You people are good!
I can't believe it was guessed! And by two of you, no less! Good job!
Yes, I actually knit a Japanese "boy band".
During Secret Pal 12, my pal posted the following photo, with the explanation that it was a band she loved and she wished she could go see playing (they were in Japan at the time). Seeing those cute little cartoony figures reminded me of the Pocket Pal I'd knit for Jakob a loooong time ago (Ravelry link), and I had a brain-wave. I'd knit her her very own boy band!
I used the basic shape of the Pocket Pal design, and changed the colors/clothing to reflect the cartoon figures.
All the KAT-TUN members were knit with scraps of Anchor and DMC embroidery floss, and on size 2.5mm needles.
If I knit more Pocket Pals with floss I would go down to a 2.25mm or even a 2mm needle, as I found them a little loose when stuffing. However, I think my next batch would be with worsted weight yarn, to have larger toys for my kids to play with.
He was the first one I completed, and I realized belatedly that he should have long sleeves, and not short sleeves, as I accidentally knit. NAKAMARU YUICHI
You can barely tell, but I actually knit his pants in fair isle to get the plaid effect of the original. TANAKA KOKI
If I were to change the pattern, I would only work 2 rows of the white shirt, instead of 4. I find it wider than the illustration and it bugs me. You can't see it in this photo, but I actually used silver floss for the chain hanging around his waist. KAMENASHI KAZUYA
I had fun with this one, although his hair left much to be desired. If you look closely, you can even see the fringe I embroidered below his leather jacket! TAGUCHI JUNNOSUKE
I should have stuffed this one more, but misjudged how much I would actually need. Luckily he's so busy with his funky jacket and pink waist-scarf, that you can barely tell. UEDA TATSUYA
I struggled with how to include the gauzy over-shirt this guy is wearing, but in the end I decided to omit it. My photo doesn't show it, but I did include the white patches on each shoulder.
Here's the back view of the 6. Please ignore the jog on the black & white striped shirt!
Here's the group shot with all 6 lined up in front of their respective cartoon icons. I am very pleased with how they turned out, but they weren't for me, after all...
Want to know what my secret pal thought? To see her reaction, and the cute box I sent them in, click here.
Labels: Akanishi Jin, FO, Kamenashi Kazuya, KAT-TUN, my patterns, Nakamaru Yuichi, Pocket Pals, secret pal 12, Taguchi Junnosuke, Tanaka Koki, Ueda Tatsuya