It all started with a cute brown button I found in the abyss of my craft supply box… The minute I saw I thought it would look great on a Teddy Bear. I took my sketch pad and started drawing a chibi character wearing a bear costume all thanks to that inspiration.
The next step was to turn this drawing into a doll. The challenge is always to make it as accurate as I can even though it’s not always possible to find the same color schemes. Here is my doll and the original drawing:
The colors ended up being a bit darker because I couldn’t find a yarn of the same color tone but I am still happy with the result, it turned out really cute.
I used Red Heart Super Saver and a 2.75mm crochet hook. I said it before but I like using smaller crochet hooks to make the stitches tighter. The hair was made with felt that I just cut and glued to the head after the hat was done.
His name is Patch and I don’t think I need to give an explanation to that. The head is very big so I put a wire though is neck and body to keep it stable.
Now he is going to join my growing collection of chibi dolls. I already have my mind set on my next project, a chibi version of the bride of Frankenstein and for that, I have to go back to my sketch pad and pencils. Drawing is so much fun!
This is the first time I upload a pattern to crochet a doll, I don’t know why I have waited that long but never late than never! I promised myself that I would offer more free patterns this year and this cute little doll is one of them.
I called her Blondine, she is very cute and about 10 inch tall. I crocheted it with a 2.75mm hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn. She is relatively easy to make but I wouldn’t recommend it for an absolute beginner. As long as you know how to read a pattern and know how to do basic stitches you will have no problem making this doll.
She can sit or stand. You can pick any color you want, I just liked the vintage pink on her. Also, you can choose felt or embroidery thread to make the eyes if you want to crochet this doll for a small child.
You can download the pattern below. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. Happy crocheting!
I just finished a doll that took me longer to crochet than usual because I have been very busy with boring life events that made me wish I could move to a deserted island with just my crochet hook and my yarn… Just crocheting to my heart’s content.
Anyway, let me introduce you to my new little one. She is a fierce cat girl that I drew on my drafting paper a while ago, feels like ages now but truly it’s been just three weeks. I wanted to make a goth cat girl, and this is what I came up with.
I think she turned out really cute. I really like her little sweater with the paw print on it. This sweater took me forever to crochet because the stitches are much smaller than the rest of the doll. I used thinner yarn because I didn’t want her to look too bulky.
Now that I think about it I would like to make another version of this doll, a cute version with pinks and fluffy girly things. She would be the polar opposite of this one but since they would be sister they would get along… Sometimes. I will have to get back to my sketching notebook with that idea in mind!
Anyway, back to my gothy cat girl. I usually put wires in my dolls body to hold the head straight but I did not need one in this case because the neck is very thick. I wasn’t sure that it would since the head piece is quite heavy but it worked!
I have more projects coming up, I am currently working on a little zombie boy in a teddy bear costume. It’s on the sketching phase at the moment, I just need to figure out the right colors for the body (hopefully the colors that will match the stack of yarn I have in my overstuffed closet because I am tired of taking trips to the craft store to buy more)
What do you think of my little cat girl? Do you think she look fierce enough to save the world?
This week I spent most of my free time working on this creepy cute zombie girl in a bunny costume. I am having way too much fun drawing and crocheting these days, being creative just makes me happy.
Her name is Bonny, because well… Bunny.. Bonny. I am not really good at picking names so I let my friends choose one for me, and that’s what they came up with. I actually like it, it suits her well.
I got the inspiration from the creepy cute chibi genre, a style that I love. I started with a drawing and coloring, then went to my closet to get the appropriate yarn which of course I never have, no matter what. For that reason, I picked a slightly lighter blue to make her costume and slightly darker pink color for the hair. Next time, I will check out the yarn first before deciding on a color.
Her head is really big and I was afraid that it wouldn’t hold against her tiny body, so I put some wire inside to keep it straight. It worked out great! The hair was the most daunting task because it took me forever to attach all those strands of yarn on her head. I lost count of how many I had to cut, probably close to 200 if not more.
I want to make a doll stand for Bonny, and my other dolls as well. I don’t really like the ones available at the craft store, they are very basic and don’t always work out. It’s on my list of things I want to learn and when I do I will blog about it.
I am already on the drawing phase of my next chibi project, I am on the drawing phase right. It is going to be a girl dressed as a gothy black cat, cute and spooky! I am going to have a lot of fun with that one, I love cats!
