Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest looking at all the gorgeous amigurumi people have made and you've come across one or two where the stitches look different? They don't look like the single crochets in your amigurumi, and they couldn't possibly be half doubles, doubles or trebles.
These stitches are neat little squares made up of a little X type shape. Now I don't mean when people make their amigurumi inside out, that often creates a slightly fluffy appearance and the stitches have an extra little line under the V. To learn more about what I mean by inside out amigurumi check out Stephanie's tutorial on the right side of amigurumi.
These amigurumi almost look like they are made up of a beautiful yarny cross stitch. For a while I thought if I just crocheted tighter I could achieve the same effect. This didn't help, it just made it harder to insert my hook into those tiny stitches! I tried doing this with Rita the Rabbit, pattern by Lalylala, so that I could cross stitch onto her belly more neatly. This is why she still doesn't have arms, because I couldn't be bothered to crochet that tight.
I tried searching for the solution on Google, but I didn't find what I was looking for. It wasn't until I stumbled across it accidentally on Instagram.
It's a different method for creating a single crochet!
Here I started off four different amigurumi circles all using single crochet and the same pattern. All using my 4mm and the same 12ply yarn in different colours.
Top left: all four amigurumi I’m working on, on left yarn over single crochet, on right yarn under single crochet.
Bottom left: comparison of yarn over and yarn under both in tan
Top right: the two circles made using yarn over
Bottom right: two circles made using yarn under
Here's the pattern I used for these pieces:
Row 1: 6sc in magic circle (6)
Row 2: *inc* x6 (12)
Row 3: *sc, inc* x6 (18)
Row 4: *inc, 2sc* x6 (24)
I then continued on as so:
Row 5-8: 24sc (24)
Row 9: *dec, 2sc* x6 (18)
Row 10: *dec, sc* x6 (12)
Row 11: dec x6 (6)
Yarn Over Single Crochet (above)
Insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop through stitch, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
Yarn Under Single Crochet (above)
Insert hook, yarn under, pull up loop through stitch, yarn under, pull through both loops on hook.
Did you know about both these methods for creating a single crochet and the two different effects they produce? Let me know if you try it out!