Free easy amigurumi crochet patterns – from a crochet square!

Hello this is Deanne from Small But Kinda Mighty. As I mentioned in my first crochet video I’ve been teaching a lot
of beginners recently and this summer I taught my youngest student who was only
eight years old (!) and she was a bit of a natural. With this in
mind I’ve got TWO video series in production. The first is on easy projects
for absolute beginners – keep watching and I will share the second series with
you at the end of the video. This video is a walk through of how to make this
bunny. It’s a great project for someone who wants to practice working rows of
single crochet, but doesn’t want to make a scarf or a blanket. It’s a quick, fun
project that can be completed relatively quickly, which makes it a perfect simple
project for KIDS who are learning to crochet. They get the satisfaction of
making something in a short period of time and best of all, it’s a really cute
bunny! So let’s make a bunny together in seven easy steps. Step 1 – if you’re a
beginner and you haven’t already, please do check out my “Crochet: where to start”
video and the blog posts linked to it. They take you through everything you need to
know to start crocheting, with respect to choosing the right yarn, the right
crochet hook and the notions you’ll need. Step 2: if you haven’t got it already,
go to my website and download the free pattern (I’ll put a direct link to the
pattern) in the description box. It lists all the supplies you need
together with written instructions on how to make your bunny. Step 3 – we’re
going to make our foundation chain by making a slipknot and chaining 21. For
beginners, I recommend that you make your foundation chain with a larger hook than
you use for the square and I go into this in more detail in the written pattern,
and in my “Crochet: where to start” video I take you very slowly through how to make
a slipknot, how to chain, and how to work into the
foundation chain. So if you haven’t yet you might want to take a look at that
video and practice step 3 a few times before starting to make the
square for your bunny. If you tend to chain tightly, which is very common for
beginners, one tip is what I’m doing here, which is holding the chain stitches
you’ve already made tightly in your left hand, and then gently pulling up on the
chain stitch as you make it to ensure that it’s a looser stitch. So chain 21
and I will see you when you’re ready for step 4. For step 4 we’re going to make a
square. Start by switching to a smaller hook if you made your foundation chain
with a larger one. Single crochet into the second chain from the hook, and then
into each of the next 19 chain stitches in your foundation chain. You will note
that I’m working in the back hump of each chain stitch which I really do
recommend if you possibly can, and once you have finished making a single
crochet in each of your chain stitches that will complete row 1. We’ll
continue working in rows until you have a square. Before you move on to row 2 let’s take a
quick look at row 1. Hopefully you can see each of these
single crochet stitches. There’s the V at the top of the stitch which constitutes
the front loop and the back loop, and then there’s the main body of the stitch
which is called the post. If we count the stitches in row 1 we should end up with
20, and at the beginning of row 1 you’ll see our turning chain, which is the chain
that we skipped at the beginning of row 1. So let’s talk about the turning
chain. Once you reach the end of a row you will
chain 1 and this is your turning chain – the turning chain is used to bring your
yarn up to the height of your first crochet stitch in the next row. Once
you’ve completed your turning chain you’ll then flip your work and you will
insert your hook into the first single crochet. Then commence single crocheting
across the row, for row 2. As a beginner, even if you’re completing short rows, you
may want to use a locking stitch marker to mark the first and last stitch in
each row. This will ensure that you don’t miss working into the last stitch, and
thereby start losing stitches. And it will also ensure that you don’t work
into the turning chain, creating additional stitches. Unless the pattern
says otherwise, always insert your hook under both the front loop and the back
loop of the head of your crochet stitch. The head of the stitch is the
v-shape right at the very top of the stitch. Once you’ve completed row 2, I’d
recommend that you count at the end of each row to ensure that you have 20
stitches in the row. Then you will chain 1, flip your work, and start working
on row 3. Basically you will repeat row 2 until you have a square. After completing
about 22 rows you should have a square. To check whether
or not your piece of fabric is a square, fold it into a triangle and if both
sides match up you’ve got a square and you can fasten off. I’ll show you here
how to fasten off but I wouldn’t have fastened off at this stage unless I
wanted to show you how to do it, because I actually went on and edged my square
with a round of single crochet stitches. That’s completely optional and in no way
a requirement in order to turn your square into a bunny, I just do it because
I like the way that it makes the square look a little bit neater and it makes it
a little bit easier to sew the back and the bottom of the bunny together. I will
have a video on how to edge a crochet square so if that’s something you want
to know how to do, once it’s published I’ll come back and link to it. What I’m doing here is
marking the right side of the crochet square because I want to ensure that the
outside of the bunny is the right side of the square. For step 5 we are going to
thread a length of yarn through the square in a triangle shape, then pull on
the ends of the thread and this will create the head and ears of our bunny. Before we do that, for the loose yarn ends
that you’ve got at the beginning and the end of your square you’ll want to weave
them in towards the middle of the square so that you can hide them on the inside
of your bunny. So this is my square right side facing up, I’m going to turn it over,
fold it in half and then use another locking stitch marker to mark the middle
edge of my square. Then on the wrong side of the fabric I’m going to thread the
length of yarn across the middle of the square.
With the length of yarn successfully woven across the middle of the square,
I’m going to remove the locking stitch marker and place it at the centre of the
top edge of the square, and I’m going to find that centre point by folding down
one of the corners until it meets the middle. Now I’m going to weave the length
of yarn up to the stitch marker and then back down to where I started, to form a
triangle shape. I can now remove the locking stitch marker and pull both ends
of the thread of yarn that I’ve woven through the square, tight. if you want to use safety eyes you will
need to insert them now, so put a little stuffing into the headspace to make sure
the safety eyes are correctly placed, then pull out the stuffing and put the
backs of the safety eyes on. And if you’re wondering what options you have
for eyes other than safety eyes, I’ve actually got a video in production
that I will link to when it’s published, so that you can see all of the different
eye options you have for amigurumi. Once your safety eyes are in, lightly
stuff the head of your bunny and then tightly knot the ends of the threads
together. Don’t trim those ends yet because we’re actually going to use
those for step 6, which is sewing together the back and the bottom of your
bunny. Using the longer length of yarn we’re going to sew together the back of
the bunny using a whip stitch and start stuffing the body. I’ve got separate videos planned for
both sewing together amigurumi pieces using the whip stitch and other stitches,
and also how to stuff amigurumi, but for now the thing to notice is you want to
pick up a thread from one side of the back and then pick up a thread from the
other side of the back, and sew those together basically. When you get to the bottom you will
sew the two sides together in the same way, adding more stuffing as necessary.
For step 7 sew on a mouth using some black yarn, and then make a pompom with
either a fork or a mini pom-pom maker, Attach your pom-pom to the back of
the bunny for a tail. So this is the first in the series of videos on easy
projects for beginners, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
The second video series (you may have guessed from watching this one!) is going
to be an amigurumi 101 with a series of videos on specific issues like, which
eyes to use, how best to sew parts together, and more. If you’re looking
forward to that then make sure you subscribe and hit the notification bell so you
don’t miss any videos! Thanks very much for watching, take care, and bye for now.

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