Do you need to crochet skinny parts for things like antennae and legs? If there’s one part of an amigurumi pattern that can make people feel cranky, that’s it. They’re tiny and sometimes they wind up inside out! Eep!
Today, I’ll show you how to make sure you’re crocheting right-side out and how to count the rounds without a stitch marker.
Crocheting skinny parts right-side out
When you’re crocheting a large piece, it actually doesn’t matter which side is out. If it’s wrong-side out, you just turn it around once you’re done. No biggie. (Read am I crocheting inside-out for more details)
Let’s say your piece looks like this after round 2:
You can tell it’s inside-out because the pretty ridges (from the front loops) aren’t showing up on the outside. All you need to do is turn it right-side out!
Now, keep your piece like this, and continue crocheting. It’ll be right-side out when you’re done!
Did you forget and now you have a long, inside-out tube? No worries! Thread the tail from starting your crochet onto a tapestry needle, poke it into your tube from the bottom and pull it out the top, then pull on the tail to turn your tube right side out. Easy peasy.
How to count rounds without a stitch marker
For parts as skinny as an antennae or a leg, you can crochet without a stitch marker! (shocking, I know!)
Here’s a little video to help you out: (to see full-screen, click play, then click the box in the lower right-hand corner)
Hopefully, these two tips will have you crocheting skinny parts with ease!
Here are handy links to all the crochet troubleshooting posts. . .
- How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round of Crochet
- How to Hold Your Yarn for Crochet
- Am I Crocheting Inside Out?
- Help! Crocheting in the Back Loop Is Too Hard!
- What to Do If Your Foundation Chains Are Always Too Tight
- How to Work Small Pieces in the Round
- Tips for Crocheting Teeny Tiny Antennae
- How to Measure Gauge for Amigurumi
- Getting Accurate Row Gauge
- How to Clean Amigurumi
- Wrist Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters
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