Crocheting is for everyone!
We welcome all levels of experiences and all ages to join this group!
Inspired by the amazing response to our first World Amigurumi Exhibit, RESOBOX has decided to hold its own crocheting and amigurumi-making group. This group holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at RESOBOX Gallery where crocheters and amigurumi-lovers of all experience levels are encouraged to learn from one another and create things together.
Everyone who joins this group is welcome to work on their own projects, but Jing (RESOBOX’s crochet and amigurumi instructor) will be available during the meetings to help and answer any questions. She will also be leading an amigurumi project each week for those who don’t have their own project to work on. All experience levels (and ages) are welcome to join this group, and we encourage advanced and intermediate crocheters to help the beginners.
There is no class fee to join this group! However, there is a one drink minimum from the cafe in order to participate. Please check RESOBOX’s cafe menu for a full list of the delicious drinks we offer.
And don’t forget to join the RESOBOX Crocheting & Amigurumi Making Facebook Group to stay up to date!
These materials must be brought to every session. The instructor will notify students if any additional materials are required.
- Yarn (Acrylic or cotton, any color, worsted weight, size 4) – Recommended Brands: Red Heart Super Saver, Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice, Loops & Threads Impeccable, Lily’s Sugar n Cream, Craft Smart
- Aluminum inclined crochet hooks size E (3.5mm), F (3.75mm), or G (4mm) – Recommended Brands: Susan Bates, Clover Soft Touch
- Steel yarn/darning needle (3/4″ with blunt end) – Recommended Brands: Susan Bates, Boye
Printable Crochet Guides
* Please print these before your first meetup!
- Troubleshooting Crochet Patterns (Download PDF)
- Crochet Hook Sizes and Stich Conversions (Download PDF)
What Are Amigurumi?
Amigurumi (lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture. (Wikipedia)
Amigurumi stems from animism, a philosophy in the foundations of many Japanese traditions and customs. Animism is the belief that gods belong to everything: water, food, nature, buildings and houses, even technology. In Japanese, this is called “Yaoyorozu no Kami”. In fact, Japanese people often put eyes, arms, and legs onto non-human objects and give them imaginary lives in order to feel closer to these objects and show them respect as co-existing partners in this world. In recent years, this form of artistic expression has become popular all over the world and is beloved by people of all ages.
Join the Facebook Group!
Become a member of the RESOBOX Crocheting and Amigurumi Making Facebook Group! Instructor Jing will post crochet patterns, helpful tips, information, advice, and video tutorials related to meetups. Students can post pictures of their own creations and interact with other students to get crochet inspiration every day! Anyone interested in RESOBOX’s crochet and amigurumi making meetup group is welcome to join!
Check out our feature on NYC Media’s “$9.99” Show!
$9.99 is a TV program hosted by Dave Evans as he explores New York City to bring viewers fun, creative and amusing activities in the five boroughs for under 10 dollars. Our Amigurumi crocheting class was featured in Season 10, episode 4 that focused on restaurants, events, and centers that included hand-made goods. You can check out our segment at 7:13 minutes into the video.
Jing N. Leong
Jing N. Leong is a Chinese American raised in New York City. She was first introduced to crocheting in 2009 and is a self-taught, independent, freelance crochet artist. Since then, this inspiration has led her launch, “Nana’s Kollection” in 2012. She skillfully crafts and publishes her own patterns available for free on her website, opened her own Etsy shop and maintains a Facebook fan page to share and connect with people from all over the world. She finds crocheting therapeutic, productive, and is her favorite form of creative expression. She wishes to inspire a younger generation by exposing them to the joy of arts and craft.