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8 Tips for Teeny-Tiny Micro Crochet Projects

Have you noticed the trend in unbelievably tiny crochet lately? Most of the photos you’ve seen probably show a cute little animal balancing delicately on the crocheter’s finger to show you the amazingly small scale. That type of crochet, in case you haven’t had time to look into it, is called micro crochet.

You don’t need to know any special crochet stitches to create micro crochet, but you do need to keep in mind some important tips.

Get ready to shrink your usual crochet!

Micro Crochet Octopus

Photo via Kim Lapsley

1. Work under plenty of light.

This is not one of those it’s-dark-but-I-know-what-I’m-doing-so-who-cares projects. This crochet is tiny, and dim lighting will most definitely give you a headache. Use a desk lamp in addition to your usual lighting. Some specialty lamps from the craft store even have magnifying glasses built into them, which can be super helpful!

2. Take frequent breaks.

Micro crochet is going to give your hands a real workout. Using tiny hooks and thread can make your hands cramp, so be sure to take plenty of breaks. Try out these hand exercises for knitters and crocheters during the break.

Micro Crochet Stag

Photo via Kim Lapsley

3. Use patterns you already own.

Just like you can change the hook size and yarn weight to make amigurumi larger or smaller, you can do the same with micro crochet. In fact, most of the amigurumi patterns you have can serve as micro crochet patterns if you simply change the hook size and the yarn you’re using.

You also have the option of decreasing the number of rounds in a pattern to make it smaller. Craftsy instructor Stacey Trock has some really great tips for doing this on her blog, Fresh Stitches.

4. Work your way to miniature slowly.

If you’re feeling dizzy just thinking about those tiny little stitches, work your way down to micro crochet gradually. Start with a 2mm hook and see how that feels, then change to a smaller hook when you feel comfortable. Maybe you’ll never make a project smaller than a 2mm hook, but that’s ok!

Clover Soft-Touch crochet hooks

5. Invest in hooks with grips.

Some crochet hooks come wrapped in a nice rubbery grip that’s much easier on the hands. You can buy Clover Soft-Touch steel hooks from online stores like Knit Picks. Craftsy has the same cushioned hooks ranging from size B-1 (2.25mm) to J-10 (6mm) hooks, as pictured above, for your non-micro crochet projects.

6. Sharpen those scissors.

You may find that your usual scissors are too large to really get in there and snip those tiny threads. If you’re planning to do a lot of micro crochet, invest in pair of sharp embroidery scissors. They’re smaller than the scissors you use to trim your yarn, so they can get in those tiny crevices and cut the thread neatly.

7. Try more than just animals.

Most of the micro crochet you’ll see online is animal patterns, but you don’t have to limit your micro crochet to just adorable critters. Think about mushrooms, cacti, teacups, fruit, your favorite fictional characters, cupcakes, hearts — any of these can be micro crocheted!

8. Combine several micro crochet projects into a menagerie.

Once you go crazy crocheting these little creatures, you may find that they’re slowly taking over your home and that you don’t know what to do with them. How about combining them into a little scene? A ladybug can rest atop a mushroom. A whale can sit atop a mini boat. A heart can be placed into a teacup. Mix and match your micro crochet and see what works well together.

Have you ever tried micro crochet? We’d love to hear your tips!

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17 Comments

susan m jensen

like The Teen-Tiny Micro animals. Will try as hands get painful easil. They are so neat.

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Sherry L

Micro bells and angels made the most adorable Christmas earrings 🙂

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Pat Penguin

Try as I might, I cannot find any patterns for parrots or exotic birds that I can use to make a miniature! I have lots of patterns, but there are just too many stitches to be able to make a mini with it. Does anyone actually have any patterns written for minis??

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Tracy

I would really like to try crocheting using smaller hooks. I doubt my eyes will let me get crazy small, but I do want to start using some of my smaller hooks. Do you have any recommendations for a good hands free magnifying glass that would be helpful for this? A lot of the ones I’ve seen at the stores don’t really seem to magnify very much at all.

Thank you!

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Kelly M

How about trying a jeweler’s magnifying visor? I have one with two sets of magnifying lenses. One set is fixed into the visor and the second set of lenses can be raised out of the way or lowered over the fixed lenses for extra magnification. I haven’t tried it for micro crochet yet, but it works great for petit point cross stitching : )

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Jacqueline Heckman

What kind of yarn do you use for creating micro amigrumi?

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Mary Spangenberg

The yarn frays for me. Any suggestions?

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Amy

Try beeswax to coat thread. It is what beaders use. Prevents fraying & gives a little body. Smells pretty & if you buy local helps your neighborhood beekeeper & busy pollinators.

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Patricia

Thank you for these great tips, i have all the gear i need so will start today regards Pat

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Jamie

I am making a small Minion using a 1.25mm steel hook and fingering weight cotton yarn, I would like to know what you use as a stitch marker. I am using an earring but it tends to get in the way a lot! No one ever mentions what they use as stitch markers for smaller projects. I was using a piece of yarn but it eventually broke because of the tight stitches and I’d rather not waste yarn for this purpose because I can only order this yarn weight online, we don’t have it locally here.

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Chloe

For my micro crochet projects I use Itty bitty jump rings. They can be a pain to open and put on, but they don’t get in the way and tend to stay on. For these, however, you may need a pair of small pliers to go with them….. I got a pack of 100 ranging in sizes from the joanns in my town. The normal sized jump rings work for normal sized projects too, and they are all inexpensive. I believe my package cost less than $3. Hope I could help!

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Laura

I just use the starting tail, it’s already attached and is automatically the right size!

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Binks

My first thought would be very tiny snips of craft wire bent into U shapes. Preferably magnetic wire so you can use a magnet to pick them all up if dropped for easy tidy up. It should be flexible enough to not require pliers. You can cross the tails of the U to keep them in place. Worth a try anyway.

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brittney herrera

where can you purchase the TINY safety eyes i see on so many micro crochet animals? They’re soooo tiny I don’t even know what size they are..

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Binks

Hi. I don’t know if you’re American, but try searching for metric sizes. I found “2mm safety eyes” immediately on Amazon. Do a search for that. That’s about the size of a glass seed bead.

Here’s an example of someone selling packs of 2mm, 3mm and 4mm safety eyes.
300pcs Safety Eyes for Teddy Bear Dolls Craft – 2/3/4mm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076J5PRQK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_U6moAbHDPCT9G

Enjoy! 🙂

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Mely

Loved the octopus, do you have the pattern?

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