Next little doll

Mollen

A year ago, I made many illustrations for an assignment. In the end, sadly the project was cancelled and it left me with plentiful lovely illustrations of animals. The one above was my favourite and inspired me to make a crochet version of that adult mole someday.

Usually I post a sketch or a simple watercolour of the animal for my next project, but this time this illustration will be my guideline.

I hope everyone is enjoying summer, just like these little moles and ants.

 

Bodo, crochet red panda pattern

And here is Bodo, a sturdy and wooly crochet red panda.

red panda amigurumi, crochet red panda

This red panda amigurumi has turned out exactly as I hoped. I absolutely love the result and am very proud to share this pattern.

For this crochet animal, using the right colours was very important to me. I only wanted to use three colours of yarn, so I had to make compromises in the design. Should I give him dark cheeks, or rust ones? And the tail, dark striped or white? I looked at many red panda pictures online and decided a face with dark cheeks was most characteristic.

As everyone knows, red pandas have a very recognizable tail. It has a dark tip and light stripes. However, the stripes are not as white as the white in the face and ears, so especially this part was a bit hard to do in my three colours. Initially I thought of making a dark striped tail but that didn’t work out. Bodo looked in whole with that tail, far too dark. I imagined a tail with white stripes would look too light, so I decided to combine two rounds of rust, with one round of white, and it had an amazing result. The white doesn’t look too bright and the result is very striking.

Bodo is 5,1 inch/ 13 cm tall when sitting. He’s made with a 100% wool, called Lett Lopi. I strongly recommend the use of a wooly or fuzzy yarn, because that gives a very smooth result if you work in multiple colours.

Here is another picture of Bodo and below it you can find info and links to the crochet pattern.

crochet red panda doll

Where to get the pattern.

The pattern for this sturdy and wooly crochet red panda you can find in my shop and in my shop at Ravelry. The pattern contains a clear description of how to crochet and attach the animal with example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. The colour changes for the face are written down in the stitch colours, to make changing colour extra easy. In the pattern you can find what materials you need, the Lopi colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make this wild friend.

Heads up! This pattern has a one dollar release discount till the 8th of July.

 

A red one

Hello! I already mentioned in my previous post my next project was going to be a red panda and I was trying out a new look for this animal. After some shaping experiments I wasn’t happy at all about the results. It wasn’t a doll anymore and it felt like I kind of abandoned my own style. Furthermore, everybody I told I was going to try something different replied with a big ‘why?’

So, a red panda playful & happy doll it will be!

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Basil, crochet otter pattern

And here is something not so wet after all, the crochet otter pattern!

crochet otter, otter amigurumi pattern

What can I tell about the process of making this crochet otter? It might have been one of the most difficult patterns I have made so far. Not specifically in designing the shapes, but more because I had a hard time making the otter in my recognizable style. He tended to become much more realistic then I prefer. In the end I do think I managed to make him the right kind of doll and I am very happy with the result. Basil looks quite quirky and playful, despite him being a standing animal. Because especially British crocheters have asked me if could make an otter sometimes, I decided to give this crochet otter a very British name. And after all, he is a European otter.

Basil’s head and body are made in one piece, to gave him that straight and slender otter shape. He is about 6,1 inch/ 15,5 cm tall. To make the tail stay in its bendable shape, I have used a pipe cleaner. Here is another picture of Basil and below it you can find the links to the pattern.

haakpatroon otter

Where you can get this pattern.

The crochet pattern for this whimsical and cheerful otter, you can find in my shop and in my shop at Ravelry. The pattern contains a clear description of how to crochet and attach the animal with example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. It tells you what materials you need, the Lopi colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make this little slippery friend.

 

Something wet

My next crochet pattern will be one of an otter (European kind). Normally I post just a simple sketch, but this time I felt like drawing the pattern image and posting it here. At the top of each of my patterns is an illustration of the animal the pattern is for. Usually it is an improved and coloured version of my first sketch. For the otter pattern, this illustration you will find at the top.

Basil

Otters are very entertaining and whimsical animals. Every time I’ve seen them in a zoo, they always make me laugh with their curious and playful attitudes. I doubted about the shape of my crochet version. Otters their features aren’t very suitable for a doll shaped animal, so it had to be either standing on two feet, or four feet. As you can see I decided to go for the two feet option. I believe that is the most representative position to make the otter as I described above.

I hope all of you who have asked me to make an otter pattern, will be looking forward to this crochet otter as much as I do!

 

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