How to... Make a Cube in Continuous Rounds Part II

As promised, here are the variations to make your amigurumi cubes even more even and pretty!

Learn how to make the corners of your amigurumi cube align every time, how to make your decreases unnoticeable and how to create shaper edges! All while working in continuous crochet rounds!

Crochet amigurumi Gir from Invader Zim

I used them same techniques to create the head for Gir! =D

Check the previous videos to now how to work a crochet square in continuous rounds and then transforme it into a cube!

How to... Make a Square in Continuous Rounds

A crochet square can be used as an accessory or an aplique but most useful in amigurumi it can be used as the base for a cube or other cuboid shapes.

As my preferred way of making amigurumi is in continuous rounds or spirals I also prefer to make squares, that are going to be turned into 3d shapes, in the round.

To learn how to make a square working in spirals watch the video below!

To crochet a square in the round:

- Work 4 single crochets into the Magic Ring;

- Work 3 single crochets on all stitches of the previous round;

- Keep working up to the desired size always keeping in mind the 2 rules:

  1. Always work the corners in the middle stitch of the corner of the previous round, and
  2. The stitches between the corners always increase by 2 from round to round.

Next week I'll turn this square into a cube! Make sure you don't miss it!

How to... Join with a Double Crochet

Learn how to join a new yarn to your crochet work using the double crochet stitch.

With this technique you can add the new yarn in any stitch of your work and you don't need to chain to do it!

How to... Slip Stitch All Around

How to work all around the edges with the slip stitch on a crochet piece that was worked in rows.

I use this technique on crochet pieces that are going to be attached to other crochet works or amigurumi. It gives me a tidy edge and a way to make my sewing stitches without being messy.

In the next video I will share how to attach a flat crochet piece that was worked in rows to another. Stay tuned!

How to... Close Amigurumi - Flat Closure

Learn how to close the top of your amigurumi pieces flat!

This techniques is very useful when you want the arms of your amigurumi to lay flat against their body instead of out to the side, or when you want your migurumi softies to be able to sit down!

Here are two examples where I used this technique: 

Diddlina amigurumi stuffed toy

I used this technique for Diddl's and Diddlina's arms because I wanted them to lay flat against their bodies.

Boy and girl amigurumi

 I used the same technique for Alice and Luca's legs, so they're able to sit down!

Have you used this technique before? How? Let us know in the comments below!

 

How to... Linked Half Double Crochet

Learn how to make this variation of the half double crochet: the linked half double crochet!

The linked half double crochet creates a denser fabric than one worked with half double crochets and it works up just as fast because the stitches are the same height.

The fabric has no gaps between the stitches, all the edges are neat and straight, and the horizontal bar along the rows give it extra texture and detail!

A great stitch to learn! =D

 

How to... Crochet an Amigurumi Cylinder

The cylinder is very useful when you want to make shapes that stand on its own. You can use it to make feet, legs, long bodies, hats, barrels, cups... 

Learn how to crochet a cylinder by using these simple rules:

1. Start with a flat circle

Crochet a flat circle with the diameter you want your cylinder to have.

2. Work up and on the back loop

Work without increases or decreases into the back loops only.

3. Increase height

Work without increases or increases until you reach the height you want for your cylinder.

4. Decrease to close

Decrease evenly around on all rounds until you have 8 to 6 stitches.

Important: the first round of decreases must be worked into the back loops.

5. Close and finish off

Close the opening and finish off securing the yarn.

The cylinder is complete and ready to be used! =)

 

How to... Crochet a Pill Shaped Amigurumi Piece

The pill shaped amigurumi pieces are great to make arms, legs, tails, snakes or any elongated piece you would like! =)

Learn how to crochet a pill shaped amigurumi piece following these simple rules:

1. Start with a flat circle

Crochet a flat circle with the width you want your "pill" to have.

2. Work up

Work more rounds without increases or decreases than the ones where you increased. For example if you increased for 4 rounds work, at the very least, 5 rounds without decreasing or increasing. The more rounds you work this way the longer your "pill" will be.

3. Decrease to close

Decrease evenly around on all rounds until you have 8 to 6 stitches.

4. Close and finish off

Close the opening and finish off securing the yarn.

The "pill" is complete and ready to be used! =)

 

 

How to... Crochet an Amigurumi Ball

Balls are a very useful form to crochet for your amigurumi! They make great heads, eyes, embellishments, bodies... the imagination is the limit! =)

To crochet an amigurumi ball follow these simple rules:

1. Start with a flat circle

Crochet a flat circle to the width you want your ball to have.

2. Work up

Work the same amount of rounds with no decreases or increases as the number of rounds you increased on. For example: if you started by increasing on 5 rounds, now you need to work 5 rounds without increasing or decreasing.

3. Decrease to close

Decrease evenly around on all rounds until you only have 8 to 6 stitches or less.

4. Close and finish off

Close the opening and finish off securing the yarn.

And that's it! Your ball is finished and ready to use! =D

How to... Crochet a Flat Circle

Learn how to crochet a flat circle using these simple rules! 

All you need to do is follow this simple rules:

1. Start with the right number of stitches

If you start with too many stitches your work will become wavy, and if you start with too few your work will bunch up into a cup.

The taller the stitch you're using the more stitches you need to start with:

- If you're crocheting with single crochet start with 6 to 8 stitches.

- If you're crocheting with half double crochet start with 8 to 10 stitches.

- If you're crocheting with double crochet start with 12 to 14 stitches.

The number of stitches you start with may vary depending on your tension and the yarn you're using.

2. Increase evenly on all rounds

Increase the same amount of times as the number of stitches in your first round.

