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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|7. Insert the hook under the back loop of the
last stitch, from back to front. Draw the yarn
|8. Grab the yarn tail and pull gently until the
top loop is the same size as other stitches in
|9. Knot the yarn tails together or weave in
the yarn ends. Start the new round from
|10. And you will have a perfect jogless stripe.
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Hi, Kristi!! You have no idea on how much your tutorials help me. I’m a newbie and I’ve learned the most important issues here! I could not thank you enough!!
I have a few doubts in making perfect stripes with this impressive method: it can be used when we start crocheting in spiral, am I right? But what to do if we want a stripe with 2 rounds instead of one? Do we have to repeat all the process, as we were changing the color, or can I join the round (with a slip stitch) and “go up” to next row with a chain? I would love to know the answers, it’d make a lot of difference in my projects!
Love your work, your patterns and tutorials! I wish I could be like you when I grow!
Thank you, I am so glad you like my work :)
Sure, you can start in spiral, I quite often do whenever there are a lot of rounds before the the first stripe, it saves a lot of time.
What I like to do is to stop one round before the first stripe, slip stitch in next stitch and fasten off. And then start joining rounds using this method. This way the place where you go from spiral to rounds won’t be too noticeable. Of course there will be a little tilt there, but you know, compromises …
And of course you can use the “sl st, ch” method, it just won’t look quite as neat as using this method, but it will take a lot less time. You’ll just have to try it out and see if you like it.
Thank you very much! Ü
I’ll definitely try it!
All my best wishes,