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  1. I know this is not exactly a crochet question, but related. Many amigurumi patterns call for embroidering details, especially faces. Though I understand how to do this, I don't know how to anchor the stitch so it can't be pulled easily. Sometimes it can be hidden if a part of the piece has a similar color, I just tie it there and then take the needle in the toy until it comes out in the right place and then take it back to secure it. But most of the times, I can't do this without leaving a very obvious knot of a contrasting color. How do I do this? Diana
  2. Amigurumi is perfect for that. They can get complicated, but most of the projects are easy and super fast to finish. Another option is appliques.
  3. I don't crochet complicated stitches, mostly amigurumi. I have a horrible time whenever I need to do a whole line of slip stitches. For some reason, I find it very hard to get through the last loop.
  4. Thanks. I will check out the lion brand. I hadn't had this problem with red heart. Sometimes it doesn't make that much difference or the problem can be solved easily, for example, when making a toy where the limbs go in another color. Even with the different thickness, it is possible to add a stitch and maybe row to make up for the difference, as long as the toy is big enough. With the toy I was making, I had to change the color in the middle of each row, to form a mask on the face. It was impossible to correct it without changing the ovreall look, very fristrating.
  5. Most of the crochetting I do is amigurumis. I buy red heart because it is easy to find, cheap and I think it's stiffness is actually a plus for the toys. I have noticed difference in quality depending on the color, some could be very plasticky and some felt nicer. But the last two balls had slightly different thicknesses, enough to ruin my project. It was a very small doll. It was a promised gift so I modified the pattern a bit and it looks odd but ok, but now I am left with all this yarn that I can't combine well with other yarns of the same brand. Has anyone had that problem before? I know it is not a very fine yarn but, given how artificial and "industrial" it looks, I expected it to least not vary in thickness.
  6. Maybe this can help. It https://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/perfect-stripes-for-amigurumi-video/
  7. ocelotito

    I am groot (too)

    They also sell the kit in Amazon. They don't carry it all the time i Costco. I have seen it several times but not during the whole year. I think they carry it during the fall.
  8. ocelotito

    I am groot (too)

    Hi, I was going to post my groot and realized there is another one here. I made this one from a book/kit that I bought from COSTCO with patterns for MARVEL characters, but I adapted the proportions to make it more baby-ish. The original one is for big groot. Haven't figured out how to put the leaves. The texture in the body that I added too is made with embroidery. I don't know how the stitch is called, chain stitch? As with all amigurumis I have made, the little details are the most time consuming.
  9. ocelotito

    Chewbacca 2 & 3

    WOW they are awesome. I made a similar one to the less hairy (from a kit). The hairy one looks great too. Was it very difficult to work with that yarn?
  10. Thanks for sharing! I was crochetting a Hogwarts scarf for my son with chunky yarn with dc but I was not liking the way it looks. I will try this stitch.
  11. Thank you! I will try that and post how it comes out.
  12. I recently bought some bulky yarn for a project and I needed some honey/gold color, which I substituted with yellow. Later I found the color I needed, so I was left with 4 skeins of yellow. I don't particularly like the color for clothing. I was thinking if I could use it for a superized amigurumi (minion, Woodstock, Spongebob) but I don't know how it would work. I am assuming that the space between the stitches will be too big and the stuffing would come out. Has anyone tried it? Would I need to line it? I am considering some minion hats too. Any ideas and advice? Thanks Diana
  13. Is the doll big? You may want to try to do a magic ring, a first row with 4 stitches and maybe a second row increasing 2 to make it a total of 6? Or increase each to end up with 8? You may want to experiment, depending on how pointy or round you want the nose. Leave a tail and use that to attach the nose. From what I see, I'm pretty sure the nose is crochetted too. You may also want to send a message to the designer and ask for instructions for the nose, especially if you payed for the pattern.
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