Sheep along!

crochet sheep, gehaakt sheep

Recently I started my Son’s Popkes crochet animals group at Ravelry. It is a group for everyone who enjoys making my patterns. When you join the group, you can get pattern support from me and each other, show your finished animals, participate in crochet alongs, meet interesting new people and much more.

For starters, I have organized a first crochet along, the sheep along. It is a little tribute to sheep, the providers of our most used and beloved material. It is a CAL to get to know the hows and whos.

After the sheep along, there will be a longer crochet along, the autumn along, where you can choose from multiple patterns.

Do you feel like crocheting animals in a nice group of people, getting some extra help and more? Please come and join my group at Ravely and crochet along!

 

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.

 

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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