In my initial little middle-of-the-night sketch I knew I wanted it to have a big head and gangly limbs, and a pot belly was essential too. I wanted it to be simple in colour, with stripey legs and cute little ears. I do want to make another version with floppy ears too.
Lillia referred to the Creature as "Alien" the whole time I was making it, and because it is made with lilac wool she was also declared to be a girl. Every girl needs an accessory so I made Alien a little neck scarf with a funky shell button, I think it suits her well, don't you?
Alien was my first proper go at completely designing something myself. She evolved in a fairly organic way - I applied what I knew about crochet and just did everything by sight. Once the circle for her face was wide enough I started to form the main part of the head, then once that was wide round enough I started to close it off to form the correct size. For her body I worked decreases and increases to form her belly and bottom, although I would like to go back and make the placement of these a bit neater I am quite happy with how it all turned out.
I wrote everything down, every single stitch is documented, so I can make more Aliens and, more importantly, I can share the pattern with you here! So if you love Alien and would like to make one yourself I shall be posting the pattern here very soon, as soon as I can get time to perfect it and write it all up. And I have more to come too, a few more creatures being formed from those sleepless nights sitting up sketching the steroid-induced images in my head.
I really loved designing and making Alien and I can't wait to perfect the pattern and share it, I could really see myself doing many more! Do let me know what you think of her :)