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How to Learn French Through Your Love of Amigurumi

So, you love the intricate art of amigurumi and have a hankering to speak French? You're in for a treat. What if your cozy hobby could be the key to unlocking a whole new language?

Think of it this way: every time you crochet those cute little figures, you could be weaving in some French, too. Let's dive into how your crafting sessions can double as French lessons. Get ready to purl your way through pronouns and slip stitch past simple tenses with ease.

Why Learn French to Practice Amigurumi?

English is a pretty common language, especially when it comes to crochet patterns. For this reason, many French people know how to recognize English crochet or sewing pattern terms, but not the other way around. That can really limit your creativity and crochet ability!

For example, this pattern by L’emmailleuse, “Trio de Cactus Boule” (or “Ball Cactus Trio”), won’t make a lot of sense, but it would be sad to leave those little “cactus boules” alone because you can’t understand French. Learning a bit of French means you can make those cactuses!

But while you learn, you can still check out my free Bunny Puff Amigurumi pattern!

How Can You Learn French Through Amigurumi?

One of the best ways to learn a language is through a medium you enjoy because it makes the hard task of remembering syntax and grammar so much easier. But before you learn through your hobby, it’s recommended that you have a decent base in a language. Many patterns on the internet are written by bloggers, meaning they’ll use a lot of slang and informal language.

If you opt for French language training with Lingoda you’ll be able to learn from native language speakers. This means they can get you caught up on the latest slang. And while textbooks are a good way to learn formal language, they often miss the mark when it comes to casual speech.

However, if you’re not interested in becoming conversationally fluent, then you can simply memorize key crochet and amigurumi terms. Just like in English patterns, French patterns will have terms and phrases that appear frequently. For example, “m” is “maille,” which is French for “st” or “stitch.” If you keep these terms in mind, you’ll be able to follow a pattern no problem.

25 French Terms You Should Know Before Crocheting

There are plenty of terms you could learn to make the practice of reading French Amigurumi patterns a lot easier, but these 25 terms will appear more often. So, get to know them!

English Term

French Term

Back Loop (bl)

Le Brin Arrière (de la Maille) (ba)

Back Post (bp)

Double Bride en Relief Arrière

Beginning (beg)

Commencer (com)

Between (bet)

Entre (ent)

Chain (ch)

Maille en L’air/Chaînette (ml)

Cluster (cl)

Grappe (gr)

Continue (cont)

Continuer (cont)

Decrease (dec)

Diminution (dim)

Double Crochet (dc)

Bride (br/b)

Fasten Off (FO)

Arrêter le Travail 



Front Post (fp)

Double Bride en Relief Avant



Half Double Crochet (hdc)

Demi-Bride (db)

Increase (inc)

Augmentation (aug/augm)

Magic Ring (mr)

Cercle Magique (cm)

Row (r)


Safety Eyes

Yeux de Sécurité



Single crochet (sc)

Maille Serrée (ms)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Maille Coulée (mc)

Stitch (st)

Maille (m)



Treble Crochet (tr)

Double Bride (Db/DB)

Wrong Side (ws)

Envers (de L’ouvrage)

In Conclusion…

Ready to get your French on with a side of amigurumi? This is your moment. Picture this: You're showing off your latest crochet critter and casually dropping some French flair into the convo.

Cool, right? So why wait? Grab that yarn, and let's turn those "uhhs" into "ahhs" as you chat away in French with every adorable creation. Let's do this—stitch by stitch, word by word.