26 Mar 2018

How to Increase, Decrease & Crochet a Magic Ring for your Amigurumi Patterns

     Amigurumi, the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting stuffed yarn creatures, is the latest trend among crocheters. The word is a blend of  2 words: the Japanese word ami, which means crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, which means stuffed doll.





     Amigurumi style patterns only use the single crochet stitch which makes them easy and fun to follow. It starts with a magic ring, then you work around it with single crochet stitches increasing the numbers to expand around the circle. The circle is never completed, you just move onto the next round, basically creating a spiral. then you decrease to complete the pattern.



     In this tutorial I will show you how to create a magic ring and how to increase and decrease your pattern. 

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HOW TO CROCHET THE MAGIC RING

     The magic ring is widely used in the amigurumi patterns because it does not have a hole in the middle (unlike the 2 chain method) and therefore you don't see stuffing.


     To create a magic ring, fold the yarn around your fingers to create an X at the top. Make sure the end of the yarn is facing you.


     Holding your yarn with your fingers, insert the hook under the first yarn and then over the second yarn on top of your fingers




     Pull the second yarn under the first yarn making a loop.


     Pull the yarn through the loop to create a slip stitch.


     A ring will be created that can be enlarged or reduced by pulling the end of the yarn.


     Now make as many single crochet as the pattern requires. It;s usually 4 or 6, I made 6.





     When you are done, pull the end of the yarn to tighten it and there you have it, the magic ring completed.


     Next, to continue your pattern, don't close the ring, just work in a spiral around the ring making sure you use a piece of yarn or a crochet stitch marker to mark the beginning of each row. This will be helpful when you need to know where to start increasing or decreasing.




HOW TO INCREASE THE AMIGURUMI PATTERN

     Increasing your amigurumi pattern will make sure you end up with a flat circle. 


     To increase, make two double crochet in the same stitch. This method will increase the number of stitches by one.











HOW TO DECREASE THE AMIGURUMI PATTERN

     Decreasing the pattern will complete the design and will help holding in the stuffing. To decrease, pull one loop in the next stitch, then pull another loop in the second stitch (you should have 3 loops on your hook).




     Yarn over then pull it through all three stitches. This method will decrease the number of stitches by one.




Happy crafting!

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