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Topic: Any tutorials on how to split off and join shapes?  (Read 1915 times)
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« on: April 11, 2012 05:20:24 PM »

I've been looking into a few more advanced techniques, and I really want to have a crack at designing an amigurumi.  However I want to have a shape that will split off into other shapes, and also join a few shapes into one.  Nothing super fancy.  Just for example, a tube that splits off at the bottom into four smaller tubes.

Does anyone know of any good tutorials for making this happen?  Video, picture tutorials, anything?  I haven't had much luck looking!

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012 06:00:53 PM »

I don't know of any tutorials exactly, but the way I do things like that is to think of the shape in reverse order. For example you said one tube that splits into four smaller tubes, think of building it in the opposite order, make the four smaller tubes, stitch them together along any point they touch on the sides (think of this as an inseam), and then crochet around the top of all of them and continue shaping the piece. This will create a "seamless" appearance from top to bottom.

Another example; say you want a body with a seamless appearance where the legs meet the body. I would make the legs and small oval shape to go between them. Stitch the oval in place between the legs and then crochet around the top of each leg and the sides of the oval (there would only be the front and back of the oval showing, since the sides have the legs stitched to it). This would create an illusion of a body with legs coming out of it-as opposed to a body with the legs obviously stitched onto it.

Does any of that make sense? Haha, I always wonder if I describe these things in a way that helps at all.
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013 07:20:28 AM »

I don't know if this will help, but I recently was making an ami that I wanted to have seamless legs. I found this pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hug-monster-3) and used the legs part to get me started.
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013 10:28:49 PM »

This may help: http://www.supernaturale.com/articles.html?id=277

Lists various techniques yo change shapes, branching is what you're looking for, I guess.
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