The amigurumi glow is being a great success among the amigurumi making lines. That’s because it glows in the dark and makes the pieces even more charming.
This thread can also be used to make crochet or knitted pieces , as it is just another type of thread used in handicrafts.
The only difference is that the yarn glows in the dark and is great value for money, as it yields a lot and adds impressive effects, details and finishes.
So, if you want to innovate in your amigurumi pieces, find out below how this thread works, what are the advantages, what is the best needle and how to make this craft step by step.
What is amigurumi glow?
The amigurumi glow is a new line for amigurumi, launched by Círculo, which simply glows in the dark.
For those who don’t know, Círculo is a well-known brand in the handicraft yarn market. The name “glow” came up to express the main function of the product, because the word “glow”, in English, means brightness.
The launch of this line is very recent and the difference between it and the others is the light effect that happens in the dark.
It manages to provoke a greenish fluorescent effect because it has a fiber composed of appropriate materials to fulfill the promise.
Thanks to a phosphorescent raw material, this thread (100% polyester) is able to glow in the dark, even for a limited time.
It is possible to use the ball of yarn to create incredible details in handicrafts in amigurumi, crochet and also in knitting, such as decorative finishes and clothes for the dolls.
And, just like ordinary yarn, amigurumi glow yarn can also be used to make whole pieces.
How the glow appears
The glow of the amigurumi glow appears, on average, for about 15 minutes, but for that to happen it is necessary to “load” the finished piece.
Depending on the charging time, the brightness time may take more or less. This process is done from the exposure that the piece must undergo in the midst of natural or artificial light.
Thus, all parts of the piece need to come into contact with light, for at least 1 hour, in order to glow in the dark.
What are the advantages of the amigurumi glow line?
It offers novelty, sophistication and elegance to manufactured products.
Its attractiveness is glow in the dark, but the line quality is also excellent. In this way, the pieces gain a more attractive face, being able to generate surprising projects.
It is a light thread and has the smallest thickness of all, among the threads in the family of threads that are specific for making amigurumis. However, its performance offers a wonderful cost x benefit, yielding much more, despite being a fine line.
Glow colors available
The only color available so far for the amigurumi glow yarn is white. And the line can be found in haberdashery, being sold as a white skein that in the dark becomes greenish and fluorescent.
Can I wash the pieces made with amigurumi glow yarn?
Sure! For this, use neutral soap and water only. This washing method, in fact, is already recommended for all amigurumi yarns, in which they also need to avoid contact with irons and dryers.
Is the yarn toxic? It’s bad for your health?
No, the wire is completely safe because it is very well coated so that the phosphorescent material does not come into contact with the skin.
Children are very happy with this, because they love the glow in the dark pieces, so they don’t have to worry about anything regarding toxicity, much less the parents.
In summary, it does not cause harm to health and can be used by any type of public, children, young people, men and women, the elderly.
Needles recommended for working with him
The needles indicated are those of 2mm and 4mm, because they correspond to the thickness of the glow thread, a thinner thickness compared to the other threads used in amigurumis.
This information will be certified on the packaging of the amigurumi glow ball. The ideal, including, is always to check the sizes of the needles, recommended in each product, through the label.
How many meters are in the ball?
The skein is 105 meters long and ends up weighing about 50 grams.
How to make a butterfly with amigurumi glow yarn step by step
This piece, according to the tutorial below, is 20 cm high and can be used as a decorative item in children’s environments, for example.
- Use the amigurumi glow yarn, the recommended needles and other yarn, with different colors, to make the butterfly colorful when there is light and bright when it is dark.
- Start with the body, moving towards the head.
- All work is done from single crochets, using increases and decreases where necessary.
- The increases and decreases are used to make the circle so that the piece creates a more open or tapered concave part. Otherwise, make rows without increases and decreases when you want to add height.
- Follow the tutorial so you don’t get lost in any row, but remember that the body starts out round from a magic ring that grows with increasing rows.
Once you’ve formed the back of the butterfly, work your way up the rows without making any increases to add length, and a little after halfway through, start tapering with the decreases.
Intersperse the colored threads with the amigurumi glow thread every four or five rows, to leave the body striped with this detail.
The head is made after the body, being attached to the neck. Initially, it is the same process that is repeated, but the result of the head is a ball, forming a perfect circle.
Before closing the top of the head, place the eye, nose and mouth, taking advantage of the top opening to pass the needle inside.
Then each wing is made with two joined circles, one larger and one smaller, and they are sewn with a common thread, at the back of the body of the butterfly.
The butterfly’s wings, antennae and body stripes are parts made with glow amigurumi yarn to be highlighted in the dark.
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