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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.
video tutorialphoto tutorial (right-handed)photo tutorial (left-handed)
Invisible Decrease for Amigurumi
Decrease without leaving any bumps or gaps.
video tutorialphoto tutorial (right-handed)photo tutorial (left-handed)
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.
photo tutorial (right-handed)photo tutorial (left-handed)
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.
photo tutorial
Flattened Pieces
What does it mean when a pattern says to flatten a piece of an amigurumi after crocheting?
photo tutorial
Joining Amigurumi
The basic method for stitching open-ended pieces to closed pieces.
photo tutorial
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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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.

151 Comments »

  1. Anne said

    Hello, June.
    I have absolutely no crochet experience. What tools do I need to begin creating amigurumi? I see a whale pattern on your site. Is that a good place to start? Any help is appreciated!

  2. Karri said

    I would like to see the magic circle, the pictures didn’t get it across to me. I have no idea how to start the circle even with the pictures I tried, twice, got mad and gave up, videos ate better for me, so that would be great if you ate making tutorial videos for watch and learned like me:)

    • June said

      Don’t worry, Karri, that’s right at the top of my to do list!

  3. Nana said

    Hi! I’d like to know how to make a cone shape like the horn of the unicorn. Thanks

    • June said

      Nana, there isn’t one set formula – it depends on the length and thickness of the horn you want! But, basically, start with very few stitches in your magic ring to make the pointy tip (4 if you can manage it, otherwise no more than 6). Then increase gradually using the same pattern of increases to make the cone smooth and non-lumpy (for example, try increasing by 1 stitch per round, or 1 stitch every other round). The more often you increase, the faster your horn will widen. Continue until the horn is long enough.

  4. Angela Hicks said

    Do you have a video showing how to do a left-handed version of a popcorn or bobble stitch? Thanks.

  5. Eleanor said

    Hi June,
    I am a huge fan of your patterns and tutorials! I’d like to make a request for a video tutorial on stuffing amigurumi of various sizes. In principle, stuffing seems straightforward, but I often find after stuffing and closing my pieces that they don’t look at even and polished as your creations. I want to get an idea on the ideal size of stuffing pieces I should be inserting in order to get a very even stuffing of ideal firmness.
    Thanks!
    Eleanor
    PS. What are your favourite yarn suppliers? Do you know any good online suppliers?

  6. Tonja said

    Yes, I would love a Magic Circle Video Tutorial too. Love your site!

  7. Emmy said

    I love all your wonderfully made patterns and you have inspired me to start creating my own patterns! I am wondering if there is a way to make the crochet icord curly? I guess my problem is that I don’t want to do the simple chain then increase back to create squiggly octopus legs, I would like something a lil rounder. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :3

  8. Tiffany.huynh4 said

    Hi June I just found out about amigurumi and I found it very interesting and cute . But I’ve been having some problems finding where the tools are sold in Sydney . And I’m not sure if they sell the tools kit or not and I hope that you could help me . Thanks
    Tiffany

    • June said

      Tiffany, I’m not sure what you mean by tools; all you really need to start making amigurumi is a crochet hook and some yarn! I’m sure you can buy those from a craft or wool shop in Sydney.

      If you’re talking about my amigurumi tools (Detail Stuffing Tool, my Stitch Markers, Amigurumi Essentials Kit), those are PlanetJune-exclusive products and you can only buy them from my shop (www.planetjune.com/shop) – I do ship worldwide though :)

  9. teresa nadal said

    Quisiera un patron para hacer un delfin, como podría obtenerlo?
    Teresa

  10. Beth said

    A video tutorial showing your ultimate finishing method would really help, if you wouldn’t mind! Haha :) thanks!

    • June said

      No problem, Beth, that’s already on my to-do list! :)

  11. Maddy said

    Hi! I am new to crocheting and I am picking up some skills quit quickly while others not so much.. I am confused on how you read the amigurumi patterns. I don’t understand how at the end of a round that starts off with 2 chains how you can end with 6 stitches. Thank you! -Maddy:)

    • June said

      Maddy, I expect the pattern tells you to make 6 stitches into the 2nd chain – so that’s where the 6 come from. If you’re having trouble, I suggest you contact the designer of the pattern you’re using to ask for help :)

  12. Anita Peens said

    I am so happy to get hold of a website with all your wonderfull explaining and patterns.
    Can you please explain what is Amigurumi crochet is – how do you do it – is it only single crochet?

