How to crochet the eyes for your toy
The eyes are not the only thing we pay attention to when we see a softy. But let’s admit that they play a great role.
This article is devoted to the crocheted eyes that you can easily make yourself.
If we look at the world of amigurumi, we will notice that this method of finishing the face is one of the least frequently used. However, they are a very nice alternative to the eyes made of polymer clay and plastic safety eyes.
The next two pictures illustrate Funny rat Serafima toy with polymer clay eyes (on the left) and crocheted eyes (on the right).
Pros and cons
+ This type of the eyes is very safe providing you sew them onto the head securely.
+ They are easy to make in most cases.
+ They can be combined with beads or half beads and safety eyes, which makes them even more attractive for a crocheter.
+ You can make eyes of any shape and any size for your toy.
+ The materials are always available.
- They require some additional time to make them.
- Some crafters think they are not as attractive as safety eyes or eyes made of polymer clay.
There are two types of crocheted eyes.
[if !supportLists]1) Flat eyes
You just have to crochet two circles of different sizes: a bigger one for the white of the eye, a smaller one – for the pupil.
Here is an example how to crochet flat eyes for your amigurumi. Keep in mind that the size of the eyes will depend on the yarn you use. Feel free to adjust the instructions if needed by adding/reducing the amount of stitches and rounds.
The white of the eye
Work with white color yarn.
Chain 3 and work 12 double crochet into the third stitch from the hook. Join with a slip stitch to form a circle. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the eye onto the face later.
Work with black color yarn.
Chain 2 and work 8 single crochet in the second stitch from the hook. Join with a slip stitch to form a circle. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the pupil onto the white of the eye.
Put pupil onto the white of the eye and sew them together.
You can embroider the spots of light with white color yarn as in Young Roosters Potholder crochet pattern.
Look how many wonderful eyes you can make yourself! There are instructions for them here. The instructions are in Dutch but we think you will find it easy to understand.
2) If you think flat crocheted eyes are not a good idea for your toy’s face, try creating “balls” as in our Baby Rooster Kubrik crochet pattern. Usually such eyes are combined with half beads, beads or plastic safety or glue-on eyes.
Another way of crocheting the eyes is given in our Mr. and Mrs. Horse crochet pattern.
Work with white yarn.
Rnd 1. 6 sc in magic ring.
Rnd 2. 6 inc = 12 sts
Rnd 3. (1 sc, 1 inc) x 6 = 18 sts
Rnd 4. 5 sc, 2 inc, 7 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc = 22 sts
Rnd 5. 7 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc = 24 sts
Rnd 6-7. 1 sc in each stitch around = 24 sts
Rnd 8. 5 sc, 3 dec, 13 sc = 21 sts
Make the second eye the same way.
Stuff the eyes and sew to the head with white thread.
Sew the pupils.
If you are interested in this method, you may try making the eyes using our free Dolly the Sheep crochet pattern.
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We hope that this article will help you to create a unique toy and make the process easier and more enjoyable.