I think beavers are one of the neatest, cutest animals. So I spent the day writing and making a simple animal pattern – which, now that I’ve tried it out, I think I’ll try improving and adapting it to other animals as well. :)
The baby beaver in the picture above looks a bit like a squirrel or a chipmunk with its tail up, don’t you think? Eep! It’s a beaver, I swear! I didn’t realize until editing these photos that the baby’s tail does flip up a little bit. Must fix…
Anyway, I realized partway through sketching my ideas beforehand that I was settling on an image from when I was little: how my mom first taught me to draw animals (and how I often still do when I want to leave a quick message or doodle!). She taught me to draw a circle, draw the animal’s face and ears on the circle, and then add legs, arms, and a tail which appeared to float above the head/body. I also blame my love for “squat” things on this method of animal drawing – the squatter the animal, the better. In fact, maybe this is why I think beavers are so cute!
This design really makes for some simple crocheting. The body is a sphere-ish shape with a separately made flat base, and all the rest were details – little ears, arms, and legs (which were all the same shape), some big ol’ buck teeth of course, and a tail which is like a flattened, tapered tube.
I had a bit of trouble getting the beavers to sit flat. They don’t really want to, but I want them to! No amount of squishing them onto the table really helped, either. The bases were indeed flat circles when I made them, but my need to stuff my plushies to the hilt so that they’re firm puffed them out a little. I’m thinking about trying some backing on the base or something to keep it straight.
Apologies for the blatant white cat hair (or possibly scrap of polyfill?) on the nose in the picture above! Unfortunately, kitty hair finds its way onto everything unless I’m careful.
I ended up very happy with the baby beaver – she’s just the right size! I like the mama, too, but she looks a little bit too plain from the sides/top. I definitely would need to play around with the larger pattern some more to get the look I wanted.
All in all, a fun experiment! More animals to come!