I love animated movies! In fact, I loved them so much, I became an animator when I grew up. It’s how I pay the bills when I’m not crocheting or knitting up new patterns. Most recently, I had the amazing privilege and pleasure to put together not one but two Disney themed crochet kits – “Disney Classic Crochet” and “Disney Winnie the Pooh Crochet”.

DisneyKit
WinnieKit

To celebrate the release of the new kits, I am very excited to be sharing a free pattern of “Gus Gus” with you from Disney’s original “Cinderella”.

Click here to download your free pattern of Gus Gus

from the pattern shop page!

One question that I have been asked is how does one go about licensing Disney characters for their own craft related designs? While I can’t speak to the finer details of setting up a licensing agreement, I can tell you what the process was like for me.

  1. For the Crochet Kits I put together, the licensing rights were handled by the book producer “Becker & Mayer”. They handled the licensing and approval process for the characters. The publisher(s) for the kits were Sterling Publishing and Thunder Bay Press. The publishers handled the logistics of putting the book design together. For my part, I was contracted to design the actual patterns and to write the text for the book (so decisions about the photos, the size of the book, the patterns were being decided by the book producer and the publisher).
  2. After signing off on my contract, I was provided with size and material guidelines as well as a list of 13 characters (the books have 12 patterns, the 13th pattern is a bonus/backup). The turn around was quick with about 3 months to put everything together.
  3. The approval process involved sending photos of the finished patterns to the book producer who would then send the images to Disney for notes and approval. As an animator in the industry, I have a healthy appreciation for needing to stay “on model” (animator speak for “needs to look like the character”) in order for a design to be approved. Usually, the notes I would get back involved tweaking a shape here or there and changing up the colors.
  4. Finally, once the patterns were approved, I wrote out the front how-to section of the book and then crocheted all the “in between” steps for the how-to-assemble instructions. The manuscript files are then emailed out and the crochet samples are shipped off to the publisher to be photographed for the book.
  5. The last step is proofing. The book is emailed to me as a pdf at which time I have an opportunity to look everything over and to make corrections and suggestions.

After the proofing is all done, the kit goes into production and eventually ends up on a store shelf (or, hopefully, in your home!). So, that’s the process from my end! If you are interested in working with Disney properties, my suggestion is to start by checking out Disney’s Consumer product & licensing page.

Happy Crocheting!

Comments to "Crocheting for the mouse."

  1. Ruth J

    July 29, 2015

    Hi Megan, as a huge Disney fan, I love your designs. I had gotten the Classic Disney book at Costco a few months ago and the Winnie The Pooh came today from Barnes and Noble. Hoping to see more from you soon, Pixar, Nemo or Lion King? I have preordered the Frozen and Princess kits that come out in Oct same publisher as the two kits of yours. Thanks again! Looking forward to making some more characters! :)

    • MK Crochet

      September 25, 2015

      Hi Ruth! So happy to hear you liked the Disney & Winnie the Pooh crochet kits! As far as I know, the publishers don’t have any immediate plans for any new books beyond what is currently in production. But – that could always change!

  2. Jean J

    September 25, 2015

    We’re huge fans of your Disney Classics book. We just wanted to know if you had mods anywhere for the basic Donald Duck pattern, in order to make Daisy and Uncle Scrooge? Thank you. ^_^

    • MK Crochet

      September 25, 2015

      Thank you Jean! In the Disney classic crochet kit, you should find the pattern for Daisy (I believe it’s right after the pattern for Donald!). As for Uncle scrooge – he’s basically Donald with some different colors and clothing details (and I think you could borrow the top hat & spats from the Jiminy Cricket pattern)! You can also try adding a little fringe to the sides of his cheeks for whiskers. Good luck :)

  3. Danielle

    December 29, 2015

    Hi Megan!
    I received your Winnie the Pooh crochet kit for Christmas from my fiancé ;) I’d had my eye on it for six months when I spotted it in my local Barnes & Noble.
    I have a question about the patterns though. I’m currently working on Piglet. The pattern for his head & body says:
    Round 2: *sc 2, sc 2 in next sc; rep from * 2 more times. (12 sts)
    My question is, do I do the round two more times? I don’t think that’s what the pattern is saying; but the way you’ve worded it is different than I’m used to, so I just want to be sure. ;-)

    As a fellow crocheter and big time Disney fan; especially the classics, I just want to say thanks for creating such a great kit! Winnie-the-Pooh has always been one of my most favorite Disney characters; even if Disney himself did not create him :) My nursery’s theme was Winnie-the-Pooh, so ever since I was small I’ve loved the Hundred Acre Wood friends.
    Are Goofy or Dumbo in the Disney Classics kit? Dunno is another favorite of mine and Goofy is my fiancé’s #1 Disney character! I’d love to make him a Goofy next.

