• V-Stitch vs X-Stitch Single Crochet

    Did you know that there are actually two ways to make a single crochet? If you are new to amigurumi or crochet in general, you may not know the difference between the two and why you would use one over the other. In this post I’ll explain the differences between the V-Stitch and the X-Stitch single crochet variation. Mostly it comes down to personal preference. A traditional single crochet gives you a v-shaped stitch whereas the modern variation gives you an x-shaped stitch and you may just prefer the look of one stitch over the other. However, there is another reason to use the x-stitch variation. The x-stitch creates a…

  • How To: Stacked Single Crochet Stitch

    The stacked single crochet stitch (abbreviation: STSC) is an alternative to the starting chain when working in double crochet. It eliminates any gaps when working in rows and gives a neater seam when working in the round. As the name implies, it’s basically two single crochet stitches stacked on top of each other giving you the height of a double crochet. Do not chain. Make 1 single crochet in the first stitch. Insert hook into the left vertical bar of the single crochet that you just made. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Complete the single crochet as normal. You’ve completed a stacked single crochet. Continue to double crochet…

  • Invisible Decrease for Amigurumi

    Take your amigurumi to the next level with the invisible decrease! Say goodbye to unsightly holes, bumps and ugly stitches. To work the invisible decrease (abbreviation: invdec) you must be familiar with the front loops and back loops of stitches. Normally when crocheting amigurumi you insert your hook under both loops of the stitches but when it comes to the invisible decrease you will be using the front loops only. INVISIBLE DECREASE Insert hook in the front loop of the next 2 stitches (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.…

  • How to Close Amigurumi

    When you’re making a stuffed piece (like a head) you’ll often be left with a small hole after the final round usually consisting of 6 stitches. Most patterns don’t specify what to do beyond ‘fasten off’ so I’m going to show you how to easily close up your piece in a few simple steps. Start by cutting the working yarn leaving a tail of about 6 inches for closing up the hole. Pull the cut end through your last stitch and thread onto a darning needle. Insert the needle through the front loop only of the first stitch of the last round, from the outside to the inside. Repeat in…

  • How to Change Colours in Amigurumi

    Changing colours in amigurumi is really very simple. The most important thing to remember is that the colour change is worked at the end of the previous stitch. Work the last stitch before the colour change as usual but don’t complete the stitch. Stop when you have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over in the new yarn colour and draw through those 2 loops. Colour change complete. The next stitches will now be in the new colour. How you deal with the tail ends is completely up to you. My personal preference is to cut and tie each one as I think it gives a cleaner finish but it…