Tutorial - Magic Ring

A magic ring is a way to begin crocheting in round by crocheting the first round in to an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. Alternatively you can chain 2, crochet n single crochet stitches into the second chain from hook.

 

magic ring starting amigurumi
1. Make a loop an inch from the yarn end.
Grab the join with your thumb and forefinger.
2. Insert the hook through the loop from front
to back, yarn over and draw up a loop.

 

 

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3. Yarn over and draw through the loop.

4. Pull the yarn tight. This does not count as the first single crochet stitch.

 

 

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5. Start the first sc. Insert the hook through
the starting loop from front to back.
6. Draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through both loops.

 

 

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7. Continue crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number
of sc for the first round, usually six.
8. Grab hold of the yarn tail and pull until the center is tightly closed.

 

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me, I am always happy to help.

Kristi Tullus

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TUTORIAL - Sewing an open piece to a closed piece.

Amigurumi is usually crocheted in sections, which means when you have finished crocheting, you will have a bunch of pieces that now need to be sewn together. In this post I will show you two different ways to sew an open piece to a closed piece, both of which I use, often in the same project.

Tip! Assembling your toys is easier, if you leave a yarn tail on each piece. Although, when making miniature toys, I sometimes leave a longer yarn tail on the head and use it sew up the whole toy.

Whip stitch

Whip stitch is the easiest and most straightforward way to sew your amigurumi pieces together. The only downside is, the stitches will be visible and if your stitches are not all straight or you don't pull them tight enough, it can start looking a bit messy.

Tutorial: Joining amigurumi pieces with whip stitch // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

1. Holding the two pieces together, insert the needle right
under the first stitch (your yarn tail) and bring it up under the
next stitch. Draw the stitch tight.

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TUTORIAL - Decreasing.

Amigurumi is usually crocheted with just one stitch - single crochet stitch - and increasing and decreasing are used to give shape to your creations.

Decreasing is nothing more than taking two or more stitches and turning them into one. There are many ways to do so, in this post I will show two of my favorite methods for decreasing when working in single crochet stitch (double crochet in UK and Australia).

 

Regular single crochet decrease

Sometimes it is impossible to use the invisible decrease method and this is how I crochet two stitches together then. And if you are not a fan of the invisible decrease you can always use this one instead.

 

crocheting two single crochet stitches together
single crochet decreasing
1. Insert the hook through the first stitch and
yarn over.

2. Draw up a loop.

 

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single crochet decrease
3. Insert the hook through the second stitch
and yarn over.

4. Draw up a loop.

 

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single crochet decrease
5. Yarn over ...

6. ... and draw through all loops on the hook.

 

 

Invisible single crochet decrease

This is my preferred method for decreasing when making amigurumi. It's not completely  invisible, but it is a lot less noticeable than other methods, which can leave a visible gap or a bump. It does take just a bit of practice, but once you master it, you probably will be using this one.

 

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single crochet decreasing
1. Insert the hook under the front loop of the
first stitch. Do not yarn over.

2. Bend the tip of the crochet hook down ...

 

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3. … and insert the hook under the front loop
of the second stitch and pick it up onto the
hook.

4. Yarn over and draw through the first
two loops. Yarn over and draw through
all loops.

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TUTORIAL - Finishing a Closed Piece.

Finish the last round, Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail, and fasten off. Then pick up all the remaining stitches, six in this example, and close the opening.

 

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1. Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail, and
fasten off. Thread the yarn tail onto a yarn
needle.

2. Insert the needle from the center and under
the front loop only. Draw the yarn through.
Pick up all the remaining stitches.

 

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3. Grab the yarn and pull until the hole is
tightly closed.
4. Insert the needle into the center and bring
the yarn to side of the piece.

 

 

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Tutorial - Increasing

Amigurumi is usually crocheted with just one stitch - single crochet stitch (double crochet in UK and Australia) and increasing and decreasing are used to give shape to your toys. Increasing is nothing more than crocheting two or more stitches in the same stitch. And it doesn't matter which stitch you are using, you just need to make extra stitch(es) in the same stitch to increase the number of stitches in a round or row.

The most common increase in amigurumi - two single crochet stitches crocheted into one stitch:

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Crocheting more than one stitch in the same hole will stretch it out a little and there will be a small gap under the increase. When using soft and flexible yarns like wool or acrylic, it's usually not that noticeable. But if you want to use firmer and tougher yarns like linen, hemp or cotton, it may be worth to use this little trick.

Here the first single crochet stitch is crocheted into the front loop only and the second one into both loops:

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1. Insert the hook under the front loop only ...

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2. ... and complete the first single crochet stitch.

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3. Then insert the hook in the same stitch, under both loops ...

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4. ... and complete the second single crochet stitch.

 

Because the yarn I used is a soft wool and alpaca blend, I didn't really have that much of a problem to begin with and it's difficult to see the difference in the photos. But if you are noticing your increases leave large holes in the fabric, it might be worth giving this little trick a try.

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TUTORIAL: Fastening and hiding yarn tails

When making amigurumi style toys, the pieces are crocheted separately, stuffed and then joined, which means there are a lot of yarn tails to hide.

When making toys for small children, it is important to fasten all yarn tails securely. This tutorial will show how to fasten the yarn tail with a knot and hide inside a piece.

 

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1. Finish sewing. Bring the yarn up through
the fabric.
2. Insert the needle under one loop of a stitch right next to the hole.

 

 

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3. Pull until you have a small loop.

4. Make a double knot. Do not push the first knot close to the fabric.

 

 

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5. Cut off the loop end.

6. Insert the needle into the same hole, going up and through the piece.

 

 

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7. Pull lightly until the knot disappears into
the fabric.
8. Pull lightly on the yarn tail and cut it off close to the fabric.

 

 

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