Last month I took on a challenging project to crochet two dolls inspired by two Korean artists and performers I admire a lot, Psy and Yoongi. I love their collab song as well as the “Western” theme of their music video. I knew I could not resist that challenge even if it was going to be difficult and tedious to recreate in crochet form.
It took me one month to make both dolls. I had to redo a lot of things that didn’t work out along the way and at one point I even cursed myself for even starting this. It didn’t help that I spilled fabric paint on one of the jackets when I was almost done, but I managed to go through all those trials and finished it. The dolls are quite big, they are about 14 inches tall.
I am very happy with the result, I learned new things and techniques along the way. I used fabric paint to make the prints on Yoongi’s shirt and glued little gems on Psy’s shirt to make it sparkle. I had never worked with gems before, so I looked up YouTube tutorials to learn how to do it. Let me say that it is easier said than done. The gems are very small and difficult to glue without spills. I initially intended to put some on his sleeves as well but I was so nervous to mess up the jacket that I decided to leave it to that.
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.)
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.