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Ultimate Stripes for Amigurumi

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I’ve developed this Ultimate Stripes method to make the most perfect stripes in amigurumi. There is absolutely no seam or colour jog, and no way to tell where the join is in the finished piece – it’s completely perfect!

Note: This Ultimate Stripes method replaces my previous ‘Perfect Stripes’ techniques, the Invisible Join and the No-Cut Join.

If you’re looking for those methods, you can find the tutorial here πŸ™‚

Or see why I believe Ultimate Stripes are better and compare all three methods for yourself in my amigurumi stripes comparison post.

ultimate stripes for amigurumi crochet technique by planetjune
Where’s the seam, you ask? (In the green round, it’s exactly in the middle of the photo. In the round below, the join is also somewhere in the photo, but I can’t even remember where it is!)

I recommend you watch the video to see the Ultimate Stripes method in action, but in case you prefer text or want something visual to refer to, I’ve also made a photo tutorial version for you.

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Ultimate Stripes for Amigurumi (right-handed)

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Ultimate Stripes for Amigurumi (left-handed)

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Note: The videos may look a little small embedded in the blog: if so, you can fullscreen them or click through to YouTube to watch them full-sized πŸ™‚


Fasten on by drawing up a loop in any stitch (below, left). Ch 1 (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Single crochet in the next stitch (below, left), crocheting over the starting yarn tail to lock it in place. Single crochet in each remaining stitch around (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Cut yarn leaving a 2″ tail. Draw up last loop to pull cut end through to the top (below, left – arrow marks first sc, for next step.) Insert your hook from back to front under both loops of the first single crochet (the second stitch) of the round (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Yarn over and draw the cut yarn end through to the back (below, left – arrow marks last sc, for next step). Insert your hook from back to front under the back loop of the last stitch of the round (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Yarn over and draw the cut yarn end through to the back to complete the join (below). (In the next round, work over the remaining yarn tail to lock it in place.)

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune


Step-by-Step Instructions (left-handed)

Fasten on by drawing up a loop in any stitch (below, left). Ch 1 (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Single crochet in the next stitch (below, left), crocheting over the starting yarn tail to lock it in place. Single crochet in each remaining stitch around (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Cut yarn leaving a 2″ tail. Draw up last loop to pull cut end through to the top (below, left – arrow marks first sc, for next step.) Insert your hook from back to front under both loops of the first single crochet (the second stitch) of the round (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Yarn over and draw the cut yarn end through to the back (below, left – arrow marks last sc, for next step). Insert your hook from back to front under the back loop of the last stitch of the round (below, right).

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune

Yarn over and draw the cut yarn end through to the back to complete the join (below). (In the next round, work over the remaining yarn tail to lock it in place.)

ultimate stripes for amigurumi tutorial by planetjune


FAQ: Additional Notes

How do I Make an Amigurumi with a Striped Section?
If you’re making an amigurumi that starts out with a solid colour and then has a striped section, you can make the first part of the amigurumi in a continuous spiral as usual. When you reach the end of the solid-coloured part, join with a slip stitch to the next stitch and fasten off. From here on, you can work in joined rounds using the Ultimate Stripes technique.

Do I Have to Move the Join?
You’ll see that in the video I recommend moving the join with every round of these stripes, so the joins don’t stack on top of each other. This will give the most perfect result, so I do recommend you do this if your pattern allows:

  • If the pattern you’re using requires a start-of-round stitch marker so you’ll be able to line up the position of some asymmetrical shaping or colourwork at a later point on the piece, you can still use the marker to mark the position of the original start of the round, even though you’ll be starting the striped rounds in different place. Move the marker up each time you reach it, but otherwise ignore it while you’re working the stripes. Once the striped section has finished, you can start the next round in the marked stitch and continue from there.
  • If your pattern has both stripes and asymmetrical shaping within the same rounds (so it matters exactly where you place the increases or decreases), you can use this technique without starting each round at a different point around the circle. The general Ultimate Stripes technique will still work, but, for security, I’d recommend that you tie the starting and ending yarn tails from the previous round together on the inside of the piece before you start the next round.

I Don’t Want to Cut the Yarn Each Round!
If you hate the idea of cutting the yarn and rejoining it for every round, my No-Cut Join is the best alternative option. It does leave a slightly visible seam at the end of each round, but there’s still no colour jog and you never need to cut the yarn!

Use in Amigurumi Patterns

You can safely use the Ultimate Stripes technique for any of my patterns that use stripes in joined rounds, like my snake patterns:

striped snakes by planetjune

…and others (e.g. Ring-tailed Lemur tail, Easter Eggs, Christmas Baubles, Ami Paint Set brush and paint tube, Red Panda tail, Iguana tail, African Violets pot, all pictured below).

striped amigurumi by planetjune

You can also substitute this join for a normal join to give you neater stripes in any other amigurumi pattern, or to add stripes to any amigurumi (it’s the stripe equivalent of substituting invdec for a sc2tog: it will work in almost every case). This join will improve the appearance of striped hats too, or any other pieces single crocheted in the round!


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6 Comments »

  1. Rebecca said

    Thanks for another great tutorial! I am making a colour change where I would like to use this technique to avoid the jump in colour. So not stripes per say, but two continuous blocks of colour joined. I notice in your stripe comparison page you say in a comment reply to go back to continuous rounds. When would you recommend this after using the ultimate round technique where you would need to cut the yarn to complete that new colour round? I’m also curious as in your previous stripe technique you suggested using a hybrid method to “prepare” for the colour change, using a no cut round before the invisible join round – it looks like there is no need for the preparation in the first colour and you can simply slip stitch after finishing the first colour block?

    • June said

      Ultimate Stripes is a method for working in joined rounds, which you need when you’re making lots of stripes of colour. It sounds like you just want a block of one colour (worked in a continuous spiral), followed by a block of a different colour (also worked in a continuous spiral) without a jog? If so, your best bet might be to make a simple jogless spiral: change colour as usual, but make the first stitch of the new colour as a slip stitch instead of a single crochet. This minimises the jog while letting you continue to work in a spiral.

      As for your second question, if you’re transitioning to Ultimate Stripes from a continuous spiral, there’ll always be some kind of visible transition when your rounds change from a sloped angle to horizontal. The absolute best way to do it would be to make the first Ultimate Stripes round in the old colour, and then continue with your joined Ultimate Stripes rounds from then on, to mask the transition to joined rounds in the round before the first colour change. I don’t think it’s necessary to do that if you hide that transition at the back or underside of your piece, but yes, if you want to get as close as possible to perfection, you can switch to ultimate stripes for the round before the first colour change. πŸ˜€

      • Rebecca said

        Ah it worked perfectly!! Thank you so much for replying in such detail. As I’m making a leg with a coloured hoof on the bottom so nowhere to hide a join, I went with your absolute best suggestion. I did an ultimate round in the original colour, then in the new colour, then used your slip stitch suggestion on the next round to minimise the return to spiral. It looks great. Thank you for this and all the other tutorials, my crochet has come on so much since I found your site.

  2. Debbie Smetherham said

    You’re always a treasure trove of awesome tips and tricks! I’m also a perfectionist, so I will definitely be trying this new join. Thank you!

  3. Bill Monroe said

    Hi June.
    Your videos are super as usual.
    What is the yarn you are using in this snake video?
    Cheers,
    Bill

    • June said

      Thanks Bill! I used a combination of all the lighter worsted weight yarns I have in my stash for the snakes: Patons Canadiana, Bernat Satin, Red Heart Soft and Caron Simply Soft.

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