Have the same number of stitches between the increases throughout the round.

For example, if you're working with single crochet and started with 6 stitches your work will look like this:

Round 1: 6 single crochets into the Magic Ring (6st)

Round 2: increase on all stitches (12st)

Round 3: (1 single crochet, 1 increase) x 6 (18st)

Round 4: (2 single crochet, 1 increase) x 6 (24st)

...

Notice how on every round there's one more stitch between the increases, and how the total number of stitches at the end of each round keeps increasing in multiples of 6.

And that's all you need to know to crochet a flat circle with single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet! Use this technique when you want to make crochet flowers, bags, bowls, mandalas and even some amigurumi pieces where you want the finished project to stand upright!

How to… Join with Single Crochet

Learn how to join a different yarn, with a single crochet, to your work.

This technique is very useful when you want to add a different color to the beginning of a row. You don't need to chain in the beginning of that row which gives it a smooth edge.

Have you used this technique before? Did you like it or not?

How to… Extended Single Crochet

Learn how to make the extended single crochet (esc).

This is my favorite crochet stitch to use when making clothes for my amigurumi!

The extended single crochet is a variation of the single crochet. It has double the height of the single crochet and a texture that reminds me of knitting.

The extended single crochet creates a closed fabric that drapes nicely.


How to... Foundation Single Crochet

The Foundation Single Crochet (Fsc) is a great stitch to learn! If you don't like to start projects with a chain and then work into it, the Foundation Single Crochet is the solution!

The foundation single crochet allows you to work the chain and the first row of single crochets at the same time, which saves time and solves the tight chain problem!

Sometimes is hard to see the stitches of a chain, especially with furry yarns, with the Foundations Single Crochet you don't need to work into the chain!

Once you get the handle on it is a great stitch to have in your arsenal! =)

How to... Magic Ring

The Magic Ring, or Adjustable Ring, is a technique used in crochet to begin a work in the round.

The Magic Ring is a very useful technique when making amigurumi, the ring closes completely unlike the chain two method. 

I prefer to make my Magic Ring with two loops, instead of just one, because I feel that its grip on the stitches is tighter and more secure.

Hope this helps you! If you have any questions let me know!

Pet Toys from Yarn Scraps II

As promised here is the second part of the pet toys made from scraps of yarn!

Rope to catch or pull

DIY cat toys

The rope is made using the Kumihimo technique, and if like me, you don't have a Kumihimo loom, here's how to make one:

DIY kumihimo loom

1. Cut a circle from cardboard with a diameter of about 10.5cm (4.13 inches). 

2. Draw a line dividing the circle in half.

3. Turn the circle 90º and draw another line dividing the circle in 4 equal parts.

4.  Turn the circle 45º and draw another line.

5. Turn the circle 90º and draw another line.

6. The circle should be divided into 8 equal parts.

7. Cut out a little triangle at the end of the line.

8. Cut a slit on top of the line.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for all lines.

10. Cut a hole in the center of the circle big enough for the yarn to pass through.

11. To make the loom for the t-shirt yarn rope I used a stronger cardboard and made a bigger hole in the center.

Making the rope

Kumihimo cat toy

1. Cut 7 pieces of chunky yarn 40cm (15.75 inches) long and tie a knot holding all the ends together.

2. Insert the knot through the hole in the loom, leaving the long parts of the yarn to the front.

3. Secure the yarns in the slits leaving one empty. The empty slit is always on the top (marked as I in the picture). Counting clockwise the other important slits are II, III and IV.

4. Grab the yarn in slit number IV.

5. Move the yarn to slit number I.

6. Now slit number IV is empty.

7. Turn the loom counterclockwise until the empty slit is on top.

8. Grab the yarn in slit number IV.

9. Move the yarn to slit number I.

10. Turn the loom counterclockwise until the empty slit is on top.

11. Keep repeating steps 8 to 10 and the rope will start to grow on the other side of the loom.

Keep going until you can't secure the yarn in the loom anymore. Take the rope out of the loom carefully without letting go of the ends. Tie a knot securing all ends. 

DIY pet toys

The ropes are fun for cats and dogs alike! =D

I made a thicker one with t-shirt yarn. I used two pieces of yarn for each slit. The t-shirt yarn is more durable and is easier to wash. I left the ends long on this one because Leeloo likes to catch them!

Cat Teaser Wand

Cat teaser wand toy how to

For this one you will need a plastic wand from an old toy. Leeloo is ruthless with hers and the original feathers are long gone! =)

Assembling cat toy

1. Cut several pieces of t-shirt yarn 1.80m (1.97 yards) long. Fold them in half, tie a knot making a loop at the end where they were folded. I included some pieces that were half the length, but I didn't fold those.

2. The clasp is optional but it makes it easier to take the t-shirt yarn from the wand whenever it needs to be washed. The clasp I used has a base that swivels 360º which allows more fun movements to be made.

3. Cut a piece of string, more or less 20cm (7.87 inches) long, fold it in half and tie the ends together.

4. Insert the string into the base of the clasp.

5. Insert the ends of the string through the loop on the other side of the base of the clasp.

6. Pull the string securing it to the base of the clasp.

7. Secure the string to the base of the wand with tape. I used electrical tape which is sticky, malleable and strong.

8. Insert the t-shirt yarn loops into the clasp.

T-shirt yarn cat dog

A simple and fun toy for our furry friends!

This is Leeloo's favorite toy!!! Wherever it is, if she wants to play, she will get it, drag it around the house and drop it at mine or hubby's feet! =D

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And because there can't be enough of Leeloo, here is the video of her playing with her toys again! =D