Hello and welcome to Son’s Popkes! My name is Sonja van der Wijk and I am a Dutch crochet animal pattern designer and illustrator. Here at my blog you can read all about the process of how I design my animal patterns.
Seeing crochet animals in a local shop was the inspiration for me to learn to crochet. I absolutely adored the old school look and texture of these stuffed animals and I immediately started fantasizing about which animals I would crochet and how they should look. But first I needed to learn the skill of crocheting. Surprisingly, it was much easier than I expected.
After making a few patterns I purchased online, I began to design my own animal patterns. For each of my designs, my goal is to create a doll that resembles the real animal, but is also playful with its own character. An expressive creature that radiates the enjoyment and care I put into my design process. The yarn I use is pure wool. The natural and hairy texture of it gives my animals their fuzzy rustic appeal, which I love.
There are a lot of things I love about what I do. I am an animal lover and seeing them in the wild always fills me with delight, even a little mouse or a common bird. I am fascinated by their sheer beauty and analyzing the animal I am going to make is one of my favourite things to do. I am also thrilled at being able to combine my work as an illustrator with designing crochet patterns. The illustration I make of an animal before I start crocheting, functions as a guideline when I design the crochet version. Making the doll resemble that character is a challenge I am very keen on. In all my patterns you can find the illustration at the top.
By selling my patterns, I have met enchanting and interesting people and even have made friends. I really enjoy looking at pictures of animals made with my patterns and I love hearing from you. So if you have something on your mind, just leave a comment. You can also write me a message here.
And… Popke means little doll, which is nice to know, isn’t it? If you are interested, you can see my illustration portfolio here.