How You Hold Your Yarn

This article is all about you. Yes, I said it, all about you. Now while that may seem awfully weird, this is really all about you. This is completely up to you, and I think that if you watch this video, you will understand who this is really all about you.

This video will show you how to hold your yarn.

How to Tie a Slip Knot

The slip knot is a crucial part to starting almost all projects. Whether you’re making a scarf, amigurumi, or just changing colors, it is useful. To start, hold your yarn taut in both hands.

Holding yarn taught in both hands

Now, make a loop with the right side above the left. (Make sure to have some yarn left on the right side.)

Make a loop with the right side over the left.

Now, with the right side, push it through the loop (without pulling all the way through)

Pulling the right side through to a loop.

Now, pull on the left side of yarn to tighten.

Tightening the loop

Now, to fit your hook to the loop, stick your hook through the loop and pull the right side.

A finished slip knot!

And your done! Once you catch on, you can do it in almost no time at all. You can now start almost any project. If the pictures didn’t really help here is a short video to help instruct you:

Medusa Amigurumi

This is my first amigurumi pattern so please tell me if there is anything wrong with it. I am using a dark green yarn by Red Heart and a D/3 mm crochet hook for this project, please let me know if you have any questions!

Note: In this pattern, the snakes on Medusa’s head only count as 1 stitch. Do not make two single crochets while making a round over one snake.

Materials:

  • Green and White Yarn
  • D/3 mm hook
  • Stuffing
  • A pair of 12mm safety eyes
  • Darning Needle

Abbreviations:

SC – Single Crochet

CH – Chain

HDC – Half Double Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

INC – Increase

DEC – Decrease

SNAKE1 – ch 11, sc in second chain from the hook, sc 2, hdc 1, dc 6

SNAKE2 – ch 8, sc in second chain from the hook, sc 2, hdc 1, dc 3

SNAKE3 – ch 15, sc in second chain from the hook, sc 2, hdc 1, dc 10

SNAKE4 – ch 6, sc in second chain from the hook, sc 2, hdc 1, dc 1, sc into same stitch

Head:

With green yarn

R1 – sc 6 into magic ring

R2 – Inc in first 2, SNAKE4, sc 1 in same stitch as snake, Inc in next 2, SNAKE2

R3 – sc 1, SNAKE1, sc 1 in same stitch as snake, sc 1, Inc, SNAKE3, sc 1 in same stitch as snake

R4 – *sc 2, inc 1* rpt around

R5: sc 2, SNAKE3, inc, sc 2, SNAKE4, inc, sc 2, SNAKE2, inc, sc 2, SNAKE1, inc, sc 2, SNAKE4

R6: *sc 4, inc 1* rpt around

R7: *sc 5, inc 1* rpt around

Switch to white yarn

R8: *sc 6 inc 1* rpt around

R9: *sc 7 inc 1* rpt around

R8-11: sc around

R12: *sc 7 dec 1* rpt around

R13: *sc 6 dec 1* rpt around

R14: *sc 5 dec 1* rpt around

R15: *sc 4 dec 1* rpt around

R16: *sc 3 dec 1* rpt around

R17: *sc 2 dec 1* rpt around

Fasten off, place safety eyes between rounds 10 and 11. Stuff. If you want, you can embroider a little mouth like I did.

Legs (Make 2):

Note: In this pattern, we build the body off of the legs. DO NOT finish off the second leg. I repeat, DO NOT finish off the second leg.

FD: sc 6 in a magic ring

R1: inc 6

R2: *sc 1, inc 1* rpt around

R3-6: sc around

On the first leg, leave a long tail for when you whip stitch the legs together over 5 or 6 stitches. Now, using the unfinished second leg, begin working on the body.

Body:

R7-11: sc around

R12: *sc 3 dec 1* rpt around

R13: *sc 2 dec 1* rpt around

R14: *sc 1 dec 1* rpt around

Arms (Make 2):

R1: sc 4 in a magic ring

R2: inc 4

R3: *sc 1, inc 1* rpt around

R4-9: sc around

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Weave in the ends, and she’s complete! Thank you for supporting me throughout my first ever amigurumi pattern, and I hope you enjoyed it!

Knotted Headband

Hello! I thought this was a good first post as this was one of the first patterns I tried. However, this is easy to screw up and hard to go back and fix. Despite many disadvantages, this is a wonderful Christmas gift and goes well with any color. This tutorial includes pictures to make it easier to stay on track. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy yourself!

For this project, I used a 4 mm/G hook and a spring-time blend of Red Heart yarn.

Abbreviations:

chain — ch

double crochet — dc

slip stitch — ss

To start, make a balloon knot (How you start most projects)

For the base row, it is not entirely a set number of chains, but rather the amount to fit yours or someone else’s head. For me, it was about 100 for the times I made it.

Now, join with a ss into the first ch.

For the first row (and the six after that) ch 2 (counts as first dc) and make a dc in each ch all the way around. Once you reach the first dc, ss into it.

Repeat the first row until you have 6 full-fledged rows. If the headband seems to be branching out too far and seems it would be too big, there are two options. One, leave it. And two, begin with this pattern: *dc 5, skip 1 dc* repeat until end of row.

Once you have finished all six rows, cut a two-foot-long tail and pull it through the loop.

Now, begin wrapping the tail around the headband. Once you’re done it should look like this:

Now just thread in the ends and you’re finished! Congrats, I hope you enjoy it.