    Do you perhaps have Bavarian crochet?

    • June said

      Anita, amigurumi is typically crocheted all in single crochet, in continuous spiral rounds without joining or turning, with increases and decreases for shaping. If you look at my patterns, they are almost all amigurumi (although I also have an accessories range). Essentially though, amigurumi is just a word to describe crocheted (or knitted) toys – not all patterns are worked in exactly the same way; for example, many Japanese amigurumi patterns are worked in joined rounds, not a continuous spiral.

      I create tutorials to accompany my patterns, and I haven’t designed anything using Bavarian crochet (yet!) so I don’t have a tutorial for that technique at present.

  13. Niler Fernandez said

    Hermosisimo blog, felicitaciones !!! AMO EL CROCHET ..saludos

  14. Lorene said

    I love your tutorials…thanks so much…I am a lefty…sometimes its hard to learn new stitches…I taught myself how to crochet when I was 19 and I am now 65…back then there were no left handed directions…so I propped up a crochet magazine in front of a mirror…and that is how I learned the basic
    stitches…what you see in the mirror is left handed…thank heaven for computers where I now can get all kinds of help for lefties…thanks so much for all your help…I just learned to do the lovers knot and I love it…now I am going to try your I-cord…keep up the great work…

  15. Cheryl said

    June can you do a crocodile stitch tutorial??? I am so interested to learn it but no tutorial.I can find makes as much sense as yours do!!!!! Love you!!!! X

  16. Cara Louise said

    A great website, and a great master list June. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful tutorials! I am linking back to you in my blog post today at Cara’s Handcrafted Crocheted Ornaments. Love and prayers, Cara Louise

  17. Heather said

    Do you have any tips for attaching beads to a finished piece? I plan to add beads as “sprinkles” on a cupcake I am crocheting, but I am not certain how to sew them on securely and neatly.

    • June said

      Not exactly, Heather – my tutorials are all to support my patterns, and I don’t have any designs that require small beads to be stitched on! But I think you’d find my Amigurumi Faces: Secure Stitching video useful – just substitute sewing thread for the embroidery thread, keep your stitches small, and add a bead on each stitch. The video shows my recommended way to fasten off the thread ends securely – the method is the same whether you’re using beads or not :)

  18. Maryann said

    I just started crocheting again and stumbled across amigurumi… I am in love but i am really rusty so thank you for having easy to understand instructions.

  19. Rosalyn said

    Looking for definition and directions for a “wa”. I was directed to your blog for help but I cannot find what I’m looking for….please help!

    • June said

      I’m sorry, Rosalyn, but I’ve never heard of a ‘wa’! I suggest you try asking in the Crochet group on Ravelry.

      • Rosalyn said

        Okay, thank you!

  20. Mar said

    this is so helpful thank you!

    i appreciate tutorial about half double crochet, double crochet and triple crochet! =)

  21. Kim said

    Thank you for your wonderful tutorials! My amigurumi look so much better after learning how to do the invisible decrease. Could you please make a video tutorial showing how you make the foundation single crochet (fsc) that you use in your scalloped scarf pattern?

    • June said

      Will do, Kim! It’s actually already on my to-do list :)

  22. Carla said

    I have trouble with front and back post stitch. I’m not always sure which post they talk about on the patterns. Could you add a tutorial on how to do this stitch. Please.
    Thank you.
    Carla

    • June said

      Will do, Carla – actually, making a post stitches video tutorial was already on my to-do list!

  23. Melanie said

    June:
    What techniques do you employ to minimize the size of holes that appear at the point of insertion in regular sc (worked under both loops)?

    I have switched to fluffier yarn, (not bulkier, just springier in any weight), moved to a smaller hook, and have tightened my stitches a bit. Each of these changes has helped a little, but I am still not satisfied. As you point out, BLSC & FLSC actually create larger holes than regular (both) sc.

