Top soft toy de­signer Mariska Vos-Bol­man tells us about her favourite lit­tle trav­el­ling com­pan­ion, Koala.

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My favourite cro­cheted item is my cute koala. I de­signed this pat­tern at the be­gin­ning of 2017. I take Koala with me to lots of places – to the zoo, to the park, on hol­i­days. While we’re there, I take heaps of snaps – he’s the per­fect model for fun and adorable pho­to­graphs!

Koala was made with Schachen­mayr Cata­nia sport weight cot­ton yarn. He’s quite small so I can eas­ily pop him into my bag and take him with me. I put pho­tos on In­sta­gram to show his jour­neys, and I’m get­ting a lot of pos­i­tive re­sponses. My fam­ily doesn’t mind wait­ing while I take pho­tos of Koala in the wild, they even help find lo­ca­tions! We’ve put him in trees, on rocks, in Le­goland, and more.

Koala is the most pop­u­lar cro­chet pat­tern that I sell and I love see­ing him turn up on In­sta­gram, made by other peo­ple in dif­fer­ent colours, sizes and even dif­fer­ent out­fits – like a pink dress!

It took me about a week to make Koala. First I made him with­out clothes, but it felt like some­thing was miss­ing, so I cro­cheted him a pair of lit­tle blue dun­ga­rees. That looked so much cuter!

Koala is an easy pat­tern – you only need to know a few stitches: sin­gle cro­chet, chain and slip stitch. The fuzzy in­side of the ears is made by comb­ing the cot­ton yarn with a dog brush. This tech­nique works for most yarns. You just need to brush the yarn quite a lot to get the furry ef­fect – try it out on a lit­tle test piece of cro­chet first.

Koala has many friends, like Joe the Ele­phant, Toto the Croc­o­dile and many more. You can even mix and match the out­fits for him and his com­pan­ions.

His friends some­times get to travel with him, but Koala is still my favourite and will be go­ing to many more places with me in the fu­ture. Koala is avail­able at Mariska’s on­line shops at www. diy u, www.rav­­sign­ers/mariska-vos-bol­man, and www.amigu­ru­mi­pat­ See pho­tos on In­sta­gram @diy u es, and nd out more about Mariska at

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