How Do You Crochet An Amigurumi Circle? | Amigurumi Basics

Written by Kate Curry

Amigurumi is one of the crafting crazes that is popping up on every crafting site. Used to make cute stuffed animals and plushies, amigurumis are made out of a few simple crochet stitches that are super easy to learn! For most amigurumis as long as you know how to:


Create a magic circle
Slip stitch
Single crochet
Decrease
And increase

You’re golden and ready to start pumping out amigurumis!

If you’re looking for a good place to start, we can show you how to create a crochet amigurumi circle. You can use this technique to make ornaments or any type of circular amigurumi, like a crystal ball!

When making a circle, you’ll be essentially following these steps:


    Make a magic circle
    Single crochet
    Increase
    Once you get to the widest part, crochet the row for a few rounds
    Decrease
    Drawstring shut

No matter how big or small, you will be following these major steps. I’ll show you a few examples!

Materials


2 cakes of worsted weight silk yarn (to make all three balls)
5.5 mm crochet hook
Stuffing
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations


MR: Magic ring
CH(s):Chain(s)
ST(S): Stitch(es)
SC: Single crochet
INC: Increase
DEC: Decrease
BO: Bind of

Measurements


Small Circle: 1" height // 6" circumference 
Medium Circle: 2" height // 10" circumference
Large Circle: 4 1/2" height // 15" circumference
Three balls of spiraled pink yarn have been made via amigurumi crochet techniques and are laying on a geometric grey and white rug

Let’s Get The Ball Rolling!

Small Amgirumi Ball Pattern


Make a magic ring and ch 1
Round 1: Sc 6 times into the magic ring, do not join (6)
Round 2: Inc by putting 2 sc in each st (12)
Round 3: Sc in one st and inc with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
Round 4: Sc 2 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (sc, sc, inc) Repeat (24)
Round 5-8: Sc the round (24)
Round 9: Sc in one st and dec with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
Round 10: Sc 1 st and then dec the next 2 sts (1 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (12)
*This is when you’re going to want to stuff your ball
Round 11: Dec the row (6)
Add any extra stuffing that you may need
Round 12: Snip a long tail and feed your working yarn into your yarn needle. Weave into each st and when you’re done, pull tight like a drawstring. Bo and weave in your ends.
A hand outstretched, holding a small amigurumi circle made of sparkly ombre pink yarn.

Medium Amigurumi Ball Pattern


Make a magic ring and ch 1
Round 1: Sc 6 times into the magic ring, do not join (6)
Round 2: Inc by putting 2 sc in each st (12)
Round 3: Sc in one st and inc with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
Round 4: Sc 2 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (sc, sc, inc) Repeat (24)
Round 5: Sc 3 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (x3 sc, 1 inc) Repeat (30)
Round 6: Sc 4 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (x4 sc, 1 inc) Repeat (36)
Round 7-12: Sc the round (36)
Round 13 :SC 4 sts and then dec the next 2 sts (x4 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (30)
Round 14: Sc 3 sts and then decwith 2 sc in the next st (scx3, dec) Repeat (24)
Round 15: Sc 2 sts and dec with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
*This is when you’re going to want to start stuffing your ball.
Round 16: Sc 1 and dec the next 2 sts. Repeat (12)
Round 17: Dec the row (6)
Add any extra stuffing that you may need
Round 18: Snip a long tail and feed your working yarn into your yarn needle. Weave into each st and when you’re done, pull tight like a drawstring. Bo and weave in your ends.
A hand outstretched, holding a medium amigurumi circle made of sparkly ombre pink yarn.

Large Amigurumi Ball Pattern


Round 1: Sc 6 times into the magic ring, do not join (6)
Round 2: Inc by putting 2 sc in each st (12)
Round 3: Sc in one st and inc with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
Round 4: Sc 2 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (sc, sc, inc) Repeat (24)
Round 5: Sc 3 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (x3 sc, 1 inc) Repeat (30)
Round 6: Sc 4 sts and then inc with 2 sc in the next st (x4 sc, 1 inc) Repeat (36)
Round 7: Sc 5 CHS and then INC with 2 sc in the next ch (x5 sc, 1 INC) Repeat (43)
Round 8: Sc 6 CHS and then INC with 2 sc in the next ch (x6 sc, 1 INC) Repeat (51)
Round 9: Sc 7 CHS and then INC with 2 sc in the next ch (x7 sc, 1 INC) Repeat (60)
Round 10-19: Sc the row (60)
Round 20: Sc 7 sts and then dec the next 2 sts (x7 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (51)
Round 21: Sc 6 sts and then dec the next 2 sts (x6 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (43)
Round 22: Sc 5 sts and then dec the next 2 sts (x5 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (36)
Round 23: Sc 4 sts and then dec the next 2 sts (x4 sc, 1 dec) Repeat (30)
Round 24: Sc 3 sts and then decwith 2 sc in the next st (scx3, dec) Repeat (24)
Round 25: Sc 2 sts and dec with 2 sc in the next st. Repeat for the round (18)
*This is when you’re going to want to start stuffing your ball.
Round 26: Sc 1 and dec the next 2 sts. Repeat (12)
Round 27: Dec the row (6)
Add any extra stuffing that you may need
Round 28: Snip a long tail and feed your working yarn into your yarn needle. Weave into each st and when you’re done, pull tight like a drawstring. Bo and weave in your ends.
A hand outstretched, holding a large amigurumi circle made of sparkly ombre pink yarn.

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Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.