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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:

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

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

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

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 Beekle’s body.

-Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

Crown:

Row

Description

Stitch Count

1

With Gold Yarn, CO 3

3

2

kf&b, k2

4

3

k3, kf&b

5

4

kf&b, k4

6

5

k5, kf&b

7

6

kf&b, k6

8

7

k6, k2tog

7

8

k2tog, k5

6

9

k4, k2tog

5

10

k2tog, k3

4

11

k2, k2tog

3

 

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:

Round

Description

Stitch Count

1

With White Yarn, CO 6 and work in the round

6

2

kf&b in each stitch around

12

3

knit

12

4

*kf&b, k1*; repeat from * to * around

18

5

knit

18

6

*kf&b, k2*; repeat from * to * around

24

7

knit

24

8

*kf&b, k3*; repeat from * to * around

30

9

knit

30

10

*kf&b, k4*; repeat from * to * around

36

11

knit

36

12

*kf&b, k5*; repeat from * to * around

42

13-34

knit

42

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 * around

40

36-37

knit

 40

 

First Leg:

Round

Description

Stitch 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. 

 

Second Leg:

Round

Description

Stitch 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):

 

Round

Description

Stitch 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:

 

Round

Description

Stitch 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:

 

Round

Description

Stitch Count

16

Place the held stitches back on needles, join yarn k8, kf&b

10

17-19

knit

10

 

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!