You may have seen that many amigurumi toys such as Unicorns or Octopi have curly tails, manes or tentacles? Well, today I became a little frustrated that my curly tails were not always tight curls so I started to try different methods to see how to keep them tight and the answer is actually pretty simple… use a hook size smaller than your yarn!
In my case, I was using a crochet hook size 4.0 (UK) for my 4mm size yarn, I tried a 3.5 (UK) and the results ended up far neater and tighter.
As you can see in the image below, the blue coloured yarn is looser and the pink coloured yarn is tighter and doesn’t drop when held up.
The pattern I used for this curly cue is (UK terms):
– Size 3.5 hook
– 4mm yarn
Row 1, Chain (ch) 35
Row 2 , Chain (ch) x1, yarn over into the second chain (ch) in. Continue to the end of row one using a Half Treble Crochet Stitch (htr)
You should soon see your piece begin to curl after about 5 stiches.
Note – your curly cue can be as long or as short as you like, just by reducing the number of Chains (ch) in Row 1.