Crocheting amigurumi dolls is fun and it's always so satisfying to see the end result of your hard work! I've been playing around with different yarn weights and hook sizes to see how my dolls will turn out in terms of size and aesthetic.
I first tried my hand at using fingering yarn - most commonly sold as 'sock yarn'. This is a very fine yarn and it's weight is usually categorized as Superfine or '1'. I used a Tulip 1.25mm crochet hook with this yarn (along with embroidery thread) to crochet the Hello Kitty. It's much more challenging to crochet amigurumis using superfine yarn and the proportions don't come out quite right.
As you can see, Hello Kitty's arms look awkward here.
I also used Lions Brand Bon Bon yarns with a 2.25mm crochet hook (yarn shown in pink) to crochet Usahana. Bon Bon yarns are sport weight or '2'. As you can see, it's a bit bigger than the Hello Kitty made with the fingering yarn and the dimensions look much better. I also love the colours that you can get with the Bon Bon packs!
Usahana - more proportionate features!
My favourite yarn by far is Paton's Astra yarn - I've made most of my Sanrio amigurumi from that yarn. The yarn gives a nice finish (no fuzz) and it is slightly daintier than your normal worsted weight yarn as it's a light weight yarn or '3'.
My two favourite Sanrio characters - Hello Kitty and Badtz Maru!
Moving up to one last yarn that I used for my Sanrio amigurumi - the Bernat Handicrafter yarn. I love using this yarn when I make gifts for little ones because the yarn is made of cotton vs acrylic or wool. I like how the finished product does not get 'fuzzy' and feels more solid as a finished product. This yarn is the heaviest weight - worsted weight or '4'. As you can see, the My Melody doll below is much larger than the others.
My Melody - made using Bernat Handicrafter yarn
There are so many different types of yarns to choose from and each weight and material will give you a different look and feel with your finished products.
What type of yarns do you like to use?