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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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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!

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!

I have started to make Christmas ornaments and decorations, and I wanted to share with you two patterns I found online to make panda ornaments and Christmas trees.

First, the panda. the pattern is by Stephanie, from All About Ami, and is very easy to follow. It also includes a koala, and a teddy bear, but I have only made the panda.

Her pattern calls for lightweight yarn (3), and a 2.00 crochet hook. Since I had neither, I used a medium/4 yarn and a 2.75mm hook, and modified the pattern by  only increasing up to row 5. They are just so cute!

Panda ornaments I made with Stephanie's pattern

Panda ornaments I made with Stephanie’s pattern

The second pattern is a Christmas tree, and I absolutely love this pattern by The Lazy Hobbyhopper. Not only the pine tree is very cute, the pattern is easy to follow and fun. I made several of them in white and green. I put glitter on the white, and pom-poms on all of them. I glued a little wood stand at the bottom of the trees, I think they look lovely.

Christmas trees I made, pattern by The Lazy Hobbyhopper

Christmas trees I made, pattern by The Lazy Hobbyhopper

I really recommend these two patterns if you are looking for Christmas projects, they are fun and easy to make.

Happy crocheting!

It’s been a while since I added anything to my figurine collection, so decided to crank it up and start the year with a new addition, a doll in panda costume.
Panda Doll, Miss Dolkapots (that would be me)

Panda Doll, ©Miss Dolkapots

I made a post last year about these little figurines  inspired by the Kokeshi style of dolls from Japan. This one is part of my “dolls in animal costumes” series.
kawaii!

kawaii!

My next one will be a monk, then a Jamaican Rasta. I have an extensive list of figurines I want to add to my collection, or maybe I should call it a congregation. I need to graph another set of hands on my arms to work faster!

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