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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
All the flattened pieces from the top…
…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.