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« on: March 29, 2009 08:59:35 AM »

I've been working on my first amigurumi "ball", relying heavily on this tutorial. The ball came out great but there's a slight problem with the last (decreased) rows. The process of decreasing seems to let gaping holes appear, through which you can see the polyester filling (see picture). I'm afraid the filling will eventually come out through these! What can I do against it?



I tried to crochet tighter and to use a smaller hook for the last rows, which seemed to make the holes smaller. I'm still not satisfied with the results... Any ideas?

Thanks in advance! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2009 09:08:40 AM »

I have the same problem sometimes.   Do you overstuff the item?  Sometimes if you don't stuff it tight it looks better.  Also, what I do sometimes is use some contrasting fabric and place in first and then stuff. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2009 09:46:41 AM »

In areas where you really really don't want that decrease to show use an invisible decrease - it's really taking the ami world by storm right now...

here is a link..
http://falwyn.wordpress.com/2007/12/30/invdectutorial/
It is really sharp - a bit more of a pain to do but once you get the hang of it you will be doing them in your sleep..
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2009 01:32:06 PM »

In areas where you really really don't want that decrease to show use an invisible decrease - it's really taking the ami world by storm right now...

here is a link..
http://falwyn.wordpress.com/2007/12/30/invdectutorial/
It is really sharp - a bit more of a pain to do but once you get the hang of it you will be doing them in your sleep..

Thanks a lot! I made a second ball using this technique and it's working great! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2009 02:05:49 PM »

Glad to help out.  It really is a great thing - it's like magic.
I'm not sure how long the technique has been around or who created it but man it's sweet.

There is also a really sweet starting double chain that looks just like a double crochet - I'll have to find that tutorial next time someone voices up about not liking the turning chain appearance... I want to say I got that one off of ravelry somewhere....
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2009 06:41:30 AM »

You're talking about the magic ring, right? I used that technique too, it's way better than the "chain beginning". I think I found about it while lurking here on the bords... Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009 07:58:58 AM »

Squeee!  Invisible decrease?  Genius!  I must try this as sometimes I too have the same problem with holes seeming to be to big when I decrease.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2009 08:02:20 AM »

No - but the *magic ring* is the only way to go with starting a ring..
I was actually talking about this... how to start a dc if you are doing rows - and turning at the end of each row.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxYpo-tyi8

It took me a bit to find it but it was not going to evade me!
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009 01:41:44 AM »

Oh I see! I've never really thought about the turning chain but this seems like a great technique too. Bookmarking it!
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2009 03:43:41 AM »

So.. when are you going to show off your balls? Cheesy

I'm dying to see them!  I'm using the invisible decrease on the tree I'm working on... It is sweet to say the least.
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