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.
- 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!
- Then, make a second leg the same size. Don’t bind off the second leg.
- Using the working yarn on the second leg, work all the way around the first leg.
- 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.
- 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!
- Then, make a third claw the same size. Don’t bind off the theird claw leg.
- 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.
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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These patterns all use Merging:
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Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.