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Joining two open pieces

Amigurumi is usually crocheted in sections, which means when all details are ready, you need to sew them together. In this post I will show two ways to join two open pieces. I prefer using mattress stitch, but you can pick the one that feels most comfortable to you or even invent your own style.

But before you reach for your needle, you'll want to keep a couple of things in mind:

  • Make sure both pieces have the same number of stitches around the opening.
  • Whenever possible, crochet the last rounds of both pieces with the same yarn.
  • Leave a long yarn tail for sewing on one of the pieces.

 

Whip Stitch

Whip stitch is the easiest to master and so straightforward. The only downside is, it is not the neatest one and the stitches will be visible.

 

1. Holding the two pieces together, insert the needle through a stitch directly under your yarn, going front to back, and bring it back up through the next stitch (of the first piece), going back to front.

2. Pull the yarn tight. And that's all there is. Just keep stitching all around the pieces until you get back to the beginning.

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

 

Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

 

 

Mattress stitch

Mattress stitch takes a bit more practice to master, but the result will look nice and neat and the stitches will be completely invisible. Which makes it a better option, if your pieces are different colors, creating a nice clean line between the two colors.

 

1. Holding the two pieces together, insert the needle behind a stitch (the vertical bar) directly under your yarn. Draw the yarn through.

2. Then insert the needle through the hole where you brought the yarn up last time and go under the next stitch. Draw the yarn through.

3. Do the same with the next stitch of the second piece.

4. It is easier to see what you are doing if you don't pull the yarn tight after each stitch. You can make 2-3 stitches like this.

5. Then grab the yarn and pull the last few stitches tight. Continue all around the pieces.

 If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

 

Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

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