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So, does anyone else make amigurumi dolls? For those of you that aren't familiar with them, they are crocheted items like little dolls or stuffed animals that are crocheted in the round in spirals without turning. I'm teaching myself how to make them with books and youtube clips. So far it's been a challenge but I can't wait to finish my first project! Since I'm new to crochet (been knitting for a few years) I'm sticking to easy stuff first. My first project is a pair of cherries like these!
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I just finished my first amigurumis last night. I made a ball for practice and then a cherry. I still need to work on getting my tension consistent, but they look very cute.
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Thank you Lori! I've been going nuts with the amigurumi. I'd like to sell them eventually and right now I am perfecting making cupcakes. Here are some pics. :D
Katlynava - Here is the tutorial that helped me get started. If you go to instructibles or You Tube you can find a bunch of crochet tutorials including the magic ring and reading patterns. Reading patterns is simpler than it looks. Most amigurumi patterns call for only one stitch, the single crochet. Here is the pattern for the cherries
Row 1: Ch 5 into magic ring
What it means: make a magic ring (also called adjustable ring) and chain 5 times
Row 2: SC 10 (Increase)
What it means: make 2 single crochet into each of the five stitches so that you end up with 10 stitches
Row 3-5: SC 10
What it means: do a single crochet in each stitch, 10 stitches per row, until you complete 3 rows
Row 6: SC 5 (decrease)
What it means: Decrease each stitch so that you end up with 5. Go into a stitch, yarn over and pull through, go into the next stitch, yarn over and pull thorugh, then yarn over and crochet through all 3 loops on your hook. That's how you decrease 2 stitches into 1.
Row 7: Decrease around and tie off
What it means: decrease all 5 stitches together, chain 1, cut your thread, and pull it the loop and as tight as possible. Weave the tail into your work or pull it through into the middle of the sphere.
Note: With amigurumi you always stuff it right before you begin to decrease. Also embroider faces at this time before you finish and cast off.
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