How to crochet arms onto your amigurumi

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How’s your doll coming along?

Some speedy folks have already finished theirs (wow!), but I still have decisions to make. Like, what color should her dress be? Hmm… these are the big questions!

Today, I’m going to show you how to crochet on the arms. The technique is described in the pattern… but oftentimes, some different photos and a new explanation can help if you’re stuck!

Crocheting on arms: when and why?

I’m showing you how to crochet on arms because it’s the technique used in the doll pattern, but it’s something that you can use on lots of patterns!

Crocheting on arms

You can crochet on the arm if:

  • The body is crocheted bottom-up (that is, starting at the bottom and ending at the top)
  • The arm will be attached flat

The main advantage to crocheting on the arm is (for folks who don’t like sewing), you’re attaching the arm by crocheting. The attachment is also quite secure, since it is built into the fabric of the doll. The disadvantage is that it takes a little planning, since the arm needs to be finished to attach it! Another disadvantage is that if you don’t like your positioning, you’ll have to rip out rows of crochet to fix it.

How to crochet on an arm

To start, work to where the arm needs to be attached (as indicated by your pattern). Now, flatten the arm, and stick your crochet hook through both layers of the arm:

crocheting on arms to amigurumi dolls

Notice that you have 3 loops on the hook: the starting loop, then the two from the arm (one from each layer). Now, insert your hook into the next stitch on the body:

crocheting on an arm

I know… it’s a lot of loops!

Now, to do your single crochet, treat the three newest loops as if they’re one. So, wrap your yarn around the hook, and pull through 3 loops. Now, wrap the yarn around the hook again, and pull through the remaining two!

That’s one stitch! Continue (as instructed in the pattern) until the entire arm is attached.

Update – Want to see a video demo of this technique? Click here. 🙂

crocheting on an arm to crochet doll

Where else will you try it?

Now that you’ve mastered the technique, maybe you’ll want to give it a try on some other patterns?