Tutorial: Join New Yarn in Amigurumi

I mentioned I’ve been writing patterns in my spare time, and one of the things that I do often is join new yarn to the exterior of an amigurumi piece. I put a little tutorial together to show this technique. It’s pretty common, so it’ll hopefully help you with other ami patterns you’re working on.

I’ve created a video tutorial and a photo tutorial, so here’s the video…

And here’s the…

Photo Tutorial: Add New Yarn to Outside of Amigurumi Doll

First off, take a look at this sample bit of amigurumi. When I changed colors from green to pink, I crocheted the first pink round in the BACK LOOPS only. See the leftover green front loops in that row? That’s where we’re going to join the new yarn.

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I’m going to join the new yarn to the BL that the little white arrow is pointing at. First, I’ve got to make a slip knot with the new yarn.

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Then I stick it onto the hook.

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And I insert the hook into the BL.

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I yarn over and draw a loop through. (I’m going to single crochet.)

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I yarn over and draw through both loops on hook to complete the sc.

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And I keep going!

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This creates a new row. I find that I’ve been using it a lot for skirts. I can’t wait till my patterns are in at least a publishable state of disarray (not scribbled all over notebooks and spare napkins like they are right now). It’ll be fun to share them all.

Remember, if you’re having trouble visualizing this technique, watch this little video!

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What other amigurumi techniques have you stumped?

Tutorial: Changing Color in Amigurumi

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I’ve been creating a lot of patterns here behind the scenes, and in most of them, the directions require switching colors. Is switching colors different in amigurumi than in flat crochet? Not too much, but it’s worth taking a closer … Continue reading

ColLINKtion: Book Accessories

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If you celebrated Christmas this past week, did you get any books? Or maybe a gift card to buy books on your Kindle, Nook, or tablet? My sweet, thoughtful husband bought me a crochet book for Christmas. When I opened … Continue reading

Hubby Hats and Pouring Rain

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So, I’m trying to figure out something to crochet my husband that he’ll actually wear. First of all, I know I’d be torturing him if I made him a sweater or a vest or a cardigan or anything like that. … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Not Your Granny’s

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Have you ever noticed that whenever anyone wants to crochet something non-traditional, they always name it “Not Your Granny’s _____”? Not your granny’s afghan. Not your granny’s tissue box cover. Not your granny’s denture case cozy. The reason for all … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Striped Woven Stitch

Busy week! But not too busy for stitch of the week. Never too busy for that…but it’s a quick one this time.

Without further ado, I proudly present the striped woven stitch!

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I’m not sure if the “woven stitch” is an actual stitch in crochet. It’s what my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework calls it, but I’ve never heard of it before. All it is is a series of ch-1 and sc, and that’s pretty much all there is to it.

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The thing that makes this stitch is color. I chose neutrals, but I can envision some really nice color combos for an easy stripe like this.

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Here’s the stitch instructions:

Multiple: 3 plus 2 (I did 14 for this little swatch)

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 sc) repeat to last ch. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: (Sc in ch-1 sp from prev row, ch 1) repeat to last ch-1 sp, then ch 1 and sc in ch-2 sp from prev row. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat Row 2.

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Stitch of the Week: Solomon’s Knot Beach Bag

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This week, I chose to learn Solomon’s knot — or lover’s knot, as it’s also called. It’s a lacy bit of openwork that seems neither wise nor romantic,  so I can’t account for its two monikers, but I do think … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Chevron Bracelet

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OK, OK, I admit it. I already knew how to crochet a chevron, so I didn’t technically learn anything new this week. But am I the only one who forgets how to do a chevron every time I start? I … Continue reading