Amigurumi Tutorial: Zombie Finger

Autumn is here, the leaves are changing, the air is humid and fresh, and all the fun holidays are coming! =D

The first one to sneak up on us is Halloween! (Boo!) If you're plotting a party you know you need one of these: a spooky fun amigurumi zombie finger!

Follow along the video tutorial below and make your own! =D

On the next video we'll attach the nail to the finger, shape the finger and add a little detail to make it even more ghoulish! =D  

Don't forget to share your creations!

 

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… 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… Work in the Back Loop Only

Learn how to work in the back loops only!

Working in the back loops only allows you to add texture to your work in a very simple way. It's a very useful technique to know to create amigurumi shapes that need sharp corners!

This technique can be used with all crochet stitches!

Hope this tutorial helps you! Leave comments, questions and suggestions in the comments bellow! =D

How to… Needle Join

The needle join is also known as invisible join, to learn how to make it check out the video below!

The needle join is great for pieces worked in spirals because it's almost invisible and it leaves a smooth edge.

Hope it helps you! If you have suggestion or ideas for future videos please leave them in the comments below! Thank you! =)

How to… Invisible Decrease

Learn how to make the invisible decrease.

The invisible decrease is a neat way of turning two stitches of the previous round or row into just one stitch in the round or row you are working on.

The invisible decrease is almost impossible to distinguish from the other stitches, it doesn't leave gaps or bumps and creates an even work.

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!

How to... Half Double Crochet

Hello everyone!

Learn how to work the half double crochet!

The half double crochet is between the single crochet and double crochet regarding to height. Instead of working off the loops two by two, like in the double crochet, you work off all three loops at once. The half double crochet creates a tight fabric, similar to the single crochet, but because it is taller it works up quicker!

Its abbreviation is hdc.