I spent the weekend baking cookies and finishing up my Bixi.
How was your weekend?
With all the parts crocheted it was time to start putting Bixi together.
The ears were a logical place to start, so I plunged in. Stacey recommends whip stitching the ears shut first and then attaching them to the body.
But why should I listen to her? She’s just the designer after all.
After fumbling my way through the first ear I remembered that I should listen to the designer because she’s already tested various methods. Off the ear came, whip stitch ensued, and the ear was reattached much more quickly.
On my first attempt the fabric slithered around a little and it was hard to catch all the layers as I was sewing. The second attempt, with the closed ear, was much more stable.
After attaching the ears I moved on to the eyes. Stacey uses cute safety eyes on her creations and I’m sure she’d be happy to recommend sources. Your local yarn store might also have eyes, or at least cute buttons you can use.
Since I’m not giving my Bixi to a small child (and it was a Sunday afternoon and I forgot to plan ahead) I decided to explore other eye options.
First I attempted a French Knot. It had potential but wasn’t visible enough on the dark green yarn.
Then I got out my jar of buttons (every knitter and crocheter has one of those, right). I was able to find a coordinated set that happened to be two different sizes. This was convenient. Since Bixi has the eye patch I was able to put the smaller button on the pink patch and the larger button on it’s own.
When positioning the mouth I found it was easier to place the legs first. On my first attempt I positioned the mouth too low and everything ended up squished together.
By the way, Stacey does recommend which rows to target when positioning your features, but a little bit of judgement is always involved.
Stuffing the arms was made easier by using my crochet hook to push the fiber fill into place.
Speaking of Stuffing
I used traditional fiber fill to stuff my Bixi. I just filled him up.
I’ve heard some people like to put the stuffing in an old panty hose first. This helps keep it in place and reduces the chance small fingers might be able to pull any out.
Keep in mind the shape of your stuffed animal and the compression from the panty hose when considering this option.
You can also buy plastic beads for stuffing at a craft store. Using them will effect the weight and hug-ability of your monster.
One thing I’ve heard people caution against is using rice or beans. Apparently there is the risk those fillings could attract bugs. eewwww!
Bixi Details Recap
The Bixi pattern is a free pattern on our website. Bixi was designed by Stacey Trock exclusively for Knitting Fever and it one in a series of ten monsters.
I used Ella Rae Superwash Classic yarn in colors #103-Parsley for the body and #123 – Red Violet for the accent color.
You might have noticed I acquired black yarn for Bixi’s mouth. hooray!
I also got my hands on white for eyes for future monsters in the series, as well as some red and beige, which is destined to become monster bodies.
The sharp eyed among you will notice some purple Juniper Moon Farm Findley in the top right corner (color #4 – Renaissance to be precise).
It is enough yarn to make the Gable Wrap, which is a new free pattern on our website.
But before I can plunge into that I really need to get the sleeves attached to my Three Lace Cardigan.
It seems all my current projects have some assembly required!