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How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi

How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi - two methods. Image shows a blue crocheted oval on a white background.

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Why would you need to learn how to crochet an oval?

Well, I love making softies with oval bases. They require shaping that’s a little different than your usual amigurumi rounds – but they’re not hard to do.

There are two basic techniques for creating an oval. Each one gives you a slightly different look, so I’ll show you both.

Start with a Chain

Chain until the piece is as long as you want. You’re creating the center of the oval, so keep in mind that this piece will grow in all directions!

blue chain stitch with blue crochet hook attached

Crochet around the Chain to Grow Your Oval

Turn and sc in 2nd stitch and each remaining stitch.

You will end up with one stitch fewer than the number of chains you started with. (That’s because one of those chain stitches became a turning chain.)

Blue crochet with crochet hook still attached

That grew one side of your oval. To grow the other side you’ll need to work the bottom side of the foundation chain

If you aren’t sure how to do that, hop on over to this blog post – How to Work the Bottom Side of a Foundation Chain.

Now we’re going to start looking at the two different ways to crochet an oval. Each results in a slightly different shape.

Technique 1: Increase at ends

One way to achieve an oval is to sc 3 times in each of the end stitches. You want to use stitches *directly* on the ends to get an even oval.

To do this, single crochet into the turning chain and the starting knot (unusual, I know!)

How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi - two methods from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

Put a locking stitch marker in the center of the 3 single crochet stitches, and increase (3 stitches in 1) on each side every round.

How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi - two methods from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

You increase 4 stitches each round. The result is a flatter oval with more pointy-looking ends.

Technique 2: Increase at ‘corners’

To begin this technique, sc twice in each of the 4 ‘corners’ of your piece, that is the first and last stitch of each side.

Do not work the turning chain or knot.

How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi - two methods from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

Place a locking stitch marker in the increase stitch furthest away from the end points.

How to Crochet an Oval for Amigurumi - two methods from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

The result is a nicely rounded oval. Just like technique 1, you are increasing by 4 sts/round.

Continue increasing (sc twice in 1 stitch) at the stitches with the stitch marker. The stitch markers will move apart by 2 stitches each round (put differently, the ‘increased stitch’ goes towards the short side of the rectangle).

Crocheted Ovals in Use

I used this method to create an oval base for this cute crocheted cat pattern.

Felix the Fat Cat - crochet pattern from Shiny Happy World

See? You can see the crocheted oval at his base.

crocheted cat showing the oval base

I also used it to give Duke the Dog here his oval feet.

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

See?

Once you learn how to crochet an oval you can stitch up all kinds of cute critters!

Happy stitching!

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

3 COMMENTS

  1. Dottie SAYS...

    This is great. Thank you, Stacey.
    What do you call your little yellow critter? It’s so cute.

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