Hi! So – you’ve learnt how to start your amigurumi with the magic circle, how to single crochet, how to increase and decrease and now you need to know how to finish off neatly? Then this is the place for you! I’ve tried practically every method possible for this so that you don’t have to. Get yourself comfortable, pull out your wip and let me show you how to finish off your amigurumi neatly!
Before we start it’s important for you to know when you need to use this technique. Not every piece that you make will need it, this technique is solely for those items that you make that are going to be closed objects. This means those items that you need to stuff as you go, like a body or a head. Often arms and legs are finished with open ends which need finishing in a totally different way!
The Anatomy of
a Neat Finish for Amigurumi
Before I show you exactly how to finish your pieces off neatly I just want you to have a close look at what exactly the finished item should look like. There are so many ways that you could finish off your pieces (and I’ve tried most of them!) but I find this the neatest. If you look at the images below you can see the Magic Circle on the Left hand side, starting this little crochet ball. On the Right hand side is the other side of the ball, neatly closed up using this method. See how similar the 2 sides look?
In order to show you how I finish off my amigurumi I’ve pre-made this sphere. A lot of amigurumi parts are sperical, or nearly spherical so it should give you a good idea of what you’re aiming for!
Perform your final stitch before the finish
Most patterns will tell you to finish off your final piece with a single crochet stitch. While that will look ok I find that if you make a slight alteration and slip stitch the final stitch the finish is a little neater. So whether it’s a standard stitch or a decrease (it’s likely to be a decrease!) I’d recommend performing it as a slip stitch rather than a single crochet.
Cut the yarn
Once you’ve finished crocheting you need to cut the working yarn, leaving a long tail. I normally leave around 12 inches (30cm) of yarn, which gives me plenty to play with!
Pull the yarn through
Pull the tail end of yarn through the final stitch and thread it through a yarn needle.
Sew up through the front loop of the next stitch
Moving towards the left in a clockwise direction (the same direction you move in when crocheting) sew through the front loop of the next stitch along, from the outer edge towards the centre.
Repeat step 4
Repeat step 4 until you have sewn through each of the stitches in your final round. This is typically 6 stitches, but check the pattern as it may be more or less than this!
Pull the tail of yarn
Once you have sewn through all 6 stitches all that remains is to pull on the tail of yarn until the hole begins to close.
Keep pulling on the tail of yarn until the hole completely closes up – this is exactly the same as you did during the magic circle when you started crocheting! You may find that the closed up round forms a little bump pn the surface of your piece – don’t worry about this, you can flatten it out over the next few steps.
Sew the yarn tail through the centre of the closed hole
Take your yarn end again, and sew it right through the centre of the closed piece and out a few rounds lower down. Pull on this tail end until the bump (if there was one) flattens out and your piece looks nice and smooth.
Secure the yarn end
To secure the yarn end and keep the closed up hole from loosening over time sew the tail end of your yarn through 2 or 3 stitches. To make it extra secure repeat this 2 more times, alternating directions and moving down to a new round of stitches each time.
Hide the yarn end
To hide the loose end of yarn thread it into the body of your piece using the yarn needle.
Cut off any excess yarn
If you have any excess yarn, sew out of the other side of your piece and cut off any excess. If you pull the yarn tight before cutting it then once cut the very end should spring back inside your piece to be nicely concealed.
Well done, that’s amazing! Your amigurumi creations are going to look so professional now that you know how to finish them off neatly!