In this section I'll try to cover as many of the basic stitches as I can with either detailed pictures or photos to help guide you through them. Down the track I will also be adding links to videos too. I know how hard it can be sometimes to visualise what someone is trying to explain to you so I'm hopeful that through multiple different methods I'll be able to help more and more people find the joy in crochet that I have.
A magic ring is one of the most common ways to begin an amigurumi project and is a basic starting point for mort plushies and toys but can also be useful in other projects including things like beanies. There are multiple different ways to start in the round and using plush yarn can make some methods more difficult than others. I prefer the Magic ring over the chain two method as it tends to give me a neater finish with less of a hole left in the beginning of the project. In the attached video I will demonstrate my preferred method for starting a magic ring.
A single crochet is the one I've used the most in amigurumi, it's also one I have seen people get confused by. While it might seem simple and basic, I know from experience it can be hard to workout which loops you're meant to insert your crochet hook through. Follow the link and watchman tutorial which demonstrates clearly how to do a single crochet in both the row and the round.
A chain is one of the most basic beginnings for a crochet project but it doesn't mean it's easy. Hopefully this short tutorial can help you learn hoe to begin your next project with confidence.
Increase and invisible decrease
Both increases and invisible decreases are common stitches in amigurumi projects. The increase is a versatile stitch that allows you to increase the number of stitches you have in a round or row. The invisible decrease is a variant on a regular decrease or stitch two together. With the invisible decrease it is much better at hiding the decrease in your amigurumi leaving a smoother and more polished finished that will leave you looking and feeling like a professional in no time.
The bobble stitch is a sometimes also called a popcorn stitch. It's super cute and useful for adding texture to projects but is also often used in amigurumi for tiny arms and legs or ears on small animals. It's not a difficult stitch to master but can be a little fiddle as you work a number of stitches into the same space. This tutorial demonstrates step by step exactly how to do it.
Half Double Crochet and Double Crochet
The half double crochet and double crochet stitches are very similar but there is a slight difference between the two so I decided to put both into one tutorial. These are both useful for all kinds of projects from scarves and blankets but they are also both commonly used in amigurumi as well. One thing to remember when using them in amigurumi is to ensure you do not overstuff near the area as they are both more open stitches and the stuffing can show through if you aren't careful.