Tutorials and Help
These tutorials and help files are the resources I have created to help folks figure things out. They are not prescriptive in that there are many different ways of doing things, all of which have value and are right in their own way.
Tools and Terminology
Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi – Why I recommend cotton yarn for Amigurumi, my yarn stash and reviews of the various brands I have tried and where to find them.
Crochet Hook Guide – An in-depth look at what makes crochet hooks different and information to help you choose the one that will be right for you.
Crochet Hook Size Conversion – Crochet hooks are sized differently depending on where they are manufactured. This table helps you convert sizes and identify appropriate yarn weights.
Crochet Terminology – A glossary index of common crochet terms to help you make sense of patterns.
Amigurumi Pattern Video Tutorials (start to finish video tutorial patterns)
Beginner Peanut Critter Pattern with Video Tutorial – Make a bear, cat, bunny or dog with this versatile beginner pattern. The amigurumi is shaped like a peanut and quite simple from start to finish.
Beginner Chibi Amigurumi Pattern with Video Tutorial – Make a bear, cat, dog, rabbit, duck, strawberry, eggplant or mushroom with this versatile beginner pattern. The amigurumi is a perfect size for a keychain.
Alternative to Magic Ring – This technique can minimize the look of a starting hole in amigurumi.
Color Changes – How to change yarn colours in amigurumi projects.
Difference Between Right and Wrong Side – Whether the right or wrong side of your fabric is facing out will make a big difference in the appearance and shape of your finished amigurumi project.
Invisible Decrease – How to create a decrease in your amigurumi that is less visible than the bump created when you single crochet two stitches together.
Joining Rounds in Amgurumi – This is the technique that needs to be used for any pattern that calls for joined rounds instead of working in a spiral.
Slip Stitch Edge Technique – This technique is used to create a solid edge like in a cylinder shape like in the pattern for Sackboy’s head.
Slip Stitch Surface Crochet for Details – How to create details on Amigurumi using slip stitches. This technique is used in several of my patterns.
Working Both Sides of a Chain – This is a technique I use in patterns that need a starting base that is not circular but rectangular or oval in shape.
Amigurumi Construction and Finishing
Applying Cheek Blush – How to paint on blushy cheeks for that adorably embarassed look. This technique creates permanent blushing that is not subject to smearing or staining on other surfaces.
Embroidering Mouths and Details – An easy method to embroider mouths and other details on amigurumi.
Wiring Limbs in Amigurumi – How to wire the limbs on dolls to create finished amirugumi that can be posed and positioned.