New Crochet Panda Design

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Can it be? A new crochet panda design?

Crochet amigurumi panda bear design. FREE pattern coming soon by Jennifer Wang Bears

Whoops! In my attempt to make good on the Sorda Panda update I’ve been promising for months, I’ve accidentally come up with a whole new crochet panda design.

If my new logo is anything to go by (edited by the lovely Rebekah Lokteff of Rebekah Lokteff Illustration), I think it’s safe to say I’m a bit of a panda lover.

Jennifer Wang Bears LOGOAfter months of putting design aside (I’ve been preoccupied with modifying crochet patterns, as well as other secret things – shh!), I’ve finally come back to creating new patterns and updating my blog. Why?

Because my blog is my baby, and it must be nourished with love and care in order to flourish.

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding writing and creating over the past few months. Why? Well…

  • It’s a surprising amount of work. Despite appearances, there’s a LOT involved in blogging, including researching, writing, editing, coding, SEO, content planning, backup, and social media marketing just to name a few. I really don’t know how full-time bloggers do it!
  • It’s emotionally draining. Blogging can be a lonely business, and there’s always a risk that your design ideas will be stolen – or worse – that nobody will even like them

But, hey, that’s life. That’s the risk you take when you put your work out there, and I certainly don’t want to let my worries and fears hold me back from doing what I love.

Crochet amigurumi panda and monkey designs. FREE pattern coming soon by Jennifer Wang Bears

Anyway, like I was saying (focus, Jennifer). I decided to re-write my Sorda Panda pattern. Back when I first made Sorda, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d never experimented making different amigurumi styles before, so I didn’t know what was possible.

Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends by Mei Li LeeAfter spending most of 2015 customising other people’s designs (because there’s less pressure to be perfect, and a good chance you’ll learn something new), I feel I’m finally ready to get back into making my own amigurumi patterns. Some will be free, some will be for sale. In fact, selling amigurumi designs (and perhaps even releasing my own book!) has been something I’ve wanted to do ever since Mei Li Lee’s signature book launch, Hello Kitty Crochet* in 2014.

And so! Back to the panda.

Because this guy is so different from my other crochet panda design, I can’t possibly give him the same name. So I’ve decided to call him “Da’ai” (da like “baa”, ai like “fly”).
Da’ai (大爱) means “big love” – a bit of a silly name, but that’s how I feel when I look at him. He’s a big, squishy ball of squoosh

New design features

Firstly, I decided to make the head separate from the body. Although this means a bit of extra sewing, the major benefit is that the body of the panda looks neater since it’s worked from the bottom up.

LESSON LEARNED: increasing always looks neater than decreasing – something I didn’t know when making Sorda.

Also, separating the body leaves greater scope for customisation of the head. For example, it’s easier to have it slightly pushed forwards, or even to create a “moveable” head using the technique used by By Hook By Hand.

I wasn’t sure whether to make the arms movable or not, so I’m leaving it up to you. You could easily use buttons as arm and leg joints, which will give your bear a lovely, old-world charm of his own.

Will he be free? You bet!

New crochet panda design | Jennifer Wang Bears

Let me know what you think of the new crochet panda design in the comments below!