I've been crocheting amigurumi for several years now and it's taken me this long to learn that there is such a thing as an invisible single crochet decrease!
|Made with invisible decreases!|
I'm really excited by this discovery, single crochet decreases done the traditional way are not the prettiest. They are good for finding your place in a pattern if you drop your stitch marker, but they ruin the face of a crocheted creature if they fall in the wrong place. Happily invisible decreases are really easy. There's a great tutorial over at All About Ami that describes the process. I have to thank Rachel Chau for highlighting it in her post "5 Things I've Learned About Amigurumi".
The first project I made using invisible decreases was a Spring Bunny from All About Ami.
This is a pattern I've made a few times (it's one of my favourites - so quirky and adorable!). You can really see the difference that invisible decreases make in an amigurumi pattern, especially one like this were the decrease are between the eyes. Here is a picture of a bunny I made previously. The arrow is pointing to a diagonal line of decreases alongside his nose. Admittedly it is difficult to see in the picture (even with the arrow) but it is very noticeable in real life. I still love him though :-)
The stitch the decrease creates isn't 100% invisible. I can usually identify it while working on a row, although it is very difficult to see once the piece has been finished. I'll be using this technique wherever I can from now on.
I'm sure you've noticed that I'm still playing around with photo apps on my phone. The one I used for these photos is from the popular blog A Beautiful Mess. This app costs 99 cents which seems well worth it to me. The hand draw borders and images are charming and it comes with a small selection of pretty filters.
I've linked this post to Tami's Amis Finish Object Fridays link up. Please stop by and see everyone's projects :-)