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  1. So it seems like a combination of trial and error and trying some more complex patterns with shapes I would like to learn. Along with breaking my pattern down into sections. I have learned basically everything up to this point by trying patterns and have no hesitation to buy them especially when they're complex. Nearly every pattern I've done has taught me something semi new or a completely new skill like embroidery or adding hair. Another recommendation that I got was to use stitch markers. If I'm only increasing one half of the body to add stitch markers to divide my piece further up. It seems like the more I try things out the better I will know what to expect. Drawing out my pattern to scale sounds like something that might come in handy too, rather than just drawing out basic shapes.
  2. I have seen that one, but once again its a symmetrical shape. But it does increase and then decrease and then increase again, so it's a bit more of an advanced shape than the basics. It's the shapes that are bigger on one half than the other or shapes that turn that I don't really know how to tackle. Things like toes or curvy necks or oddly shaped heads or bodies that have one side bigger than the other.
  3. I guess that makes sense -trying patterns with similar shapes I'd like to replicate- since that's how I learned basic shapes in the first place. It seems like math and figuring out the right places to increase or decrease. As for researching amigurumi design, I've done a lot of googling and haven't found much on the subject yet. Just basics of amigurumi, nothing more advanced and certainly nothing about advanced shaping. I just find the same tips over and over (how to do a magic circle, invisible decrease, etc.) and I'd love to find something else more on the subject.
  4. Needle sculpting looks good for eye indents and I will probably try it on my next project, but isn't really the kind of shaping I mean. I mean for more advanced body shapes or neck or head shapes. I've included some examples of amigurumi patterns I've seen with more advanced shaping that I'm talking about. Even just a less spherical head. Obviously there is tons I can accomplish with basic shapes, but as someone who always is trying to advance my skills advanced shaping is something I'd like to be able to accomplish.
  5. Hello everyone! So I'm working on designing my first amigurumi (crocheted dolls and stuffed animals) pattern and it's basically just all basic shapes based on what I've learned from amigurumi patterns in the past. After making several amigurumi I've got the basic shapes down -- sphere, oval, elongated sphere, cylinders, etc. I can basically make any symmetrical shape. But when it comes to amigurumi there are times where you want a less symmetrical shape especially for things like heads, snouts, tails etc. I haven't been able to find any advice on more advanced amigurumi shaping. Obviously sometimes in a pattern I follow there is more advanced shaping but it's going to be different for each project once you get away from the basic shapes. Is it just trial and error? I look at these 3d shapes as a big math problem and I understand that the shapes are symmetrical because you increase or decrease evenly all the way around. So in theory increasing or decreasing only on one side should give a less symmetrical shape. But I guess I'm having a hard time envisioning how to make it work. Does anyone have any references or advice on more advanced shaping?
  6. Hi my name is Amanda. I have been crocheting for probably 5 years now and I have really gotten into amigurumi. I love making them and with each one I've made I keep learning new skills! I like making amigurumi or small projects the most because I get bored halfway through with a longer project like a blanket. I always love trying something new! Nice to meet you all! Can't wait to share the love of this hobby with others!
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