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« on: June 29, 2009 01:16:03 PM »

What size hook do you  normally use for a amigurumi if you are using worsted weight yarn?  How tight do you do the stitches.

« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009 05:23:47 PM »

I usually use a D or even a C, and I make the stitches as tight as I can make them comfortably.  It can take a toll on your hands making them too tight.

« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009 05:33:07 PM »

If you have a loose tension then I would go down a smaller size. This stops you trying to struggle to keep it tight by tension. I have a really tight tension which I need to go up half a size to make up for.

Swatches will be you friend here you need to make sure the work you produce is tight enough that you don't see the stuffing. There is nothing worse than seeing a amigurumi with its stuffing showing.

If in doubt go down 2 sizes from the suggested size for crochet.

Hope this helps. 

« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009 10:07:43 PM »

I generally use a G hook, but I'm a very tight crocheter. For clothing/sized items I usually have to go up a hook size or two to get the correct size.
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009 09:26:48 AM »

I usually use a 3.5mm (US size E?) for my ami's, though sometimes I use a 3mm. And I crochet tight; too tight sometimes! Grin

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009 06:55:19 PM »

I usually use a size F.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2009 10:53:53 PM »

I use a D generally. Sometimes an E. I crochet tight enough so that the stuffing doesn't show between the stitches when it's packed firmly. The finished fabric feels stiff as I'm working it. It never hurts to make little samples with different hook sizes, stuff them, and then see which one you like best.
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2009 02:48:36 PM »

I won't open a post for my question. I think my question is related to this post.
Is it the tension, the type of yarn or the size of the hook that makes nice stitches ? Or all three ?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009 05:33:16 AM »

All three. Smiley

But hook size and tension are inter-related. If you do some samples and find that you like a certain number of stitches per inch, it's easiest to adjust your hook sizes up or down to make that gauge easy to work. (If your hook is too large, you'll have to work REALLY tight and it can tire out your hands. If it's too small, the hook will keep splitting the yarn as you try to pull it through loops.)
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2009 06:41:13 AM »

I use anywhere between a d-f hook. Sometimes I use a larger hook if I'm working with a bulkier yarn or novelty yarn.
here's how I've finally been able to prevent my stuffing from showing:
When making your sc, pause at the end of each stitch and give the yarn a slight tug. the tightens the yarn around your hook and will help snug it up.
I've got a very loose tension so I HAVE to do this or my stitches stretch way too much.

Also I use a nylon in the stuffed toy that is as close to the same color as the yarn as I can get. then I stuff the nylon with stuffing. This camouflages anywhere where I was in a hurry and didn't tighten my stitches. Smiley
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