Q: How do I read an amigurumi pattern?

I'm so excited to walk you through one of my crochet amigurumi patterns! If you've never followed a crochet pattern before or you find patterns confusing, this video will teach you how to read a crochet pattern and hopefully answer some of your questions along the way. I explain how to crochet in the round, fasten off, insert safety eyes, count your rounds and stitches, etc!

0:00 Introduction
0:15 Explaining the materials used
0:50 Abbreviations in the pattern
1:21 Finished size
1:37 Video links
2:01 Pattern crocheted in “rounds” vs “rows”
2:26 What “ch 2, 6 sc in first ch” means; see 3:28 for a video explanation
3:03 The sc dec stitch
3:17 Reading a crochet pattern
3:28 R1 explained: how to “ch 2, 6 sc in first ch”
4:43 How to crochet a flat circle
5:18 How to check your stitch count in the round
5:44 R2 explained: how to “2 sc in each st around”
6:43 R3 explained: how to “(Sc 1, 2 sc in next st), 6 times”
7:44 Decrease rounds explained
7:51 How to “fasten off”
8:32 Inserting safety eyes; how to count the rounds
9:38 Crocheting a shape other than a ball
9:58 Conclusion

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If you're looking for beginner-friendly patterns, the dolphin, whale, goldfish, elephant, owl, snuggly bunny, ray, jellyfish, and manatee are a great place to start.