As a kid, I was obsessed with Sailor Moon. It’s a magical girl anime with a Super Sentai streak: how could any kid resist? From the tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to its heart-wrenching plot, I’d never seen any kid’s programming like it. I was so hooked, I made myself a Moon Tiara out of paper and cut my own bangs!
My mother was furious, but it didn’t stop me. I was dedicated! Back then, I got up every morning to hunt for episodes in 6 AM TV slots. Now, anime and manga are all over the globe, and you don’t have to scour local stores for that rare tape. It’s no wonder that anime has become a global phenomenon: from long-lived classics like Lupin III to brand-new bombshells like Demon Slayer, there are tons of shows and styles to choose from.
Still, figures are expensive, and worst of all, you can’t cuddle them! Lucky for me and you, there’s an easy solution...
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Here are my 30 top patterns for you to crochet your own cuddly-snuggly anime characters!
My Neighbor Totoro
Though you could be forgiven for forgetting, there are three Totoro in My Neighbor Totoro. This is a free design for the smaller blue Chu Totoro, and the even tinier white Totoro. You’ll create Totoro’s knapsack where he stores his acorns, which actually fits around his arm! The littlest white Totoro fits snuggly on his head.
Kero, known to some as Cerberus, is Sakura Kinomoto’s helpful guide and the guardian of the Clow Cards. He’s partial to eating dessert and playing games, and he likes a little attention too! Although his true form is a mighty, winged lion, you can have this cute pocket form instead.
Luffy (One Piece)
A rebellious pirate with a straw hat and a heart of gold, Luffy knows how to make friends wherever he goes. It’s something about that optimistic, all-believing nature that makes it hard to disappoint him! Give him a shot. He’s not made of rubber though, so try not to stretch him too much!
Sailor Moon Crochet Doll
She’s the pretty sailor soldier of love and stitches. This pattern creates an evocative Usagi with curly bangs and pigtails, with her sailor collar formed into a stylish shawl. She isn’t unprepared either, with her Moon Tiara and super-sonic hairpieces. In the name of the Moon, she’ll cuddle you!
Make your own Sailor Mini Moon with this simple guide. She’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but an easy starter project and not lacking for detail. She’s got her tiara and locket, so you know she means business!
Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
He’s a gentleman in armor, with a sweet spot for animals. This design will let you bring a cute little Alphonse to life without paying an arm and a leg! Just remember: humankind cannot crochet anything without first giving yarn in return.
Rengoku (Demon Slayer)
Set your heart ablaze with your very own Flame Hashira! Kyojuro Rengoku is a tenacious warrior with a burning desire to protect the innocent. Complete with his iconic fire-licked haori and hair, you’ll be able to conquer anything with this legendary Demon Slayer by your side.
Saitama (One Punch Man)
Once a salaryman, this hero gave up his old way of life to protect the innocent. His name is… Caped Baldy?! This pattern will let you make your own posable Saitama doll without losing hair over it. He can even stand on his own!
Tomoyo (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Who better to stitch together for your next project than Sakura Kinomoto’s very own super-seamstress? This charming craft of Tomoyo Daidouji features her classic uniform and comes with her white sailor’s hat. She’s the perfect sidekick to cheer you on in your projects!
Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
A missing ninja with many secrets and a heavy burden, death awaits all who meet Itachi’s gaze. But with this pattern, what you have isn’t a dream, but an ambition: to restore your clan, and crotchet a certain man. And his crow, too!
Demon Slayer Bundle
Demon Slayer is praised for its unique characters, intricate plot, and stunning visuals, and has become a cultural phenomenon both in Japan and around the world. This bundle provides instructions for creating crochet dolls of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke.
Bakugo (My Hero Academia)
This amigurumi really captures Bakugo’s distinctive look, with perfectly disheveled tufts of hair and his Grenadier Bracers. Fortunately, this squeezable creation is a little less explosive to the touch, and although he’s scowling a little, he’s really quite cuddly at heart.
Todoroki Shoto (My Hero Academia)
This half-and-half hero is more than meets the eye. From his deft mastery of his Quirk to his strength through hardship, Todoroki really earns his place in our hearts! This craft includes his improved hero costume, including his snow boots.
If you're a fan of the classic Japanese animated film, My Neighbor Totoro, prepare to jump on an adventure bus with this cute and charming design. Make it for yourself or as a unique and thoughtful gift for a fellow fan.
