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How to sew the different parts of our Amigurumi + Kitten Pattern

We are going to deal with one of the issues that most concern the amigurumis crocheters, especially if they are starting:

How to sew the different parts of our amigurumi?

This question is important, because although you crochet each part very well, if when assembling the joint is not correct, it will not only affect the appearance of your creation, but you run the risk of detaching the pieces, with the problems that this can cause.

In order to sew the parts of an amigurumi you will need:

  • The different pieces previously crocheted in which, to facilitate the join, you will have left a thread at the end of the fabric. The length of this thread will depend on the size of the piece you have to sew. More it is better than less and it will be the experience that will allow you to adjust the lenght.
  • Wool or yarn of the right color in relation to the part you have to sew. You will need it in case you have not left a thread or that it isn’t enough to complete the joint of the piece.
  • Yarn Needle, that is, a needle suitable for sewing the wool or yarn that we use to crochet our amigurumis. You can find them in different materials, sizes and thicknesses. I usually use metal about 8 cm long.
  • Tape measure to place the pieces in the right place, especially if the exact measurements are specified in the pattern.
  • Pins to secure each piece in place and prevent them from moving while you sew them.
  • The diversity of the pieces and their placement force us to join them in different ways. Let’s see some examples applied to our amigurumi kitten:

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Joining an open piece without filling to a closed piece:

It is about joining the ears to the head of our kitten.

On this occasion, the open piece, as it does not have fiberfill, is flat, which divides it into two parts, front and back.

Once the piece is placed in the correct place, for what you can use a measuring tape (photo 1) fix it with one or several pins (photo 2).

On one hand, sew it by taking a piece of fabric from the head and on the other, the full stitch of the ear. (photos 3 to 6)

Amigurumi Cat

By this way when you have a part sewed, move the ear to the other side and sew the other part as close as possible.

Crochet Cat

Finally, make a small knot and introduce the remaining thread to lose it inside the fabric and cut the rest. You should do this to finish the join of all the pieces of your amigurumis.

Sew Parts Amigurumi

You already have both ears of your kitten.

Sew Parts Amigurumi

Joining an open piece to a closed one:

We have done it with nose and tail.

To begin, hold the piece with pins in the desired place.

Crochet Kitten

Then, sew it taking a bit of the fabric of the closed piece, that is, the head and body of the kitten, to join it to each stitch of the open piece, point by point.

Sew Parts Amigurumi

In the case of the tail, having a twisted shape, you must pay special attention to take the fabric of the closed piece so that the open piece keeps its shape.

Amigurumi Cat Crochet

Joining two flat pieces:

We are going to sew two flat pieces, one on top of the other. It is about joining the stripes of the kitten to the head.

Amigurumi Kitten Pattern

You will do it in the same way: Take from the small piece the whole stitch and from the big piece a little fabric.

Sew Amigurumi

And so you have the kitten’s stripes:

Kitten Pattern

Joining of two open pieces:

It will be the case of the join of the head with the body.

It is something very simple, because the number of stitches of both pieces usually matches.

Proceed then to fix the head in its place and once well centered, sew the stitches one by one, that is, the point of the head with its corresponding point of the neck.

Before finishing, when you have left 3 or 4 stitches to finish the join, a little trick to achieve more firmness in the head of any of your amigurumis is to introduce a little more filling in that hole.

You will be surprised to see that you can still put plenty of stuffing in this area of the neck because when handling it while we sew, the fiberfill has moved up (head) or down (body), leaving the area of the neck weakened.

If the head of your amigurumi does not hold up anyway, try this.

Joining the ends of the same piece:

It involves sewing the collar over the kitten’s neck joining the ends.

In this case, we will sew the jingle bell on this joint so more than its appearance, what interests us is that it has a V shape.

To do this, sew zig-zag taking the stitch of one of the sides and going to the next stitch on the other side to complete the join.

Amigurumi Cat

Joining two closed pieces:

In our example, we are going to sew the jingle bell on the collar.

To do this, after holding it in place (photo 42) take some fabric from each part, moving around the jingle bell and trying to do it in a small radius so that it looks like it is hanging.

Amigurumi Cat

This is all!

Let’s practice this tutorial crocheting this cute kitten.

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Happy crochet!

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Practice the Reversible Color Change by Crocheting this nice Butterfly

Sometimes we find the difficulty of crocheting a flat piece that has successive color changes having the need that the transition between colors will be good on both sides, by the right and also by the reverse that will remain visible.

