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Beekle The Unimaginary Friend Book

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat has been a favorite in our home for years. This love for a book is why I created this Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Crochet Pattern.

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When my son first connected with the book, I created a crochet version of Beekle for his birthday. He was so thrilled, and it brought him such warmth and joy.

Beekle The Unimaginary Friend Book

Beekle inspired us to gift this book to friends of ours, especially instead of a card at a baby shower. I encourage you to purchase this book for your little one, as it’s a beautiful story of friendship and determination.
I recently contacted the author asking for permission to create this pattern, and he graciously said it’s perfectly fine by him.

Beekle is an imaginary friend who is brave and has a creative personality. Children often practice friendships through imaginary, and it’s good practice in learning to communicate and share our characters with others.

Beekle Quote

For my youngest attachments come quickly; for my older child, it’s a bit harder to pick up on social queues and the needs of others. But his imagination is so creative I know he will connect with others who also have a big vision. The story in this book takes a beautiful turn towards the end, and you just have to read.

I hope you enjoy this book, pattern, and sharing friendships.

And be sure to follow Dan Santat and his other wonderful books!

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French Knot Tutorial

Using a french knot for the eyes of a stuffie or doll is safer than plastic safety eyes. It’s also essential to know in cross stitch as well. This video will walk you through the process of creating a french knot. 

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Supplies for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Crochet:

Supplies:

Crochet Hook: 4 mm (H), I highly recommend Furls Hook (affiliate link) or a Tulip Rose Crochet Hook (link below). I love both of these.

Yarn:
Red Heart Super Saver
• White
• Black
• Gold

Yardage:
• Approx. 135 Yards [124 meters]
If gauge is met, other yarns of the same weight can be substituted:
Bernat Super Value
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted

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Other Supplies:
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Fiberfill or Stuffing

Gauge:
• 15 sts and 17 rows = 4” (10 cm)
in single crochet stitch

Abbreviations:
• blo – back loop only
• ch – chain
• sc – single crochet
• sc2tog – single crochet two together
• st(s) – stitch(es)

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

Measurements:
• Beekle stands about 7” (18 cm) tall

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Notes for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Crochet:

-This pattern starts with the crown, which is then set aside until some of the body is worked. Beekle’s body is worked in one piece continuously from top-down. The arms and crown are worked separately and then hand-sewn to Beekles’ body.

-To reduce a traveling seam use the hook over method. This occurs when completing the last step of the single crochet. Instead of placing the yarn over the hook, place the hook over the yarn and complete stitch.

– Most of the pattern, other than the crown, is worked in the round continuously without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

Magic Crochet Ring:

Invisible Decrease:

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Instructions for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Crochet::

Crown:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Gold Yarn and leaving a long tail for attaching later, chain 20 and join20
2-3ch 1, sc 20, join20
4ch 1, *sc 1, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next stitch, sc 2tog; repeat * around, join.25
5ch 1, sl st 2, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next stitch, sl st 3; repeat * around, join. Fasten off and weave in end. Set aside until sewn onto the body.35

Beekles’s Body:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With White yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring, the rest will be working continuously without joining.6
22 sc in each stitch around12
3*2 sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around18
4*2 sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around24
5*2 sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around30
6*2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around36
7-12sc in each stitch around36
13*2 sc in first, sc 17; repeat * around38
14-15sc in each stitch around38
16*2 sc in first, sc 18; repeat * around40
17-18sc in each stitch around40
19*2 sc in first, sc 19; repeat * around42
20-21sc in each stitch around. Now is a good time to stitch face with black yarn onto the front of Beekle. Simply stitch a line for the smile and a French knot for eyes.Stitch the crown to the top of the head. Stuff with fiberfill as you go.42
22*2 sc in first, sc 20; repeat * around44
23sc in each stitch around44
24*sc2tog twice, sc 18; repeat * around40

First Leg:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
25sc in the first 10, skip the next 20 sts, sc in last 10 (see images below)20
26-27sc in each stitch around, continue to stuff the leg with fiberfill as you go20
28Work this round in blo: *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around15
29*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around10
 Fasten off and use tail to close the opening, weave in ends. 

Second Leg:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
25Attach white yarn at the opening next to the first leg, sc in each stitch around20
26-27sc in each stitch around, continue to stuff the leg with fiberfill as you go20
28Work this round in blo: *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around15
29*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around10
 Fasten off and use tail to close the opening, weave in ends. Use the beginning tail to sew closed the hole between the legs. 

Arms (Make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1The arms will be worked continuously without joining in white yarn. Leaving a long tail for attaching the arms later ch 13 and join, sc in each stitch around13
2-6sc in each stitch around, stuffing with a small amount of fiberfill as you go13
7sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 511
82sc in first, sc 4, 2sc in next, sc 513

Thumb:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
9sc 4, skip 94
10Working in the round, sc in each 4 of the thumb stitches.4
 Fasten off and use tail to close the thumb opening, weave in end. 

Hand:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
9Attach white yarn at the opening next to the thumb.sc 8, 2sc in last10
10-11sc in each hand stitch around10
 Fasten off and use tail to close the hand opening, weave in end. 

Finishing:

 With white yarn and needle, sew arms to either side of the body as shown in the image. Enjoy your new unimaginary friend!

Beekle The Unimaginary Friend Book

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Amanda

Friday 17th of January 2020

Oh, my goodness! I love Beekle, and you did an amazing job recreating him! I don't usually do stuffies, but I just might have to try this one...

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