Helpful tools

I would like to show which tools I use for each Amigurumi (aside from crochet hook and scissors), which are really useful and which stuffing works best (for me).

First of all: which stuffing tool I prefer?

Of course you can say: "Logically, first with my fingers and later I turn my crochet hook over and the figure is stuffed quickly". You can do it, but I'm saying there's really a better way. The stuffing is often underrated. A well crocheted figure can be ruined by careless stuffing. This is not only due to the filling cotton (I will explain this later), but also due to the tool used, which allows quick, precise and even stuffing. Very important: always stuff so tightly that no dents are visible and no dents remain even after pressure. To do this, it is best to crochet tighter than usual, preferably with a smaller hook than the smallest size indicated on the label. Unless you're crocheting pretty tight anyway. But now for the stuffing.

I tried a lot, finally I ended up with a hemostat. It does not matter whether it is for stuffing large parts or for final "precision work" (with a very small opening). This allows you to stuff really precise and targeted until the very end, almost no matter how small the opening is.

Which stuffing?

I started with Glorex fibre fill, which is available in our DIY store and this is already very strongly pressed and lies folded as a kind of rough fleece in the bag. Stuffing was not so easy, even if they were loosened up as much as possible. With this my Amigurumis became at first very uneven and had dents. I got better results by putting the filling from the outside inwards, so I always drilled a hole in the middle and pressed the stuffing from there outwards. I just repeated the whole thing until the figure was completely filled. This helped a little, but the result was still not ideal.

Then I tried a little looser fibre fill, it went better, I kept the "stuffing from the inside to the outside" until today. Actually, I could have stayed with this stuffing, but then I found something else, so it works so well that I would like to share it with you: Fibre balls. It's made up of tiny, loose balls. Mine can even be washed at 95° C.

At the beginning it was unusual and a bit fiddly, especially if you stuff late and the opening is already very small. With normal stuffing tools (like the crochet hook, pencil or something like that) you can hardly get the stuffing into the figure. But now that I have these wonderful hemostat, stuffing is very easy. I guess I'll stay with this stuffing.

Needles

The wool or tapestry I'm sure everyone knows, has and uses it.

What I still need to sculpt doll or animal faces, is a doll needle. These are - as you can see - significantly longer than a normal wool or tapestry needle. They come in different sizes, I have 10 and 20 cm long needles, so I can actually get anywhere.

Positioning eyes (don’t know the correct term because I haven’t found something like this in English stores.

Admitted, you can also position the eyes with pins. But for those who have problems with visualizing them larger or even designing their own figures, position eyes are really very helpful. The eyes are available in many different sizes, I have a set of the four most common sizes.

These are the more unusual or specific tools, but I think the purchase is worth it. So if you really crochet many Amigurumis or if you just want to make your work a little easier, you should buy them.