TUTORIAL - Joining rounds for perfect stripes.

Because amigurumi is crocheted in spiral, the end and the beginning of a round do not line up. Which means if you change yarn, there will be a visible step. If you need to change yarn once, it is usually not that noticeable and sometimes can be hidden with some embellishments or strategically placed limbs, tail or ears. But if you are making something stripy, you will have to join rounds to get perfect stripes.

This method makes the seam less visible and can be used when working in single crochet stitch and is best used on projects where the back will not be visible, like stuffed animals. It is time consuming, but the result is worth it. Use it to join every round, whether you need to change yarn or not.

Tip! For the best result, move around the place where you start each round. But you have to be careful not to mess up the pattern. And also pay attention to the next round - you don't want the join to be under an increase or decrease the next round.

 

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1. Finish the round, fasten off and weave in
the yarn tail.
2. Take your “new” yarn and make a slip
knot about an inch from the yarn end.

 

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3. Insert the hook in the first stitch and draw
up a loop.
4. Yarn over and draw through both loops,
completing the first stitch.

 

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5. Finish the round. Cut the yarn, leaving a
short tail, and fasten off.

6. Insert the hook in the second stitch, front
to back, under both loops and draw the yarn
tail through.

 

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7. Insert the hook under the back loop of the
last stitch, from back to front. Draw the yarn
tail through.
8. Grab the yarn tail and pull gently until the
top loop is the same size as other stitches in
the round.

 

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9. Knot the yarn tails together or weave in
the yarn ends. Start the new round from
step two.
10. And you will have a perfect jogless stripe.


 

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Kristi Tullus

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TUTORIAL - Switching yarns

In this tutorial I will show how to change the yarn when working in single crochet stitch.

Tip! This method is quick and easy, but is not best suited for making stripes – there will be a step where the yarn is changed and stripes will not line up. For perfect stripes, join all rounds using this method.

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1. Stop before the last step of the last single crochet stitch with the “old” yarn.

2. Tie the “new” yarn around the “old” yarn
and push the knot close to the piece. Cut the
“old“ yarn and tie the yarn tails together.

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3. Pick up the “new” yarn and draw through both loops, completing the last single crochet
stitch.
4. Continue crocheting with the “new” yarn. There will be a step where the yarn is changed.

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Kristi Tullus

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