Rugby Beastie, Ready to Play - CrawCrafts Beasties

A Rugby Star is Born!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! And today I have a real monster treat for you all… The first new Beastie of 2019! Here he is – a brand new Rugby Beastie!
Rugby Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s been a while since I made a Rugby Beastie – you can check out past members of Team Beastie here and here – but they’re always a fun challenge.

For starters, I usually make them a little taller than regular Beasties. Human rugby players often stand a few inches above the rest of us, so it only seems right!
Rugby Beastie, Standing Tall - CrawCrafts BeastiesSo, in knitting terms, this guy is rocking an extra row on his torso, and a couple of extra rows to lengthen his legs!

And now, he needs some kit! This Rugby Beastie was requested by a lovely lady who met me at one of my markets before Christmas. She wanted a gift for her son… A lucky monster mascot to cheer him on from the sidelines at a very important match that would be taking place at the end of January.

So, it made sense to dress him in the team’s colours. That’s a deep blue rugby shirt with white collar and trim, completed with an appliqu├ęd and embroidered star motif.
Rugby Beastie's Rugby Shirt - CrawCrafts Beasties

He’ll also need a ball, or we won’t be able to play! As with many previous Rugby Beasties (and even rugby supporter Beasties) he’s carrying a Beastified version of the official Ireland rugby ball.
Beastie Rugby Ball, by CrawCrafts Beasties

And finally… Check out that hair!
Super-soft Red Beastie Hair - CrawCrafts BeastiesThe colour is inspired by his human counterpart, and the yarn I used was a luxurious blend of alpaca and wool. You’ll have to take my word for it, but it’s unbelievably soft.

Now, I reckon you’re ready to hit the pitch!
Rugby Beastie, Ready to Play - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd hopefully he worked a little monster magic for his teammates, too!

Join us again next Tuesday, when Paddy and Plunkett are off to Belfast to check out one of the city’s most popular attractions. See you then… And have a monster week in the meantime!

A New Kind of Beastie!

Big Tall Rugby Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Rugby players look normal enough when they’re on the pitch, or standing with other rugby players. It’s only when you see them among the regular, non-rugby-playing public that you realise that they’re often around a foot taller than the rest of us, and built like tanks.

So when I was asked to make a rugby-playing Beastie buddy for a friend’s boyfriend, I was hardly surprised when she requested that her Beastie be a little taller than usual. And that’s how a new superbreed of Beastie was born… the Big Tall Rugby Beastie! Here he is posing with Explorer Beastie, to give you an idea of his superior stature.
Big Tall Rugby Beastie with Explorer Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
I wanted to add in a few personal touches to make this monster extra special, too. Big Tall Rugby Beastie’s shirt is a Beastie-sized version of the one his new human team mates wear…
Big Tall Rugby Beastie's Team Jersey, by CrawCrafts Beasties
…I even included the team’s crest!
Team Crest on Big Tall Rugby Beastie's Shirt, by CrawCrafts Beasties
His new buddy also always wears mismatched socks when he plays, so…
Big Tall Rugby Beastie's Trademark Socks - CrawCrafts Beasties
And I couldn’t let him leave Beastie Towers without an official Ireland rugby ball! Once he had that, he was fully kitted out, and ready to hit the pitch… Taaaaa daaaaaa!
Big Tall Rugby Beastie, Ready for Action! CrawCrafts Beasties
Be sure to keep an eye out for him at the Rugby World Cup in a couple of months!