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Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Knit Stuffie

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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 Knit Stuffie.

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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 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. 

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Supplies for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Knit Stuffie:

Needles:
• Size US 6 (4.0 mm) 24” circular needles or DPN’s

Yarn:
Red Heart Super Saver
Or Worsted Weight yarn

Yardage:
• 125 yards (114 m) white yarn
• 20 yards (18 m) gold yarn
• small amount of black yarn
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:
• Removable stitch markers or scrap yarn
• Yarn needle to weave in ends
• Fiberfill or stuffing

Gauge:
• 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm)
in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations:
• CO – Cast On
• k – knit
• kf&b – knit front and back of stitch
• k2tog – knit two stitches together
• p – purl

Skill Level:
• Advanced Beginner

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

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Notes for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Crochet:

-The Beekle knit 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 Beekle’s body.

-Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

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Instructions for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Knit Stuffie:

Crown:

RowDescriptionStitch Count
1With Gold Yarn, CO 33
2kf&b, k24
3k3, kf&b5
4kf&b, k46
5k5, kf&b7
6kf&b, k68
7k6, k2tog7
8k2tog, k56
9k4, k2tog5
10k2tog, k34
11k2, k2tog3
 Repeat rows 2-11 four more times. Cast off, break yarn leaving a tail and use tail to stitch together ends of the crown. 

Beekles’s Body:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With White Yarn, CO 6 and work in the round6
2kf&b in each stitch around12
3knit12
4*kf&b, k1*; repeat from * to * around18
5knit18
6*kf&b, k2*; repeat from * to * around24
7knit24
8*kf&b, k3*; repeat from * to * around30
9knit30
10*kf&b, k4*; repeat from * to * around36
11knit36
12*kf&b, k5*; repeat from * to * around42
13-34knit42

Fold your project in half with the beginning of round sitting to the right. Stitch crown to the top of the head. Create a face by using black yarn and French knots for eyes. Stitch on a small smile. Begin to fill with fiberfill as you go.

35*k2tog, k19*; repeat from * to * around40
36-37knit 40

First Leg:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
38k10, place the next 20 sts onto a stitch holder or scrap yarn, k1020
39-43knit, continue to stuff with fiberfill as you go20
44p2020
45*k2tog, k2*; repeat from * to * around15
46knit15
47*k2tog, k1*; repeat from * to * around10
 Fasten off and use tail to weave through remaining stitches and pull to close the opening, weave in ends. 

The image below is worked in crochet, but the method of construction works the same way in knit.

Second Leg:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
38Place the held stitches back on needles, join yarn and knit around.20
39-43knit, continue to stuff with fiberfill as you go20
44p2020
45*k2tog, k2*; repeat from * to * around15
46knit15
47*k2tog, k1*; repeat from * to * around10
 Fasten off and use tail to weave through remaining stitches and pull to close the opening, weave in ends. Stitch hole between legs closed. 

Arms (Make 2):

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1CO 14 and work in the round14
2-13knit14
14*k2tog, k5*; repeat from * to * around12
15*kf&b, k5*; repeat from * to * around, continue to the thumb.14

Thumb:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
16k3, place 9 stitches on holder or scrap yarn, k25
17-19knit5
 Fasten off and use tail to weave through remaining stitches and close the thumb opening, weave in end. 

Hand:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
16Place the held stitches back on needles, join yarn k8, kf&b10
17-19knit10
 Fasten off and use tail to weave through remaining stitches and 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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