How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

The time has come when Little Lovely has officially confiscated every amigurumi ever made by The Animator's Wife (that she hadn't already given as gifts). The only downside to that is most of those amigurumi were made before The Animator's Wife discovered the secret to making their limbs posable.

Little Lovely doesn't mind, but if you like the idea of being able to move the limbs on your amigurumi, then this trick is for you. It's just as easy (if not easier) as the traditional method of sewing on the limbs.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

Here's how to do it.


1. When you crochet the limbs, be sure to leave an extra long tail on one of the limbs. The tail should be at least 4 times as long as the amigurumi body is wide.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

2. To attach the first limb, thread that long tail through a yarn needle. Insert the needle where you want the first limb to attach, then push the needle all the way through the body of the amigurumi, exiting where you would like the second limb to attach. For wider amigurumi, you will either want to use a longer needle or squish the body so that you can get the standard needle all the way through. Another option is to use a small crochet hook to pull the tail all the way through the body.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

3. Pull the tail all the way through the body, then use the needle to take a small "bite" into the side of the second limb that will lie against the body.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

4. Now insert the needle back into the body at the point where you want the second limb to attach. Push it all the way through the body as you did in Step 2, so that it exits at the point where the first limb attaches. Pull the tail all the way through.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

5. Use the needle to take a small "bite" into the first limb, just as you did the second limb. Be sure to pull the yarn taught to avoid loose limbs.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

6. If desired, you can make the limbs even more sturdy by repeating steps 2-5. When done, tie off the yarn and weave in the remaining tail.

How to Add Opposable Limbs to Amigurumi

All done! Now your child can have fun posing his or her new toy.

3 comments:

  1. That's awesome! And so easy! I'll let you know how it works with larger stuffies!

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  2. Love this, thank you so much!!

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