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How to Give Your Amigurumi a Smiley Face

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Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel PicnicIt’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 just 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…

First, let’s start with the eyes.

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

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2. Leave a long tail at the back.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

4. Insert the needle back down through the same hole (or 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.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

6. One eye is complete.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

9. Repeat steps 3-5 for the next eye.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

12. Ah, how cute.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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.

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

17. Smile. You did a good job!

Amigurumi Smiley Faces How To by Squirrel Picnic

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12 thoughts on “How to Give Your Amigurumi a Smiley Face

  1. Super Mario approves of this invincibility star! 🙂

  2. French knots always send me into a mild panic so I like to make sure I always have safety eyes BUT I really should get over my fear and make a few of these knots…safety eyes get expensive after a while haha. Thanks for making this tutorial, I feel inspired to make French knots now 🙂

    • I know what you mean. But there is hope! The more I practice, the better I am getting. You too can master the dreaded French knot! 🙂

      I love safety eyes, but I keep hearing about how they really aren’t considered safe for kids under 3 years of age (or for pets who chew like toddlers). This series is forcing me to develop my embroidery skills and discover other alternatives. You’re right, it will also be less expensive!

  3. Great tute, Very handy for pets and Little kids. That reminds me, my friends staffy needs a new toy. 🙂

  4. Thank you for this great tutorial, like always very clear instructions and good photos!

  5. I missed this post!!! It is great one! Thank you for making time to take photos and share this tutorials with us. No matter how easy it might seem for some of us, it is always greatly appreciated. Specially when you make show and explain. I always feel like learning something new! Seriously!
    Thank you!

  6. Ah! So this is how it’s done. Thanks for sharing a picture tutorial on this. I have trouble with amigurumi, especially faces! Will put this to the test on my little tiny eye-less puffer fish. Thanks so much!