    I’ve considered using similarly dyed roving as stuffing, (for example, brown roving in a brown bear, but I’m not sure it would hold up/stay well rounded with use & cleaning), working over an extra strand throughout the piece (tedious and adds very little to the stitches) or even lining the pieces which is really carrying perfectionism a little over the top. The only real success I’ve had is with increasing length of the second loop (one closest to hook) while keeping first (working) loop snug: this adds extra yarn to middle of stitch while keeping the all important top loops tight for next round. But, I’m courting disaster if the Ami is washed or handled a lot since the top loops will get bigger if the tension begins to even out, so this won’t work at all for toys/baby gifts.

    But seeing those little windows of white stuffing really does bug me and I keep thinking there must be an elegant answer. Your solutions for other Ami issues are so well thought out and executed, so I’ve climbed the mountain, bowed respectfully with my hands clasped together, and am requesting your wisdom, sensei!

    • June said

      You may be asking for the impossible, Melanie – you’ve already tried my suggestions (as you said, smaller hook and springier yarn)! But, for what it’s worth, here’s my advice:

      1. I find that a thick but compressible yarn with the smallest hook possible (without the hook being so small that it starts to split the yarn) give the smallest holes, as the yarn can bounce back to fill the holes once the hook has moved on. Vanna’s Choice is a good example of this, and the absolute best yarn I’ve used to give no holes at all was a roving yarn (unplied) – you can see that my crazy-coloured octopus and squid have no gaps at all between/beneath the stitches; that’s just because the hook was small and the yarn is extremely compressible and springs back to full thickness when released.

      2. Use my invinc technique if you want to minimise the extra-large holes caused by increasing.

  24. Patty said

    I am lookin for instructions for a chain stitch that includes sc
    (you need to chain 12 turn and single c.
    with this stitch sc & chain are in one thank you

  25. Florence said

    The Amigurumi essentials kit that you put together is really good and well thought out. The quality of the items in the kit are good. Very useful for beginners like me and also for anyone who want a set of basic and essential tools.
    I also enjoy reading your book and learning from your online tutorials.
    Thank you :-)

  26. Lyn said

    Is there a pictorial for Amigurumi seamless technique? I find them easier to follow than the video. Thank-you.

  27. may said

    I justed started amigurumi a month ago and love your tutorials.
    I’ve used the magic ring several times, and the hole does not stay closed.
    It invariably opens enough to leave hole. I’m pretty sure I’m doing it correctly, so I don’t know what’s wrong.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.

  28. J. Niskanen said

    I really like the tutorial on the loop stitch and I know how to make a double loop stitch as well but when I used it to make a wig for me doll I noticed the two loops that make up the single crochet part on the back are rather noticeable at the hairline. Should I have folded them in when sewing on the wig or something?

    Do you have any other suggestions about doll hair, particularly for boy dolls. I also tried to embroider on a smile but I don’t really know a lot about embroidery. I watched your video with the bunny nose but it was more about starting and stopping rather than what you can do with embroidery and how to go about it. I would particularly like to know how to make a good doll nose that sticks out and know the best way to embroider doll hair for a different straight haired look.

  29. Regina said

    Hello June
    My english is not good.I just want to say that they. Instructions very good and thanks for the many suggestions nützlichten
    Wishes even more super ideas. Greetings from Germany Regina

  30. Lori said

    Hi June,
    I used your i-cord tutorial and a multi-colored, medium weight yarn (Sugar ‘n Cream Twists) to make a simple bracelet today. I slipped memory wire down into the channel created by the third column of crochet (where the tube folds onto itself) and curled over the wire ends so they wouldn’t snag the yarn. A quick slip stitch through the inside stitches keeps the memory wire inside the i-cord. Voila! Simple, beautiful, ready to wear bracelet that looks deceptively complicated. That’s pretty cool! Thank you so much for the i-cord tutorial!

  31. Megan said

    Hello June! Thanks for all your amigurumi help. You are always my number one source! I am following a Japanese pattern (Ami Ami Dogs book) and I am a little confused on how to finish a round. Does the slip knot go into the starting chain of the round, or do you skip the starting chain and slip knot into the first single crochet (but this would shift everything…)? Do you count the chain/slip knot as part of you count? thank you!

