Hello, how about going back to school? …
First I want to apologize for being so long without writing, I’m involved with an amigurumi animal project and the truth is that I do not have much time to dedicate to the blog.
Look what cool they are:
And, as if that were not enough, I’m also preparing a collection of Halloween patterns
Well, I can not get to everything …
I would like to create more entries for the blog, patterns, tutorials, … but time is what it is, and does not forgive.
But hey, it’s enough to complain and let’s go to the point.
Usual Mistakes When crocheting amigurumis
It is very common, especially when you’re starting out, make mistakes when crocheting your amigurumis.
These mistakes can make that your amigurumi doesn´t have the finish you expected or, in the worst case, you cannot finish it at all.
In order to make your amigurumis look as beautiful as possible, do not make these 3 mistakes:
1.- Choose bad yarn and hook:
What kind of yarn should I use?
The materials that form the yarn can be cotton, acrylic fiber or both materials. You can see this easily on the labels of the products.
The difference is that with cotton You will get a softer and fluffy result, ideal for children and babies.
However, acrylic yarn It is usually recommended for crocheting amigurumis since it is a material that opens less, easy to weave and the amigurumis can be washed without problems.
What thickness of yarn should I use?
The thicknesses of yarn to crochet amigurumis tend to vary between 3 and 5 mm.
Obviously, if we use a thicker yarn we will get a bigger amigurumi and if we use a thin one they will be smaller.
Normally, the thickness of yarn that we should use is indicated in the pattern, so I advise you to follow this recommendation.
Otherwise we risk that by varying the size of the pieces, the final result is not appropriate, we are not be able to fit the pieces or their consistency is incorrect.
Remember that it is also very important to choose the correct hook for that thickness of yarn.
What size of hook should I use?
Normally, the yarn labels indicate the recommended hook size. But many labels are not reliable, so I recommend you use a hook a little smaller than the thickness of the yarn.
If you use a hook that is too small, the weave will be very tight, with the stitches stuck together. If you use a hook too thick the fabric will be very loose, and you will see gaps between the stitches.
Here’s an example:
The key is to find the intermediate point, that will be the size of hook you should use.
As you can see, if you crochet with a thicker hook, the separation between the stitches makes the amigurumi also be bigger.
However, if you use a hook too thin, the fabric will end up curving due to the tension of the stitches.
So you know, choose well your hook, it is worth trying to lose a few minutes before you have to repent later.
In this post I tell you more things about Materials and accessories for crocheting amigurumis.
2.- Different tension in the stitches:
When we are starting and we still have not controled the hook and the stitches, it is very usual that the tension we apply when crocheting is not correct and the stitches are loose or too tight. In either case, it is best to undo the wrong done and start over.
If we tight the stitches too much, in the first place, it will be almost impossible to crochet on them. The fabric will be tight and we will have many difficulties to insert the hook and continue.
This was my case when I started, I tightened it too much and that prevented me from continuing.
On the other hand, If we leave the stitches loose, we will be unable to shape them, there will be holes and this will give the fabric a neglected and uneven appearance.
With practice we will apply the appropriate tension that will make us feel comfortable with the hook and keep regularity in our fabric.
3.- Do not conceal the transitions between stitches and the color changes:
As you can see, we should not only consider our amigurumi have the right shape, but it is also very important that its appearance is neat and tidy.
We must do everything possible so that the stitches are equal, that the joints, increases, decreases and changes of color are as even as possible.
Transitions between stitches:
In order to ensure that the transitions in our weave are concealed and do not affect our work we can use a series of tips:
- The joints that we make between several stitches or when finishing a row, we must crochet them with a slip stitch, concealing in this way any unevenness or irregularity.
- As for the increases, if we do not follow a pattern, we must try to do them sequentially, distributing them in a regular way along the weave.
If we follow the pattern, we just have to be careful when crochet them, paying attention to take the stitch on which we will increase.
- By applying the technique of invisible decreases these are no longer a problem. Taking the front loop of the stitch, we will join the two stitches invisibly making a perfect decrease.
On the other hand, we can find some difficulty in the final decreasing rows, before finishing the piece.
Sometimes it can be difficult to crochet this part and the space between the stitches is too big.
To avoid this, the simplest thing is to try to stretch the stitches, tightening the fabric a little more.
In this post you have more information about Increases and decreases.
The change of color is something that usually worries us a lot.
When crocheting most of the spiral amigurumis, the more than evident unevenness that happens when changing color causes a bad effect in our work.
There are several ways to conceal this change. The one I use is:
- If the change of color takes the whole round, I do it by crocheting in rounds, this is, with a slip stitch on the last stitch, a chain over it and a single crochet on that same stitch.
By this way we conceal the join.
- If the change takes only a few stitches or part of the row, I introduce the new color in the previous stitch to which I must crochet, in the middle of a single crochet, this is, I start a single crochet and when I have the two threads in the hook, I insert the new color and complete with it the single crochet.
That’s all! I hope you liked these little tips and use them in your amigurumis.
And you? What mistakes have you made when crocheting amigurumis?
Tell me in the comments to help other weavers.