Tutorial :: Making Brushed Amigurumi

For amigurumi, I usually don't use natural fibers, acrylic has so many benefits for making dolls like durability, washability, and shape resiliance that using natural fibers seemed like a waste of time and effort. But I recently came into a stash of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky. It's an awesome yarn with a wool/mohair blend and I couldn't let it just sit on the shelf.

I had seen around the web some dolls that were brushed and thought I might give it a shot. Since I hadn't seen a tutorial for amigurumi specifically, my first attempt ended in me killing some doll eyes by scratching them silly…so I thought I might run you through the process so you can avoid some of the pitfalls.

Materials:
Any spun Natural fiber yarn (except cotton)
A dog slicker brush (mine has a soft brush on the flip side which I found came in handy at the end)

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Close-up of what the bristles of the slicker brush look like: (click any picture for a larger version)

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In this tutorial, my doll has a head and that's what I'm brushing up for you today. Make your piece until you only have a few round left to go. In my case, I stopped before I got to the decrease rounds.

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Take out your stitch marker and avoid brushing your working yarn. (ignore that I have forgotten to do this in the next photo…lol)

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When you use a dog slicker, one direction with smooth and the other direction will have resistance as it is grabbing fibers. Brush in the direction with resistance (you should feel tugging) in short even strokes. Go in the same direction for several strokes and you will begin to see fur forming.

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Now turn your work and with the same grabbing side, brush sideways over spot you have just brushed.

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Doing this back and forth method will produce the fur much faster than if you worked in the same direction. Continue working back and forth until your get the desired results.

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Once you have a result you are happy with, add your doll eyes. Finish crocheting your piece and stuff it. Then take your dog slicker and finish brushing the bottom of your piece being very careful to avoid the eyes.

If your dog slicker has a soft brush side (you can also use a soft bristle brush of your own) brush the fur in the direction you like until smoothed out.

Use this technique on all the parts of your doll individually and before assembly!

Here is what became of that head!

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Amigurumi Lessons :: What do you want to learn first?

Roxycraft 

I'm finally going to start doing Amigurumi tuts! Being the democratic minded girl I am, I wanted to get your opinions on what the first lesson should be!

Here's the ones I'm debating:

  1. attaching limbs

  2. tight stitching
  3. yarn weights
  4. starting ring
  5. reading patterns
  6. finding your right side

    something else (please tell me)

So leave a comment and let me know which of these your are interested in learning about! :)

Learn to Crochet Left-Handed :: Double Crochet

Lesson Four: Double Crochet

from Dummies.com: The double crochet (abbreviated dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet. A fabric made of all double crochet stitches is fairly solid but not stiff and is great for sweaters, shawls, Afghans, placemats, or any number of other home decor items. You can also combine the double crochet stitch with other stitches to produce many interesting patterns and textures.

We're also going to be learning granny squares next and you need to know how to "dc" for those!

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Step One: Make a chain of 22 stitches.

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Step Two: Yarn Over your hook and insert your hook in the 3rd chain from your hook. Show here with an arrow.

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Step Three: Yarn Over your hook again and pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.

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Step Four: Yarn Over your hook now and pull through the first TWO loops on your hook…not all three. You will be left with two loops on your hook.

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Step Five: Yarn Over hook for the last time and pull through the two remaining loops on your hook.

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Now you have successfully completed a double crochet stitch. Continue making double crochet stitches across the rest of your chain row and you should end up with 20 stitches. Huzzah!

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To start a new row, make sure to chain TWO at the end of each row and turn your work around.

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This is what will begin emerging from your work. For good practice: continue in this until you have 20 rows by 20 stitches across. Finish off and begin again. Make squares until your are happy with the tension and even-ness of your stitches.

Next lesson: Granny Squares

 

 

 

Learn to Crochet Left-Handed :: Single Crochet

Lesson Three: Single Crochet

This is your work horse stitch! I use it 99% of the time for amigurumi. It produces a dense fabric with more stability than knitted fabric.

Now that we know how to Make a Chain, let's make a chain of 21 stitches

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Step One: Hook through 2nd Chain from Hook

Insert the tip of your hook through the 2nd chain, shown with arrow and after in picture above

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Step Two: Yarn Over Hook

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Step Three: Pull up a loop

Pull your hook to the left through your chain and you'll be left with two loops of yarn on your hook like in the above picture

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Step Four: Yarn Over Hook again

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Step Five: Pull loop through

Pull your hook to the left through BOTH loops on your hook.

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Step Six: Start next Stitch

Insert your hook in the next chain stitch, shown with arrow in the picture above.

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Repeat until you have completed a single crochet in each chain. You should have 20 now!

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When you get to the end of your "row" you MUST make an extra chain stitch (see above) or your will lose a stitch on your next row.

Next, you will want to "turn" your work around and start your next row.

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Insert your hook through the top two loops of your first stitch (see above photo) and start signle crochet across.

Repeat the process until you have 20 rows. Practice this swatch over and over again until you have the hang of single crocheting in rows.

From here you can make scarves, purses, hot pads…any thing square that doesn't require increasing or decreasing.

Next lesson: Double Crochet