blog. This one is from the Fab Four years such as you’d see from A Hard Day’s Night. You can tell which one is which.
26. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast.
Now these are adorable renditions of Belle and the Beast. Still, Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite Disney films as a little girl.
27. My I introduce to you: Spongebob Squarepants, Suicide Bomber Under the Sea.
Guess kids shouldn’t be watching Spongebob Squarepants. He’s probably not a great role model committing acts of terror at the expense of his own life. Man, what were they thinking?
28. Looks like Bert couldn’t put up with Ernie’s drinking habits anymore.
So yes, alcohol can ruin lives and relationships, even on Sesame Street. Now Ernie is basically a homeless bum forever begging with change with his rubber duckie in one hand and a bottle of booze in another.
29. I give you Carrie Bear.
While the Care Bears are relatively nice and usually even tempered, Carrie Bear has telekinetic powers and will certainly make your life hell on earth if you make her snap. Let’s just say that dumping red paint on her is a very bad idea, indeed.
30. Nothing embodies the holiday spirit at this time of year than the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington.
Seems that people can’t get enough of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is a masterpiece in animation. Still, you can’t really hate Jack Skellington for wanting to do Christmas. Even if he does deliver presents of shrunken heads to children.
31. Let’s just say being a cojoined sister is tough, especially when entering a convent wasn’t your idea.
Then again, even if one of them didn’t want to enter the convent, could you imagine what would it be like if one of them got married?
32. Travel to a whole new world with this crocheted Aladdin and Jasmine amigurumi dolls.
Now that’s another movie I used to enjoy as a young girl. Of course, while Aladdin had Abu, Genie, and a magic carpet, Jasmine had her pet tiger Rajah and her senile sultan dad. Still, got to love her yarn hair.
33. Now these two dolls certainly love to shine and look their best.
Of course, while amigurumi figures are mostly knitted and crocheted, sometimes the clothes aren’t as in this case. Still, they’re both pretty cute and rather dressy.
34. How would you like to have a jar of pickles smiling at you every day in a jar?
Just stay in the brine, guys. Of course, one day you’ll be taken out of the bridge to be chopped up and put on somebody’s burger. So enjoy it while you can.
35. Don’t look now but I think Count Dracula has come to suck your blood.
Let’s just say while he may be a menacing vampire who can scare the bejesus out of people in the movies, he isn’t nearly as much as a amigurumi. Actually, more cute than scary. Yet, still better than Edward Cullen, that’s for sure.
36. Of course, isn’t this bejeweled girl dazzling?
Sure she may have a crocheted dress on but still, you’d have to admit she’s quite cute in that outfit and hat. And she’s certainly appropriate to give to a young girl for Christmas.
37. Here’s Bob Ross painting his little mountain scene with his happy little trees.
Still, while I know it’s Bob Ross, I kind of wish the person making this gave him more of an afro like he had in real life. Still, he did paint those lovely paintings like that on his show.
38. Don’t look now kids, but I think that’s the Goblin King with Toby in Labyrinth.
For people like me growing up in the 1990s, Jareth the Goblin King is probably the main reason of what we know David Bowie as. Still, whoever made this got his hair right on.
39. And now, may I present to you Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Let’s just say, Johnny Depp has made a lot of money playing the captain of the Black Pearl. Still, I’ve seen a lot of crocheted figures of Jack Sparrow when compiling stuff for this post. This is the one I just liked the best.
40. For those who remember, this is a crocheted Pee Wee Herman from his Playhouse show.
For those who forget, Pee Wee Herman was this lovable kids show host from the 1980s who had Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Sadly, his career faltered when he was caught with his pants down while watching porn in a theater. And I’m not making this up.
41. Check out these amigurumi dolls in the traditional Japanese style.
Of course, these are all Japanese women and girls in their little kimonos and all. Yet, by Japanese standards during the Heian period, these ladies are way underdressed.
42. For those with green thumbs, perhaps you can give them this little garden gnome crocheted toy.
I don’t know about you but this is way cuter than any real garden gnome I’ve ever seen. Looks like Santa Claus in a little smurf outfit.
43. I give you Gender Bender from Futurama.
Yes, this is Bender from Futurama in drag. And no, I don’t think this one is for kids by any means, Still, pretty funny and I’m sure young man would love this.
