It’s another Tip Tuesday! Today, I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how I tie a knot in my amigurumi to secure limbs.
My preferred method of tying knots in amigurumi is to attach the limbs to the body before the body is stuffed, so that you can tie the knot on the wrong side of the work.
How to tie a secure knot
You don’t want your animal’s arm/leg/whatever to fall off, so it’s important to tie a secure knot. Here’s how I do it:
The knot begins after you’ve already done your sewing of the limb to the body. Once you’ve done that, pull your yarn (already on a tapestry needle) to the wrong side of your work:
Insert your tapestry needle (from right to left) into a stitch of the body. I like to pick a stitch close to where the yarn has been pulled through to the wrong side, so that there isn’t extra yarn flying around:
Now, pull the tapestry needle with your left hand (not all the way!), and stick your right index finger in the loop that forms on the right:
Insert your tapestry needle (from left to right) into the loop that the index finger on your right hand has been holding open:
Hold onto the tapestry needle with your right hand (taking it out of the loop it was holding), and stick your left index finger into the new loop that has formed on the left:
With your left hand, pull on the loop. This will cause the old ‘right-side’ loop to shrink:
You’re almost there! Now, insert the tapestry needle (from right to left) into the loop that your left hand is holding:
Now, you want to pull the knot snug. Pull the yarn (you can remove the tapestry needle if you’d like):
And you’re done!
It looks a little complicated at first, but once you do it a few times, it becomes second nature! And this trick results in a firm and secure knot… gotta love that!