    Thank you!
    Danielle

    • MK Crochet

      December 31, 2015

      Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for your question! So – when the pattern says for round 2: *sc 2, sc 2 in next sc; rep from * 2 more times. (12 sts) you will be doing the following on just round 2: Sc 2, sc 2 in next sc, sc 2, sc 2 in next sc, sc 2, sc 2 in next sc. (12 sts). Basically, you’ll be doing (sc 2, sc 2 in next sc) 3 times in total and you should end up with 12 sts when you’ve completed Round 2. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the kit!

  4. Karol Beaufore

    June 10, 2016

    Is there a pattern for Goofy in your Classic Disney Crochet Book? Could you tell me which characters are in there.
    Thank you
    Karol Beaufore

  5. Miriam rubin

    August 25, 2016

    I’m having a lot of trouble understanding the language in the book is there some sort of tutorial online thAt explains the terms more?

  6. Susan Briggs

    September 15, 2016

    Hi, Just wanted to thank you for the Gus Gus pattern, he’s adorable! Working on the second one and

    playing around with the eyes , trying googly one’s! Its such a fun pattern!!

    Will be starting on the Winnie the pooh characters, I just bought the kit. Was thinking of using a different

    yarn, with a g hook I think the yarn that came with the kit may be to small for me and would have big

    gaps. My characters may come out a little bigger but I’m ok with that! Well thanks again for all your

    patterns! Susan

    • MK Crochet

      September 15, 2016

      Thanks Susan! I’m so pleased to hear that you are enjoying the patterns! Definitely use yarns that you like vs what is in the kit. A slightly thicker yarn with the g hook will give you a better result.

  7. Julie

    October 6, 2016

    Hi Megan,

    I purchased your Classic Disney kit and the characters are adorable!! I’ve made Mickey and Pluto so far and I love them! I’m struggling with Minnie’s face (I had the same issue with Mickey, but just made something up and it seemed to work). It’s after rnd3 where it says to place a pm in the 5th St from hook. Is that forward or backward from the hook? I’ll admit I’ve tried both ways and each time I end up with the addition for the eyes on the smaller tip of the oval rather than the flatter top. The end of my rnd3 is on the tip though. Does that make sense? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!!

    • MK Crochet

      October 7, 2016

      Hi Julie!

      I sent you an email with some pictures that should help you with the face! Let me know if you need any additional details or info! -

  8. Michelle

    October 17, 2016

    Hi Megan,

    I adore your patterns and actually completed Dumbo from your Classic Disney Crochet. I couldn’t believe

    how perfectly charming he turned out, just as pictured especially considering I hadn’t crocheted in over

    forty years! I think this speaks volumes for how fantastic your patterns are and all the detailing! Do you

    have any tutorial videos for novice crocheters like myself, in particular regarding the for Mickey’s face —

    I’m uncertain if it is a round or just working in rows.

    Thanks for sharing your many talents. Michelle

    • MK Crochet

      October 17, 2016

      Hi Michelle!

      I sent you an email with some pictures that should help you with the face (look for email from info@mkcrochet.com)! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the patterns. Please Let me know if you need any additional details or info!

  9. Susan

    November 20, 2016

    Hi Megan,

    I just received your Classic Disney as a gift, so very cute. I am working on Mickey and am having a little trouble understanding the face part. Do you have a tutorial I can follow?
    Any help would be appreciated
    Thank you,
    Susan

    • MK Crochet

      November 21, 2016

      Hi Susan!

      I’ll send you an email with some pictures that should help you with the face (look for email from info@mkcrochet.com)! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the patterns. Please let me know if you need any additional details or info!

      If you don’t hear from me – please feel free to reach out to me through the contact page on my website.

  10. Jackie Mienheimer

    April 1, 2017

    Hi Megan,
    I have a grandson and nephew that both love Mickey Mouse. I got your classic Disney kit from Amazon last week, but I seem to be having a problem getting Mickey’s face to work out right. I have not been crocheting all that long but still thought I would try these for gifts.

    • MK Crochet

      April 1, 2017

      Hi there! I’ve sent you an email with pictures! I hope they will help :)

  11. Elizabeth VanDyke

    August 20, 2017

    Hi Megan – I have had a time getting to you as my email address id incorrect. I am now under gmail instead of yahoo. Everything else is the same. I am delighted to tell you I have made all but the Gopher from your little Winnie the Pooh book and kit. They all came out great abeit larger than the two in the kit because of the yarn I used. That’s okay as they are so cute. There is one problem I hope you can tell me how to solve and that is Christopher Robin’s head, it just won’t stay still – it keeps bobbing all over the place. I have taken it apart several times, stuffed it more, etc, but still can’t get it right. Do you have a solution for that? I will look forward to hearing from you and also your NEWSLETTER that I signed up for. Thanks for taking this message.

  12. Betty Quiroz

    September 24, 2017

    Can you send me the instruction on crocheting the Mickey Mouse face and for Minnie as well. Love your cute patterns for the Disney Characters.

  13. Jennifer

    November 3, 2017

    So I’ve bought a total of three of your kits and I cant seem to understand any of the directions.

Would you like to share your thoughts?