Today we’re lucky enough to have a guest post written by Mirena of Mirena Made! Mirena has been a FreshStitches customer for years, and she creates hand-crocheted creations that she sells in her shop. (yes, you too can sell finished FreshStitches animals!)
Thank you so much, Mirena, for coming by and sharing this new technique with us!
New Technique for Joining Standing Legs in Amigurumi
I am a huge fan of FreshStitches designs and of Stacey and I also prefer patterns where the sewing and attaching is kept to a minimum (I suspect there are other amigurumi crocheters like me!)
One of my favorite FreshStitches patterns is Bentley the Bear, which is crocheted using standing legs. In the standard technique, you get little hole that remains between the legs and you have to sew it afterwards… ah, sewing!
So, here is a technique that eliminates the hole and lets you continue your crocheting without worrying about it!
Step 1: You crochet the first leg exactly as stated in the pattern BUT at the end you cut the yarn, leaving a long tail and you DO NOT fasten off.
Step 2: You crochet the second leg as stated in the pattern (leaving the yarn attached, as instructed).
Step 3: You take both legs and you place the first one behind the second one, matching their stitches.
Step 4: You place the loop of the first leg on your hook and using its tail you single crochet in the next stitches through both thicknesses. You do 4 sc in total and you fasten off.
Step 5: You place the loop of the second leg on your hook and you are ready to continue crocheting!
The disadvantage to this technique is the stitch count. Normally, you would have 36 stitches after joining the legs but because we crocheted some of them them to attach the 2 legs together, we lost a few stitches. I solve this problem by increasing in the next round.
This technique will work with any pattern with standing legs, you just have to pay attention to the stitch count and adjust accordingly!
What a fabulous technique! Thanks so much for sharing, Mirena! This trick will work perfectly with the October Ami Club pattern… want a sneak peek?