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A fast and easy way to add a cute lil smile to your amigurumi.
It’s time to learn another technique for adding faces to your amigurumi. I think you’ll enjoy this one – it’s probably the easiest to do.

Whenever you are making a toy for a small child or pet or you’ve run out of safety eyes or you’re looking to try something different, a simple smiley face might be just the look you’re after. The following tutorial will show you how to use French knots for the eyes and a simple technique called a detached chain for the smile. There’s no reason to be intimidated by French knots. Just give them a try and remember that a little practice makes perfect. Well, actually, I don’t think my eyes are ever perfect, but I just tell myself that’s what gives an amigurumi its personality.

So grab your amigurumi, yarn needle, and yarn and let’s begin…

Posted by Jennifer Olivarez from Arvada, Colorado, United States • Published See Jennifer Olivarez's 19 projects »
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  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, let’s start with the eyes.

    Thread your yarn needle and insert it into your amigurumi from the back and out the front where you want your eye to be.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 2
    Step 2

    Leave a long tail at the back.

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    Step 3

    Wrap the yarn at the front around the needle 2-3 times. Generally the more wraps, the larger the knot will be, but if you really want to make the eyes bigger, it would be easier to use a thicker yarn.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 4
    Step 4

    Insert the needle back down through a hole nearby, pinching the wrapped yarn between your thumb and forefinger. It helps to hold the free yarn (the end closest to your wraps) taut in your other fingers.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 5
    Step 5

    Push the needle down through the wraps and out the back of the amigurumi. Pull the yarn through, continuing to pinch the wraps slightly to keep them together.

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    Step 6

    One eye is complete.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 7
    Step 7

    Insert your needle through the same hole you came out of in the back.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 8
    Step 8

    Come up in the front through the hole where you want your next eye to be.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat steps 3-5 for the next eye.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 10
    Step 10

    For the smile, come back up through the same hole you just came out of to the front just below an eye.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 11
    Step 11

    Go back down just below the other eye, leaving the yarn on the front loose.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 12
    Step 12

    Ah, how cute.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 13
    Step 13

    To hold the smile in place, come back up through the same hole you just came out of to the front where you want the bottom of your smile to be.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 14
    Step 14

    From above the smile, go back down through the same hole.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 15
    Step 15

    Come out through the hole in the back where you started.

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    Step 16

    I like to tie these two ends together and push them into the amigurumi to hide them.

  • How to embroider . Faces For Amigurumi Part 2: Simple Embroidery Techniques - Step 17
    Step 17

    Smile. You did a good job!

    To make this little starfish and all his ocean friends, check out my island play set free crochet pattern here on Cut Out + Keep!

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