Patch, the Chibi Bear Boy

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.

The button that started it all

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!

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Chibi Cat girl

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?

Koala crochet pattern

It has been a while since I wrote a crochet pattern because I have been so busy with other Amigurumi projects that I did not have the time for any patterns until now. Last week I finally had the chance to work on a Koala tutorial that I uploaded on ETSY a few hours ago. I came up with this pattern because I love these animals, they are so cute and lazy.

This Koala bear is very easy to make, the PDF file comes with detailed instructions and lots of pictures. I try to make my tutorials as easy as possible because I want people to enjoy crocheting items without any complications.

He’s about 7 inches tall and crocheted with a 2.75mm crochet hook. For more details and if you are interested in this pattern, it is available on my ETSY Shop – The Lofty Loop.

I intend to add more patterns to my ETSY shop this year, and I am looking for ideas. If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments. Happy crocheting!

Little bunny girl

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!

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!

Christmas Owl Ornament Pattern

It is already the end of the year, Christmas is right around the corner. This year has gone by so fast I cannot believe that 2018 is almost over! It has been a while since I posted any free pattern so today I am going to write a tutorial to make a really cute owl ornament for your Christmas tree. It has been requested on my Facebook after I posted pictures from last year. So here it is, I hope you will enjoy it. The finished size is 3.5 inch/10 cm. I suggest making a few of them using different colors for fun.

  • Materials you will need for this project: 
  • Brown, cream, green and white yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • 2.75mm hook (you can use a larger hook, your owl will be bigger)
  • Beige and orange felt
  • 12mm brown or black safety eyes (you can opt for googly eyes)
  • White glittery pompom
  • Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Yarn needle, and a glue gun (or fabric glue)

Abbreviations: 
Rnd = round 
Sc = single crochet
Inc = increase
Dec = decrease
st = stitches

Body:
With brown yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: [3 sc. inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 6 to 10: sc in each st around (30)
Change color to light brown
Rnd 11 to 14: sc in each st around (30)
Hold your work to work on the eyes
Cut two oval shapes in a piece of beige felt. Make a little cut in the center and insert the safety eyes. Attach the eyes to the body by inserting them between row 10 and 11.
Row 15: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Row 16: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Stuff the body with fiberfill and continue along the way
Row 17:[1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Row 18: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing the rest of the stitches together to close the hole.

Glue the off-white felt part of the eyes to the body (this way they will remain flat).
Cut a small triangle in orange felt and glue it between the eyes to make a beak.

The eyes
Make sure the eyes touch in the middle.

Wings (make 2):
With brown yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3 to 5: sc in each st around (12)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail at the end. Sew the wings on each side of the body.

The wings.

Hat:
With green yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2 to 3: sc in each st around (6)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 2 times (8)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 6: [3 sc, inc] 2 times (10)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 8: [4 sc, inc] 2 times (12)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 10:[1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 11: sc in each st around(18)
Rnd 12: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (24)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 15: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 16: [4 sc, inc] 6 times (36)
Change color to white
Rnd 17 to 18: sc in each st around(36)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the hat around the head using the stitches of the last row. (You can opt to glue the hat to the head instead)
Put a dot of glue on one side of the hat and bend the top to glue it to the bottom half.

The hat before…
and after.

Hook:
I have a cool trick to make the hook with yarn. Follow the instructions in pictures:

1. Insert your needle in a top stitch and through the back
2. Insert into the closest stitch and back to where you started. (don’t pull your yarn completely through, leave a loop hanging)
Make a double knot. Now you should have two loops, one on top and one in back. Pull your yarn down until the knot disappears into the hat. (don’t pull too much or it will go out on the other side)
Pull the top loop on the other side. Voila!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and that it will be a nice addition to your Christmas tree. Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.

Happy crocheting!

New doll

I have been crocheting for years and even though I get a lot of compliments on my work, the feeling that I haven’t reached my full potential yet has been frustrating lately.  At this time of the year, I usually get ready for the Christmas fairs and events that take place during the winter season. Not this year, this time I decided to solely focus on learning new techniques to improve my skills and just practice.

My first challenge was embroidery. My Rurouni Kenshin was my first attempt in embroidering eyes and I was very happy with the result. For my next step, I was going to make a shapeable doll with clothes, and shoes made separately. I also wanted that doll to have a body shape to look a little bit more realistic. For this task, I used this Catwoman tutorial to help me with the steps (this pattern was probably translated from another language because there are a lot of terms that do not make sense, I had to guess a lot).

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First steps: arms and legs

I normally use Caron Simply Soft yarn to crochet dolls but since this was an experiment I tried a yarn with a different texture, the more sturdy Sugar’n’ Cream. I am not sure I will use it again to crochet the body because I like the softer texture of Caron better. I do like the sturdiness of the clothes, I think I will use that brand for that exclusively.

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It took me three weeks to make this doll, I had no problem with it until I reached the torso. It was the most difficult part, I had to redo it three times. I am still not happy with the shoulders but with practice, I will figure it out.

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I had never made clothes separately so it was quite a challenge, especially the shoes. I wanted her to wear sneakers but I couldn’t find a pattern small enough to fit her size. I used this baby sneakers tutorial as a base for the shoes and improvised to make them smaller. The skirt was the easiest part of the entire doll, surprisingly. I loved how it turned out, very casual and sporty.

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Like I mentioned earlier, this is my second time embroidering the eyes. This doll was more challenging because the head is quite smaller than my Himura doll. I also embroidered the lips for the first time, it was quite easy.

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Now that I am a little more familiar with this type of pattern I am ready to crochet another one. I think I will crochet a smaller version of this doll in different clothes. The more you practice the more you learn!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will give you the inspiration to try new challenges in your crochet adventures. I will post about the next doll I am going to make and talk about what I did differently and what I learned from my mistakes. Also, stay tuned because I am going to post a really cute tutorial to make a really cute owl ornament. So many projects, so little time!

Happy crocheting!