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the ultimate finish for amigurumi

Would you prefer to see the video tutorial demonstrating this method? If not, read on:

I’ve written before about how there are several ways you can finish off a closed piece in amigurumi, and there’s no one ‘best’ method for closing that remaining hole to give the neatest finish. I’d like to officially change my opinion on that point! Here are my previous results:

Since I wrote that post, I’ve been doing more experimenting, and I think I’ve finally found the definitive method to give the best possible finish to a closed piece in amigurumi. It works almost like a Magic Ring (and we all know how good that is!) so that’s why I’ve named this technique the Ultimate Finish for amigurumi:

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Where’s the hole? This is the beauty of the Ultimate Finish

(Of course, to get the best finish, you’ll also want to use the Invisible Decrease instead of sc2tog for all your decreases – but that goes without saying, right?)

Ultimate Finish for Amigurumi

The almost-finished stuffed piece, with 6 sc remaining:

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Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn end. Draw the end through the final loop on the hook and thread it onto a yarn needle.

You’ll be using the front loops only for the next stage; those are the loops that are furthest from the hole:

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Working in the same direction as you crochet (anticlockwise for right-handers; clockwise for left-handers), insert your needle under the front loop of the next stitch, so the needle goes from the centre of the hole to the outside (below, left). Draw the yarn taut.

Move to the next stitch and repeat: insert the hook under the front loop of the stitch, again going from the middle of the hole to the outside (below, right). Draw the yarn taut, but don’t tighten it fully yet.

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Repeat for the remaining stitches until you have woven the needle through all 6 stitches, going from the middle to the outside each time (below, left). Now pull the yarn tight (below, right). The hole will close up just like a magic ring! It does leave a small bump on the outside though…

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To get rid of the bump, insert the needle through the middle of the ring you’ve created, going into the piece, and bring it out an inch or two away. Pull the yarn tight and the bump at the closed end will disappear, leaving a nice smooth finish.

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Finally, snip the end close to the surface, and the cut end will retract back inside the piece.

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It’s nothing revolutionary, but weaving through the loops in this way (always going from middle to outside) and then pulling it closed like a magic ring really does give the best finish I’ve found. Give it a go and let me know what you think of my Ultimate Finish!

63 Comments »

  1. Rachel said

    Great tip June! Thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. yarnpr0n said

    Fantastic! I’ve been experimenting a bit on this very topic but I think your methods are always the best I’ve seen. A good finish can make all the difference in the world! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Nice work!

  3. Jennie said

    The pictures are marvelous, and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Karen B. said

    Brilliant! It’s like a Kitchener stitch for crochet – except a lot easier.

  5. carola said

    i like this!!!!!!!!!!…. is possible to make a video and upload to youtube? pleeeease ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. melissa said

    hi june!
    oh this is wonderful! i cannot wait to try it!
    i was on the lionbrand blog this morning and saw this post. i thought of you right away! xoxoxo
    http://blog.lionbrand.com/2010/04/05/imagine-a-creature-make-it-and-win/

    • June said

      Oh, that’s funny – I saw that contest too, Melissa! I’ve entered my crocheted orangutan – it seems like the perfect fit for the Critter Contest, don’t you think? Thanks for thinking of me ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Awesome! I’ve experimented with that a little myself (mainly because I get frustrated and half-blind trying to do those last few stitches), but I never thought of doing the front loop only thing…

    And that’s why you’re in charge! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lisa N. said

    Thanks so much for this–and all your fantastic amigurumi help. I just tried this last night, and it is absolutely FABULOUS! I love how it looks!

  9. Ashley said

    Great tip! Thanks! =D

  10. Ultimate is right. This looks terrific. I can’t wait to see how it works. You are a genius.

  11. Rebecca said

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  12. deanne said

    fantastic! i can’t wait to try this technique! seems so obvious, and yet i’ve done it a million ways and not this one!

  13. Christine said

    Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful technique, I can’t wait to try it out. I also love the photos as they are so clear and match perfectly with your written text. Christine

  14. Silmu said

    Thanks for sharing! The finishing looks great. I’ll try that next time when finishing amigurumi parts.

  15. madebykate said

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    With this tip i’ll solve all my problem with amigurumi and particularly with my stress ball, an amigurumi filled with rice.
    Wonderful!!!

  16. June said

    Thanks, all! I love sharing my discoveries with you – I want everyone to be able to make beautiful amigurumi ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Susan said

    Thank you so much! It’s going to definitely improve my amigurumi.

    Susan

  18. Jan said

    Beautiful pictures, excellent technique! I’m going to use this from now on for all of my amigurumi! Thanks June!

  19. Hey June! You got on the Craft: blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a life goal for me to get on there but for now I am content to live vicariously through you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Michal said

    You are a genious! Thanks a lot!!

  21. Sherri said

    Thank you very much for sharing. For me, I can get better result thru’ your previous version (weaving through the front loops from outside to middle). I usually start fastening up when there are 12 stitches left and so there is no bump.

  22. Molly said

    love this, thanks for sharing!

