Quick/No Sew Amigurumi Patterns for Market Prep

Almost daily I see makers asking for quick patterns or patterns that require little to no sewing and make great market prep items, so I have compiled a list of patterns that work up quickly and/or are “no sew”, making them great for market prepping!

Cora the Whale
Cora the whale is approximately 5” tall, worked in the round with NO sewing, and works up quickly using super bulky weight yarn (specific yarn used is linked in the pattern). She is perfect for last minute gifts and market prepping and looks adorable in any color!

Hilda the Hippo

Hilda the hippo is a no sew pattern, perfect for a quick make and market prepping.
Baby Shark
Make your very own ocean full of sweet Baby Sharks with this simple and quick, no-sew crochet pattern. This pattern works up well in many different types and sizes of yarns, simply adjust your hook and safety eye size to match your yarn size.
The main body is one piece, only need to sew legs, head and antennas!
Pocket Octo
Pattern is worked in the round from the head down using one continuous piece of yarn and requires no sewing.
Create your own little ray in just an hour or two! This easy-to-follow pattern includes one PDF file with detailed instructions and pictures on how to crochet and assemble all the parts to make this manta (or eagle) ray!

Alfie the Frog
No Sew Turtle

Gno Sew Gnomeo
Gno-Sew Gnomeo is a plush gnome that is constructed all in one piece, the only pieces you’ll need to attach are the beard and decorations you choose to personalize your own gnomes!

Gracie Doll
This rag doll style crochet doll is so fun to make, and best part? It requires NO SEWING!!!
Leggy Frog
I must warn you, your life will soon be overtaken by leggy frogs. You will quickly have a froggy army on your hands with this quick no sew pattern.
Tank the Turtle
Tank is sure to be your next favorite pocket pet. He is the perfect size for little hands, quick make and seriously NO sew! Only one tail to weave in at the very end.
Pomsie Pocket Kitten
These no sew kittens are cute and pocket size, perfect for snuggles!
This no sew sunflower is cheerful and perfect for summertime. It’s easy to change up the colors to create daisies, asters, or more.

Plush Bee
These plush bees work up super quickly and the only sewing required is the wings.

Of course, there are tons of awesome quick/no sew patterns available, but these are a few I have compiled so far, I hope you found a few that you enjoy!

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Crochet Gauge

Learn more on testing your tension prior to starting a crochet (or knit) project to help ensure the correct final size of the finished project.

Let’s talk about ‘gauge’ or ‘testing your tension’ and why it is important in crochet. I’m often asked “what is the gauge part of the pattern?” or “ where do I start the project?” When I first taught myself to crochet I had no idea what gauge was or that such a thing even existed. Simply put: gauge is a measurement of your tension.

Gauge is especially important when making things to meet specific sizes, such as garments or hats. Have you ever made a whole project just to find in the end it didn’t fit, or didn’t turn out the size the designer outlined in the pattern? When you crochet (or knit) you can tell that your work will turn out to the size the designer has specified, by testing your tension prior to starting a project.

You can measure gauge in width (stitches) and height (rows), or as a pattern or stitch repeat based on how the designer has laid out the gauge swatch portion of the pattern. When crocheting patterns designed by Sheepish Stitches, you will find if I provided a swatch, I place the swatch instructions as the first thing when starting the project. My patterns have been designed this way so as a maker, the pattern flows in order of how it should be followed.

You may find that different designers have different preferences of what their swatch may entail. Personally, my swatches general are not a part of the final project. The swatch will have instructions to complete a square to measure 4” x 4” and I personally prefer when swatches are counted by whole stitches (ie 12 STS by 5 rows VS 10.5 STS by 3.5 rows) but I understand halves happen. Again; different designers, different preferences.

You can easily measure your swatch with a tape measure or if your prefer a “swatch ruler” you will find your local craft store may carry them as well as online retailers. Either way, you will get the job done to ensure the size of your finished project.

So how does gauge influence the size of your work? The designer has determined the measurements of the project based on their own gauge. Some makers crochet tight while others may crochet loosely. Meaning, if the designer made a project where 10 stitches measure 4” and your work measures 14 stitches per 4” – your crochet piece will be smaller. This is because your stitches are tighter or smaller. Therefore, if you stick to the stitch counts and hook size specified, your finished project will end up smaller then the listed measurements of the pattern.

Gauge also influences the yardage of yarn needed. If your gauge is off, there’s a chance that you’re using a different amount of yarn than the designer listed in the materials, especially if you have to compensate for a size issue by making extra stitches. If you’re working from a yarn kit, this could mean you run out of yarn before your project is complete, and we definitely do not want that!

As I stated above, gauge isn’t crucial for every project. Some patterns may even state ‘gauge is not critical for this project‘. Things like dish cloths, doilies and amigurumi’s may not be crucial for a swatch unless you really want a specific finished size.

If you have any helpful gauge swatching ‘tips or tricks’ please feel free to share with the community! Happy hooking!

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