44. Behold, the Grim Reaper coming to take your soul away.
For an angel of death, I have to admit, he’s pretty damn cute. Still, when he’s played by Max Von Sydow, he’s one hell of a chess player like in The Seventh Seal.
45. Bring magic to your life with this little crocheted Harry Potter.
Of course, everyone would prefer that I put up a picture of some amigurumi Snape, Hagrid, or Dumbledore since everyone seems to like them better in addition to Ron and Hermione.
46. This piece is known as, “Horse Shoots Horse.”
Reminds me of something I’d see in that hilariously bad children’s book Latawnya the Naughty Horse Learns to Say No to Drugs. Yeah, it’s the one containing pictures of horses drinking booze and smoking cigarettes. It’s basically the Reefer Madness to children’s books.
47. Rejoice for the Lord Jesus has risen!
Sure I’m a Catholic Christian but I can’t pass any stuff pertaining to Jesus for my blog posts. Still, he’s very cute as a crocheted finger puppet you wouldn’t want to put in a Passion play.
48. Grace your home for the holidays with this lovely little crocheted nativity scene.
Now this is the perfect nativity scene for those who have small children running around the house. At least you don’t have to worry about anything getting broken. Oh, and at least the kids could play with the figures. This one is taken from Matthew’s Gospel by the way.
49. Just a happy little sewing machine.
Of course, this is probably one of the few sewing machines in existence that was almost totally made by hand. Still, it’s quite cute if you know what I mean.
50. Who knew that fast food could be so happy?
Now this is pretty cute, despite that these foods aren’t really good for you in real life. Seriously, eat enough of them and you’ll sure die from some cardiovascular disease.
51. For a young girl, you might want to give her this crocheted doll of Tatiana from The Princess and the Frog.
Say what you want about Disney but I think The Princess and the Frog is a movie that’s way better suited for young girls than the original Grimm story it’s based on. At least the movie didn’t have a moral that goes, “if a guy does something nice for you, you owe him sex,” which the original story certainly did.
52. May I present to you the ever imcomprable Ziggy Stardust.
Hard to believe this is my second David Bowie amigurumi I put on this post already. Yet, I’m sure anyone who’s listened to “2001: A Space Oddity” would love it. I mean it’s very cute.
53. For those opting for foreign cuisine how about some amigurumi take out?
Of course, whoever made this isn’t from China or Japan. I mean they have little crocheted sushi bits with a Chinese take out box or a fortune cookie, which is actually an American invention if you know what I mean.
54. While good kids get presents from Santa Claus, really bad kids get kidnapped by the Krampus.
Now the Krampus isn’t a Christmas tradition we have in the United States. But it is popular in certain areas of Europe. Still, this little girl doesn’t seem very happy by any means.
55. Now this group is perhaps among one of the best crocheted teams Marvel has ever assembled.
Hard to believe that the guy who played Thor has recently become the Sexiest Man Alive according to People Magazine. Of course, I’m sure the other guys in the Avengers would disagree about that in years to come.
56. No holiday season would be complete without crocheted figures of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Now don’t these two make an adorable couple? I mean look at their matching outfits for God’s sake. Still, nobody can’t love Santa besides possibly small children.
57. Watch these onigiri do make a snowflake star together.
Now I’m sure that onigiri are Japanese rice bowls combined with seaweed. Might also a be a vegetarian’s equivalent to sushi but I’m not so sure about that. Still, you have to admire the cuteness in arrangement.
58. For you Audrey Hepburn fans, here’s a crocheted figure of her as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Now though I like Audrey Hepburn, I’m not a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sure Audrey’s pretty and her clothes are nice but it’s just that it doesn’t have much of a plot and that Mickey Rooney plays a very offensive Japanese stereotype.
59. If you’re into Ancient Rome and its Empire, here’s an amigurumi of a Roman centurion.
Now I’m not sure whether I’d want to name him “Bickus Dickus” or “Nautius Maximus.” Decisions, decisions. Still, what have the Romans ever done for us?
60. Now this piece is called, “Santa Clawed” which combines two things I like: Christmas and Alfred Hitchcock.
Man, I’m sure as hell those doves aren’t getting anything for Christmas this year. And I’m sure Santa really needs to see the ophthalmologist.
