Sunday, December 7, 2014

Little Bigfoot Lion 2014


Roar!!!
Meet the Little Bigfoot Lion 2014 edition!

He is handsome isn't he? I am pleased to have one more Little Bigfoot revised and posted, whew! I do have a partial video tutorial now on youtube that will show you how to sew the doll together plus how to stitch a nose to the muzzle, add in the end of the tail, root the mane plus a few options for the eyes.  If you need help with stuffing or even making some of the parts please see one of my other LBF patterns, they are all stuffed and shaped the same way. The legs and arms are mostly the same and the heads will all begin the same way so one of the other video tutorials will be very helpful in making the lion if needed.
Here is the list of Little Bigfoots that are available and all have video tutorials. Scroll
down this page for the lion pattern.

Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn ans also Red Heart Comfort yarn with a 4.0 mm hook. If you crochet more on the loose side then use a smaller hook so you don't get gaps and stuffing showing through the stitches. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  Add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Supplies:
2 different colors of Red Heart
worsted weight acrylic yarn (one skein of each will do)
4.0 mm hook *use a smaller hook if you  see gaps in your stitches
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
100% polyester stuffing

you can use buttons, a french knot or paint eyes on. I used safety eyes that I glued in place. I used 7.5mm for the lions pictured.

Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off
*This pattern has a video tutorial available here. I detailed what is in the video at the top of this page,
*This lion's mane is rooted in and it takes time, about 2-3 hours depending on individual speed and experience.  If you'd prefer a project that takes less time then this pattern will not be for you.

Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
8-15) 1sc in each st for 8 rows *if using safety eyes, they are in between the 11th and 12th row with about 6 visible stitches between them.
16) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (36)
17) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
18) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
19) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
20) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (15)
21) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (18) *stuff and shape the head. You can add more stuffing over the next couple rows if needed. If you need help with the stuffing just view one of the videos of the patterns listed at the top
22) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
23-25) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
26) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
27) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
28-30) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
31) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
32) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
33) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
*stuff and shape body. Make sure to add stuffing into the neck area if needed. You can stuff more into the body over the next 2 rows.
34) 1sc then 2tog (12)
35) 1sc then 2tog (8)
36) 2tog twice and f/o leaving a tail for closing the gap
weave in and out of the remaining stitches, pull tight to close the gap, knot off and hide yarn tail in the body
 
 
 


Cap for the yarn
y mane: Use the same color you will use for the mane. You can skip the cap and just root the mane directly to the head. I've done it both ways and I found 2 advantages to making the cap. One, you will not have any troubles with pulling stuffing through the stitches and two, the yarn appears fuller and stands out more if rooted to the cap. I prefer the looks of the mane when attached to the cap.
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
8) 1sc in next 13st then 2sc in next st (45)
9-16) 1sc in each st for 8 rows

sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

Muzzle:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows

sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Using black yarn, whip stitch a nose onto the muzzle. Stuff muzzle.


Legs:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
7) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 4 times) 1sc in next 6st (14)

8
) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 3 times) 1sc in next 5st (11)

9-13) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff and shape foot. If you need help with this part please view any of my other Little Bigfoot videos. All the legs and arms are stuffed the same way


Arms:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows

5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
6-11) 1sc in each st for 6 rows
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Lightly stuff hand, very lightly stuff arm.


Ears:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)

2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
6) 1sc then 2tog (12)
7) 1sc in each st for 1 row

f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears. Fold and sew the 2 halves of the bottom edges together


Tail:
1) ch10 begin with a long enough yarn tail you can sew into the body
2) starting with the 2nd ch from the hook, 1sc in each st (9)
f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Attach a few tarn strands to the end of the tail the same way you attach the mane to the head. Trim to desired length then split all the yarn strands to give it a fuller look


ASSEMBLY: please follow the order given for the best results

1) sew on the legs ( it doesn't matter which goes on first the arms or the legs)
2) sew on the arms
3) sew on the muzzle. The top of the muzzle should be on or just below the 12th row

4) eyes are in between the 11th and 12th row with about 6 visible stitches between them
5) sew the tail on

6) sew the ears to the cap. The front bottom edge of the ear should be about 2 rows back from the edge of the cap with about 8 visible stitches between them.
7) sew the
outer edge of the cap to the head, make sure to center the muzzle between the ears. Do not put any holding stitches on any other parts of the cap. You need the cap and the head to be separate so that it is easier to attach the mane.
8) wrap the yarn you will use for the mane around your hand until you have a good size bundle. Take bundle off your hand and cut through one end so that you have single strands of yarn.
9) for the first row of rooted strands start on the outer edge of the cap, insert your crochet hook through the head and the edge of the cap at the same time and pull a strand of yarn through, pull the 2 loose ends of  the strand through the loop and pull tight, This row connects the edge of the cap and the head.
10) Root the rest of the cap now but do not go into the head, root the cap only until the entire cap is filled. Take a break when needed, this will take a while but the results will be worth it, I promise! You will also need to root yarn  around the face too and this will be rooted directly to the face. Trim the yarn but do this part very slowly and take your time, you can not fix the mane if you cut it too short so it's better to take as much time as you need to get the best outcome. Please view the video on attaching and trimming the mane.