A robot cat from the future with a four-dimensional pouch, who happens to be supremely cute. He’s a robo-school reject who’s terrified of mice, but Doraemon is the perfect gadget-gifted mecha-kitty to improve the fortunes of Sewashi Nobi’s ancestors and turn his life around! Sound paradoxical? Don’t stress about the details. This free design is simple and perfect for beginners.
Team Seven (Naruto)
Kakashi’s hunting the Akatsuki, Sakura’s training to be a medical ninja, Sasuke’s on a path of vengeance… and Naruto’s still a genin?! Bringing Team Seven back together seems like an unlikely task, but there’s an easier way! Make these adorable dolls instead. They stand on their own too!
Hatsune Miku is the world’s number one virtual singing sensation: from the Project Diva rhythm game series, to her live performances and legendary discography, the world is definitely hers. She’s not just a star though: she’s super cute! This pattern recreates Miku with her hair in the charming curls and waves of her princess modules.
Rengoku and Demon
Don’t be deceived by these adorable dolls! These two are sworn enemies. This design comes with a design for Rengoku’s signature flame-hemmed coat and hair, and Akaza’s demon marks.
By day, Umaru is the envy of her school: she’s pretty, talented, and clever to boot. By night, she dons her hamster hoodie and transforms into… a lazy, crumb-rolling gamer?! If you’re not quite so effortlessly successful, don’t stress. Just channel your inner potato with this simple Umaru amigurumi! Her signature hood is removable.
A courageous young girl who is drawn into the liminal world of Kami. After her parents are turned into pigs by a witch, Chihiro journeys through beautiful and surreal landscapes to rescue them – and herself. Losing even her name, Chihiro befriends spirits both big and small to defy her fate and return home.
Captain Levi (Attack On Titan)
From a thief in the Underground to the shining gem of the Survey Corp, Levi is humanity’s strongest soldier: now he’s the cutest, too! This project will help you create his signature look, complete with his Survey Corp uniform and his trademark white ascot. It even comes with a removable cloak!
Anya Forger (3-in-1 Pattern)
This young girl with psychic powers is on a mission to infiltrate an elite school. This 3-in-1 pattern provides the perfect disguise combo to ensure she succeeds in her endeavors.
Sorcerer Trio (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Yuji Itadori, inhabited by the Curse Sukuna, is a sorcerer living with a death sentence. Knowing what awaits at the end of his journey, Yuji and his friends Megumi and Nobara are on a quest to fight the tide of fate. Remember: whatever obstacles face you, you can conquer them too!
This cuddly amigurumi recreates one of Goku’s strongest foes, Majin Boo. Just look at his mischievous smile! He might look adorable, but don’t underestimate him: his alternate forms will eat you for breakfast – literally!
Sakura & Tomoyo
Sakura Kinomoto is a freshman with a secret life as a Cardcaptor. But no magical girl is complete without her trusty best friend! Tomoyo Daidouji is always by her side, designing Sakura’s gorgeous outfits and filming her escapades. They make a perfect pair!
Born as the Saiyan Kakarot and found in a crashed spaceship, Goku is a warrior with formidable abilities, a kind nature and a ravenous appetite. He comes with his original monkey tail, one Dragon Ball and his extending Power Pole! Be careful to keep him out of the light of the full moon.
Tartaglia/Childe (Genshin Impact)
This thrill-seeking Harbinger can’t be contained! Except into this little craft, of course. A fighter that seeks the chaos of battle, this character comes equipped with his Hydro Vision on his belt, as well as his red gem earring. Though Childe is no easy match, some say this version is a little softer than most…
Venti/Barbatos (Genshin Impact)
Some people just like to enjoy life: who’s to say Gods are an exception? Venti prefers the life of a hedonistic wandering Bard to being the all-powerful Archon Barbatos. And who can blame him? This project includes an intricate and customizable outfit, from his harp, hat, and cloak to even his shoes!
As the last surviving member of his own species, Appa is a symbol of hope and connection to Aang's lost world. This flying bison is not only incredibly strong, but he's also incredibly cute and fluffy!
Ahoy, mateys! Get ready to set sail with this fun and adventurous crochet pattern for the Thousand Sunny ship from the beloved anime and manga series, One Piece! So hoist the anchor, raise the sails, and get ready to create your very own Thousand Sunny ship!