Color Changes

To achieve that the changes of color do not alter the reverse of our fabric keeping the same drawing as the right, what we do is crochet with the two threads, one main and another hidden, so that we can alternate between them without affecting the design.

Let’s see how to do it in our case:

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1.- We begin by crocheting with one of the colors (pink) to then change to the second color (lilac), but instead of cutting the pink thread or leaving it outside the fabric, what we will do is incorporate it into it.

To do this, we keep it on the back and we crochet on it at the same time that we crochet on each stitch with the thread of the main color.

The new lilac stitches will remain on the pink thread that is hidden among them.

2.- We change again to the pink color that will become the main color in our fabric. We do it by incorporating it in the final step of a single crochet. To do this, we begin to crochet the single crochet with the lilac color and at the moment we have the 2 loops in the hook, we will introduce the pink color through them completing the single crochet.

3.- We already have the pink thread as the main one but we must keep the lilac color hidden, as we have done before and continue crocheting with the two threads.

As you can see, keeping the two strands in the fabric is very simple, avoids cuts and loose threads and in addition to providing a reverse of the piece without defects, it is also very useful when we have to make continuous color changes.

Practice the reversible color change by crocheting this nice butterfly

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It is specially designed so that, following the instructions of the pattern, you can practice the color changes easily.Butterfly Amigurumi Pattern

Use other colors, combine them as you want, you’ll see how beautiful it looks!

And do not forget to send me a photo so everyone can see how well you did it.

Happy and colorful crochet!

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How to Hide the Color Changes in your Amigurumis

Do you have difficulties to changing colors in crochet?
Is there a gap in the fabric that disfigures it?

Amigurumis are crocheted in rounds being the most used way to make them the spiral technique.

That is, instead of closing each round independently, we continue crocheting the next one.

By this way, the stitches move to form the spiral, instead of remaining above the stitches of the previous round.

When we change color, when we crochet in continuous rounds in spiral, that displacement of the stitches causes a gap in the fabric, an unevenness that disfigures the design.

It is a detail that can make a difference.

Today I am going to teach you 2 tips so that, in a simple way, the color changes are linear and have no unevenness:

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How to Crochet a Magic Ring Step by Step (Beginner’s Guide)

 

The magic ring Is the stitch that allows us to begin crocheting in the round and therefore most of amigurumis.

It consists of forming a sliding circle that we will close after crocheting on it the beginning stitches of our fabric.

Being a basic element, it is also the first great difficulty with which you find yourself when starting to crochet the amigurumis, even becoming a cause of frustration and abandonment before you start.

There are different ways to make the magic ring, adjustable ring or magic circle.

Next I will show you mine and you can check with this simple step by step that it is not as difficult as you thought.

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Are there Holes in the Fabric? Try this…

A very common problem  that we have when crocheting amigurumis is that sometimes the stitches open and you see the filling inside, which is not very aesthetic.

This can happen for several reasons:

1.- Size of the hook:

It is possible that the crochet hook is not the most suitable for the thickness of yarn that you use and crocheting with it, the stitches remain more separated than they should.

Try crocheting with a smaller needle.

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How to Crochet Ringlets for the Hair of your Amigurumis

Hello weaver!

Today I bring you a tutorial that will come great to you if you want to make ringlets for the hair of your amigurumis.

You may have already seen them in some of my patterns, as in the Unicorn Witch or the Christmas elf.

We can make the ringlets separately or on an crocheted base that will have already the shape and size that we need. Here, for example, I have crocheted an elongated piece that, once the ringlets are added, will become the manes of our unicorn witch.
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How to Design your own Amigurumi Patterns

Would you like to create your own amigurumi designs?

Do you want to learn how to design amigurumis and do not know where to start? …

From time to time you ask me how I design my patterns, you have even asked me to do a lesson to learn how to design amigurumi patterns.

I have done a search and the truth is that there is not much information about it, so I will try to explain the process that I follow to design my amigurumi patterns:

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Analysis of a Amigurumi Pattern

We are going to analyze a very simple pattern through which we will see:

  • General aspects of a pattern: materials, abbreviations, filling and finishing of the piece.
  • Use of the different types of rows to give rise to the following figures: oval, perfect sphere, thin and elongated shape with variation of size and simple, triangular shape crocheted into spiral and straight way, half sphere, elongated irregular shape, flat circle, lineal shape.
  • Form an edge in the fabric.
  • Losing stitches by crocheting in straight.
  • Calculation of the sequences that we use in the increasing and decreasing rounds: combinations of stitches.

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