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How to Make Tiny Yarn Eyes for Amigurumi [video tutorial]

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If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect eyes for your smaller amigurumi, you’ll love my technique for making tiny yarn eyes. In my latest video, I’ll show you my foolproof method for making a pair of perfectly matched tiny child-safe yarn eyes with a lifelike sparkle.

thumbnail image for the crochet video tutorial 'Tiny Yarn Eyes for Amigurumi'

This technique is an embroidery-free foolproof method for making tiny yarn eyes, spots and dots for amigurumi. It works especially well for amigurumi that are too small for safety eyes. Yarn eyes are a child- and pet-safe alternative to plastic eyes, and this method gives you more control than embroidering French knots, so you can make sure you have a perfectly matched pair of eyes.

tiny yarn eyes for amigurumi by planetjuneL: tiny yarn eyes, R: plastic eyes

My Baby Snake pattern is a perfect use for these tiny eyes – it’s not easy to fit the shafts and backs of plastic eyes into such a tiny head, and the yarn eyes look so bright and lifelike!

baby snake (rainbow ombre version) amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune

Although there’s no actual crocheting in this video, I’ve made right- and left-handed versions anyway, so you can see how I use the needle exactly as you’ll see it when you do it yourself. (I’ve also added text instructions with photos for those of you who prefer to read written instructions.)

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  1. Kimberly B. said

    Excellent little tutorial for making tiny eyes – thank you so much!!

  2. Ruth R Lister said

    Just wondering June if your Complete Guide to Amigurumi book covers how to make crocheted eyes in various shapes? I prefer to use crocheted eyes for all my Amigurumi as they are usually gifts for babies or small children. I am okay at doing round eyes, but don’t always get it right for oval shapes. I also try to put flecks on the eyes, but I could do with some help.

    • June said

      Oval eyes aren’t very common in amigurumi, and I’m afraid The Essential Guide to Amigurumi doesn’t have any patterns for non-round eyes specifically, although it does explain how to create an oval shape in the designing shapes section. (You can see the complete table of contents in the additional images for the ebook version, here to see all the essential topics it includes!) And if you need help with adding glints in the right places, my Glinting Eyes for Amigurumi tutorial can help with that πŸ™‚

      • RuthL said

        Thanks so much June, I will check out you glinting eyes tutorial and also take a look at the e-book table of contents.
        Kind regards
        Ruth πŸ’

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