Cone shapes come in handy a great deal with amigurumi patterns. If you want a more tapered look and the oval isn't working then a cone might work better. Cone's are obvious shapes in ice cream cones and birthday hats, but what about a pointy chin or snout on a cute critter? What about horns on dragons? These are pointier than an oval and to me qualify as a cone shape.
We are going to work this come from the top down. If you want to end at a point then you will work this idea backwards.
Now the idea of the cone is to start the point with less stitches than a circle gets. A normal point is generally started with 4 single crochets instead of 6. The next round is then a round of single crochets. With the cone shape you will usually work one to two rounds of single crochets between every round of increases. Of course since you started with 4 single crochets in your magic loop then you will increase evenly by 4 in your increase rounds.
Rnd 1: ML, 4 sc in loop
Rnd 2: sc around
Rnd 3: inc in each st around
Rnd 4: sc around
Rnd 5 (sc, inc) 4 times across
Rnd 6: sc around
Rnd 7: (sc 2, inc) 4 times
Rnd 8: sc around
Rnd 9: (sc 3, inc) 4 times
Rnd 10: sc around
...you get the idea now.
Of course depending on how narrow or wide you want that cone shape to be will determine how many rounds of single crochets you will work between each of the increase rounds. The more rounds of single crochets and the more narrow your cone will be. For a more narrow cone shape you can choose to increase only 2 times instead of 4 even. Feel free to play around with it!
Just be careful! Sometimes the shape can look wonky instead of a nice even progression. This may be because there are too many rounds of single crochets between the two increase rounds. You may just have to check it. Don't be afraid to play around with your increases and single crochet rounds and try new things.
Well this was a little short and sweet but I hope it made sense for you! Tomorrow we will be talking about crocheting oblongs which are most commonly used in animal amigurumi's. I'll see you then!