Binghamton U’s Baxter the Bearcat

In keeping with my doll motif, I wanted to write about the knit project I am most proud of: The Baxter the Bearcat Doll. He’s of my own design and, although there are things I would change about him, I couldn’t be prouder.

Baxter The Bearcat

Baxter The Bearcat

You may be thinking, “Wow! She loved her school mascot so much she made a doll out of him.” Well, that’s not the case. I didn’t go to Binghamton U–I went to Hunter College in New York City…Go Hawks!–but my boyfriend went there. Chris, being a sports producer & photographer, loves sports and while in college saw The Bearcats win the conference championship and get to the first round of the NCAA tournament. He often talks about college and Binghamton basketball games as one of the greatest times of his life–so I decided to make him a doll for Christmas. I also made him a Binghamton inspired hat, a scarf & gloves to go with but more on that in the future.

Baxter The Bearcat

It was truly a labor of love. I made two other prototypes before finally getting it right on the third try. Baxter is about 18 inches tall and was knit entirely in the round using size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles so that there are no seems. I used about skein and a half of gray and less than one skein of white worsted weight yarn for the main doll and some scrap yarn in black, red, and green for the detailing of the face.

Baxter The Bearcat 2

The jersey and shorts are knit in garter stitch to make it stand out from stockinette stitching on the doll. I ordered a Binghamton U patch online from someplace in Asia–the school is just a little over 5 hours from my house by car and believe it or not but I could not get the damn bookstore to mail out a patch for me–and ironed it onto the front of the jersey. In the back of the jersey is a felted 1–because Baxter is 1 on the team.

Baxter The Bearcat 3

Once I figured out how to seamlessly get the legs and arms on the doll, the main body was the easy part. The hard part was making the head look like the real Baxter’s. I knitted a couple of different shapes and ended up with a pair of triangles for the ears and two sets of semi circles for the flap things going down the side of his head behind his cheeks. I made a snout that one would usually see on a dog for his nose and mouth and found a nice tutorial online that helped me get the fuzzy cheeks.

Baxter The Bearcat 4 The Real Baxter 1

So, what do you think? Does he look like the real thing? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Baxter The Bearcat 5 The Real Baxter 2
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Links: All About Amigurumi

Hey Knitters!

I got so fired up this week looking at those pictures of my Amigurumi Cat and Dog that I can’t wait to make some more–so what do I do when I can’t wait to do something? I research the hell out of it! I found a few sites that have some cute Amigurumi knit patterns and some awesome books too. I can’t wait to get started on some of these. I think the adorable bunny from Knitter Bees is going to be the first one on my Craft to Do List!!! Anyway…thought I’d share!

Websites:

ETSY Amigurumi Knitting Patterns

Free Amigurumi Pattern Blog–Knit Patterns

Knitted Toy Box

We Love Amigurumi–Knitted Patterns

Knitting Pattern Central–Free Amigurumi Patterns

Knit Amigurumi Blog

Knitter Bees

Books:

Amigurumi Knits: Patterns For 20 Cute Mini Knits

Knitting MochiMochi: 20 Super Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi

Teeny-Tiny MochiMochi: More than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear and Give

Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls and Other Playthings For Kids

Big Book of Knitted Monsters: The Mischievous, Lovable Toys

All About Amigurumi

There are several projects that I’ve completed within the last year that I’m really proud of and I figured I’d share some them in this blog. My Amigurumi Cat and Dog are on the top of that list.

The Cat and His New Friend Dog

Amigurumi, for those of you who don’t know, is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals or anthropomorphic (having human characteristics) creatures. This popular style has come to encompass all small knitted toys. Typical features are an over-sized spherical head and undersized extremities. The most recognizable feature of this style is it’s cuteness. Amigurumi has no practical uses; they are generally collectors items or can act as toys for kids.

I love Amigurumi patterns because they’re adorable, they’re really fun to make and they’re a quick knit. You can finish one of these babies in a day if you have the time or you can spread it out over a week if you’re really busy.

My Amigurumi Cat and Dog came from a pattern book called “Amigurumi Animal Friends.” I bought it at Michaels but you can also buy it on Amazon.

Amigurumi Animal Friends Pattern Book Front

Front Cover

Amigurumi Animal Friends Pattern Book Back

Back Cover

This book has 9 different animals–my favorite being the Dog, the Cat and the Owl–plus it has some patterns for clothes in the back.

Amigurumi Animal Friends Knit DogI made the Dog and Cat as toys for my niece but before I gave them to her Chris had a little fun with the Cat. Check out the rest of Cat and Chris’ adventures on my Flickr page.

The Cat Drives Home

Cat Drives Home

Leave me a comment or send me an email about your Amigurumi knits! If you send pictures, I’ll post them! I need some ideas for my next Amigurumi project!