Invisible Increases & Decreases for Amigurumi
Are you finding a bunch of gaps and holes between the stitches of your amigurumi, especially when you increase and decrease? Don’t worry! There’s an easy way to correct that and make sure your stitches are tight for a super clean look. In this article, we’ll go over how to use invisible increases & decreases for amigurumi!
Invisible Increases & Decreases for Amigurumi
Tutorial: Invisible Increase
When working a normal increase (inc), you put 2 single crochet into the same stitch. The invisible version is the same except that you’ll be changing up the loops you’re working under. Let me show you what I mean.
Start your invisible increase by working the first single crochet (sc) into the front loop ONLY of the next stitch.
Then work the next single crochet (sc) under BOTH loops of the same stitch.
It’s super easy! I will be perfectly honest though and say this isn’t a technique I personally use very often though simply because I actually like how regular increases look. I’ll talk more about this when we get to the comparisons, but needless to say, you can always do whichever method you prefer.
Tutorial: Invisible Decrease
When decreasing (dec or sc2tog), you normally insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (yo) and pull up a loop. Then you insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (yo) and pull up a loop before yarning over and pulling through all 3 loops on your hook.
The invisible decrease is worked a bit differently, but once you give this technique a try, you won’t want to go back to regular decreases!
Start by inserting your hook under the front loop ONLY of the next stitch. (Don’t yarn over.)
Insert your hook under the front loop ONLY of the next stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop (making sure to only pull through that second front loop).
Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
The invisible decrease is a little trickier than the invisible increase, but if you want to see both of these techniques in action check out this quick video tutorial:
Regular vs Invisible
Okay, so you’re probably wondering if these invisible stitches really make a difference, right? I mean, even when you use regular increases and decreases, it’s hard to see any gaps until you add the stuffing. So let’s take a look at some side-by-side comparisons.
Both of the sample balls below were made with Wool of the Andes Worsted and a 3.00mm hook. Keep in mind that your hook size and tension can also play a big role in whether or not your stitches have gaps. Check out this article to learn more: 5 Easy Tips to Make Your Amigurumi Better
In the images above, the ball on the left is made with regular increases and decreases while the one on the right is made with the invisible versions.
When it comes to the increases, it’s a little hard to tell the difference especially because I use a small hook and have tight tension. But you can still see very tiny gaps where the regular increases sit whereas they’re not as noticeable in the invisible version.
Like I said above, I feel like the difference is so slight that I you can just pick your favorite and stick with it.
When it comes to the decreases though, wow is there a HUGE difference! The gaps are way more noticeable and the bars where you yarn over half way through the regular decrease create these stitches that look very out of place. In comparison, the invisible version is much cleaner, with way fewer gaps.
When Can I Use Invisible Stitches?
When it comes to amigurumi, anytime you want! Even if a pattern you’re following doesn’t specify to use invisible stitches, you can often sub them in instead of the regular stitches. The exceptions are when the designer uses special or modified stitches. In those cases, I recommend following the designer’s instructions to make sure the pattern turns out as planned.
And the reverse is also true. If you try these variations out and decide they’re just not for you, that’s totally fine! You can always use regular increases or decreases if that’s what you prefer. For example, I pretty much exclusively use invisible decreases in my patterns, but changing them to regular decreases won’t change the overall outcome of the project.
One thing to keep in mind too is that these variations work best in the round. So if you’re making an amigurumi that has flat pieces like ears or wings, be sure to use regular stitches for those pieces. The main reason is that regular increases and decreases are double-sided whereas the invisible versions really only look good on one side of the work.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! What are your thoughts on invisible stitches? Do you prefer them over the regular kind? Let me know in the comments!
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