How to give your amigurumi a great-looking neck!

How to Give Your Amigurumi a Shapely Neck - tutorial from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

What’s the feature that every amigurumi covets?

Is it long shapely legs? A bikini-ready body? Of course not! It’s a nicely defined neck!

Fortunately, creating a shapely neck is easy!

How to create a shapely neck

Sometimes, amigurumi come down with ‘Thick Neck Syndrome’… it’s not their fault, and it’s up to you (their maker) to help them out a little bit.

The secret to creating a defined neck is to tug the yarn tight every few stitches when you’re attaching the head to the body.

Step 1: Begin attaching with the whipstitch

To attach the head to the body, you’ll use a whipstitch (as instructed in the pattern): using a tapestry needle to stitch through one stitch on the head and the corresponding stitch on the body:

Nelson the Owl is playing model for this blog post.
Whipstitch the head and body together for about 3-4 stitches.

Step 2: Tug!

Now that you’ve done a few stitches… tug! That’s right, just pull on the yarn and the neck will cinch up a little bit.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1-2

Continue stitching and tugging as you work your way around the neck:

See how I’m tugging? And see how the neck is becoming defined?

Why so much tugging?

You may be asking yourself… why is it important to tug every few stitches? Can’t you just wait until the end?

It’s risky.

If you wait to do a HUGE tug at the end, one of two things can happen:

  1. The yarn will break (trust me… this is really sad! It means you’ll have to start all over with attaching the head)
  2. The neck will be very gathered close to the end, but not very shapely towards the start- since the tugging won’t evenly distribute

Doesn’t your amigurumi deserve the best?

Don’t you want him to have the most shapely neck possible? Then treat him well… follow this trick and he’ll be the envy of all of his friends!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Stacey

11 COMMENTS

  1. Nice advice! I prefer to crochet when posible the head and the body in one piece because the union is difficult to do for me.

  2. This made me freak a bit and go look at my amigurumi necks. Whew! They look alright. 🙂 I will definitely proceed with caution next time I attach a head and body together, though. lol

    Your posts are always excellent. 🙂

  3. Susan SAYS...

    Just be careful not to tug too much, or you might become victim of another problem, the floppy head!

  4. Ah! Those are simply adorable! Love them!

  5. chris SAYS...

    hi stacy,thanks for the tip.love your work very much.

  6. Nancy SAYS...

    It is people like you who are willing to share your talent with the people who enjoy making these little critters as a hobby. My grandchildren love these little critters as do I. I get so much pleasure out of making them.

    Thank you for all your helpful information.

    Nancy

  7. Terri SAYS...

    Love your tutorial but I always seem to end up with a wobbly head. What am am doing wrong? 🙁

    • Hi Terry-
      If the head is wobbly, then it sounds like you haven’t added enough stuffing. Add more (and make sure some sneaks in between the head and body, and that should stabilize the neck!

  8. Terri SAYS...

    Thanks, Stacy, I’ll try that!

  9. Wendy SAYS...

    My problem is a thick neck when crocheting head body in one. Love your tutorials especially sloppy start hate magic circle.

    • You can always try adding in one extra decrease round before you start increasing again. That should tighten things up a bit.

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