  23. I found this from the Craft blog, what a neat idea overall of amigurumi, and then such a great idea for hiding the hole!

  24. Great! thanks for posting this ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Silvina said

    Great! June, you save my life with this, and others of your tutorials… Love your blog! I’ve just made my ultimate finish for amigurumi… ja
    Greetings from Argentina

  26. Bri said

    This is amazing! I’ve tried a lot of methods for decreasing and this is my favorite. It makes it look like the first round of crocheting–very cool.

  27. Abbi said

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have tried and failed to make a neat finish several times, but with this method it was perfect!

  28. Victoria Lynne Carpenter said

    Thanks so much for both this and the magic circle!!!
    I am making my own amigurumi dolls…and although I am following no pattern its really nice to be able to start and finish them so cleanly!!

  29. Lora said

    June, I love you! I’m a fairly novice crocheter and while I had few problems with the bigger pieces of my amigurumi, the little narrow arms and legs were ending up all elongated and pointy when I tried to decrease and finish them (6 stitches down to three). This works perfectly, even when I just leave it at 6 stitches and use this finish. Your invisible decrease is great too, and without you I’d’ve never figured out which was the right side of the work. I pretty much just leave both my current pattern and your amigurumi help page open in my browser all the time now! I’m sure I’ll be back to check out your joining and color change tutorials when I encounter those. You’ve saved me (and tons of other people, I’m sure) a LOT of frustration. Thanks!

  30. ale said

    Increรญble tus diseรฑos me encantaron, simples y originales….
    felicitaciones !!!! y gracias por compartir tus datos ..

    Ale

  31. Kathleen said

    I just used this about thirty seconds ago to finish off a little ami owl, and I was so pleased with the “pull the yarn taut and close the ring” step that I actually exclaimed that’s awesome! out loud! My finishing skills are definitely one of the areas I need to work on, so having a new (and awesome) technique in my aresenal makes today a good day. Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. Jeannine said

    I’ve already been doing that! I didn’t know that it was so special and unique! And you posted the technique with great instructions and photos. Thanks a bunch!

  33. gelesan said

    Thanks for this great tutorial, its very clear and helpfull, now my amigurumis will look much nicer.

  34. Meg P said

    Thanks so much, June, for the great advice. Is there a way to search your blog? I know I’ve missed other great tips!

  35. Karen said

    I’ve always used this method, it seemed like the obvious choice, but my results aren’t always flat enough, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why they’re so different sometimes.

    • June said

      Suggestions:

      • Are you always working from inside to outside with each stitch? If you swap direction and insert the needle from outside to inside for some of the stitches, that would make it less flat.
      • Are you pulling the stitches together really tightly? As with a magic ring, it really works best if you really yank it tightly closed.
      • If there’s a bump, it should even out when you pull the yarn end through to the inside and give it a little tug.
      • The level of stuffing can affect it: if you’ve stuffed the piece firmly enough, you can squish the stuffing around after you close up the hole and it’ll help to keep that end looking smooth.
      • The pattern plays a part too: the number of stitches in each round while you’re decreasing down will affect the smoothness of the whole area.
  36. Rachel H said

    This is sooo helpful. Thank you so much June. I really love this method – The Ultimate Finish. Really appreciate you for sharing this detailed tutorial with all of us. ๐Ÿ˜€ you are amazing! <3 <3 <3

  37. Ann said

    Thank you for this! I am a beginner at all things crochet and before your tutorials I was making inside-out amis with gaping holes.
    The invisible decrease and the ultimate finish are ami-savers!

  38. Jen said

    Very clever. I was never happy with the traditional ways. I’m glad I found this.

  39. Debbie said

    Wow! Just wow! I have just tried this method out and I am so impressed- will use this method from now on. I have found your site so helpful, all your tips are fantastic. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge.

  40. Love this! Sometimes the simplest tip packs the most effective punch. Can’t wait to try this on my next amigurumi!

  41. NgocThom said

    Thanks so much for your sharing. That’s a great way!

  42. Gail Freeman said

    This & your invisible decrease tutorial are brilliant! So clearly explained & photographed. I’m pretty new to amamigurumi & I think I’ll be back here often. Thank you.

  43. matilda said

    grazie, semplice e geniale!!!
    mAtilda

  44. Dayna said

    Hey there –

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It really helped to close in my ends tighter on my amigurumi creations. I also wanted to let you know that I did a round up of amigurumi tutorials and added yours as a reference!

  45. fantastiquae said

    Magic !
    Thank you

  46. Mar said

    June, thank you for this blog. It’s awesome!

  47. Cara said

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this!

  48. geetha vijaya raghavan said

    Imwant the instruction how to do as i am a begineer in crochet, like to learn.

  49. Lani said

    Thank you for sharing this info… I’ve just muttled thru at the ends… I’m very excited to try this on my next project. Thank you again.
    Lani

  50. Lani said

    Wow.. this worked perfectly! My little Body looks great on botg ends now. Thank you again for sharing. It made a huge diffrence on the finnished end.
    Thanks
    Lani

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