Let’s take a look at how to read Japanese models from Amigurumi. They are not as difficult as they look at first glance!
A close friend of my partner moved to Japan a few days ago. He was in the United States for almost ten years, and made many close friends in WASHINGTON during this time. I would like to take all possible opportunities to do things for crocheting people, so, of course, I decided to make a small gift for my OS to give it at his farewell party. This bird picture was the first Japanese picture I tried, so I thought it would make sense, other than cute!
I went to Japan a few years ago to visit a friend who lived there, and she gave me a couple of amazing crochet books from Amigurumi, because I knew that I loved doing crochet. This bird is a picture from Amigurumi Forest by Maki Oomachi or あ み み の 森. All patterns are built instead of compositions that I have never tried before. I took a little google to find out, so I want to share what I learned with you today!
Here are some examples of tables I drew to illustrate the points needed for most Amigurumi:
In writing, the drawing on the left looks like this:
R1: sc 6 into the magic ring (6)
R2: Inc around (12)
R3: SC around (12)
R4: December around (6) close.
The picture on the right will be something like this:
R1: starting from the second channel from the hook, SC 6, Part 1, rotate (6)
R2: December, SC 2, DEC, CH 1, turn (4)
R3: SC 4 (4)
R4: Inc, SC 2, Inc, CH 1, tour (6)
R5: SC 6 (6) Hold.
And this is what you get if you crochet these pieces:
As you can see, we have a small ball and a flat hourglass-shaped piece. Now let’s do a good thing: how to read diagrams!
The picture on the left is a 3D piece in Crochet in a round, and the picture on the right is a flat piece where you turn on after each line. This is the format of most models in the Japanese book I have seen, and I will guide you through the various symbols and their meanings.
X-point single crochet
0 chain stitch
• – Slip point (I did not include any of them in my diagrams, but it’s good to know!)
X with a sort character (^): represents a decrease if the point is oriented to the next line, or an increase if the point is in the direction of the previous line
There are also 3 Japanese characters that I think it is useful to know here. I listed them at the bottom of the figure, as well as their points inside each graph.
わ (WA): ring, loop or circle (often used with a 1-channel stitch to mark the start of the magic ring for details in a round)
目 (Me): stitch (often used to show the number of stitches in the starting line)
段 (Dan) -line or round (used to display the number of rounds or lines in a piece)
The dark triangle on each graph shows where you fit. For circular graphics, you start in the middle. For a flat chart, you will start at the starting line (usually you will also see an arrow next to the starting line indicating in which direction you will be working).
Hopefully that will help you get started. Have you tried the graphic Amigurumi template before? Are there any other characters or characters that interest you? Let me know in the comments!