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amigurumi basics: flattened pieces

Link easily to this tutorial in your patterns: www.planetjune.com/flatten

Flattened shapes are a basic in amigurumi for creating rigid, flat elements like ears, beaks, wings, hands, feet, flower petals, leaves, etc. Here are a few examples from some of my patterns that use flattened shapes:

flattened pieces used in planetjune amigurumi
All these amigurumi use flattened pieces in different shapes and sizes (marked here by arrows). Clockwise from top left: flipper, petal, plate, ear, wing.

There seems to be some confusion about how to flatten the shapes after crocheting them (see the comments left on my Plumeria pattern for an example of this!) so I thought I’d spell it out with this tutorial so I can refer back to it whenever people email me for help in future.

For any shape that will be flattened, it’ll start out looking like a cone or cup shape. The exact shape and dimensions depend on the pattern and the required shape for the finished piece; it may be:

  • very long and thin or short and wide
  • pointy tip or rounded tip
  • tube-shaped or cone-shaped or widening and then narrowing

… or something in between! Here are a few examples:

amigurumi flat pieces tutorial
All the pre-flattened shapes in this picture have the magic ring on the left and the open edge on the right.

But, whatever the specific shape, it will always have the magic ring at the bottom, and an open edge (which you crochet around) at the top:

amigurumi flat pieces tutorial
Before flattening – note how the open edge runs around the top and the magic ring is at the bottom.

When you flatten it, you’ll always bring the two sides of that open edge together:

amigurumi flat pieces tutorial
Squash the front and back of the open edge together to flatten the piece.

And then continue to flatten the entire piece, right down to the magic ring.

amigurumi flat pieces tutorial
All the flattened pieces from the top…

amigurumi flat pieces tutorial
…and from the side. Note that, in these pictures, the magic rings are all still on the left, and the open edges on the right.

The magic ring will form the tip of the item (ear, petal etc), and you’ll stitch it to the base piece (head, flower, etc) by the open edge – which now looks like two parallel rows of stitches.

That’s all there is to it! I hope this clears up any remaining confusion about how to flatten and attach these pieces to your amigurumi.

5 Comments »

  1. Birdie said

    How helpful! Will be using this in the dinosaur patterns! Thanks soo much! ;D

  2. Simone said

    For patterns like the Stegosaurus, this technique is brilliant! The plates stay just where they are intended to be, looking fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Melissa said

    I like using flattened pieces because it makes the edges look neater than if it was one shaped layer.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I finally started tinkering with my blog and I no longer have that giant background image up! I’m playing with a cleaner layout.

  4. Rita Silveira said

    Thanks for the tip on flattened pieces. While flattening do the beginning-ending edge go to the side or centre.

    • June said

      Rita, if you make a piece, then hold it and flatten it exactly as I show in my photos, it should all become clear 🙂

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