How to Crochet Amigurumi around a Foundation Chain (Amigurumi oval)

 

I have been asked by many of you if I had a video on how to crochet Amigurumi around a foundation chain (Amigurumi oval). This can be a new technique for some crocheters who normally start their crochet toys with a magic circle. Unlike a magic circle that gives you a nice round shape, crocheting around a foundation chain results in an oval shape. But don’t worry…regardless of which technique you use for starting your Ami…you will still crochet around in a continous spiral as you would with any Amigurumi project.

Scroll down to watch the step by step video tutorial or read more about how to crochet Amigurumi around a foundation chain (Amigurumi oval) below.

In this video, I am going to show you how to crochet the first 4 rounds of this dinosaur head, which starts with a chain rather than a magic circle. But you can use this technique for any Amigurumi pattern starting with a chain. You can find the full version of my free dinosaur crochet pattern here.

 

How to crochet Amigurumi around a foundation chain, video tutorial by Cuddly Stitches Craft

 

My Amigurumi Patterns Starting with a Foundation Chain:

I often use the foundation chain technique when designing my free Amigurumi patterns, especially when I make the heads of my crochet animals. Although it might be a bit easier to start with a magic circle, I sometimes like starting my Amigurumi projects with an oval shape (foundation chain) because it gives me more freedom to experiement with different shapes. 

Have a look how I use the foundation chain in these patterns:
 
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How to Crochet Amigurumi around a Foundation Chain – Abbreviations Used:

In this video I use US crochet terminology.

– CH: chain stitch

– ST: stitch

– SC: single crochet stitch

– INC: increase = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch

– (…..) x 6: repeat the pattern inside the brackets by the given number (in this example, repeat the pattern in the brackets 6 times)

– {…}: number shown inside these brackets equals the number of total stitches at the end of each round

 

How to Crochet Amigurumi around a Foundation Chain – Written Instructions:

R1 (foundation chain): Chain 6 STs {6}

R2: SC in 5 STs starting from 2nd CH from the hook; go through back bump of each CH as well; now work on the other side of the chain, INC in next ST, SC in next 3 STs, INC in last ST {12}

R3: INC in first ST, SC in next 3 STs, INC in next 3 STs, SC in next 3 STs, INC in last 2 STs {18}

R4: (SC in next ST, INC) x 1, SC in next 3 STs, (SC in next ST, INC) x 3, SC in next 3 STs, (SC in next ST, INC) x 2 {24}

Note: If your foundation chain has a different number of stitches, remember to change the bolded parts of the pattern above accordingly!

 

 

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Thank you for watching and happy crocheting! 🙂

 

 

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