Chibi Sunflower Hobi

I just finished a chibi doll that was inspired by a real life character, J-Hope… Yep! This is the third time I crochet something inspired by BTS, so you must have guessed by now that I am a fan. I had previously made a Chimmy BT21, a Sugar Glider, but I couldn’t complete my collection without making a doll wearing a sunflower headpiece just like the one J-Hope was wearing at the airport recently. It screamed “Crocheted Chibi Doll” and I couldn’t resist. (two other members,Yoongi and Jin, were also wearing the sunflower headpiece but I picked J-Hope because his outfit was the most distinctive).

Even though I based this fan project on a real person, I did a rough drawing of the character as a guide for my crochet. I don’t think it’s worth showing it to you because it’s not that great lol. I tried to replicate the same outfit he was wearing with the green bag and beanie but without all the details.

I only took me one week to make it because I had a lot of free time. The hardest part was getting the hat, mask and ears together. The mask is a piece of felt that I folded two times to make it look more like a real one. Not sure he can breathe behind it because I glued it to the face, good thing it’s just a doll lol.

I tried to crochet the sunflower but I didn’t like the result. I ended up using felt that I wrapped and glued around a piece of electric wire. I hate glue, I really do, but I had no other option to get the headpiece together. I liked how it turned out!

I love my Chibi Sunflower Hobi, I think it turned out really cute. I might not be all finish with BTS stuff, there is another one I would like to make but I will do that at a later time. For now I am gonna go “Hangsang with my dawg”… See you next time!

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Chibi Boy

Yesterday I just finished a chibi doll that I tried to replicate from my sketch. I mentioned in my previous post that my goal this year is to make crocheted dolls based on my own drawings and so far I am having a lot of fun playing with pencils and felt pens. It can be a challenge if you are not used to it, but it is a good practice.

I started drawing last December and I am slowly getting better and more confident with my pencil. I am hoping to become the next Picasso and have my creations displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago by the end of the year, or maybe not, tehe!

Here is his crocheted replica, his name is CC. A friend of mine came up with that name and I decided to just go with it, somehow it fits him. I started with the feet and worked my way up to the head. I learned from my drawing tutorials that Chibis bodies are supposed to be the same size as the head, so I tried to be faithful to these measurements. I could have added a few more rows though for the hair, but it still looks cute.

The sweater was the hardest part of the crochet. Changing yarn every three rows made it a daunting task and took some patience. I am still a newbie in the clothing department, it will get easier with practice 🙂

There was a lot of yarn involved in the making of the hair, my carpet had turned into a shade of pink by the time I was done playing hairdresser. I used hairspray and a glue gun to style his hair, he really does smell like he just came out of the salon now.

I am already involved in a new project that I can’t wait to talk to you about, a little creepy cute zombie girl in a bunny costume. I hope she will turn out as cute as I want her to be.

See you next time!

Crocheted Chimmy

My love for dolls and plushies have no boundaries, as you know I love crafting cute or creepy Fan Art and this one is no exception. Chimmy is a part of the BT21 Kpop collection associated with BTS. The first time I saw it I thought it was the cutest thing I ever saw. The entire collection is adorable, but this little yellow hoodie dog just stole my heart, and soon became an item on my never-ending list of characters I wanted to crochet because, well, I have an incurable case of OCD (Obsessive Crochet Disorder).

Beside my OCD, I really wanted to take this opportunity to improve my skills in crocheting hoodies. This doesn’t look like much work compared to the Ryuk I made recently but replicating the head was a challenge. You cannot really tell on the pictures but his face is not round, it curves out at the cheeks and that didn’t make it easier on me. I could have got away without the curves but since the purpose of making this doll was to learn new techniques, it wouldn’t have made sense to skip that part.

In order to do the hoodie, I started with a chain around the head. I crocheted the back of the hoodie first, then the front (The body is seamless but the head was made separately.)

Did you see my doll? Did you see my doll?

It is my dream to make a collection of dolls of my own creation, for that reason, I found the BT21 dolls very inspiring. I saw a series of behind the scenes videos that involves the creative process behind that collection, it really made me want to draw and try to crochet my own. That will be my next project, actually!

I am very happy with my crocheted interpretation. This doll is so cute that I had no problem taking pictures of it, every single photo looks adorable. For that reason I had a hard time picking them out, I liked all of them!

Here, one more pic just because….

Seriously, my collection of Fan Art dolls is becoming so big, soon it will need its own closet. I will make sure that I will not put my crocheted Chimmy next to Ryuk, he’s way too scary for that little thing.

Happy crocheting!

Little Panda Bear

It’s January and after a break during the holidays I am back in full swing. I just finished my first crochet project of the year, a little panda bear! He’s cute and tiny, only 5 inches tall. I decided to make two versions of it; one with regular yarn, and the other with wool to make him look furry. I haven’t crocheted that one yet, I need to go to the craft store to get the supplies. In the mean time, here is my first version:

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I used a 2.75mm hook, and Caron Simply Soft in black and white. I like to use the same brand of yarn when I need different colors because threads have a different thickness from one brand to another. The patches are made with felt, and I used safety plastic buttons for the eyes.

