Game On Expo 2019

This past weekend I attended Game On Expo as a vendor! It was my first time at this convention, and I will definitely be attending next year as well. It was tons of fun; I got to meet some cool new people and play old school arcade games.

With each convention I go to, I learn a little more about how to improve. From learning what sells, what to add to my inventory, how to better display my crochet, and more! As they say, practice makes perfect 👌

Next up is Tucson Comicon in November, and I’ll be plenty busy restocking and making new items until then!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Table setup
Table setup
Glaceon and Umbreon hoodies I made for me and my sister to wear. It kept us warm when the vendor hall got cold ❄
Fast and the Furious arcade game! They had a ton of games, like Pacman, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Rampage
The last day of the expo, rocking my casual Link cosplay 🍃

Kirby – Super Smash Saturday 05

This Saturday, it’s Kirby! I’ll admit, it was kind of a rush job since I’ve been preparing for Game On Expo all week and am attending the expo this weekend. But! I didn’t want to skip a week of Super Smash Saturday. So, the solution was to make something simple and quick: and thus the Kirby coaster was born, ready to hold all of your drinks with his massive appetite 😆

I may also release the pattern for this Kirby coaster 🤔

Next up on the roster is Fox 🦊

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Fox for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Takochu (Octopus) Pattern

These takochus are not only fun to say, they’re fun to make! They are so easily customizable, and each one has it’s own personality.

This is also a really good pattern to use up small scraps of yarn that are too small for larger projects 🙂


Takochu Pattern

Materials:

  • 1 yarn color for the body and tentacles
  • 1 contrasting yarn color for the mouth
  • Stuffing
  • 8mm safety eyes
  • Hook size – G & E hooks (1 larger and 1 smaller)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Fabric paint (optional)

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Inc = increase
  • Dec = decrease
  • Sl = slip stitch
  • * = repeat around

Body:

  • Using the G hook & in the yarn color of your choice…
    • R1: Sc 8 in MC (8)
    • R2: Inc * (16)
    • R3: Sc 1, inc * (24)
    • R4: Sc around (24)
    • R5: Sc around (24)
    • R6: Sc around (24)
    • R7: Sc around (24)
    • R8: Sc 1, dec * (16)
  • Place the 8mm safety eyes between rounds 5 & 6, about 5 stitches apart – stuff!
    • R9: Dec * (8)
  • Finish off with a sl stitch – leave a tail to sew the opening closed

Tentacles:

  • Using the E hook & in the yarn color of your choice…
    • R1: Sc 8 in MC (8)
    • R2: Dc 4 in the next stitch, sl in next * (You should end up with 4 “shells” or “tentacles”)
  • Finish off – you can either leave a tail to sew on, or cut it short and hot glue it to the body

Mouth:

  • Using the E hook & in the contrasting color…
    • Ch 6, use a slip stitch to join the first and last stitches together, creating a circle
  • Finish off – you can either leave a tail to sew on, or cut it short and hot glue it to the body

Details:

  • You can use fabric paint to create different faces! >.<
  • Hot glue can be used to attach the pieces together – personally I find this easier (and faster) than sewing the pieces together

These takochu are super customizable, so mixing up the colors in all different combinations is super fun!

If you use this pattern and post the result on Instagram, please tag me @tokyodragon.crochet (you can also post it in the comments here)! I would love to see what you all make 😀

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to leave a comment!

Samus – Super Smash Saturday 04

I can’t believe its already the fourth week of Super Smash Saturday! This week’s character is Samus. I was tempted to make a zero suit Samus, but went with the suited version in the end.Next up is Kirby!

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Kirby for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Crochet Pattern – Red Panda

Hello everyone, today I am announcing the release of my red panda crochet pattern! It is now available in my Etsy shop.

If you create a red panda of your own, I would love to see your creations! You can share them with me here, or tag me on Instagram @tokydragon.crochet

Link – Super Smash Saturday 03

Hey! Listen! The character for this week is Link, from the Legend of Zelda series!

I’m deciding to combine this week with Toon Link, because the designs would end up turning out very similar. So for Toon Link’s week, I’ll do something else 🤗

If I don’t play as Ike in Smash Bros, Link is my next choice. He’s one of my all time favorite video game characters, so I was super excited to make Link this week, and I’m just as excited at how he turned out! I love his fluffy hair and cute elf ears ☺

Next week’s character is… Samus! Not sure yet how I’ll accomplish it, so I’ll be doing some brainstorming 🤔

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Samus for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Pokeball Pattern

Do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? If you answered yes (and especially if I just made the theme song get stuck in your head), then these pokeballs are for you!


