One of the reasons amigurumi have become so popular among crocheters is that the patterns require only a few basic stitches such as: ch, sc, inc, dec, dc, hdc and etc. Once you have mastered these stitches, you can create hundreds of different amigurumi designs or start making your own as I do!

Universal instruction

How to do a magic ring crochet

How to Increase with Crochet stitches


To increase one stitch in single, half double, double or treble crochet, simply work two stitches in one stitch.

How do you do a invisible decrease in amigurumi

How to crochet in the back bar / bump of foundation chain


Common International Crochet Symbols and Crochet Stitch Abbreviations

Abbreviations

beg………………….. begin/beginning

bpdc………………… back post double crochet

bpsc…………………. back post single crochet

bptr………………….. back post treble crochet

CC……………………. contrasting color

ch…………………….. chain stitch

ch-……………………. refers to chain or space previously made (i.e. ch-1 space)

ch sp………………… chain space

cl……………………… cluster

cm……………………. centimeter(s)

dc……………………. double crochet

dc dec………………. double crochet 2 or more stitches together, as indicated

dec…………………… decrease/decreases/decreasing

dtr……………………. double treble crochet

fpdc…………………. front post double crochet

fpsc…………………. front post single crochet

fptr…………………… front post treble crochet

g……………………… grams

hdc…………………… half double crochet

hdc dec…………….. half double crochet (decrease) 2 or more stitches together, as indicated

inc……………………. increase/increases/increasing

lp(s)………………….. loops(s)

MC…………………… main color

mm…………………… millimeter(s)

oz…………………….. ounce(s)

pc……………………. popcorn

rem…………………… remain/remaining

rep…………………… repeat(s)

rnd(s)………………… round(s)

RS……………………. right side

sc…………………….. single crochet

sc dec………………. single crochet (decrease) 2 or more stitches together, as indicated

sk…………………….. skip(ped)

sl st………………….. slip stitch

sp(s)…………………. space(s)

st(s)………………….. stitch(es)

tog…………………… together

tr……………………… treble crochet

trtr……………………. triple treble

WS…………………… wrong side

yd(s)…………………. yard(s)

yo……………………. yarn over

How to do a back post single crochet

 

    1. Starting from the back of the work, insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second single crochet in the row below, and then from front to back between the posts of the second and third stitches. Catch the yarn.
    2. Pull the yarn back and catch the yarn again.
    3. Work one single crochet.

How to do a front post single crochet

    1. Starting from the front of the work, insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second single crochet of the row below, and then from back to front between the posts of the second and third stitches. Catch the yarn.
    2. Pull the yarn back and catch the yarn again.
    3. Work one single crochet.

How to make the Popcorn, Bobble, Puff and Cluster stitch

Many variations exist for each of these stitches, so always read the description in the stitch guide when it is available!

How to correctly hide the remaining threads in crochet

Which is right and wrong side of crochet and amigurumi

Joining seams

Invisible Weaving, also called Mattress Stitch, Backstitch, Slip Stitch.

You may be interested in knowing the names of other crochet stitches besides basic stitches

Back Cross-Stitch
Back Post
Berry Stitch
Bullion Stitch
Charted Picture Afghans
Cluster Stitch
Crocodile Stitch
Double Crochet Cluster
Double Love Knot (Also known as Double Solomon’s Knot)
Double Treble Crochet
Drop Stitch
Extended Single Crochet
Extended Solomon’s knot
Front Cross-Stitch
Front Post
Front Post Treble Crochet-Single Crochet
I-Cord
Linked Stitches
Long Double Crochet
Long Single Crochet
Loop Stitch
Love Knot (Also known as Solomon’s Knot)
Picot Stitch
Popcorn Stitch
Puff Stitch
Reverse Popcorn Stitch
Reverse Single Crochet
Shell Stitch
Split Single Crochet
Star Stitch
Treble Cluster
Triple Treble Crochet
V-Stitch

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