Lamb!

We saw the sweetest and most beautiful little lambs a few days ago. They couldn’t have been older than a few days, because their navel cord was still hanging to them. There was a dark one, the one in the pictures that is. He came running towards us very happy but stopped abruptly about a a metre from us and ran back, very funny. He was quite athletic. The other ones where white and very light brown/beige.

He looks so ‘not sheep’ with his long legs and short body.

lammetje

screaming lamb

Because I’m going to move, the coming weeks will be a bit busy. Not much time for crocheting and blogging I’m afraid. So see you in a few weeks.

Hurray, spring is coming!

 

Son’s Popkes Shop

I just opened my own crochet pattern store, the Son’s Popkes Shop. It’s a shop at Craftsy. I will continue to post free patterns here, but I am also going to sell some patterns for a small amount at my store.

It’s something I’m very proud at and was looking very much forward to. Complex dolls like Starfox and the Lop Bunny I will sell there. More simple patterns, like Bomberman, I’ll post here for free. Because I needed to know if there would be enough interest in my patterns, I first offered the Starfox pattern for free, but on demand. I got so many request and positive reactions about the pattern that I got enough confidence in selling some patterns from now on.

So….crochet Starfox is the first pattern in my shop! ‘Feel free to look around….yes.’

And thank you all kindly, for your lovely and encouraging comments and the interest in my patterns, it’s absolutely great to hear from you, really!

 

Next project

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something after Starfox. I’m already working on my next project and have a long list of ‘popkes’ I want to design. I’ve posted that list a while back but the dolls on it have to wait a bit longer to be made…..

The project I’m working on now is a ‘crochet bunny with floppy ears’, a lop rabbit. Some time ago I made such a bunny pattern, in memory of our sweet pet Boefje. Because it was a very personal doll, I didn’t want to share the pattern I made for it, even though I got a lot of enthusiastic comments and request for it. That’s why making a similar crochet bunny got priority above the dolls on list.

This is the bunny I made back then.

"crochet lop rabbit"

I’m also setting up a Craftsy ‘shop’, and the pattern for the lop rabbit I’m going to offer there for a small amount.

 

Crochet Starfox

Meet Fox McCloud, the hero of the Starfox games. Tough but fuzzy, sturdy but soft.

This was a tricky doll to crochet. I didn’t know where to start, so made the most fun part first, the boots, because if the boots where finished, the rest needed to come for sure. The boots turned out great and it worked!  After the boots, I made the legs and body in one piece, after that the jacket, arms and tail. And then came the head, which I had to make 5 times. The first one was too big, the second too small, the third the wrong shape and so on, till the fifth was good enough. And here’s the result! I didn’t love him at first, but after a few days I’m starting to do!

"crochet starfox" "starfox doll"

'crochet fox" "fox amigurumi"

"gehaakte starfox" "gehaakte vos"

The proportions of this doll where the hardest part. I knew which proportions this Starfox doll should have, but translating that into crochet stitches gave me a headache. Picking the right colour was a bit of a kerfuffle too. A long time ago I’d bought the yarn for Starfox, but when I started on the head, I began to doubt about the rusty fox colour I had. It was too dark, and the other orange I had, was too orange. So I went to a local shop, found a more yellow orange but that was a totally different kind of yarn. After some short circuit in my head, I decided to use the light orange. It turned out just fine, the little rage was for nothing.

Here you can see detailed pictures of different parts of Starfox. In one of the images you can see how I made his expression. The real Starfox has white oval shaped eyes. I tried to make them, but I didn’t like my Fox with eyes like that. He just looked too mean and I couldn’t get it nice. I decided to leave out the white bits and just go for brads with green felt underneath and a little embroidered stripe above. This way he was lovable, but maybe a bit less Starfox.

"fuzzy crochet fox"  "starfox tail"  "starfox legs"

"crochet fox tail" "gehaakte vossenstaart"  "crochet action figure"  "crochet fox face"

Crochet Starfox is about 20 cm / 8 inch tall, made with a worsted weight yarn. His fur coat is brushed a bit.

This is the last game figure I’m going to crochet. The reason is, I find it quite limiting to make an existing figure. It has to look like ‘the real thing’ which puts boundaries to my own fantasy. Making me own creations give me a lot more satisfaction and less frustration.

The pattern for this doll you can buy for a small amount at Son’s Popkes Shop and in my Ravelry shop. You can also order it directly from me here. The pattern is written like the free patterns here, in standard American crochet terms. It contains clear instructions and lot’s of example images. 

 

How I do certain stitches.

The double crochet stitch is the most suitable for Starfox his vest, because it creates the bulky lines of it. However, I never knew exactly how to make a correct dc. Working in rows instead of spirals is required too, also something I was unsure about how to do right.

After some research, I finally understand the principle and want to share it, because it’s quite simple and logical. And if you’ll make my patters, it’s helpful to know how I did the stitches, even though there might be other correct ways.

Okay, here it is.

I work in rows like this: A chain I close with a slip stitch to make a circle, then add the right number of turning chains and crochet ahead clockwise. I always use a stitch marker in the first st. Every row I close with a slip stitch. Both working with a chain or a magic ring, that means you do the slst in the first st of the previous row. This creates a flat round. Now you want to go ‘level up’, so for sc you add one st, for hdc two and for dc three, then crochet ahead in the st after the chain (2nd, 3th, 4th). At the end of the next row you’ll notice you’ll have one, two or three stitches extra, the chain you just added, skip them and slst in the first stitch of previous round, add your ch and etc. Continue this every row.

Now the dc I do on a flat piece or vest: for 6 st. make a chain of eight, start your first dc in the 3th ch from hook.  Do the other 4, you’re now at the end. Make a turning ch 2, turn. Now, start your next dc in the 4th ch from hook (skip the ch of two and the st after that) and do six dc’s. Note: the last dc you make in the top st of the turning ch 2. This method gives the neatest result, with nice stacked stitches. In the picture you can see the difference in adding just a chain of two or three, without skipping the ‘first’ st. Some people don’t skip a stitch, but that’ll give a wobbly edge to a flat piece.

"how to double crochet"

1. 2 ch add, 2. 3 ch add, 3. 2 ch and skip a stich, looks best!

I didn’t invent this method myself of course, here I found it, after checking out many other ways and decided this looked the best.

Note: normally I work in spirals, so only work in rows when indicated!


And now comes the hard part.

This is what I have so far.

"crochet starfox amigurumi"

The boots where the most fun part. You know, quick result and not too complicated. But now comes the rest of this crochet Starfox, and that will be a lot tougher! It all has to do with the proportions. Boy, I’m not even certain what size the head should be. I think I’m going to start with the body and jacket. That way I can adjust the head to the body.  The head probably will become moveable like Link’s, unless it’s to hard for a fox-shaped head.

I’ll keep you posted!

 

Tiny cuddly boots!

When I’d finished the first boot I rushed to get the second done, so I could write this post. Aren’t they cute! I think I’m going to crochet just boots for the rest of my life, hehe. They are 5 cm / 2 inch small. These Starfox boots are made out of 5 pieces: the sole, the boot, the nose tip, the heel and the boot neck.

Anyway, if the rest of Starfox will have the same kind of ‘cuteness’, I’ll be very content! For now the boots and legs are finished.

Pattern will follow.

 

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