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Embroidering Amigurumi

Welcome to the final installment of our amigurumi series! If you're following along at home, be sure to check out our Basic Amigurumi pattern so you can crochet as you learn.

Today we're going to talk about embroidery. So you've got an adorable little amigurumi and you'd like to give it that extra something, perhaps a smile or some detail to the eyes. This can be easily done with a little bit of embroidery.

Now you may be thinking that you're a crocheter and have no interest in learning anything about sewing, but it's really pretty easy. All you really need to know is how to backstitch.

You will need:
An amigurumi
A black or white charcoal pencil (use black on light amigurumis; use white on dark amigurumis)
Yarn needle
Yarn in desired color (alternatively you could use embroidery thread with an embroidery needle)


Let's get started!


1. Begin by using the charcoal pencil to draw on the features you'd like to embroider. To make it easy on yourself the first time around, avoid curves. This way each line will represent one stitch.


2. Thread the yarn through the yarn needle. Insert the needle in the amigurumi at the beginning of the first line and have it exit the amigurumi at the end of the first line.


4. Pull the yarn all the way through, leaving about a 2 inch tail at the beginning.


5. Since this is the first stitch, tie the yarn in a knot with the beginning tail. You'll hide the knot and the tail later.


6. Now insert your needle back in the beginning of the first stitch, and have it exit at the end of the second stitch.


7. Pull the yarn all the way through. Next, insert the needle at the beginning of this current stitch, and have it exit at the end of the next stitch.


8. At this point you should understand why this is called a "back" stitch. Continue to work in this fashion, insert the needle at the beginning of the current stitch, exiting at the end of the next stitch, and pulling all the way through.


9. When you get to your last stitch, insert at the beginning point of the last stitch, and exit where your beginning knot is.


10. Pull the yarn all the way through and tie it off with the beginning tail.


11. To hide the knot, insert the needle in the same point as the very first stitch, and exit out the back of the amigurumi. Pull the yarn all the way through and repeat with the second tail.


12. Trim the tails evenly with the amigurumi and you're done! Admire your fine work.

We hope you've enjoyed our series!

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