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He looks so cozy with  his little scarf! This project was easy to make, it only requires basic skills such as single crochet, increase and decrease. It took me a day to make it (but I will admit that I work fast). I was tempted to put a safety nose instead of embroidery but the ones I have in stock are too big, so I will reserve that for the second version of this panda I am going to make soon.

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The question now is where this panda is going to go? I am thinking about donating some of my plushes for children in need this year, I just need to find the right place. If you know any organizations let me know, and I will look them up.

In the mean time, happy crocheting!

Mouse crochet pattern

It’s been a while since I blogged any patterns, so I thought I would post a tutorial today to make a cute little mouse. It is a very small little thing, about 4 inch tall, crocheted with a 2.75mm hook. I like to use small hooks to make stitches tighter. You can use a larger size hook if you wish, just know that your mouse will be bigger if you do.

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The mouse is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds. I used a brush and eyemakeup to color the inside of the ears (optional).

Materials:
– 1 medium/4 worsted yarn – white
– Scraps of pink yarn
– 2.75mm crochet hook
– 1 pair of 6 mm safety eyes, black
– Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
– Stitch marker
– Yarn needle
– Pink ribbon
– Pink blush or eye make-up, and a small brush

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = dec
sl st = slip stitch
rnd = round

PATTERN

HEAD:
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around (5)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 4: [4 sc, inc] 2 times (12)
Rnd 5: [5 sc, inc] 2 times (14)
Rnd 6: [6 sc, inc] 2 times (16)
Rnd 7: [7 sc, inc] 2 times (18)
– With pink yarn, embroider the nose on the tip. Secure with a double knot on the
other side.
Rnd 8: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 9 to 10: sc in each st around (24)
– Insert the eyes between row 8 and 9, about 8 stitches apart. Start stuffing, and
continue along the way.
Rnd 11: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 3 times (15)
Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 3 times (12)
Rnd 14: dec 6 times (6)
– Fasten off, embroider the thread in the remaining stitches to close the hole.
Weave in loose end.

BODY:
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Rnd 6 to 8: sc in each st around (25)
Rnd 9: [1 sc, dec] 5 times, 10 sc (20)
Rnd 10 to 11: sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 12: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
– Start stuffing the body
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (15)
Rnd 14: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Finish stuffing the body. Pin the body
with the head, then sew them together by embroidering in the stitches. Weave in
the loose end.

LEGS (make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 5: [2 sc, dec] 2 times (6)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the legs, pin them to the body,
and sew them by embroidering the stitches together. Weave in loose ends.

ARMS (make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
Rnd 4 to 6: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 7: [2 sc, dec] 2 times (6)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing.

EARS (Make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 5 to 6 : sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 7: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 8: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing.Do not stuff the ears, but flatten
them into shape. With a small brush and some eye makeup (or blush), dab the
inside of the ears in pink. Sew the ears to the side of the head, about 2 rows
from the eyes.

TAIL:
– With pink yarn, ch. 18 (leave a long tail at beginning)
Row 1: Starting at second ch from hook, make 16 sl st.
– Insert one of the remaining thread into the stitches in the back of the body, and
make a double knot. Hide the loose ends inside the body

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You can have a lot of fun with this basic crochet pattern. I made a version with embroidered eyes, and I added a little hat and scarf for winter!

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I hope you will enjoy this pattern, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section of the page.

Happy crocheting!

Butterfly little lady – Spring inspiration

Spring is my favorite season of the year, everything feels new, fresh, and inspiring. It makes me want to buy flowers, plants to decorate my empty yard. I don’t have a green hand, and I am the worst gardener in the world, but I always manage to convince myself that I can do it every time Spring comes around. This year I have turned my inspiration away from greeneries to focus on what I do best, crochet. Lately I have been obsessed with dolls, fairies, and angels. I got this urge to do crochet one of my own, so I dropped everything I was doing to start on a Spring inspired doll.

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So this is what I have been working on for the last two weeks. Some crafters like to draw before they take on a project, but I don’t have that skill. I usually get an idea into my head and let it grow from there. I improvise, and if I am not happy with the result, I undo the last rows. Needless to say that I had quite a few adjustments along the way.

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I inserted wires in the body because I really wanted to give her this pose with a butterfly. I found them at the flowers section of the craft store, they are about one inch. I was going to glue them on the doll, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I would like to be able to replace them if they break.

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The hair was made with threads of yarn that I brushed, then straighten with my flat iron to thin them out. Afterward, I sew them on top of the head, and played hairdresser with a pair of scissors.

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I love my little Spring doll, I think she turned out really cute. I haven’t given her a name yet, but I am going to ask one of my friends daughter to pick one for me.

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Now it’s time for a little break, but I am not quite done with my doll obsession yet. I am dying to make a little Chibi, and I think once I have a little time on my hand I will start that project.

Looking at other people’s craft is what inspire me everyday, and I hope these photos of my little Spring doll will inspire you as well!

Happy crocheting!