It’s a common problem when making amigurumi: the stuffing sometimes can be seen through the stitches, something nobody wants! Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to minimize the stuffing from poking through the stitches. The photo below is one of my amigurumi… and you can’t see a single bit of white fluff!
Crochet through the back loop
This is my favorite technique to eliminate stuffing-peak-through: crochet through the back loop only (see this post for more details). Basically, crocheting through the back loop only creates a less-holey fabric, great for amigurumi.
Use a smaller hook
This seems to be the most common solution. I’ve seen lots of people using a size C hook on a worsted weight yarn… now, that’s tiny! This solution definitely creates tighter stitches, but it’s fairly common to get hand cramps because you’re crocheting too tightly.
Use less stuffing
The classic amigurumi advice is to stuff your amigurumi with way more stuffing than you think you’ll need (I’m a proponent of this advice, as well!). However, if your amigurumi is decorative (and isn’t going to be squished/hugged very often), you can probably get away with stuffing your toys a little less… which will result in less stuffing poking through.
Use colored stuffing
The main reason that you stuffing can be seen is because it’s white, and usually, what you’re crocheting isn’t. One solution is to use colored stuffing. Now, you may need to get a bit creative here. I haven’t seen commercially available colored PolyFil, but you have lots more choices than just polyester stuffing to fill your amigurumi. One idea is to use wool roving (the stuff used for spinning). You can select a roving that closely matches the yarn you are using, or you can dye the wool yourself (see here to learn how to dye wool with Kool-aid). The downside to this idea is that roving is more expensive than dedicated stuffing (unless you happen to have a sheep in your yard), and it can be difficult to get an exact color match.
Needless to say, there are lots of options to keep that stuffing poking through! Try one, and end up with great-looking amigurumi!
These are great tips!
Thanks so much! I hope they help out 🙂
I crocheted with some fancy ribbon I found in the 99cent store. Big holes. So I stuffed the toe of stockings that had gotten a run in them. Then I put that in the pear shape I had crocheted. The beige color and fine weave of stoking is not noticeable in the holes of the brown and rust ribbon. Saved the day.
Perfect, I needed something to stuff my baby’s stuffy, so she doesn’t pull and eat at the stuffing. This is perfect! Thanks!
Just buy a ball of the colour you need in a bargain brand yarn to use for stuffing! It works great!
I brush out a lot of my yarn when I’m doing things that have hair or need to appear furry, when I’m doing I’m usually left with giant fluff balls of the excess I brushed out. I use this for stuffing all the time, works great!.
Hi. Just reading all the comments. I have just started Amigurumi crocheting. Love it. Thank you for the comments , it has helped, kind regards.