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1. Magic Circle (also known as magic ring)
The magic circle is one way to make sure that no stuffing comes out of the top of your amigurumi. This technique creates a more ‘closed’ first row than the traditional chain start methods. You can see the difference between the two methods on the right.
Watch this quick & helpful tutorial to learn how to make your own magic ring!
2. Invisible Decrease
An invisible decrease is exactly what it sounds like. Regular decreases stick out like a sore thumb to an experienced crocheter while invisible decreases look much more seamless. This works by only decreasing in the front loop of stitches. To learn more about invisible decreases, try to follow along with this video
3. Stuffing Amigurumi
First of all, the type of filling that you use will alter how your amigurumis turn out. Any fiber filling you have on hand will work (even yarn scraps can work). However, I’ve had the best results with Poly-Fil. Every other brand that I’ve tried has resulted in an amigurumi that is stiff feeling instead of squishy and plush.
Secondly, the way that you stuff your amigurumi is also important. Break the filling into small pieces for small areas of your amigurumi and use large pieces to fill larger areas. Make sure to gently press the filling into the small areas. You can do this by hand or with a long pair of tweezers or a chopstick.
The finished item should be firm enough to hold its shape but still feel ‘squishable’.
If you’re trying to salvage an amigurumi that was stitched way too loosely, you can make “stuffing bombs”. To make a stuffing bomb, fill the foot area of stockings with filling until it is the right size for your amigurumi. It’s important to note that stocking is the same color as your yarn. You can learn more about this process in this craftsy article.
4. Finishing Off
When closing up the final stitches of a piece, a smooth finish is optimal. June Gilbank uses a special technique to keep her amigurumi looking seamless. To learn her technique, watch the video below. (June also makes left-handed crochet videos!)
5. Seamless Joining
Many amigurumi patterns require you to attach different parts together. My first attempts at doing this came out looking kind of haphazard.
Before you join your pieces together, pin them down in place. Make sure that the stitches line up with each other if necessary. You want to take the time to check that all the pieces are in the right place. Once that step is complete, check out this video on joining amigurumi parts seamlessly.
I hope that these resources helped you to learn something new and improve your amigurumi skills!! I’d love to know about any techniques that you want to try or have successfully mastered.