Tutorial: How to attach jointed limbs

Have you seen those teddy bears with jointed arms and legs that can be moved back and forth and wondered how to do that? Then keep reading, in this post I will show a few different ways to attach the limbs to make them movable.

Tutorial: Three ways to attach jointed arms and legs  // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Tutorial - Sewing a flat piece to a closed piece

Last week I talked about crocheting and finishing flat pieces. Today I will show how to sew them to a closed piece, depending on whether you want them to stand up, like teddy ears or straight bunny ears, or lay flat against the closed piece, like floppy bunny ears or arms.

I am using the same small bunny ears, which I will sew to the head. I am using contrasting yarn for sewing, so you can see the stitches better, but normally you would use the same yarn you made the flat piece with.

 

Straight ears

I you want your flat piece to stand up or stick out, this is how you should sew it to a closed piece.

Sewing a flat piece to a closed piece

1. Holding the pieces together, bring the yarn up just under the first
stitch of the flat piece. Insert the needle through both stitches and draw
the yarn through.

 

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Leaving holes for safety eyes

Have you ever finished your crochet piece just to discover your stitches are just too tight to push the safety eyes or joints through? It's happened to me a few times. And no matter how much you try to stretch the stitches, you just can't get the eye through them.

It's usually not a problem with softer and more flexible yarns like wool or acrylic, but if you are using tougher yarns like cotton, linen or hemp or plan to use oversized eyes, it may be worth to think ahead and leave little holes in the fabric for your eyes, nose or joints.

Amigurumi tutorial: Leaving holes for safety eyes and joints // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Tips for using fuzzy yarn

Finding fuzzy yarns that are suitable for crocheting amigurumi turned out to be a lot harder than I initially thought, so much so that I gave up on the idea after quite a few failed attempts. My local yarn stores do carry some fuzzy eyelash yarns, but they all have fur that is way too long for crocheting and don't create the nice faux fur effect they are supposed to - they just need a more relaxed fabric and looser stitches. But even if they did, I was looking for a different look - shorter fur that would give a more vintage look.

Tips for crocheting amigurumi with fuzzy yarns // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Tutorial - Finishing a flat piece

A lot of amigurumi toys include flat pieces like ears, wings, flippers or partially flat pieces like the top of the arms. Just like the rest of your toy, the flat pieces start with a magic ring and are crocheted in spiral. Except, after you finish them, you push them flat and don't add any stuffing.

Tip! Flat pieces can also be crocheted in rows, but I prefer making them in rounds - this way the edge will look nicer and the pieces are sturdier.

How to finish your flat piece depends on whether you want it to stand up or lay against the larger piece once it's sewn on. For example: here the straight bunny ears are finished one way and the floppy ears and arms finished the other way. The way you sew them on also matters, read more about it HERE.

Amigurumi bunnies

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TUTORIAL - Starting an Oval Piece with a Chain

In this tutorial I will show how to use a chain as a base for an oval piece by crocheting the first row around the starting chain. I like using it to start crocheting the legs and shoes.

Example:

1: chain 6, 2 sc in to the second chain from hook, sc 3, 4 sc in to the last chain,

Turn and work on other side of beginning chain!

sc 3, two sc in to the first chain.

Do not join round, continue crocheting in spiral.

 

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1. Start with a slip knot. Chain six.

2. Insert the hook in to the second chain from hook.

 

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3. Crochet two single crochet stitches
in to this chain.
4. Crochet one single crochet stitch in
to next three chains.

 

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5. Crochet four single crochet stitches
in to the first chain.

6. Turn and work on the other side of beginning chain. Crochet one single crochet stitch in to next three chains.

 

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7. Crochet two single crochet stitches
in to the last chain (total of four).
8. Do not join round. Insert the hook in
to the first stitch to start a new round.

 

 

Download an easy-to-print PDF version from HERE.

 

Video Tutorial

 

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Kristi Tullus

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