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Amigurumi eyes - Different eyes for amigurumis

Amigurumi eyes are often the most important components of Amigurumi dolls, animals and figures. Through the eyes you can literally get into the soul of a Amigurumi and they reveal a lot about the feelings and character of the Amigurumi. You can Amigurumi eyes design very differently and not every one eye suits everyone Amigurumi. Here I will show you different options Amigurumi eyes to design. You will also get a little insight into which materials are suitable for Amigurumi eyes let use.

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Amigurumi eyes

No matter whether you are designing an amigurumi yourself or crocheting according to instructions, many amigurumis need eyes. The eyes give your amigurumi a certain character and depending on your taste you can use different materials for amigurumi eyes. Even if certain eyes are prescribed in a manual, you can of course always replace them with others and this often results in a completely different figure. In addition, it can be very useful to have a small supply of your favorite amigurumi eyes in the house, of course you have to know what is there.

Here I have put together a small overview of the different variants for amigurumi eyes. I will briefly introduce you to the individual amigurumi eyes, show a few examples and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the different variants.

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Crocheted eyes as amigurumi eyes

It is often very easy to crochet eyes for an amigurumi. There are very different possibilities here and you can design not only flat but also plastic eyes. Mostly, crocheted amigurumi eyes are round or spherical, as this is the easiest way to make them.

You don't need any other materials for crocheted eyes. They give an even picture to the rest of the crochet piece. They are also more suitable for children, as they do not create a hard, annoying spot on cuddly toys and cannot easily fall off or be twisted off.

However, crocheted eyes often have to be sewn on very laboriously and more complicated shapes are quite difficult to crochet. Also, sometimes they can't be made small enough unless you use a different kind of thinner thread. Of course, crocheted eyes don't sparkle and shine as beautifully as other materials.

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Embroidered eyes as amigurumi eyes

Of course you can just as well Embroider eyes on your amigurumi. Simple eye shapes can be designed very easily and you can often use your crochet thread straight away. Such eyes usually only consist of a point or a line, as in the little lucky pig. You can simply embroider them on without much practice.

However, if you want the amigurumi eye to be a little more complex, you should practice a little beforehand. Also, you best use Darning yarn or Embroidery thread, because it can be processed better.

But then you can also do a lot Embroider complex and individual eyesthat look very realistic. With a little practice, you can too Embroider manga eyesthat look like they have been drawn and give your characters a special character. I embroidered Manga eyes on the little elf for the first time and it didn't even turn out bad.

It would also be conceivable to simply embroider eyes on a piece of fabric and then sew them onto the amigurumi. This is of course even easier with an embroidery machine. If you do not have this yourself, you can perhaps have your eyes embroidered.

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Felt eyes as amigurumi eyes

You can also make eyes very easily with felt fabric. Felt is used because it doesn't fray and you don't have to sew (hem) it. Felt is available in sheets for little money in numerous colors and such a sheet is enough for a lot of eyes. I recommend buying more white and black sheets, as experience has shown that they are used up faster.

For the felt eyes, cut out the individual components of the felt eye, sew them onto each other and then onto the amigurumi. In this way, clearly drawn Manga eyes can be designed very easily.

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Pearl eyes as amigurumi eyes

Also work very well Pearls as amigurumi eyes. Especially with very small amigurumi, it is often difficult to find, crochet or cut out correspondingly tiny eyes. His pearl eyes look very good on the little frog, because safety eyes or buttons would be much too big.

Most common will be black pearls for eyes used because they are most effective. The smallest pearls in the picture are 3mm, but there are smaller pearls. But beautiful effects can also be achieved with colorful, painted pearls or pearls made of glass. Pearl eyes are very cheap and available in many sizes and variants. They can also be stowed away to save space and can be used in a variety of ways.

However, round pearl eyes always protrude as a ballwhich is often annoying with large pearls. You can let them slip a little into the space between the meshes, but above a certain size this is no longer possible. Therefore are suitable Pearls for eyes best in the range of 1 - 4 mm, as there are no buttons or safety eyes in these sizes.

Pearl eyes are not recommended for young childrenbecause they can be turned off and swallowed quickly. With small amigurumis, you should be better off Embroider dots with black thread and with larger amigurumis Safety eyes use.

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Button eyes: 2-hole and 4-hole buttons as amigurumi eyes

With the term button eyes I mean eyes that look like normal buttons. Usually round buttons with 2 or 4 holes in different colors are used. Button eyes are often sewn on with a thread in a contrasting color in order to imitate the impression of the iris and pupil of the eye.

Suitable button eyes are easy and relatively cheap to get hold of in many colors, variants and sizes. Button eyes often exude the charm of homemade dolls and bring a little nostalgia with them. For small children it is better to use 4 hole buttons, because these can be sewn on more tightly and not so easily twisted off.

If you want to carry around a small supply of button eyes, that can be a major factor. In addition, buttons are only available in certain sizes, very tiny or huge button eyes are difficult or impossible to get.

