Dipping My Toe in to the Baby Yoda Craze

I’m finally able to peek out and post a completed project after a couple of really crazy months, and I’m not even talking about the pandemic. I hope each of you are doing well and staying safe and healthy. What a scary time this is with so much unknown. On to the post…

Firstly, a confession: I have never been able to get into Star Wars. I know it’s one of the biggest movie franchises of all time and has a lot of merit. For whatever reason, it just never spoke to me, although that’s not to say I can’t appreciate aspects of it, and certainly some of the characters.

After The Mandalorian came out and it was revealed there was a Baby Yoda character, I “Awww!”ed at it just like the rest of the globe, even without any context. I waited a pretty long while, comparatively speaking, but finally decided to try my hand at making an amigurumi doll. I have at least one friend who is obsessed and when I started out, I knew I would ultimately give her the doll if it turned out decently.

Fortunately, it did!

I started this little guy back in February and due to all sorts of craziness in life, I was only able to pick it up and work on it a teeny part at a time. Mid-April, I forced myself to figure out the coat and finish it so I could give it to my friend (curbside drop-off with proper distancing, no less).

I did end up tailoring the coat to fit my doll the way I wanted it to–I did not end up doing the folded down collar for the coat that the pattern will yield. There are more detailed dolls and patterns out there but for an initial project, certainly, but all in all, this free pattern from Bee Friends Crochet works really well for anyone who just wants to dip their toe in, as I did.

If you want to see the in-progress photos, you can go to my Instagram page where I have a saved highlight in Stories of the doll coming together.

My favorite details about the doll are the eyelids (chained 6 for the upper and another 6 for the lower and carefully sewed them on) and giving the doll a bit of fuzz on top of the head for a bit more authenticity. That’s why you’ll see a close-up of the top of his sweet little head.

After I posted the photos of the doll on social media, I had a few friends ask me to make them one, so now I have three going at one time. (I do not have this available in the shop at this time.) I know I will burn out after a while but for now, the Baby Yoda Machine is in full swing!

Are you a fan of Star Wars? Or just along for the ride on the Baby Yoda bandwagon like I am?

 

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