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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.
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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!

A tip for you: check out my series of basic information posts too: Yarn for Amigurumi, Crochet Hook Styles and Crochet Terminology.

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.
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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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Stitch Tension
How to get perfect neat small stitches (without hurting your hands by crocheting extra-tightly!)
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Using Stitch Markers
How to use stitch markers in amigurumi, to mark the first stitch of your round or to mark a specific point.
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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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Perfect Finish

Tips to get a neater result from any amigurumi pattern.

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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Crochet into the Back Bumps of a Chain
This technique gives you a very neat bottom edge, with a row of Vs across the bottom of your piece.
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Invisible Finish for Open Edges in Amigurumi
How to make an invisible join at the end of the last round of an open-ended piece in amigurumi.
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Better Back Loop Only Details
A better way to make back loop only details in amigurumi, eliminating the holes below the BLO stitches.
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Jogless Back Loop Only Round
A simple modification to minimise the jog between the start and end of a back loop only round.
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Attaching Legs Evenly on a Standing Amigurumi Animal
Attach legs neatly and evenly so the animal can stand straight, with all four feet touching the ground.
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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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Perfect your Invisible Decreases
Are your invdecs not as ‘invisible’ as advertised? Let’s fix that!
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Changing Colour: Managing the Yarns
How to deal with the other yarn when you work with more than one colour.
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Amigurumi Clean Edge Join
How to make a neat join with a straight, clearly defined edge between two pieces (even if they’re different colours).
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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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Glinting Eyes for Amigurumi
A technique that brings your amigurumi to life when you don’t use shiny plastic eyes.
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Crocheted Embellishments
How to securely attach multiple embellishments so you can make custom accessories (appliqués, brooches, hair decorations, etc).
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Easy Yarn-Wrapped Stem for Crochet Flowers
How to make strong, decorative yarn-wrapped stems that match the look of your crocheted flowers, so you can display them in a vase or bouquet.
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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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Brushed Amigurumi
How to create a fluffy crocheted animal with regular yarn by brushing the pieces after crocheting.
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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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Resizing Amigurumi
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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Needlesculpting
Improve the shape of your amigurumi with this finishing technique, using only a yarn needle and length of matching yarn.
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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.

187 Comments »

  1. Krisandra Harbison said

    Could you demonstrate how to sew a closed end arm/leg to body for amigurumi?

    • June said

      Krisandra, there are several ways you could do this, depending on what the reason for making a closed arm/leg was in the first place. The limb may be designed to be jointed so it can move; it may be a special shape or feature that the designer came up with – or it may just be a poorly-designed pattern! Unless it’s the latter, the designer should explain in detail within the pattern how to attach the limb – if they don’t do that, your best bet would be to contact them directly for assistance.

  2. Margaret said

    Thank you so much for your videos. They are easy to follow and understand, and you make some of the most difficult skills work out so much better than other ways I’ve tried. I really appreciate the time you’ve put in to help the rest of us!

  3. Charlotte Kidwell said

    Charlotte Kidwell said
    October 14, 2018 @ 12:45 am
    Hi June:
    I apologize for my recent question regarding which yarns you use in your amigurumi. I found all that information under your FAQ’s. Thank you for such an in depth article regarding yarns and your comparison between them. Great resource!

  4. Charlotte Kidwell said

    Hi June:
    Can you please tell me what yarn you use in your amigurumi creations? I love their clean and crisp appearance! I’ve read that you like to use a 3.5mm hook and 4 ply worsted weight seems too thick to me. Do you use a mercerized cotton? Any advice would be appreciated. ?

  5. Charlotte Kidwell said

    Hi June:
    Can you please tell me what yarn you use in your amigurumi creations? I love their clean and crisp appearance! I’ve read that you like to use a 3.5mm hook and 4 ply worsted weight seems too thick to me. Do you use a mercerized cotton? Any advice would be appreciated. ?

  6. Beverly said

    Love your tutorial for the basic crochet cord. I made 2 bracelets today after practicing.

    I wonder if there is a way to add beads to your basic crochet cord as you work (no pre-stringing– that just drives me batty!). I have a full set of steel hooks I use to add beads as I knit and I would love to create beaded cords using a crochet technique too. Thank you.

    • June said

      You can add a bead to your crochet at any point – just remove your hook from the working loop, thread a bead onto the steel hook, hook the working loop with the steel hook and push the bead down onto the yarn, then reinsert your regular hook in the working loop to continue the stitch. You’d have to experiment to see which loop of this stitch gives you the nicest effect when you add a bead to it!

  7. Jayde said

    Thank you so much for your easy to follow instructions and tip’s and tricks! The “invisible decrease” and color change tips especially! I’ve been crocheting and making amigurumi for a few years now, (I guess I’d be intermediate level) and nowhere else have I seen these tricks. I’ve always had issue with the hole size when doing normal decreases in amigurumi even though I crochet very tightly.
    Anyway, thank you for all your help!!!!

  8. Jacky Hopton said

    Hello June

    I am fairly new to amigurumi (about 1 year) but have been a crocheter for many, many years. I found your site by chance and your excellent tips for perfecting your amigurumi. I have ordered your Idiots Guide for Amigurumi from Amazon. Thank you so much, your skill amazes me.
    Jacky

  9. Renee Kinsey said

    I’m trying to find out how to make a magic circle

    • June said

      Renee, my magic ring tutorial is the very first one listed at the top of this page 🙂

  10. Awesome! I love it, your content ir very cool, and i’ve learned many others good things with you that i´ll bring to my job, thanks!

