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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.
photo tutorial (right-handed)
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!

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.
video tutorialphoto tutorial (right-handed)photo tutorial (left-handed)
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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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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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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Sizing Up (and Down)
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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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.

151 Comments »

  1. Andreja said

    Dear June
    Thank you very much for all the tutorials. They are really easy to folow. I am looking forward to recive the book Idiot’s Guides: Crochet.
    Greetings from Slovenia
    Andreja

  2. Elaine said

    Thanks for your information, it helps. I love doing amigurumi but have trouble mostly with putting together and not be so noticeable. Thank again hope there will be other information coming in future.

  3. Pam Cross said

    Thank you so much for your clear and simple explanations of how to crochet. Not only am I left handed, but I’m now in my 70’s. How I wish I’d found you years ago. My late Mum tried her hardest to teach me, but as she was right handed, we found it impossible, ( although very funny ). I was determined to learn, and you were my inspiration to give it a go. Now I’m trying all sorts of projects and loving it. Again, many thanks.

  4. Sandi Erwin said

    You are absolutely amazing! Such a great sense of whimsy, and just so creative. I’m in awe. I’m 67 years old, and just now teaching myself to crochet. And, to top that off, I’m very left-handed! I so appreciate your taking the time to help us lefties. I learned to knit right handed because of the person who taught me, but crocheting is so much more creative. Would you believe my goal us just being able to crochet in the round?!!!! I just don’t know where to increase. My brain works best if I watch a video tutorial. To see written instructions is a nightmare, ha!

    Again, you are dang amazing – envy your talent.

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