It’s no secret, I love working in the round, and I love crocheting through the back loop. When you’re working in the round, the easiest way to make a lop-sided cylinder (where one side is taller than the other) is to do some of the sts in the round in hdc (half double crochet) and ones on the other side in sl st (slip stitch).
- you can continue working in the round, using your same, happy stitch markers
- the stitches look (roughly) uniform over the entire piece
- the angle of the slope is pretty subtle, and sometimes isn’t steep enough (even with repeated rnds)
Below, you’ll see a picture of my walrus, which was crocheted using this shaping technique.
This week, it’s been really rainy outside… and that leads to lots of experimenting and playing with yarn inside the house. So, I started experimenting with shaping my amigurumi using ‘short rows’ (or at least, things that would be called short rows in knitting). Basically, it’s crocheting in rows, using up only a small portion of the round, to create your shaping.
- you can create 90 degree angles in your shaping
- the instructions are slightly more difficult (from a pattern perspective)
- because you’re working in rows, the stitches can look different from the rest of the piece. To remedy this, I’ve crocheted my sample piece through both loops
Below, you can see the piece that I’ve been crocheting with this second technique.
I miss the look of working through the back loops, but it’s a great technique to have on hand… and who knows? You may see it used in FreshStitches patterns sometime soon!