Tutorial - Finishing an open piece

 

In this post I will show you two ways to finish open amigurumi pieces. The first one is great for pieces that will later be sewn to another piece and the second one for pieces where the edge will be visible.

 

Finishing an open piece where the edge will be hidden

Because amigrumi is crocheted in spiral, there will be a step where the round ends, which can leave a small hole when you sew it to another piece. This is one way to avoid that and make the edge a bit smoother. You can use it if your piece (or at least the last round) is crocheted with single crochet stitches (double crochet in UK and Australia).

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1. Finish the last single crochet stitch.

 

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2. Crochet a slip stitch in next stitch.

 

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3. Cut the yarn. Draw on the loop ...

 

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4. ... until the yarn end comes through the loop.

 

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5. Insert your hook through the next stitch from front to back ...

 

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6. ... and bring the yarn tail to the right side. If you left a long yarn tail for
sewing, stop here.

 

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7. Insert the hook through the next stitch from back to front ...

 

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8. And bring the yarn tail to the wrong side, hiding it inside the piece.

 

 

As you can see from the last photo, the edge will not be exactly level, but there is no clear step, which is what we needed.

 

 

Finishing an open piece where the edge will be visible

This method creates an even row of loops all around the edge, so the end of the round will be almost completely invisible. If you crocheted the piece in spiral, there will be a jog where the round ends, but the edge will look nice and neat. But if you crocheted your piece joining rounds, it will look great. In that case, don't join the last round and move straight to step 3.

Unlike the previous method, this will work with all crochet stitches and is also great for finishing afghans, hats, granny squares, African flower motifs or any other items crocheted in rounds. Don't join the last round and move straight to step 3.

crochet pattern

1. Finish the last single crochet stitch.

 

crochet pattern

2. Crochet a slip stitch in next stitch.

 

crochet pattern

3. Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Draw on the loop ...

 

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4. ... until the yarn end comes through the loop. Thread the yarn tail
onto a yarn needle.

 

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5. Insert the needle through the next stitch from back to front ...

 

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6. ... and draw the yarn through. Don't pull it too tight.

 

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7. Insert the needle through the previous stitch from the top between
the two loops, going behind the stitch (the vertical post).

 

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8. Grab the yarn tail and pull gently until the top loop is the same size
as other stitches.

 

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9. Bring the yarn tail to the wrong side and weave in the yarn end.

 

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10. There will be a small jog where the round ends but the edge will
look nice and neat.

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Right-handed version

Left-handed version

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