Ever look at an amigurumi you've made and wish it was bigger? I have.. and when I first learned to crochet I realized very quickly that if I held 2 strands of yarn together and use a larger hook that I would get a piece quite a bit larger than the original. And over the years I have often been asked how to enlarge amigurumi and I always reply with what I just said but I never actually showed anyone before the difference doubling the yarn can make. So here it is, a post that I can link to in the future when somebody asks! Yay!
For reference, view this Crochet Hook Conversion ChartUp first is my little bear pattern. Using worsted weight yarn and a 4mm hook we get the cute size of 6 inches tall in a sitting position. But double the yarn, (hold 2 strands together) and use a 5mm hook and look at the difference! The bear gained in height and in size and is almost 8.5 inches tall.
Then there's my Totoros. You get a 2 for 1 deal with this pattern! Using worsted weight yarn and a 3.75mm hook the blue Totoro is just 3 inches tall. So cute! But if
you hold 2 strands of worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook then he grows to be the big 5 inch Grey Totoro. That one saved me time by not having to write a separate pattern, haha :))
Oh boy! Then I got brave and decided to use even a bigger hook and look what I got. Using a 4.5mm hook with worsted weight yarn the smaller elephant is 8 inches tall but use a 6mm hook and 2 strands together and he grows just a bit taller than the 12 inch ruler, wow! Elephant pattern
So there's a simple way of getting larger amigurumis. It can get a little tiring on the fingers to hold 2 strands together as it takes a little more strength to keep the stitches tight so you may need to rest a bit in between pieces..
You can use 2 rolls and keep them side by side as you crochet or you can use both ends of the roll. That's what I do. The one end is easy to find of course but the other end you might have to fish for, especially if you buy the big jumbo rolls like I do. There's been a few times where I've gotten lucky and the other end is just peeking out the end of the roll then other times I have to pull a big bunch of it out as pictured below then unravel that bunch to get the other end. It's just the luck of the draw, lol
I hope this post has helped you visualize the big difference hook size and doubling the yarn can make!
Happy Crocheting :)
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