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How to Yarn Under Single Crochet

Published On: May 01, 2022 | Updated on: 2022-05-02T05:17:31Z

I used to admire all these amigurumis that I see on Instagram that have such neat stitches. You know what I'm talking about. The ones where the stitches look like little X's and would line up one on top of another when working in rounds.

I wondered to myself for the longest time, how come my single crochet stitches don't look like that?

It wasn't until I learned that there was a different method of doing the single crochet stitches that changed my life forever: the yarn under single crochet.

Since learning the yarn under single crochet method, it has been my go-to method for making amigurumis. The overall amigurumi comes out slightly smaller, but the stitches are tighter and it's less likely for the stuffing to show.

I first introduced the yarn under single crochet method through the first part of my Mini Mimi doll crochet-along. Since then, I was always linking back to that post for the tutorial. This method has changed the way that I crochet amigurumi and I really think it deserves its own blog post.

I won't lie, but it was very strange working with this method initially because I wasn't used to it. However, I found a way that would make it a little bit easier.

It turns out to achieve the single crochet stitches that line up and look like X's the "yarn under" part is really only essential for the first part of the stitch. 

Once you complete the first part of the stitch with yarn under, the second part (where you finish off the stitch) can be your usual yarn over and pull through both of the loops.

I found that this method felt a bit more natural to me than going yarn under for both times I pull through the stitch.

Check out my pictorial below to find out how to yarn under single crochet.

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Step 1

Insert hook into the stitch.

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis


Step 2

Put the hook OVER the yarn (or the yarn under the hook) so that the yarn just catches on the hook.

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis


Step 3

Pull the hook with the yarn under it through the stitch so that you now have 2 loops on your hook.

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis


Step 4

With your yarn hand, wrap the yarn from the back to the front (yarn over) over the hook as you would normally do when finishing off a single crochet stitch.

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis

Step 5

Draw the hook with the wrapped yarn through both loops on the hook.

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis

I really hope that you'll give this new crochet technique a try because it really does make a difference. Make sure you don't lose this blog post! Pin it for later!

How to Yarn Under Single Crochet Stitch for Amigurumis

Do you use this yarn under single crochet method for your own amigurumi? Let me know if you used my tutorial! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.





This is an original tutorial written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this tutorial as your own. If you wish to share this tutorial, you may link to this blog post but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell or distribute the tutorial.

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