Amigurami Tips & Tricks

I have a love/hate relationship with amigurami. I love the finished product, but making them can be incredibly tedious and painstaking. Over the years, I’ve compiled a number of tricks to make my life easier and my finished projects look more polished and professional.

TIP #1: USE THE MAGIC RING TO START YOUR ROUNDS

If you don’t want holes in your critter’s head, NEVER crochet into a chain. Use the magic ring instead. I use this method every time I crochet anything that’s in the round.

WikiHow has great instructions with videos HERE.

TIP #2: MARK YOUR STITCHES VERY CAREFULLY

I have two things working against me when it comes to making amigurami. I’m easily distracted and I can’t count, so I learned (the hard way) that I not only need to use a traditional stitch marker, but I also need to mark the beginning of each round. I do this with a contrasting piece of yarn. This also makes in easier to keep track of the number of rows you’ve crocheted.

TIP #3: STREAMLINE YOUR COLOR CHANGES

I’m a perfectionist, and I hate sloppy color changes. Fortunately, there are some methods to make your color changes smooth and unobtrusive when you’re crocheting in the round.

Here is my favorite tutorial: Oomanoot: The Perfect Color Change

TIP #4: WEIGHT THE BOTTOMS

I don’t like it when my poor little critters fall down, so I’ve started to weight the bottoms of them, when necessary. To do this, I cut a piece of tulle or scrap fabric, fill it with Poly Pellets, and tie it off tightly with a piece of scrap yarn.

Just be careful not to spill the Poly Pellets all over the floor!

TIP #5: HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!

Once you get the hang of making basic body parts, it’s so easy to create your own patterns. Here are two of my own inventions!

I based Batman and Einstein off of patterns and instructions in Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden. It’s one of my favorite pattern books.

I hope these tips are helpful. Let me know of any other ideas in the comments!

 

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