It was another beautiful day in Hawaii! So why not take Sepp (kind of close) to his natural environment.
(I just can’t get over how fast my model is growing!)
The little baby is so adorable! Maybe I should make more baby seahorse?
Sepp’s head was another part of a Lalylala I altered. This pattern is another that is crocheted bottom-up, in the round, all the way to the top of the head. I personally have a hard time getting the neck how I like if I crochet that way. But the way I altered the head last time made the hood not fit as well as I’d like. So what I did was make the head separately. I made a foundation chain to make a fake last row of the body, and continued to work the head upwards. And behold! It worked. This may be my go to alteration.
It was a windy day, so the quality of Sepp was tested. He had to be dusted oh so many times! As you can see in this last photo, the stitches are perfect for catching sand from the wind.
I’m still working my way through all the Lalylala patterns, so I’m sure there will be another doll coming soon!
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Eggshell and Light Blue
- Hook: 4.0 mm Odyssey crochet hook from Furls
- Other materials: polyester fiber filling
- Location: Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, HI
- Order yours here
This week’s finished project is one that has been in progress since maybe September of last year! It is Oleg the Octopus! The pattern is from Lalylala and can be found here.
Crocheting the body can take some getting used to because you’d be working with the tentacles already attached. The other parts are pretty typical for a Lalylala pattern; the arms, the hood, and the face.
One thing I changed is how I made the head. The pattern calls for the head to be worked in the round continuously from the body. I personally found that this method made it difficult to stuff the neck firmly enough to not be floppy. Instead, I used a head pattern from a different Lalylala doll. One that makes the head a separate piece you sew on later. A problem I found with this change is the hood seems to be too big.
For my next Lalylala, I’m planning on trying another modification.
The little one wanted to go the big mall, so off we went into town. Luckily, the weather was really nice, so we went across the street to Ala Moana Beach Park for a photo shoot.
- Pattern from Lalylala
- Yarn used: Red Heart Super Saver in Spa Blue Fleck and Eggshell, Loops and Threads Impeccable in Royal
- Other materials: 12 mm plastic safety eyes from Glass Eyes Online, polyester fiber filling, pearlized beads
- Order yours here.
I’m gonna lose track soon on what part of “Adventures in Lalylala-Land” I’m currently at, thus the title. Anyways Mici is finally here! I feel it’s been a while since my last Lalylala creation.
This one used some metallic thread, which gives it a great effect!
The main reason for this guy’s photo shoot delay was finding a location. But during the 4th of July weekend, we had a chance to drive a ways away from home and found a spot for him at the Kaka’ako Waterfront park.
It was nice to have some ships around in the background, I felt it inspires a backstory for Mici. As if he wandered off and got stranded far away from home. Perhaps he could use a water-dwelling friend.
- Pattern: Mici the Mermaid from Lalylala
- Yarn: Red Heart With Love in Eggshell, and Bluebell; Red Heart Super Saver in White and Red; Loops and Threads Impeccable in Royal
- Hook: 4.00 mm Soft Touch crochet hook from Clover USA
- Other materials: metallic thread in silver; 12 mm plastic safety eyes; polyester fiber filling
- Order yours here
The creator of these Lalylala dolls recently released a pattern update for Lupo! It simply improved the body, making the bobbles closer together and the seam is now straight!
I personally love this new texture. It sacrifies an inch or two off his height, but it’s still as cuddly as ever!!
- Order yours here.
- See the original version of Lupo here
Here’s another addition to my Lalaylala creations. Lupo the Lamb!
This one uses a bobble stitch to create the lamb texture. It is also crocheted legs first, then body, and straight up to the top of the head. Which is not for me, so I think I’ll change that next time. I may just use a head from a different Lalylala and attach the head to the body by sewing. This way is easier for me to create a more stable neck.
At this point, there’s nothing much else to say about these dolls anymore. They’re just so darn cute, how can you not share more photos?
This one is another cutie!
By now I’ve figured out how I can attach the arms as I make the body. I don’t sew or sc the arm closed. I start attaching one side of each arm when I have 3 more rows to go on the body. The second part of the arm on the next row. Then the last round of the body to finish off. This method I feel is much more secure compared t sewing them on because the arms are fused onto the body. For me, this also provides a cleaner look on the join.
I’ve also figured out by now how to fix the “floppy” neck. Just make the stuffing firmer in the neck area compared to the rest of the body. It helps to monitor this when you are attaching the head to the body. As you sew around the neck, add stuffing until you are satisfied and the flop is gone!
I wonder, which Lalylala should I make next?
- Pattern: Lalylala
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Warm Brown: Red Heart (vintage) in Coffee; Red Heart With Love in Eggshell
- Hook: Clover Soft Touch, 3.75mm
- Other Materials: 12mm plastic safety eyes from Glass Eyes Online; polyester Fiber Fill from Hawaiian Pillow
- Photo credit: A River Lily
Next in my journey is Vlad the vampire!
This one took a bit more time than the others. Of the ones I’ve made so far, this required more pieces to assemble. There’s nothing much else to say about this project, really. The pattern is well written like always and uses less than 10 pages. Other than that, cute as expected! Picture time!
- Pattern: Vlad the Vampire from Lalylala
- Yarn: Red Heart in Gray; Red Heart Super Saver in Black Fleck; Red Heart With Love in Eggshell; Caron Simply Soft Light in Magenta; Drops Alpaca in Medium Gray
- Hook: Clover Soft Touch, 3.75mm
- Other materials: Fiber Fill by Hawaiian Pillow; 15mm plastic safety eyes from Glass eyes online
Coming next is Loni the Lion!
If you love Lalylala dolls as much as I do, you can predict correctly that this will be a series in my crochet journey. You can see my first Lalylala creation here.
And for the next installment, comes Buzz the housefly! The pattern can be found here. As a special order, the customer wanted a pink body instead.
This pattern has more pieces than it looks, requiring more time than Fibi the fox. I opted for a crochet scarf instead of the prescribed knit to see if it would be just as adorable. And it was! If possible, I suggest using yarn with “flecks” to give it some texture.
Anyways…more Lalylala Land stuff in the future!
I’ve been wanting to create a Lalylala doll since I first discovered her shop many moons ago! The excuse *ahem* “opportunity” came along when a family member/frequent customer discovered the same shop and ordered some!
First in line was Fibi the Fox. My materials were larger than prescribed, so I imagined mine would come out larger as well. I just didn’t think it would be soooo much larger! As prescribed, the finished doll would come out to just over 10 inches tall. Mine was a whopping 22 inches!!
I did decide to make some alterations for this and for future Lalylala dolls. For this one I decided to attach the arms as I made the body. This method makes a more secure join, especially important when the doll is intended for a child. I may alter the placement of the arms, making it further back; and close the arm as I join them to the body. (That last part may only be understandable to seasoned crocheters, sorry)