Crochet tips for beginners

If you could travel in time and go back to when you where crocheting your first amigurumi. What advice would you give to yourself?

I would tell myself to :point_right: Stuff more than you think and when you think you’re done, stuff some more! :sweat_smile:

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i don’t know…my first amigurumi turned out pretty good!! maybe just like some clean up on the sewing, but it was very good.

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YES, I would also give this tip to beginner me! My amigurumi back then was SO understuffed :smiling_face_with_tear:

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WATCH VIDEOS ON HOW TO DO STICHES MULTIPLE TIMES INSTEAD OF TRYING TO REMEMBER :sob:

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when i started crocheting i used slip stitches instead of single crochets. this was just a me being stupid thing but still, make sure you’re doing the right stitch! then also don’t under stuff, and then don’t overstuff. find the median! i also began crochet with chenille yarn which made me dislike using acrylic and cotton yarns, so i would definitely say to start with different yarn.

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Invest in good hooks in your favorite sizes & find yarns you like working with. When I was a kid I used whatever I could get, cheap plastic hooks and hand me down yarn. I was grateful to have it, but the sensory issues made crocheting and knitting unpleasant at times, especially acrylic yarn squeaking on a plastic hook. Eek I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

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I would probably say focus on tension, and crochet something before your first crochet attempt is amigurumi lol

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Get more than enough yarn for projects, I have a ton of bigger wips im trying to find more yarn for :smiling_face_with_tear:

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I would say “Sara, go get the right hook size! 5 mm for amigurumi is a big nono.”

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To not use beads as eyes :joy:

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To not use the recommeneded hook size on the yarn label :sweat_smile:

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My tip would be sure to use stitch markers and to make sure your count is correct. You can’t just add or decrease stitches wherever you want to make them right. It won’t come out correctly.

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I agree about overstuffing. And not worrying so much about overstuffing :rofl:

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Go down a hook size or two and yarn under rather than yarn over.

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Sew on what limbs and accessories that you can before finishing off the head and/or body. It doesn’t always work, of course, but it’s so much easier for placing them correctly - and moving them- and securing when you can get inside the piece!

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I would say …check s you tube tutorial so you know to go through both loops in sc! :rofl::rofl::rofl: my first amigurumis was in back loops only lol! A very wonky Yoda and a batty bat!

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Oh yeah…i so easily overstuffed …especially if using t shirt yarn…i mean how do you get it firm but not holey? :rofl::rofl: and colour changes in the round. … lead to face slippage on my first attempt at jabba the hut ami :see_no_evil:

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