  11. Alison Fogg said

    Hi I’m new to amigurumi and I can do the stitches but for some reason I never get the right amount of stitches in each round. I think I am counting the right amount as I go round but still end up wrong. I’m using a stitch marker. I think I’m having trouble knowing which stitch to start on.
    Thanks
    Alison

  12. Sandie O'Connor said

    Hi June I was wondering if you could give me some tips on embroidering on eyelashes please?

    Thank you

    Sandie

    • June said

      Not really, I’m afraid, Sandie – I have a more minimalist aesthetic when it comes to embellishment. I don’t really do details like eyelashes, so I don’t have any expert advice I can share with you!

  13. Tina Hamelton said

    I’m making Peppa Pig for a little girl I take care of and I can’t seem to get the arms done right I end up with a narrow end and than I can’t do the hand. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    • June said

      Tina, I don’t know why so many people keep asking me questions about this Peppa Pig pattern (did the designer link to me within the pattern as a place to go for help?)

      I’m sorry I can’t help, but this is not one of my patterns, so you’ll have to contact the designer for assistance.

      If you could let me know who the designer is, I’d appreciate it (there are dozens of Peppa Pig patterns listed on Ravelry, and I have no idea which one is sending people here to ask for help!) I’d like to ask them to modify the pattern so it’s clear that I’m not the designer and am not the right person to ask for pattern support – thanks.

  14. Brenda Waltman said

    Hi June,
    I have been working on many Amigurumi patterns for my grandchildren. I have been finding your tutorials very helpful. I haven’t been able to find one to show me how to crochet in a circle and not have a ridge down the back where I do the slip stitch to join each round. Do you have anything that could help me do an invisible join for each round.
    Thank you for any advice you have to offer,
    Brenda

    • June said

      Brenda, I don’t use joined rounds in my patterns for just this reason – amigurumi look much better when worked in a continuous spiral, so there’s no joining and the finished pieces are smooth and seamless. But, if you have to work in joined rounds, the techniques I developed for my Perfect Stripes tutorial (www.planetjune.com/stripes) will give you better results (even if you aren’t changing colours in stripes!)

  15. Karen Robbins said

    I love your tutorials. Thank you or sharing. I do have a question. I’m working on a project that calls for joining the front and the back pieces of the body down the length of both sides. The pattern just says to join them together. I am assuming I use a whip stitch. My question is, should I put the right sides together while I stitch, the wrong sides together or lay them flat next to each other to stitch them together?

    • June said

      I can only advise on my own patterns (and, if it were mine, I’d have given detailed instructions in the pattern to begin with!) You’d have to ask the designer of the pattern what they intended, or experiment to see what gives the best result for the stitch pattern you’re using and how the piece will be used.

  16. blanca rosa said

    tuturial en español para las pulseras , soy discapacitada visual y no puedo , no se idiomas gracias

    • June said

      I’m afraid I’m only fluent in English, so my patterns and tutorials are available in English language only.

  17. Pamela Hargreaves said

    Thank you June for the patternI love it even though I hav’nt made it yet
    I intend to make something flor my great grandaugher
    Having parkinsons desease I an a little slow .
    GThank you once more
    Regards Pamela

  18. Kathleen Hart said

    I love your tutorials and have used them often and shared them frequently and now I have a question…if you are doing an amigurumi with a teardrop shaped head (with the narrow part of the drop as its nose) how would you join it to a rounded body if both are closed shapes? Is there a tutorial somewhere? TIA

    • June said

      I recommend you don’t join two closed pieces together, as it’ll never give a smooth join like adding an open-ended piece to a closed piece, where you can make a practically invisible join. If you have to do it, the best way is to smush the two pieces together so they make good contact, and then sew them together around the entire edge where the two pieces touch.

  19. Michele McIntyre said

    Hi June:
    I just found your site and it is really awesome and so full of information.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.

  20. Cecília Marques said

    Hello

    My name is Cecília, I’m from Lisbon, Portugal.

    All my life I made crocheting, but only now I discovered Amigurumi.

    Thanks for tutorials, they have been most useful.

  21. Brenda said

    Thank you for sharing so much – I think you’ve provided a tutorial for every question I have about crochet!

  22. Paula Doan said

    I am having trouble doing the open wings. Could you please help.?

    • June said

      Hi Paula, I’m afraid I’m not sure what you’re asking. If you need help with a specific PlanetJune pattern, please email me with which pattern you’re stuck on, and what the problem is, and I’d be happy to help you figure it out 🙂

  23. Rachel said

    So I just started learning how to make amigurumi, and I find the only area I’m struggling in is increase. I’ve checked out your picture tutorial about invisible increase, but I can’t seem to get the hang of it. I end up with tubes rather than spheres. If you could give me a couple tips or point me in the right direction, that would be amazing.

    Thank you so much. 😀

    • June said

      Rachel, the increase should actually be the easiest technique to grasp – I wonder if you’re overthinking it..? You don’t need to use my invisible increase: a standard increase involves just making 2 stitches into the same stitch of the round below – see my basic sc increase instructions here. And I suggest you try one of my patterns that I recommend for beginners (including lots of free options) – it’ll be easier to see if you’re doing it right if you learn all the basics on a simple project first, before trying to move on 🙂

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