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MiaowTheCat Sun 08-Dec-13 18:00:02

I find a variegated yarn helps to see stitches if you're trying to get your head around a pattern. I hate starting with a magic ring - tend to do the small chain - jiggle yer hook around to do that first round, catching the tail of the starting chain in there and then yanking that tail to pull the loop closed technique that Attic 24 tends to describe with a lot of her patterns - magic rings just frustrate me massively.

roadwalker Sat 07-Dec-13 17:30:11

Ha, I once clicked on a thread about tents thinking it was a baby name!

PioneersAndPirateShips Sat 07-Dec-13 17:19:12

Haha shame I'm not pregnant, I'd love to shout that at toddler groups. I'm thinking Ami (pronounced Ammy, not Amy) or Rumi-roo for nicknames...

TalkativeJim Sat 07-Dec-13 11:25:13

This was just in most active, and I clicked thinking - 'baby names? Could it possibly be?!'


PioneersAndPirateShips Sat 07-Dec-13 09:37:16

Thank you all for the help, I'll have a go at the robin tutorial, that looks good and festive too!

roadwalker Sat 07-Dec-13 09:31:30

I is easier if you have a silky yarn that doesn't split easily
If it is fluffy its hard to see the stitches
Keep is loose too, you can pull the tail after to tighten it all up

sooperdooper Sat 07-Dec-13 09:00:02

You could try with a thicker yarn and bigger hook just to practice how it should go, and then go back to what you've been using

sooperdooper Sat 07-Dec-13 08:58:39

I love making amigarumis! smile I usually do the chain 2 than x6 sc in the first chain too, I did find it tricky at first because you're working so small, but once you get going you'll be fine, just keep practicing

I always work in a spiral and mark the last stitch of a row with a small safety pin, I find it much neater than joining rows with a slip stitch

PioneersAndPirateShips Sat 07-Dec-13 08:49:25

Thanks all, I will try and get the hang of doing a magicloop but would also like to crack sc in first chain. I am using the right hook and yarn, did you find it tricky at first roadwalker?

roadwalker Fri 06-Dec-13 23:10:47

I have tried both but I use the sc in first chain method, are you using the correct hook and yarn
I also do a spiral because I dont like the join of doing rows so I count my stitches or use a marker

This is a really simple pattern to get started

whilewildeisonmine Fri 06-Dec-13 23:02:34

This is the most simple explanation/ tutorial of magic loop I've come across.

harbinger Fri 06-Dec-13 19:28:36

What's a magic loop?

I saw some purses made in this style but they are way beyond me ...........

SoupDragon Fri 06-Dec-13 08:25:01

I agree - magic loop all the way.

Seabright Thu 05-Dec-13 21:48:53

I always start with a magic loop - much easier & neater looking

PioneersAndPirateShips Thu 05-Dec-13 21:02:17

Has anyone had a go at crocheting amigurumi figures? I'd like to try but got stuck as the instructions said to sc 6 stitches into the first chain, and it didn't work,am I doing it all wrong? I tried to always go back to the first chain and do one sc but after about stitch 4 it is just a jumble. Lots more practice required I think!

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