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Two months ago I made a post about a panda bear pattern I had created for my ETSY shop, a cute little amigurumi crocheted with regular acrylic yarn. I enjoyed that project so much,  I thought it would be fun to try a different version of the panda using the same pattern but with a type of yarn that would give it some fur. Both versions are cute, but the result is so different that it doesn’t look like it was made from the same pattern.


the second version of the Panda, so fuzzy!

The first version was made with Caron Simply Soft, which is labeled as a medium weight #4, and 100% acrylic. It is quite small for a yarn of that category, I usually end up with smaller plushes when I use Caron.


the first version of the panda

You can really tell the difference in size. The first version of the panda is about 5.5 inch tall, the other one is 7 inch. I used the same 2.75mm crochet hook for both plushes without any alterations in the rounds, but the yarns I used for my second panda are thicker, hence the result.


Big fuzzy panda and its little acrylic version.

I used two different brands of yarn to crochet the fuzzy panda. I usually prefer to work with the same brand on one project when I need different colors but in this case I couldn’t find both in the same collection so I settled for Butter Cream Angel Air in black, and Yarn Bee Tender Touch in white. The black yarn is 50% Acrylic, 28% Nylon and 22% Wool. The white yarn is 100% acrylic but still has a fuzzy feel to it, which is what I needed to create fur.


In order to create the fur, I gently brushed each parts of the panda with a pet brush before sewing the parts together. I think it is better to brush after the parts are stuffed with fiberfill, otherwise you might end up with stretched parts (it happened to me the first time I tried this method).


On top, the fuzzy yarn and at the bottom, regular acrylic yarn


the magic pet brush (which I never used on my cat)

Trying two versions from the same pattern was a fun experiment, and I cannot tell you which one I like best because I love both pandas. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will inspire you to also try different type of yarns for your projects.

As always, happy crocheting!


The holidays are officially over, and after a three weeks break I am ready to get back to my yarn and hook. The new year has just started but I already have a long list of crochet projects I want to do in the first quarter of 2015. Here is what I have coming so far:

  • Druid tauren (World of Warcraft), for a friend of mine
  • Two beanies, friends 65th wedding anniversary (yes, 65th!)
  • an iPad cover
  • Yoda, and Leia for my friend’s little girl who is already a Star Wars fan.
  • Another David Bowie doll for myself. This time I am going to make the outfit out of glittery fabric instead of crocheting it (now that I have a sewing machine, I might as well use it!). This is a special project, I am going to do the replica of this photo, with chair and red background included. The doll will be posable and wired, I am very excited about it, my most challenging project to date.

In the meantime, I wish you all a great and beautiful year, full of bliss… and cute crochet creations!



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