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How to Make Amigurumi Cuter with Perfect Eye Placement

February 10th, 2012

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How to Make Amigurumi Cuter with Perfect Eye Placement
Adding eyes is a key step in finishing your new amigurumi, but where do you place them on your project’s face?Amigurumi tend to look best when their eyes are place near the middle of the face – if you measure the height of your projects head, try placing the eyes about 1/3 of that distance from the top of the head.For these examples, I used a set of safety eyes and crocheted the head portion of the Best Bunny pattern from LionBrand.com with the Papaya shade of Baby Wool.  You can also use felt, buttons, or embroidery to give your amigurumi eyes.
Narrow Eyes Putting the eyes very close together can give your new friend a determined or even pouty expression. If you’re making a silly toy that you want to have beady eyes, this arrangement would be just right.
Wide Eyes Eyes that are very wide-set can give your project an almost lizard-like appearance, so if you’re making a cute reptile like Sssandy or Salvadore Snake, that would be the prefect way to arrange the eyes.
Eyes Forward Most amigurumi look extra cute and friendly when the eyes are wide set, but the distance between them is less than 1/3 the circumference of the head. You want them to be wide enough that they look very friendly, but close enough together so that you could imagine that they are looking at you.

For this example, I used a set of safety eyes and crocheted the head portion of the Best Bunny pattern from LionBrand.com with the Papaya shade of Baby Wool.  You can also use felt, buttons, or embroidery to give your amigurumi eyes.

For more tips on making fun amigurumi friends, check out these posts:

For over 300 patterns for amigurumi and other handmade toys, click here (you may be asked to sign into LionBrand.com).

Have you been making, or longing to make amigurumi? Share your tips or questions in the comments below!

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  • Maryann

    Great tips! I now have my daughter put the eyes in my amigurumi for me. I trust her artistic sense, especially since I once made a Best Bunny who looked a little angry. But my creatures look cute when she places the eyes!

  • Frotunda

    the animal hats are great, BUT only one is for crochet, the rest are for knit and I don’t ko that.  What gives lion brand is not so crazy about crochet???

    • Zontee

       Hi Frotunda, while we sometimes have more of one kind of craft or another featured in a particular newsletter, we do have a large selection of patterns in both knit and crochet (including over 1,900 patterns in crochet). We also have tons of toy patterns in crochet which might give you some inspiration for creating your own custom hat designs. If you’re looking for a particular animal, just type its name into the search box at LionBrand.com to see patterns that we have for it. Hope that helps!

    • Verleneschafer

       I feel the same way sometimes.  There is always a multitude of knit patterns but few crochet.  I like their ideas but cannot use most of them.

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