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  • free sleepy eyes pattern Crochet sleepy eyes for your amigurumi!

    A little while ago, I was invited to crochet-a-long with the facebook group, Learn Amigurumi Crochet with Us! We crocheted Howie the Penguin and had a blast! (If you haven’t downloaded my FREE Beginner’s Guide to Amigurumi, which features this adorable pattern… what are you waiting for?) Carrie (one of the group leaders) designed sleepy […]

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  • crocheting amigurumi How to crochet the 2nd round in amigurumi

    Today, I’m going to talk about how to crochet the second round of your amigurumi! You see, I spend a lot of time talking about how to start off with the first round. Whether it’s using the magic ring method or the sloppy slip knot… the first round gets all the attention! And then, Jen […]

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  • amigurumi crochet owl kit by FreshStitches Make your Amigurumi faces Kawaii!

    Kawaii means ‘cute’ in Japanese, and when it comes to amigurumi… there’s a lot in the face! (You might be interested in reading about what amigurumi means!) I make most of my amigurumi as bigger plush toys, that are cute… but not super cutesy. Real human people have their eyes at the halfway point of […]

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  • amigurumi crochet owl kit by FreshStitches Are buttons a baby-safe substitute for craft eyes?

    You’ve probably read the disclaimer: craft eyes are not recommended for use in toys for children under the age of three. I’m often asked, “can I use buttons instead”? In short, the answer is no. To explain why, let’s talk about why craft eyes aren’t baby safe. It’s incredibly unlikely that the washer will accidentally […]

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  • weaving in ends in crochet Do I need to weave in ends on a stuffed animal?

    Okay, so here’s a question I get often: when making a stuffed animal, is it important to weave in ends? I’ll tell you! Weaving in ends What is weaving in ends? When you change colors (or start a new skein of yarn), you’ll have little tails left behind. Those are called ‘ends’. Weaving in ends […]

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  • crocheting through the back loop with FreshStitches How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round (crochet)

    When you crochet in the round, it can be tricky to count your stitches. But counting is important to make sure that you’re on track for following your pattern. Today, I’ll show you how to count your stitches! The loop on the hook doesn’t count! Here’s a photo of my work: Do you see the […]

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  • crochet owl by freshstitches Which eyes should I use for Amigurumi?

    I love crocheting stuffed animals. And do you know my favorite part? Putting the eyes in! It’s when the animal comes to life! Eyes are what gives the animal an expression… and my heart always fills with joy when it’s time to add them! There are lots of choices for eyes, so today, I’m going […]

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  • how to attach a flattened piece in amigurumi How to attach a flattened piece in amigurumi

    Every once in a while, you’ll come across instructions that tell you to ‘flatten piece, and attach’. But, what does that mean? Today, I’ll show you step-by-step! Let’s assume we’ve followed the crochet instructions, and we have a piece (that’s been worked in the round), and we’ve fastened off. The piece will look something like […]

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  • crochet through the back loop The Secret to Crocheting Easier

    I’ve heard it all before. Crocheting makes your wrists hurt. It’s too hard to put your hook into the next stitch. Attaching pieces is a nightmare. What if I told you that one little trick could totally change all that? And crocheting would become relaxing and easy on your wrists again? I’ll tell you the […]

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  • right side of crochet work Am I crocheting inside-out?

    I’ve been getting asked this question a lot recently… and when I get the same question more than once, I know it’s time for a blog post! It’s pretty common for folks on discussion boards to say that you have to crochet with the right side facing out. This makes beginners feel very anxious when […]

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