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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat has been a favorite in our home for years. 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.

This inspired us to gift this book to friends of ours, especially in lieu 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 personalities with others. For my youngest friendships come easily, 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 imagination. The story in this book takes a beautiful turn towards the end, 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!

French Knot Tutorial

Using a french knot for the eyes of a stuffie or doll is safer than the 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. 

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

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

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

Notes:

-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:

Crown:

Round

Description

Stitch Count

1

With Gold Yarn and leaving a long tail for attaching later, chain 20 and join

20

2-3

ch 1, sc 20, join

20

4

ch 1, *sc 1, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next stitch, sc 2tog; repeat * around, join.

25

5

ch 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:

Round

Description

Stitch Count

1

With White yarn sc 6 in Magic Ring, the rest will be working continuously without joining.

6

2

2 sc in each stitch around

12

3

*2 sc in first, sc in next; repeat * around

18

4

*2 sc in first, sc 2; repeat * around

24

5

*2 sc in first, sc 3; repeat * around

30

6

*2 sc in first, sc 4; repeat * around

36

7-12

sc in each stitch around

36

13

*2 sc in first, sc 17; repeat * around

38

14-15

sc in each stitch around

38

16

*2 sc in first, sc 18; repeat * around

40

17-18

sc in each stitch around

40

19

*2 sc in first, sc 19; repeat * around

42

20-21

sc 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 * around

44

23

sc in each stitch around

44

24

*sc2tog twice, sc 18; repeat * around

40

 

First Leg:

Round

Description

Stitch Count

25

sc in the first 10, skip the next 20 sts, sc in last 10 (see images below)

20

26-27

sc in each stitch around, continue to stuff the leg with fiberfill as you go

20

28

Work this round in blo: *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around

15

29

*sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around

10

 

Fasten off and use tail to close the opening, weave in ends.

 

 

Second Leg:

Round

Description

Stitch Count
25 Attach white yarn at the opening next to the first leg, sc in each stitch around 20
26-27 sc in each stitch around, continue to stuff the leg with fiberfill as you go 20
28 Work this round in blo: *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around 15
29 *sc2tog, sc 2; repeat * around 10
  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):

 

Round

Description

Stitch Count

1

The 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 around

13

2-6

sc in each stitch around, stuffing with a small amount of fiberfill as you go

13

7

sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 5

11

8

2sc in first, sc 4, 2sc in next, sc 5

13

Thumb:

 

Round

Description

Stitch Count
9 sc 4, skip 9 4
10 Working 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:

 

Round

Description

Stitch Count
9

Attach white yarn at the opening next to the thumb.

sc 8, 2sc in last

10
10-11 sc in each hand stitch around 10
  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!