61. Now what little kid wouldn’t go crazy over this cute little penguin?
Yes, this little guy is certainly adorable with its rosy cheeks. I’m sure anyone would think it makes a nice gift for a child. I mean you just want to take this little penguin home, too. I understand.
62. Finally, a puppy that would simply tug at your heartstrings.
Of course, a stuffed puppy is the only kind of dog you should give your kids for Christmas. Live puppies are a horrible idea and most of holiday pups get abandoned anyway.
63. Have a fiesta with these crocheted Mexican food items.
I love the little Mexican mustache on the taco figure. Oh, and I suppose that’s a bottle of tequila behind that and the nachos in guacamole.
64. I now give you the happy little guillotine.
This little blade seems quite happy chopping people’s heads off with the pull of a string. I’m not sure about the state of mind for the executioner though.
65. Seems like that putty tat Sylvester finally caught Tweety if you know what I mean.
Looks like Tweety is going to meet a grisly end by being cooked in a boiling soup pot and served to Sylvester’s dinner guests. It’s a shame.
66. So you see, kids, unicorns do puke rainbows.
On one hand, this is rather disgusting. Yet, on the other hand, it’s actually quite pretty. I mean how can we hate rainbows and unicorns? Seriously.
67. Now this is how Walter and Jesse cook meth.
Both these guys come with their own removable suit and Walter has his hat. Also, when you take Walter’s yellow suit off, he has no pants. Just his tidy whiteys.
68. Now this girl seems all dressed up and ready to play in the snow.
Since I love purple, I would certainly have wanted a little doll like this when I was a little girl. Still, she’s just so cute with her dark yarn hair.
69. Anyone want to build a snowman?
Now that’s a cute snowman to put on your mantlepiece. Even better is that it doesn’t come with a corn cob pipe.
70. This little crocheted Indiana Jones goes globetrobbing for priceless artifacts.
I suppose that this little guy is also expert with a bull whip, hate snakes, destroys ancient buildings for trinkets, and is a really shitty professor.
71. Now these owl amigurumi figures are certainly worth hooting for.
Because not only are the incredibly adorable, they also come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and colors. There’s even a purple one.
72. Seems like Raggedy Ann has gone off the deep end.
Either that, or this is the love child between Raggedy Ann and Freddy Kreuger. And I hope it’s the latter because I don’t want to see Raggedy Ann be someone who appeared to escape Arkham Asylum.
73. Of course, you can’t have an amigurumi post without including Japanese icon Hello Kitty.
I was going to put up a picture of Hello Kitty committing sepukku on this post. Yet, I decided against it for reasons I can’t really disclose on this blog. Still, she’s totally a cat but cute though.
74. Is is just me or is that the evil penguin from Wallace and Gromit?
I’m sorry Feathers McGraw but there’s no way in hell that putting a rubber glove on your head could convince me that you’re a chicken. I mean, you’re not fooling anybody (save perhaps Wallace).
75. In Hawaii, you might be delighted to see this little girl in the grass skirt.
Of course, I’m sure this is probably the only thing made of wool a young girl in Hawaii would probably have considering the state’s climate and all. Still, she’s simply adorable beside the old style bus I believe.
76. Check out this amigurumi of Mulan, from the Disney movie.
This is Mulan at the point of the movie before she started crossdressing and joining the army in her father’s place. Still, please don’t consider her a princess because she certainly isn’t by any means.
77. Man, what ran over this possum really caused it to spew its guts out.
Actually, I’ve seen a lot of roadkill on my road during my walks. And let me tell you, I’ve seen a lot worse when it comes to dead possums. Besides, I don’t consider possums cute by any means at all.
78. Now I’m sure this little crocheted doll is a perfect prima ballerina.
Still, while I don’t really get dancing and ballet at all, I have to admit this doll is so cute. Also, like how she reflects in the mirror. She seems so happy. Wait until she realizes that dancers don’t have long careers, unless they perform at some seedy joint like the Filly Corral.
79. Look at that cute little mermaid lounging on the beach.
Sure she’s adorable and makes a great gift for a young girl. But whatever you do, don’t put her near water. Seriously, you don’t want to do that to stuffed toys.
80. Now doesn’t this girl make a pretty little snowflake in her little snowflake dress?
Yes, she’s a snowflake girl. And no, she’s not Snow Queen’s daughter to a Mexican bandito. At least I hope she’s not. Still, she’s really cute if you know what I mean.