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How to crochet standing legs for your amigurumi (video)

How to Crochet Standing Legs in an Amigurumi - video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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One of the first steps you’ll take as you move beyond the easiest of the easy patterns is to learn how to crochet standing legs. That one skill opens up all kinds of new pattern possibilities – and it’s one of my favorite body shapes.

You can see it in Byron the Bear.

Byron Bear - a cute teddy bear wearing a crocheted sweater

Roy the Rainbow Monster.

Roy the Rainbow Monster - a fun crochet amigurumi pattern from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

Duke the Dog

Duke the Dog - an adorable crochet amigurumi pattern from Shiny Happy World

And many more!

When you crochet standing legs, you start by making each leg separately, then joining them together and continuing on up the body.

Joining the legs together, when you’re reading it from a pattern, can be difficult to picture.

So… help is on the way!

Let’s watch it in action, shall we?

Video: How to crochet the joining round for standing legs

In this video, I’ve recorded every step of that sometimes-tricky joining round. Have a look!

To watch this video in full-screen mode, click ‘play’, then click the rectangle in the lower right-hand corner.

I know. It’s a bit weird – but totally easy once you see it, right?

This method can leave a pesky hole between the legs. It’s super easy to stitch up using a scrap of yarn, but if you want to pull out that tapestry needle as little as possible, here’s a nifty variation on this method that will let you crochet standing legs with no hole. The downside is that you’ll need to tweak your stitch count a bit (adding in a couple of increases not in the pattern) but it’s a very minor adjustment.

I hope this video will give you the confidence to crochet standing legs and start making this fabulous amigurumi shape!

For a slightly more advanced shape (two shapes joined together with a bit more space between them) take a look at this tutorial – How to Crochet Two Rounds Together that Are Separated by a Foundation Chain.

Happy stitching!

Crochet an adorably cuddly hound dog. Get the pattern here.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Joan SAYS...

    Oh how cute Mr. Leprechaun is, I’ll be waiting for this wonderful pattern, perfect for Saint Patrick’s day fun.

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  3. Heather SAYS...

    When will that cutie be released? Hoping it will be with enough time for busy people to still make him for St. Patrick’s Day! =)

    • This guy will be out on Feb 28th. I’m hoping that’s enough time! 🙂

  4. Karen Rumbaugh SAYS...

    Looking forward to the Leprechaun pattern!

  5. Sietske SAYS...

    Is this technique posible for three standing legs? I’m doing the ‘design your own monster class’ and I designed one with three legs, and I was wondering how to do that.. 🙂 Hope you can help me.

    • @Sietske- That’s such an interesting question… I think the only way to find out is giving it a try! I would try single crocheting in each stitch as joining, and if that makes too funny of a shape, you may want to whipstitch the internal portions of the legs together, and just single crochet around the outside.
      Have fun playing with it!