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Popkes by you, Happy New Year!

The new year has begun and I want to start it here at Son’s Popkes with a fun and inspiring post, dedicated to all of you who enjoyed and made my patterns. I proudly present a gallery full of pictures of the beautiful animals you all made. This post was a lot of fun to make and I did feel proud myself when I looked at all these lovely dolls. Cheers to your work!

When you click on the picture you can see who made the doll and find their site or blog if they have one. These dolls are made with my patterns, but each and every one of them has its own character. They all have a uniqueness to them, added by the person who made the doll. Something extra and personal which I really love seeing.

I also would like to give a bit of extra attention to Joanne from the United Kingdom, who bought all my patterns and made these lovely versions of them. Look at this, what an awesome bunch!

Joanne

With this post I want to thank you for your support! There will be lots of new patterns this upcoming year and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as you’ve enjoyed these patterns. I wish you a fabulous and crafty 2014!

 

Some changes

When I started Son’s Popkes, I hadn’t designed that much crochet patterns yet, but I wanted a cheerful header with ‘popkes’ in it. I made some illustrations of dolls I had made and one of a doll I was sure I was going to make. The cat that was. But I’ve never made such a cat and don’t feel like making that one either….

I think it’s better to only have illustrations in my header of dolls I’ve actually made, and now I had enough to do so. Especially Finse needed to be in it. Because the cat is out of the header now, it was strange to keep him as blog icon, so I choose another appropriate doll for that, and Flam is now my new blog icon.

It does feels a bit strange to remove my happy cat. I associated him with my bog….I’ve always known I was going to do it, but still. I can always change it back….

Here’s a little image to remember him.

Cat

Witch hat pattern

Because Halloween is coming, I made a little free pattern to have fun with.

Teddy is! Or maybe not…..

Here’s the pattern, a picture of just the hat is below.

Crochet Witch Hat pattern.

For this pattern I used a fuzzy worsted weight yarn and a 3,5 mm / hook E. The hat is standing 10 x 12 cm / 3,9 x 4,7 inch.
The hat is made in the round in Double Crochet stitches. Join after each round and add a chain of 3 in the beginning of each round, as I’ve written in the pattern.

GO!

1. magic ring of 4 = 4, join
2. ch 1, sc in each st around = 4, join
3. ch 3, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) x2 = 6, join
4. ch 3, (dc in next st, 2 dc in the next 2 st) x2 = 10, join
5. ch 3, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, = 12, join
6. ch 3, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) x6 = 18, join
7. ch 3, dc in each st around = 18, join
8. ch 3, dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st = 20, join
9. ch 3, dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 st = 22, join
10. ch 3, (dc in next 10 st, 2 dc in next st) x2 = 24, join
11. ch 3, (dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st) x 6 = 30, join
12. ch 3, (dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st) x6 = 36, join.
13. ch 3, (dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st) x6 = 42, join, sl st, weave in end.

Little grey band
1. ch of 26, join.
2. ch 3, dc x 26, join and leave long tail for sewing band to hat.

DONE

Mistakes in this pattern? Nooooo, can’t be, well if so, let me know and I’ll fix it!

 

Needle felted noses

Finding the right nose for crochet dolls and amigurumi sometimes can be a bit of a challenge. Needle felting is a great way to make the perfect nose.

You probably know the shape and size for the right nose, but getting it isn’t easy. For some projects an embroidered nose ‘ll do great. But some crochet dolls need a more specific nose, like a little ball for a bear or mouse, or a flat triangle shaped soft nose for a cat.

I’ve tried many things like flat felt noses to sew on, embroider with a thick yarn till it was round enough, or putting yarn around a safety eye to get the right nose. That all didn’t work out too well.

A good and quite easy way to make a perfect and soft nose, is to needle felt it. All you need is a thin needle felt needle and a piece of foam. To felt with, you can use the wool you crochet with. Just grab a thread and fluff the part of it you think you’ll need to get the right size nose. Don’t forget to leave a long tail for sewing. Roll it into a loose ball and start pricking it, till it is the desired shape and firm enough. It really works well, you can even needle felt it tighter or more in shape after you sewed it on your doll his head.

Here’s an example with what you need, two loosely felted nooses and the firm felted nose I made for my Forest Mouse.

crochet doll nose