Pokeball Pattern

Materials:

  • Red, black, and white yarn
  • Black and white felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stuffing (polyfil)
  • Hook size – I use a G hook here, but you can use any size hook

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Inc = increase
  • Dec = decrease
  • Sl = slip stitch
  • * = repeat around

Pokeball:

  • Starting with red yarn…
    • R1: sc 8 in MC (8)
    • R2: inc * (16)
    • R3: sc 1, inc * (24)
    • R4: sc * (24)
    • R5: sc * (24)
    • R6: sc * (24)
  • Switch color to black yarn…
    • R7: sc * (24)
  • Switch color to white yarn…
    • R8: sc * (24)
    • R9: sc * (24)
    • R10: sc * (24)
    • R11: sc 1, dec * (16)
    • Stuff the pokeball!
    • R12: dec * (8)
  • Finish off with a sl stitch – leave a tail to sew the opening closed

Details:

  • Cut one large circle out of black felt, one medium circle out of white felt, and one small circle out of white felt
  • Hot glue them together, then hot glue to the pokeball
  • If your color change isn’t as perfect as you’d like it to be, you can use the felt details to cover it 😉

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to leave a comment!

Donkey Kong – Super Smash Saturday 02

Konnichiwa! Hello! Today marks the second week of Super Smash Saturday, with the character of the week being Donkey Kong!

When I started making him, I wasn’t too sure how he was going to turn out, but I’m happy with the result, especially the tie with the little letters. 😊


Next week’s character is Link! I am super excited about this, The Legend of Zelda games are some of my absolute favorites, I could play and replay any of them all day.

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Link for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

If you want to read the full explanation for this event, click HERE.

Hair it is!

Alright, despite my lame attempt at a hair pun in the title, you’ve made it to a blog post all about adding hair to crochet dolls! There are so many different ways to add hair, so I’ll be going over the ones that I know of and use most often. The method I end up picking usually depends on the character’s look or the style I am going for.


Fluffy: This type of hair style takes the longest, but I think it’s the most rewarding! It involves attaching the strands of hair, and then brushing them out (tediously) with a dog brush.

I like to use this type of hairstyle most often, and find it best for short and spiky hair, or wild and crazy hair. I would say the only downside (other than the massive arm workout) is that it’s hard to get long strands brushed out like this, which is why I don’t usually use this method if I’m making a character with long hair.


Crochet: For this type of hairstyle, I make several crochet pieces and attach them to the head. As usual, the easiest for me is to use hot glue to attach the pieces. The pieces can be straight, curly, or triangles, all depending on the hairstyle!


Attach: This is my preferred method when making characters or dolls with long hair. It’s the same attaching the strands to the head as the fluffy style, but without using a dog brush. I like to use the softer, variegated (multicolored) yarn for this as pictured below.


Felt: With felt, I use it for a small amount of hair, such as sideburns on Mario! It’s also great to use if you need to make shapes that are complicated to crochet.

Needle felting: I don’t use needle felting for hair too often anymore, but it can be used in lots of ways! It’s a little tricky to get used to, but with some practice you can make some really neat shapes. It’s also good for other details like eyebrows.


And that wraps it up! If you have any other methods, share them in the comments!

Mario – Super Smash Saturday 01

First week of Super Smash Saturday, woo~ I’m super excited to get this started! I posted an explanation of this series, if you’d like to check it out, click HERE.

And now, without further ado, we can get started! First up on the roster is (drum roll please)… Mario!

Every time I set out to make something new, I always start with a sketch. It’s much easier for me to visualize how something will turn out if I can draw it in simple shapes and forms. It took a couple iterations for me to decide what kind of style to go with, and in the end I went with the one on the bottom (I couldn’t resist how cute the sketch looked)!

After that, I selected the yarn! It’s the typical red and blue Mario is usually seen wearing, along with some detail colors for the gloves and shoes. For this project, I used a combination of Red Heart and Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn.

Now that everything is prepared, I usually like to start out with making the head (or whichever piece will be the largest). This helps me get a good idea of the size, and it prevents me from making arms or legs that are too big or too small. For the eyes, I used 12mm safety eyes.

Next up is the body, the arms, and the legs. I knew I wanted this Mario to have a chibi look (a big head and small body), so I kept that in mind as I made the body, arms, and legs.

And now it’s time for the fun part – the details! The suspenders were simple chains done with the blue. For small details or complex shapes (like the little yellow buttons and the mustache), I like to use felt. Not only is it easier than trying to achieve the size and shapes with crochet, it has a nice look to it too.

Last but certainly not least, Mario’s hat! Since I wasn’t going to give Mario any hair underneath the hat, I added some felt sideburns and then attached the hat so it doesn’t come off. Finally, I used felt to make a little white circle with an M on it, and put that right in the center of the hat.

I am super satisfied with how he came out. He is so cute and I can’t wait to make more of him! Mario is just one of those iconic characters that almost everyone knows, even if they aren’t gamers.

I think my favorite Mario game would have to be Super Mario Sunshine – it’s one of the first Mario games I played, so I have some pretty fond memories of it. What’s your favorite Mario game? Leave it in the comments!

Next week’s Super Smash character is… Donkey Kong! Stay tuned and have a great week!