Lemur redux

Early this past December, I completed work on this amigurumi lemur:

My first completed amigurumi lemur perched atop his throne made from keva planks

As a direct result of finishing this lemur, sometime in March, I got a request for a second one, but it wasn’t until today that I started on it.

After tracking down a skein Red Heart Super Saver grey heather in my stash and getting my copy of tiny yarn animals off my book shelf, I went straight to my projects page at ravelry to consult my notes from the first iteration of this project.

For reasons I can’t explain, the notes indicated that I had used both a 4.5mm hook and a 5.0mm hook. Knowing that I crochet far too loosely to have used a 5.0mm hook on an amigurumi project, I amended the notes, got out my 4.5mm hook, and set to work.

In what seemed like no time at all, I had completed the body. From there, I began work on the head, and took the opportunity to take a series of photographs that document how I make what is known as an “invisible decrease.”

I use this particular type of decrease whenever I make something where the space created by skipping a stitch or the bulk created by at standard decrease don’t work for the overall piece.

To make the “invisible decrease” you begin by putting your hook through the front loop of the first stitch of the decrease, as shown here:

Put your hook through the front loop of the first stitch of the decrease

Then without making a yarn over you twist your hook as needed and put the hook through the front loop of the second stitch of the decrease as shown here:

Then put your hook through the front loop of the second stitch of the decrease

Now that you have gone through the front loop of both stitches of the decrease, you make a yarn over and then pull that yarn over through the two front loops that are on your hook. When you have successfully pulled it through, you will have two loops on your hook as shown here:

Pull the yarn over through the two front loops of the decrease

and you are ready to make another yarn over and complete the stitch as you would an ordinary single crochet.

I did not get a lot of work done on the lemur, but I did manage to finish both the body and the head before it was time to make dinner:

The head and body of the lemur-to-be

This weekend promises to be chock full of too much to do, but my hope is that I can finish this piece by piece, and that before I know it, I will have all of the parts I need.

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