    • June said

      I can’t really advise on other people’s patterns, as I may not be giving correct advice: the position of the slip stitch and whether it counts as a stitch is dependent on how your pattern is written; there isn’t a definitive ‘this is always the correct way to do it’ solution. Your book should have a tutorial section that explains these details; if not, I suggest you ask in an appropriate forum on Ravelry :)

  32. Charlotte F said

    I wanted to know if, for the I-cord bracelet, which I am dieing to make, if you could include a tutorial on how to end it with some pizzazz. I saw a pic of one which was joined at the end with a large button. I’m not that smart to know how to do this myself. Is there a way you can help me. Thank you.

    • June said

      I’ve never made an i-cord bracelet – I suggest you contact the person who made the bracelet in the photo you saw, to ask how she did it!

  33. Maria Jose said

    Amigurumies are a very recent thing for me, I found out about and started working on them only this year, and I’m HOOKED! They are freaking addictive! Thank you soo much for your tips and help, there are so many things to learn and to do, I want to do everything, but I want to do the best work I can and your site is going on my bookmarks lol.

  34. lisa said

    Hello,
    I have done basic crochet items since a child but never got into reading patterns, just did scarves and such that did the same stitch over and over. I am now trying to advance my abilities but am having a hard time understanding the terminology used in patterns. I would love to see a basic tutorial library that would show how to make each of the stitches. You could add to it as others requested more stitches or offered stitches they have found. You would type in the name and it would be alphabetized by name. It would be a crochet stitch dictionary of sorts. Just a thought.
    Also, along this line, how do you make a double crochet loop?

    • June said

      Lisa, if someone offers to pay me to make this complete crochet tutorial library, I’d be happy to do it! Until that day, I’ll continue to make tutorials that support my patterns – I’m afraid I can’t offer free support for other patterns or stitches .

  35. Margaret said

    I would love to see some various advice like; for beginners- how to hold the yarn in your non-stitching hand and yarn tension, and ergonomics/comfort.

  36. Dianne said

    Could you give some advice on how to create a curve in an item. I’m making a little “thing” with a head that flows into a hat that looks rather elfish – with a definite curve that ends in a crocheted ball tip. (It’s all crochet). The directions just say to continue decreasing, but this doesn’t create the curve that shows in the pic. I’ve tried stuffing it in different ways, but that doesn’t do the trick. HELP!! I’m getting so frustrated, but want this for my grandson who is to arrive soon. Your website and tutorials are SO helpful and you are always my go-to site for anything amigurumi. I’ve learned so much and have become better in making my items because of YOU!! Thanks so much for any help you can give me, and all that you have given to all of us who come here. You deserve a halo and wings, you give so generously. You are my crochet angel!!

  37. Nancy said

    Hello -love the way you explain how to crochet (finally i have managed to crochet something!!
    Can you please give me a photo tutorial on double crochet stitch and treble/triple crochet stitch…
    Thanks

  38. mazda said

    tanks alot.its so beautyfull and graets.tnkyou again

  39. sandy said

    I love your photo tutorials as I have a problem learning from a video. Hopefully you will add photo tutorials to the ones that only have video. I am left handed and they really help. I have your Amigurumi book and also the essentials kit, but being able to print out the photo’s larger and in color really help. Thank you soo much..

  40. Jen said

    Would love a tutorial on stuffing.

  41. Patsy Dennis said

    THANK YOU June for your assistance. Your website is AWESOME. I know I will be using it often.

    Sincerely,

    Patsy

  42. Michelle said

    Hi June. I just happened upon your website and am thrilled to have found it. I’ve recently begun crocheting, by using YouTube to teach me from scratch. While there are enormous numbers of brilliant videos to be found on YouTube, I find that with amigurumi, sometimes a more specific tutorial is required. I love your patterns – they are exactly the type of thing i want to make, so I’m happy you also provide tutorials in line with them, so newbies like me can tackle them. Thanks for your excellent site. :)

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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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