How to Make an Embroidered Mouth for Crochet Toys

December 6, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

Magic Ring Method of Crocheting in the Round

September 15, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

The magic ring or, or “magic loop”, method of starting crochet in the round is very popular when doing amigurumi because you can tightly close the hole so no stuffing with come out. This step-by-step tutorial shows you to start a magic ring, crochet into it, and begin the next round of a spiral.

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Amigurumi Designing Spreadsheet

March 15, 2009 in Amigurumi, Tips and Techniques

My friend kindly pointed out yesterday that it’s been five weeks since my last post.  Now that I’m settled in my new home and caught up on my backlog of crochet projects I think it’s time to get back to posting.  When I first started designing amigurumi I had a hard time figuring out how to do increases and decreases so I did some research and came up with a set of formulas to determine how to do them.  I took those formulas and built a spreadsheet around them that will make written instructions based on just a row stitch count.  It’s very basic right now but I think it could be useful for newbie designers or those who are good at designing but have trouble writing out the patterns.  Now when I design I just have a sheet of paper with a column of stitch counts and then I plug the numbers in to the spreadsheet to generate the instructions. I’ve save the sheet in both Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice.org Calc versions.

Open Office | Microsoft Office

Feel free to use these for generating instructions, even for patterns you intend to sell.  I don’t have any plans right now to do major updates to the spreadsheet but feel free to leave a comment if you find a bug.  Enjoy!