Once in one of the forums where they publish private ads for the sale of various products, I was interested in a theme called “Amigurumi-crochet toys “.
It Was The first time I knew what it was and I was surprised, what beauty can be done to crochet. Honestly, I was surprised at the cost of these toys. 🙂 After Seeing the work of other authors, I saw that not always toys have an attractive appearance. Then I was interested to know how to weave amigurumi so that they would be beautiful and neat, since the last time I picked up the hook more than 10 years ago, when I was still in school.
Quite by chance I received my first order and, once I completed it, I was very concerned if my work would like it. Then I realized that the knitted toys, if they are made with high quality, cannot be cheap.
My first toys turned out to be quite nice and clean, but they happened intuitively and, also, thanks to a good detailed description. Over time, I have developed rules for myself, fulfilling which, I am always satisfied with my work. They Are very simple and will help beginners to weave toys. These highlights I want to share with you, dear beginners!
So How to weave Amigurumi?
First on tools and materials.
The first thing to pay attention to is the thread that you are going to weave. Beginners should not take too fine threads, as well as textured threads such as “weeds”. It Is likely that the toy will turn into a curve or be lost by counting the bars, because when they are woven with the grass, the bars are undistinguishable. Having accumulated experience, so to speak, “Having filled the hand “, it will be possible to undertake an even more complicated yarn. Ideal for weaving cotton thread toys “Jeans “. It Is easy for her to weave and does not roll after, like, for example, the wool (if you weave with Amigurum, in the end they lose their appearance when you play with them). It is Also suitable for weaving acrylic threads of Amigurumi, but, again, take about 100 g/200 m or a little thinner (in this case, the point is denser and the toy is cleaner, since there are no holes and the gasket is not seen through).
Now about the stuffing. The most, in my opinion, the ideal material for the filling of Amigurumi is Sintepukh. It Is easy for them to fill and, thanks to the fact that it is “crumbly”, the packaging is uniform. But, if there is no Sintepukha, a head or hollow fiber is quite adequate (sold in any fabric store).
In Addition to the above for Amigurumi, you may need: Plastic eyes, nozzles, Felt, wire (for frame), a large embroidery needle (for sewing on head, handles, legs), cotter pins (if you are going to use the cotter pin), buttons (you can replace them with Cotter pins, as well as the eyes).
Go to the technique of weaving amigurumi.
Almost all the details of crochet column toys with no single crochet, ie without (!) Connect columns and lift air loops. Otherwise, it forms a seam, which does not always look beautiful.
Start weaving should be with amigurumi rings.
To reduce the number of columns you must be joining 2 columns. In rare cases, it is advisable to use another way to reduce loops: pass the rods.
Another Important point: Amigurumi weaves parts better for both walls of the loop, and not for one. Exception-Decorative items, clothing.
For convenience, in order not to be confused with the number of rows and columns, the beginning of each row is marked with a thread: a marker or special pins. This is inconvenient in fine details, so I suggest doing this: you can use a starting point queue, which can be removed and inserted conveniently at the beginning of each row, such as a thread marker. This trick I took a look at a family weaver.