If you’ve ever crocheted a 3 dimensional crochet object you know that the finishing can leave unsightly gaps between stitches. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here is the best amigurumi finish I’ve found!
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.
This is not to say I don’t make them for children–I do. In fact, I love making amigurumi for baby shower gifts and new baby gifts. I just choose to no longer feel guilty for making them for myself too.
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All of my little creatures reside 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.
But for now it is the home of my amigurumi big and small. One of the challenges with amigurumi 3D pieces is working the decreases and finishing off the piece in such a way that there are not any gaps in the work. Starting is easy–a Magic Ring makes a nice tight start. And increasing doesn’t seem to leave noticeable gaps.
But decreasing and finishing off? They are tricky! I’ve already taught you the invisible decrease. (Seriously so invisible, it sometimes messes up my stitch count because I don’t realize I’ve just decreased.) And today I am going to teach you the best amigurumi finish!
Closing Up a Piece of Work
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. This photos shows how the last row now looks before tightening everything down.
Best Amigurumi Finish
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! I will usually pull tight and knot, cut and then tug my crochet a bit, so the knot pops back into the stuffing. A lot of crocheters don’t knot–so that part is up to you!
And there you go! The best amigurumi finish and it was so easy!
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