Reading Amigurumi Patterns

For those of you who are new to the wonderful world of amigurumi, reading patterns might be a little bit confusing so here’s a quick guide on what’s what in an amigurumi pattern. Let’s take a look at a pattern for a basic amigurumi sphere as an example

Notes: This tutorial is for patterns written in a sentence format eg *dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (18 sts). There are other formats out there but this is the one you’ll find in all my amigurumi patterns!

This tutorial is written using UK terminology so if you’re in the US Dc mean Sc

Sample Pattern:
With A make Magic Ring
Rnd 1: Dc 6 times into Magic Ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in every st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *2 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *3 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (30 sts)
Rnd 6-10: Dc in every st (30 sts)
Rnd 11: *dc2tog, 3 dc; rep from * 5 more times (24 sts)
Begin Stuffing
Rnd 12: *dc2tog, 2 dc; rep from * 5 more times (18 sts)
Rnd 13: *dc2tog, 1 dc; rep from * 5 more times (12 sts)
Rnd 14: *dc2tog; rep from * 5 more times (6 sts)
Sl st to next st and fasten off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. Close up gap using tail.

So what does all that mean?

With A make Magic Ring
Rnd 1: Dc 6 times into Magic Ring (6 sts)

Step 1: In the words of Julie Andrews “Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start, when you sing you begin with ABC” Well when you make amigurumi you start with Magic Ring. I won’t go into that here but you can find a tutorial here on just how to do that!

Rnd 2: 2 dc in every st (12 sts)

Step 2: So you’ve made your magic ring and worked 6 dc stitches into it. In the next round, you need to work an increase in every stitch and to do this you simply do as the pattern says, work 2 dc stitches in every stitch of the previous round.

Rnd 3: *1 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (18 sts)

Step 3: The next round is a slight variation on Round 2; instead of increasing in every stitch, you are going to increase in every SECOND stitch. So you work 1 dc in the first stitch, then 2 dc in the next stitch and repeat this pattern to the end of the round, which in this instance is 5 more times. (rep is short for repeat)

Rnd 4: *2 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *3 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 5 more times (30 sts)

Step 4: The next couple of rounds are more or less the same, you just have more stitches in each round so you need to work an extra dc stitch. So for Rnd 4, you’re working 1 dc in the first stitch, 1 dc in the next stitch and then working your increase stitch – 2 dc in next stitch. Again, you repeat this pattern 5 more times to bring you the whole way around. Rnd 5 you work 3 dc before you increase. If you want to make a bigger sphere you just need to keep repeating this pattern, always adding 1 extra dc to the repeat pattern in each round.

Rnd 6-10: Dc in every st (30 sts)

Step 5: The next few rounds are easy peasy, just keep working 1 dc in every stitch for the required number of rounds

Rnd 11: *dc2tog, 3 dc; rep from * 5 more times (24 sts)

Step 6: The next few rounds look similar to the first ones but with a slight difference, instead of increasing you’re going to decrease. (You can find a tutorial on how to decrease in amigurumi here) So for this round we’re going to dc 2 stitches together and then work 1 dc in the next 3 stitches and repeat!

Rnd 12: *dc2tog, 2 dc; rep from * 5 more times (18 sts)
Rnd 13: *dc2tog, 1 dc; rep from * 5 more times (12 sts)
Rnd 14: *dc2tog; rep from * 5 more times (6 sts)

Step 7: Like the increase rounds, the decrease rounds are all similar but instead of working an extra dc, you’re working 1 less dc in each round.

And that’s more or less how you read an amigurumi pattern!

If you would like to see a tutorial on a particular amigurumi skill just let me know and I’ll whip one together for you! I’m always happy to answer questions about my patterns and I’m here if you ever need help making one of my little critters 🙂

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