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How to Turn the Loop Stitch into Fur

How to Turn the Loop Stitch into Fur

Have you ever tried working with fluffy or fur yarn? It’s tough. You can see the stitches and it’s a beast to unravel. Of course there’s tips and tricks out there for working with it, but there has to be an easier way right? So what do you do if you want to add fur to your amigurumi? Well, you could spend a long time attaching individual strands of yarn to your project and brush them out… Or you can just use the loop stitch and once you start you might just get addicted. Let me show you how to turn the loop stitch into fur!

How to Turn the Loop Stitch in Fur

What’s the Loop Stitch & What Do I Need?

If you’ve never come across this stitch before, don’t worry! I have an entire tutorial on it that not only goes over the basic loop stitch, but 3 additional variations. I recommend reading How to Make Loop Stitches for Amigurumi first and then coming back here.

loop stitch image for blog post
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

In order to turn the loop stitch into fur, you’ll need a few things:

  • Yarn – make sure to use a fiber that can be brushed out like wool or acrylic. If you’re not sure if your yarn can be brushed out, you can do an easy test. Tie a few strands into a tassel and then use a carding brush to brush the fibers. If the strands fluff out and soften, great! If they remain stringy, then that yarn won’t work well for this.
  • Crochet Hook – use whatever size hook works for you and the yarn you’re using.
  • Carding Brush – I got my mini carders from Amazon, but you can find them at craft stores or you can use a dog brush with metal bristles.
  • Scissors – you’ll need a pair of scissors to cut the loops.

These are the things you’ll need for actually turning the loops into fur, but to make your samples, you may also need a tapestry needle, stitch markers, and stuffing.

Before trying this out on one of your amigurumi, I suggest making a sample to practice on first and in the next section I have some basic patterns you can use. Here’s the abbreviations for those patterns:

  • Ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • MR – magic ring
    • Work the indicated number of single crochet into the ring (i.e. MR6 = 6sc into the ring).
  • Lp – loop stitch
  • Lp inc – loop stitch increase
    • Work 2 loop stitches into the same stitch.
  • Lp dec – loop stitch decrease
    • Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.
    • Insert your hook into the next stitch.
    • Yarn over.
    • Reach over and grab the second strand from your tension finger.
    • Pull both loops through the stitch. You should have 4 loops on your hook. 
    • Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.
    • If you’re having trouble with this stitch check out this video tutorial for help.
  • Rnd – round
  • (#) – the number inside is the stitch count for the Rnd 
  • [ ] – repeat the stitches inside the brackets the given number of times

Make Practice Samples

Now that you know how to do the loop stitch, I mentioned making a small sample to test out this technique. For example, you can make a flat swatch or a simple ball like the ones below. If you want you can use these basic patterns to make your sample.

Flat Swatch Pattern

Ch 15

Row 1: starting in the second ch from the hook, 14sc. (14)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc, 12LP, sc. (14)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc across. (14)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 as many times as you like to create a small square swatch. I did a total of 16 rows for my sample. Fasten off and use a tapestry needle to weave in the ends. (Or not, lol. It’s just a sample and I won’t tell if you don’t!)

flat loop stitch sample for how to turn the loop stitch into fur
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

Round Swatch Pattern:

Rnd 0: MR6

Rnd 1: Lp inc 6 times. (12)

Rnd 2: [Lp inc, Lp] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 3: [Lp, Lp inc, Lp] 6 times. (24)

Rnds 4-6: Lp around. (24) (3 rnds)

Rnd 7: [Lp, Lp dec, Lp] 6 times. (18)

Start adding stuffing and continue adding as you decrease down.

Rnd 8: [Lp dec, Lp] 6 times. (12)

Rnd 9: Lp dec 6 times. (6)

Fasten off and use a tapestry needle to sew the remaining hole closed. Weave the remaining yarn tail into the ball.

round loop stitch sample for blog post
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

Turning Loops into Fur

Watch these loops transform into fluffy fur in this short video tutorial:

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Now for the fun part! In order to turn those loops into fur, first you have to take your scissors and cut each of the loops.

cutting loops example for how to turn the loop stitch into fur
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

Make sure only to cut at the top point of the loop because if you cut further down toward the base of the stitches, you run the risk of them unraveling. After being cut your strands might look longer than you want, but you can always give the piece a little haircut after it’s been brushed into fur.

Next, once all the loops are cut, take your carding brush and start brushing out the strands. I suggest doing sections at a time rather than trying to brush the entire thing at once. Be patient and keep brushing until all the strands are soft and fluffy.

brushing out example for blog post
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

You might notice some fibers getting stuck in the brush or coming off, but don’t get rid of them. You can use those little bits of fiber for stuffing or even needle felting! If you want to learn a bit more about how you can recycle fibers and yarn scraps, check out this handy article.

brushed out loop stitches example for how to turn loop stitches into fur
Image by Chanel of cbfiberworks.

How Can I Use This With Amigurumi?

There’s all sorts of ways! You can incorporate the loop stitch directly into your design and then brush it out after. Or you can create separate flat pieces, brush them out, and then sew them onto your project!

For example, one of my testers, Q of @staywyrd.crochet on Instagram, created this incredible punk rock version of Hernando the Hedgehog by brushing out all the loops on the back! And if you’re wondering how Q got all those cool color changes, she used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Stripes in the color Neon Stripe.

punk rock hedgehog example for blog post
Image by Q of @staywyrd.crochet on Instagram.

If you want to give this technique a try, check out my free Hernando the Hedgehog pattern!

Wrap Up

There’s so many fun ways to use the loop stitch and I think this might be my favorite. What about you? Would you use the loop stitch to add furry texture to your amigurumi? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Have a beautiful day and happy brushing!

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