Lion Patterns!

As I promised yesterday, check out the ferocious new pattern by Lucy (Blog / Etsy), here it is, Boris the Lion!

Boris The Tiny Lion
Amigurumi Pattern

ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble crochet (UK)
BLO = back loop only
FLO = front loop only
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

You will need:
Small amount of yellow/gold yarn.
Small amount of brown yarn.
Small amount of black yarn.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.

Special stitch instructions:
5 dc pop: popcorn stitch for legs. Work 5 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

3 dc bob: bobble stitch for mane. YOH, insert hook into next stitch, YOH and pull through stitch, YOH, pull through 2 loops, *YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through stitch, YOH, pull through 2 loops, repeat from*, YOH, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Start using yellow/gold yarn.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times – 9 st.
Round 3: Sc in each st around - 9 st.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times – 18 st.
Round 6: Sc in each st around - 18 st.
Change to brown yarn.
Round 7: [Sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 9 times – 18 st.
(Push the bobbles outwards after each round.)
Round 8: Sc in next st, [sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 8 times, sc in next st – 18 st. (Optional: to make ears do the 2nd and 5th bobbles in the yellow/gold yarn).
Round 9: [Sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 9 times – 18 st.
Change to yellow/gold yarn.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 12 st, [2 sc in next st] 4 times – 24 st.
Round 11: 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 19 st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 3 st – 24 st.
Round 12: Sc2tog, sc in next 18 st, [sc2tog] 2 times – 21 st.
Round 13 - 15: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around - 21 st.

Stuff as far as you can and embroider face with black yarn. Use French knots to make eyes.

Round 16: Sc in next st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 16 st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 2 st – 21 st.
Round 17: Sc in each st around - 21 st.
Round 18: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] 3 times – 18 st.
Round 19: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times – 12 st.
Round 20: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 st.
FO, leaving length of yarn. Finish stuffing and sew up hole at end.

Ch 5, turn, miss ch next to hook, ss in next 4 ch.
FO and sew to bottom. Sew or knot a little bit of brown yarn to the end to make a tuft.

Don't forget to check out my free pattern of Leroy the Lion pin on her blog here!

Two new patterns tomorrow!

The Olympics were a while back, and I never did come out with a pattern for them. That was mostly due to the despute between Ravelry and USOC. If you havn't heard about all that jazz, check it out here, it's very interesting.

Aaany how, while I didn't come out with a pattern for the Olympics, a friend and amazing crochet and pattern artist, Lucy, who lives in England, and I decided we would do a little pattern swap for the occasion. If you havn't seen any of her work check out her blog and Etsy, it's honestly incredible. She's made some of the most awesome Star Wars themed amigurumi among the tons of other amigurumi patterns she has available.

London comissioned artist from around England to create works of art specifically for the Olympics, one of which were these absolutely amazing giant crocheted lions by Shauna Richardson. She is another incredible crochet artist, check out more about her work here. To comemorate this amazing feat in crocheting and somewhat the Olympics, Lucy and I decided to do a pattern swap focused on Lions.

She created a simply adorable amigurumi lion named Boris. Her, her kids, and Boris went to go visit the lions in London a few weeks back and talks about the incredible size of the crocheted beasts. Check out her blog entry here talking more about her trip. Tomorrow we'll be doing the swap so check out her creation, Boris, here and my creation, Leroy the lion pin, on her site!

Fun With Stitches: Split Single Crochet Stitch

Hey guys! Sorry for the hiatus! I just moved to San Francisco for school, and it's been a bit busy for me. So this is my first time away from home and there are a few things that I never thought about getting haha. One of which is a hot pad for pots and pans, but you know I'm not going to go buy them!

So I knew I wanted to make a hot pad, but didn't know what stitch or pattern to use. I follow a site called New Stitch a Day, it's this really awesome site where they post new "how to's" for crochet and knitting each day! Every day Johnny posts a stitch with a beautifully made video that boggles my mind and makes me want to use it in my projects, so I did!

I used a stitch called the Split Single Crochet Stitch, here is a video from New Stitch a Day on how to do it:

Here's what the stitch looks like close up.
Lion Brand Cotton/Lily Sugar’n Cream
(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with
-SL.ST = Slip Stitch
-SC = Single Crochet
-HDC = Half Double Crochet
-Ch = Chain
-Rnd = Round

Ch 30
Rnd 1:  skip first ch, sc 1 in each ch (29)
Rnd 2 - 40: ch 1, using the Split Single Crochet Stitch (how to video above), sc 1 in each (29)
*For edging*
Rnd 41: On the edge of the pad (the sides of Rnds 1-40), hdc 1 in first, sl.st in next, repeat until you reach end (40 [20 hdc, 20 sl.st])
Rnd 42: Repeat the process (hdc 1, sl.st 1) down the chs made in the beginning (your basically just continuing this pattern in each Rnd and stitch around your pad) (≈30)
*For hanging loop*
At the end of Rnd 42, ch 8 and sl.st 1 in last st used
Rnd 43: Repeat process in Rnd 41
Rnd 44: Repeat process in Rnd 42, when you reach the end, cut, pull through and sew into your project to hide the end

Now you can safely rest pots and pans without worrying about burning your table!

P.S. Don't really use crummy yarn for this, it could easily melt if you use a low grade acrylic or polyester yarn.
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