I am a big fan of Death Note. If you are not familiar with this manga, then you might have not heard about Ryuk, a very bored god from the Shinigami realm. He is a tall and skinny character that could give your nightmares with his sharp teeth and bulgy yellow eyes. He is not exactly evil, he is just a very bored supernatural being that will do anything that serves his own interest and amusement… Yeah, that can be evil.
I wanted to make a crocheted version of Ryuk for the longest time but it looked so challenging that I gave up on the idea until now. I started to work on the legs last December and just finished putting on the last accessories one month later.
I love crocheting Fan Art. Replicating fictional characters from movies or video games allows me to challenge myself and learn new techniques in the process. Ryuk was not easy to make, it took a lot of patience but I am really glad I tried. I love my Shinigami.
One of Ryuk charateristics is that he loves apples. He would do anything for apples, he’s a cheap date. Good thing I always have apples around the house!
Ryuk carries “Death Note” notebook on his side with a skull on it. He has a lot of accessories that I hard to find so I had to think outside the box to replicate his belt, rings etc… His body has wire inside, it allowed me to bend him into his grotesque crooked shape.
You can’t really tell on the pictures, but he is quite tall (about 20 inches). I was going to keep it for myself but decided to give it to my little nephew who is a fan of the Death Note anime series… I am such a good aunt!
My journey with Ryuk was very inspiring. I am amazed at the creativity and imagination of the artists that create these characters, they are super talented and I can only hope to be that creative someday.
It’s already the end of the year and I just finished my last doll until 2019. A friend of mine asked me if I could make her a baby version of Captain America and I immediately said yes, I was very excited to start this project. I started two weeks ago and just finished it today. Here is the result:
I used a pattern by Mariya Kozlova – Baby with Dummy to make the base. It’s a free tutorial to crochet a baby doll which is well written and easy to follow. I only had to make a few adjustments and color changes to turn it into Captain America.
I crocheted this doll with Red Heart Super Saver and a 2.75mm hook. The stars, the A letter, and wings are cut in white felt. I did make the head a little smaller than instructed on the pattern because I was afraid it would be too big with the mask on top of it.
The mask was my biggest challenge because I had never crocheted one before. My first attempt was a fail, I had made the holes too wide and too loose. It took me three tries to get it right which is not too bad considering that I had no idea what I was doing.
I considered making a pacifier that looked like his shield but opted otherwise after realizing it would be too much going on. It had to be one or the other and I can’t imagine Captain America without his signature shield. No pacifier for this baby, he’s a tuff one anyway!
I had a lot of fun crocheting this little Captain America, I couldn’t have finished the year on a better note. I am really looking forward to next year for new exciting projects. I have a long wish list!
This is my last post of the year so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. See you in 2019! 🙂
Phase two of my “improving my skills” with my latest challenge: a doll and her bear. Last year I went through a creativity crisis that put me into a funk for a while. It is during this phase that I started sulking in front of the TV and became addicted to a reality show from Japan called Terrace House. If you are not happy about your own life, lose yourself by watching over people live! Ironically, this reality show was my inspiration to get back to what I love to do and break the wall that kept me from improving. Terrace house is a dating show but it also involves people who use that bridge to find out what they want out of life or achieve their goals. They were my inspiration to turn off my TV and work harder. Lauren Tsai in particular, a talented artist who spent most of her time drawing and focusing on her passion, is the one that motivated me the most. This doll is the product of that inspiration, I am in love with making toys again.
Now let’s talk about the doll. I used mercerized yarn to make this doll. Mercerized yarn is mostly used to make dollies but it is also great to crochet small amigurumi toys. I really liked working with that type of yarn and I think I will use it a lot more in future projects.
I embroidered the eyes but this time I used a different technique that made the task much easier than my previous attempts. Still, I found it very hard to embroider eyes on a small head, there isn’t a lot of room to do your stitches and you are not careful you can end up with eyes too big for the face.
The bear and the hat was a last minute decision. I had intended to just make the doll with her bag but since I am in challenge mode I thought I might as well try to add more. I am glad I did because it turned out really cute.
So if you ever get into a creative hole and need to find a way out, I recommend Terrace House. It’s a great distraction to stop thinking about yourself while vegetating in front of the TV. You might find the inspiration to get back to what you love to do like I did!