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!

 

Getting Started

I’m slowly, but surely, getting this site under control. I was about to give up on WordPress, but I think I’ll stick it out and see if I can make this work. I may need to try out different themes to see if there’s one that suits me better. For now, I’m going to take the advice I’ve been given and abandon my perfectionism and just get started. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed, because it’s been so long since I’ve tried something creative and new, but taking risks is important, and I have very little to lose with this one. Truthfully, just the act of starting this blog, setting up an Etsy store, and creating a Facebook page for everything I’ve crocheted, has made me ridiculously happy, which is more than worth it!

Everything is a learning experience in the end, and sometimes things that don’t turn out the way we planned still have the ability to make us smile.

Finally!

I’ve been talking about starting a blog for a number of years, but I couldn’t figure out what was holding me back. Signing up for my first craft show made everything click. Originally, I intended to write about serious things, but I think that’s what was holding me back. I need fun and creativity in my life, so this will be my space to be me and write about my passions. This will mostly be a crafty blog, but you’ll probably see random posts about music, books, and travel. Oh, and astronauts. LOTS of astronauts.

Enjoy!