This is Jess from jesshuff.com. In this video, I’ll show you how to crochet rounds 16 – 20 of my free amigurumi crochet pattern, Loki the Llama. I’ve included a link to the pattern in the video description.
In these rounds we will:
- Make a tuft of hair on the top of the head
- Mark stitches to show us where to attach the ears
- reate a hole on the bottom of the head that we’ll insert a dowel into at a later step
At this point you should have crocheted to the end of round 15. Now we’re going to mark off 3 stitches on the top of the head. These markers will show us where to create strands of hair as we crochet the next round.
To find the center of the head, fold the head in half with the eye markers touching. I recommend placing these markers in the back loop only, and I’ll show you why in a minute.
I also recommend placing markers of a different color through both loops in the stitches directly before and after the group of 3.
In round 16, we’ll single crochet around until we hit the marked stitches. Remove the first stitch marker and complete a single crochet, then replace the marker.
In the next stitch, we’ll be completing our first strand of hair and we’ll be crocheting in the front loop only. I recommend leaving the stitch marker intact in the back loop.
The marker makes it much easier to know where to crochet into as you complete the next round.
So in the front loop only, single crochet, chain 10, then single crochet again inside the same stitch.
We’re going to repeat this process in the next two stitches. In the front loop only, single crochet. Chain 10. Then single crochet again inside the same stitch.
Single crochet in the front loop only of the next stitch. Chain 10. Then single crochet in the same stitch. Remove the next stitch marker. Single crochet.
Then replace the stitch marker. Single crochet in each remaining stitch of the round.
In round 17, we’ll single crochet in each stitch around. The stitch markers we left in place from the previous round will show you exactly where to insert your hook to complete each stitch.
Remove the first stitch marker. And single crochet through both loops. And you can go ahead and leave the stitch marker out now.
Then we’re going to crochet into this back loop. Remove the stitch marker. And I’ll go ahead and skip to the end of the round.
At the end of round 17, we’re going to insert two strands of yarn to show us where to attach the ears at a later step. Cut two strands of yarn about 4 inches long.
Insert the strands between rounds 16 and 17, which are the two rounds we just completed, and the markers should be spaced 11 stitches apart, centered on top of the head.
Find the center. That should be behind the middle strand of hair. And then count out 5 stitches on each side. So that’ll go here.
And then 11 stitches down is… [counts to 11]. Insert stitch markers into 5 stitches directly behind the first 3 strands of hair, and the markers should be inserted into the back loop only.
Then insert stitch markers of another color into the stitches directly before and after the group of 5, through both loops. Now we can start round 18.
Single crochet around until you hit the marked stitches. Remove the first stitch marker, and complete a single crochet in both loops.
Then replace the stitch marker. In the next stitch we’ll be making a strand of hair.
Leave the stitch marker in the back loop, and we’ll be working in the front loop only. Single crochet. Chain 10. Then single crochet again in the front loop.
We’ll repeat this process in the next four front loops. Then single crochet in the last marked stitch. And replace your stitch marker.
So we’ve got 5 strands of hair on the second row. Single crochet the remainder of the round.
At the end of round 18, mark off 9 stitches centered on the bottom of the head, which should be on the opposite side from your eye markers.
Now we can begin round 19. Single in each stitch around. And you can remove each hair tuft marker as you crochet into them.
When you get to the marked stitches on the bottom of the head, chain 9. Then skip the 9 marked stitches entirely, and single crochet in the next stitch.
You can go ahead and remove these stitch markers. And single crochet the remainder of the round.
In round 20, we will single crochet in each stitch around, including in each of the 9 chain stitches from the previous round.
I’ll complete the round to show you what that looks like. That’s all there is to it! Complete the remainder of the head as your pattern is written.
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