Finishing an amigurumi piece in a neat fashion is a great skill to add to your toolbox of crochet skills.
If you’ve ever crocheted a 3 dimensional crochet object you know that the normal finishing method can leave unsightly gaps between stitches.
Amigurumi (or stuffed toys as we sometimes call them here in the U.S.) are my favorite things to crochet. I loved making them as a child crocheter and I love making them now. For awhile, in my adult life, I thought I had to make them for children. Then I thought.. to heck with it… and now I make them for myself too!
In our old home, all of my little creatures resided in the antique cradle my husband and his siblings slept in and his mother before him and his grandmother before that. My son was long grown when I met my husband and he never had any of his own children to sleep in that cradle. But maybe someday a little grandchild will come along to lay his or her head on that family tradition.
In our new home, my Amigurumi are mostly in my blog/craft room space where they bring a smile to my face every time I see them!
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Closing Up an Amigurumi Piece
When you are decreasing to finish up a stuffed piece of work, you will usually decrease down to 6 stitches, depending upon the pattern. Fasten off your work, leaving a long strand for sewing and then thread the strand onto a tapestry needle. Insert the needle from the center of the work to the outside through the front loop of the last row.
If you look closely at the above photo you can see that the needle is ONLY going through the front loop AND that it is starting at the center of the work and going to the outside edge. Repeat this over and under the front loop of every stitch in the last row.
The below photo is how the last row looks before tightening everything down:
Then simply pull tight. See how nicely the stitches come together in the center? No gaps of stuffing showing through!
After pulling tight, just insert the needle into the center and pull through to the other side to bury the end into the work!
Some crocheters stop at this point and cut the strand close to the work.
I like to do one more step. I make a knot close to the piece. Then I insert the needle back through the same hole, through the stuffing, out the other side. I pull tight and let the knot “snap” into the stuffing. Then cut the yarn close to the work.
And there you go! The best amigurumi finish and it was so easy!
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