In the future, just collect the buttons on your old clothes before you bring them to the clothes donation. Maybe your relatives and friends will join in for you. With it you not only fill up your button collection inexpensively, but also do something for society. Because our old clothes are often shipped to poor countries and sold cheaply there. The seamstresses there can no longer get rid of their self-made clothing and are thus unemployed. Now when they have to sew buttons on our old clothes again, you give them a little more work. But better still: cut up old clothes!

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Handle buttons & handle eyes as amigurumi eyes

Stem buttons are mostly hemispherical buttons with a style for sewing on. Stem buttons are available in different sizes, colors and shapes. From my point of view, only very simple black stem buttons are suitable as eyes.

In a special variant, the stem buttons are also available as stem eyes or as well Teddy eyes, Bear eyes or Animal eyes called. The hemispherical button is already designed like an eye. In the middle there is a black, round pupil, less often a slit-shaped one, as in cats. The iris is sometimes already colored, but there are also transparent ones.

Stalk eyes with a transparent iris can be backed with colored felt, which then shines through the eye. If you have the desire and talent, you can simply paint a few stalk eyes from behind and create a beautiful eye color.

Unfortunately, stalk eyes are usually very expensive and difficult to obtain. There are often only sizes of 8mm, 10mm and 12mm. In addition, the handle is very thick and difficult to pull into the spaces between the stitches. Therefore, stem eyes are more suitable for larger cuddly toys crocheted with thicker yarn.

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Hemispherical buttons & coat buttons as amigurumi eyes

Hemispherical buttons look like half a ball and have small holes or a small metal ring to sew on on the flat side. They are quite readily available and also come in small sizes. Again, black hemispherical buttons are best suited for amigurumi eyes. Due to the missing stem, they can also be sewn onto dense stitches.

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Safety eyes as amigurumi eyes

Safety eyes are plastic eyes with a pen, which are closed on the back with a metal or plastic ring. Safety eyes are very suitable for childrenbecause they cannot be removed again.

However, this can also be fatal, because once attached incorrectly, they cannot simply be removed and used again. It is difficult to crack open safety eyes with the help of a pair of pliers in order to remove them again.

As you can see, there are safety eyes in different sizes, these often range from 4mm to 24mm. The most commonly used and easy to obtain are the 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm sizes.

In addition, the safety eyes are not only available in a single color, but also with a black pupil and transparent or colored iris, like the stalk eyes. There are even safety eyes with pointed pupils, like cat eyes.

You can also get noses with safety plugs to match the safety eyes. There are heart-shaped, triangular and oval safety noses.

One big disadvantage is that Safety eyes must be attached before closing the crochet piece, because the ring has to be pressed on from the inside. The design of the face is often very difficult for beginners, because you cannot try out the position of the eyes on the finished amigurumi. When crocheting an amigurumi according to precise instructions, you can determine the position of the eyes quite precisely by counting the rounds and stitches.

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Wiggle eyes as amigurumi eyes

Googly eyes are transparent capsules made of plastic with a white back made of cardboard or plastic. Inside there is a black plate that moves back and forth as a pupil.

Googly eyes can be sewn on, glued on or crocheted around. Unfortunately, they often slip out when crocheting. Personally, I don't believe in working on an amigurumi with glue, even if it is only intended for the display case. But that too is a matter of taste. There are also googly eyes to sew on, but these are rarely available. Nevertheless, googly eyes break quickly and when you wash an amigurumi they run full of water, which is difficult to remove again.

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Tips for the amigurumi eyes collection

You now know all the common options for eyes and in most of the instructions you will also get information about the eyes used there. Of course, in principle you can use the eye shape that you like best. If you have only discovered crocheting amigurumi for yourself, you should now buy a small collection of amigurumi eyes. So you always have the right eyes at hand. Because it can be quite annoying if you always have to order the right eyes first and wait for them to arrive.

Which amigurumi eyes should I get? - Well basically it depends a lot on what you want to crochet for Amigurumis. However, beads, safety eyes, and crocheted eyes are the most commonly used. Therefore I recommend the following basic equipment:

  • black pearls in different sizes from 1 - 4 mm for small amigurumis up to approx. 5cm
  • black safety eyes in different sizes from 6 - 10 mm for most Amigurumis in common sizes of 5-15cm

If you would like to crochet larger cuddly toys or if you want to use thicker yarn for your amigurumis, you should also have larger safety eyes in stock. If you find them beautiful, you can also use colored or transparent safety eyes with pupils. Here we recommend a set with different colors per size or transparent safety eyes to paint yourself and corresponding colors. You can use all other shapes of eyes depending on your personal taste and purchase the appropriate materials.

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Amigurumi eyes - summary

So you have now got to know some possibilities how to design amigurumi eyes. I hope there was something new for you. If there is another variant that catches my eye, I will add it here. But you are also welcome to leave a note here as a comment.