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Amigurumi Tips

Merging Amigurumi Parts | Video Tutorial

This video tutorial will teach you how to merge two or more amigurumi parts into one larger part. By working around the open ends of several pieces in one round, the pieces can flow seamlessly into a larger piece, no sewing required! This method is perfect for no-sew crochet patterns such as teddy bears, or parts that create sharp corners, such as knees and elbows.

Sewing pieces together is the worst part of making amigurumi. Fortunately, there are techniques we can use to create no-sew amigurumi parts. One of these methods I call “merging.” Merging parts is simply taking two separate pieces and crocheting them together in a way that they merge into one piece.


Merging Two Pieces

The concept of merging is simple, and it can add tons of character to your amigurumi without adding more parts to sew.

  1. You start with one piece — let’s say a leg — and bind off where you want the leg to end and connect to the body, or the larger part of the amigurumi. Don’t weave in that end! It will be useful later!
  2. Then, make a second leg the same size. Don’t bind off the second leg.
  3. Using the working yarn on the second leg, work all the way around the first leg.
  4. When you get back around to the second leg, work around it again.

And voila! You have merged the two pieces into one by working around both legs and beginning the body.


Merging Three Pieces

You can also use this method to attach three pieces together, like in my favorite pattern for bird feet.

  1. You start with two pieces — let’s call them claws — and bind off where you want the claw to end and connect to the foot, or the larger part of the amigurumi. Don’t weave in that end! It will be useful later!
  2. Then, make a third claw the same size. Don’t bind off the theird claw leg.
  3. Using the working yarn on the third claw, work half way around the first claw, ALL the way around the second claw, half way around the other side of the first claw, and then all the way around the third claw.

Watch the video walkthrough for how to merge three pieces in a row as well.


Finishing

When you are all done with your feet/legs/toes, you can close the gaps between them using the bound off tails from the first toes by sewing and ‘X’ over the hole. Easy peasy!


Merging Amigurumi Parts | Video Tutorial

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This tutorial features Red Heart With Love yarn and is done with a Furls Odyssey hook. 


Now Show Off Your Skills!

These patterns all use Merging:

Vincent the Dragon

Charlie the Celestial Dragon

Ying the Panda

Hygge Owl

Regal the Peacock

Have more questions? I’m always here to help! 

Yarn on, 

Kati

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2 Comments

  • Sandy Royer

    Thank you so much! I love the video tutorial, it helps a lot! Can this method be used for a 4 legged standing animal? Such as a moose standing on all 4.

  • Crystal Farrell

    Hahah thats too funny I refer to it as “sew as you go” I absolutely hate sewing on the bits and bobs and will make all the appendages 1st then crochet them on as Im working the body of the pattern. The only time I dont do it this way is when it is a smaller piece and the leg is like 3 rounds. Then it is too easy to get it in the wrong spot and its easier to attach it after. I recommend this to everyone!

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