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Crochet Tutorials

Link easily to this page in your patterns: www.planetjune.com/help

I’ve collected all my crochet and amigurumi tutorials into this master list! My tutorials take two forms: videos or step-by-step photos with written instructions.

video tutorial All video tutorials include both right- and left-handed versions on the same page.
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photo tutorial (left-handed)
As photo tutorials take up more screen space, some are split into separate right-handed (RH) and left-handed (LH) pages, and you’ll see both links below, in those cases.

Scroll down through the tutorial list, or jump to a specific section:

Note: If you’re having a specific problem, check my Amigurumi Troubleshooter first, to find out which of these tutorials many solve your problem!

Amigurumi Essentials

To make great amigurumi, you need these techniques!

A tip for you: check out my series of basic information posts too: Yarn for Amigurumi, Crochet Hook Styles and Crochet Terminology.

Magic Ring for Crochet
Start crocheting in the round with no hole in the middle.
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Invisible Decrease for Amigurumi
Decrease without leaving any bumps or gaps.
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Ultimate Finish for Amigurumi
Close up the remaining hole neatly with a smooth, gap-free finish.
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Changing Colour
Clean colour changes for crochet.
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Amigurumi Seamless Join
Create a smooth, almost invisible join when you stitch an open-ended piece to a closed piece.
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Basics

New to crochet or amigurumi? Start here first.

 

Crochet Basics
Basic crochet stitches for amigurumi.
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Which is the ‘Right’ Side?
Which side of your work should face outwards? (And does it matter?)
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Front, Back, Both Loops
Which loop(s) should you work into to make a crochet stitch?
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Yarn Over
How exactly should you wrap the yarn over your hook for crochet?
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Fastening Off
How to fasten off open and closed pieces in amigurumi.
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Flattened Pieces
What does it mean when a pattern says to flatten a piece of an amigurumi after crocheting?
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Joining Amigurumi
The basic method for stitching open-ended pieces to closed pieces.
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Chains and Slip Stitches
Are your chs and sl sts difficult to work into? Learn how to avoid this.
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Worsted Weight Yarn Comparison
What is ‘worsted weight’ yarn, and are all worsted weight yarns the same?
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Embellishment

Add features to your amigurumi.

Positioning Amigurumi Eyes
Guidelines for positioning eyes on your amigurumi animals to give a realistic result.
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Amigurumi Faces: Secure Stitching
Easily hide the starting and ending tails of your thread and keep your stitches secure when embroidering noses etc onto amigurumi faces.
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Eyes & Noses
A rundown of options for creating eyes and noses for your amigurumi.
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Eye Sources
Online sources for two-part animal eyes (aka safety eyes or craft eyes) for amigurumi.
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Crocheted Embellishments
How to securely attach multiple embellishments so you can make custom accessories (appliqués, brooches, hair decorations, etc).
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Speciality

Advanced or less common techniques.

Narrow Pointed Tubes for Amigurumi
My tips for making thin pointy bits on amigurumi, such as spikes, legs, horns and tails.
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Perfect Stripes for Amigurumi
Two methods to minimise the seam when you work in joined rounds to make stripes for amigurumi.
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Better Back Loop Only Details
A better way to make back loop only details in amigurumi, eliminating the holes below the BLO stitches.
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Brushed Amigurumi
How to create a fluffy crocheted animal with regular yarn by brushing the pieces after crocheting.
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Invisible Increase
Reduce the size of the hole created by your sc increases with this optional technique.
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Fuzzy Yarn Tips
Advice on how to crochet amigurumi toys using fuzzy (aka eyelash or novelty) yarns.
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Resizing Amigurumi
How to adjust a pattern to scale the finished amigurumi up or down in size while keeping it in proportion.
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Make ‘Baby’ Amigurumi Animals
How to convert almost any animal pattern to make a baby version – with no pattern modifications.
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Crochet Loop Stitch
Loop stitch (aka fur stitch) is a decorative stitch with an added long loop of yarn formed on the back of the work.
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Reverse Single Crochet
Reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch) makes a decorative twisted cord edging for your crochet.
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Crocheted i-cord
Non-knitters can create i-cord (typically knitted) with a crochet hook – it’s an easy way to make fine tubes.
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Basic Crochet Cord
This decorative cord makes a strong flattened non-stretchy braid. It’s easy to crochet as it uses only single crochet stitches!
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Is something missing? I’m building this page into a reference library of crochet tips and techniques, and I’m always happy to hear your requests and ideas for new tutorials I can make! Let me know if you have requests for additional technique or stitch tutorials.

157 Comments »

  1. Rachel said

    So I just started learning how to make amigurumi, and I find the only area I’m struggling in is increase. I’ve checked out your picture tutorial about invisible increase, but I can’t seem to get the hang of it. I end up with tubes rather than spheres. If you could give me a couple tips or point me in the right direction, that would be amazing.

    Thank you so much. 😀

    • June said

      Rachel, the increase should actually be the easiest technique to grasp – I wonder if you’re overthinking it..? You don’t need to use my invisible increase: a standard increase involves just making 2 stitches into the same stitch of the round below – see my basic sc increase instructions here. And I suggest you try one of my patterns that I recommend for beginners (including lots of free options) – it’ll be easier to see if you’re doing it right if you learn all the basics on a simple project first, before trying to move on 🙂

  2. Paula Doan said

    I am having trouble doing the open wings. Could you please help.?

    • June said

      Hi Paula, I’m afraid I’m not sure what you’re asking. If you need help with a specific PlanetJune pattern, please email me with which pattern you’re stuck on, and what the problem is, and I’d be happy to help you figure it out 🙂

  3. Brenda said

    Thank you for sharing so much – I think you’ve provided a tutorial for every question I have about crochet!

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