  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!



Copyright Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go All rights reserved 

You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern on any site, magazine or book. If you'd like to share this pattern please provide a link back to it.  


57 comments:

  1. yes! he is so handsome sensei!!
    even though it's 4:14 in the morning here in Bahrain, I'm going to start crocheting him!
    I'm so excited!

    Thank you so much!

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  2. They are very beautiful, thank you … ......

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  3. Thank you for this pattern! My sister LOVES lions ... I'm going to have to make one for her birthday next month :)

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  4. Thank you for posting this pattern and so many others. I have tried a few of your patterns now (with varying degrees of success due to my own lack of skill!) and they are so easy to follow. Many thanks.

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  5. Thank you for posting these! You have such a talent for teaching and your videos have such a grace and patience that has made this experience VERY pleasant and quite enjoyable!! THANK YOU!! These are absolutely wonderful!!!!! I am so excited to create more and follow your work!! I am so excited for more!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Your animals are so adorable, and after watching your videos I'm wondering why I never thought to pin the pieces to the body as I was stitching them... duh, that looked so much easier. Also wondering if you would be able to use a latch hook for the lions mane. I haven't done latch hook in years but would that make it go faster?

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    1. thank you! And I'm glad you found some things to be helpful :)

      I actually have never tried a latch hook for this process. It might work ok for the cap but not if you were rooting the head directly as that would just pull stuffing through the stitches.

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  7. Hi SHaaron: I am ready to do the mane of this cutie :Little Big Foot". and I need to know the measure of each strand to cut foe the mane. Thanks you so much

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    1. Please view the video for this part. I didn't measure the length. It will depend on what is a comfortable length for you to work with and I talk about that in the video. The video link is at the bottom of the assembly section. Fast forward to 22:00

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  8. uxsanta@sbcglobal.netFebruary 14, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Hello Sharon, you are fabulous not only in your generosity but in the amount of creativity coming from you. Thanks to you I was able to make a mobile for my grandson. I know that they are flying but my daughter wanted the baby to see them and not just their feet. :)
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  9. Hi, I Started this pattern but i'm confused on ( 8-15) 1sc in each st for 8 rows *if using safety eyes, they are in between the 11th and 12th row with about 6 visible stitches between them. ) do I do 7 rows or 8 rows of sc ?

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    1. when and where you put the eyes has nothing to do with the number of rows you do. I was just giving direction. If you are using safety eyes then you want to install those in between the 11th and 12th row. Once you have finished row 15 then you can put your eyes in.

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    2. So i can do 7 or 8 rows? In the pattern it says 8-15 rows of sc (which equals 7 rows) but right after that you say "for 8 rows". That's where I'm confused?
      Thank You :)

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    3. It actually equals 8 rows. Row 8 is included in the count. It used to confuse me as well when I first started but you count each row as it is written.

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    4. Thank you It turned out fine once I tried it :) sorry for the confusion lol

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    5. Iv almost done the lion how would I make a bigger one.

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  10. If the pattern gets done up without the mane, does it look like a passable lioness? This is by far the cutest lion pattern I've seen, and I want to make a lion version for each of my family members and am hoping that my lioness will still look sorta cute next to a trio of these little lions!

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    1. I never bothered to check out the looks without the mane as I was just thinking lion. The next lion you make just don't add the cap or mane and see how it looks :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing your lovely patterns

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  12. I'm so happy That I find your blog.. And YouTube tutorials. You are my God in Crochet world!!!!

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  13. Thank you Sharon for a wonderful pattern!! Great videos really helped too!! I made this lion for my 89 yr old Mum - her favourite football team is Brisbane Luons (weare. In Australia) she absolutely loved it ❤️

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  15. Hello from South Africa,
    My name is Dorothy Simpson and I just love your Bigfoot animals. I think I have something that would help you. When doing the Lion's mane you can use much shorter pieces of yarn. If you leave your hook in the loop you pull through the cap you can catch the ends in it and pull them through - much quicker and easier than using your fingers. I have always done it this way when doing doll's hair and believe me it really saves not only on the amount of yarn you use but also on the amount you have to cut off when you shape the 'haircut'.

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Dorothy from South Africa

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  16. Thanks for listing the size of eyes on this Lion, I have been struggling to find the size and shape would like for my projects. Seems I always buy wrong size or shape, such a waste. It's difficult for me to get out so do mostly online shopping, so just now I googled safety eyes and wow sooo many. Without me looking at each of your patterns could you tell me size you MOST often use. Even with your wonderful tutorials the eyes I make just don't satisfy me. It's the white spot position I think, lol. I got some white nail polish to try since I have trouble with the paint. Thanks for taking this time with me, this was break from Lion mane...LOL

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    1. I use 8mm most of the time. But 7.5mm and 9mm work just as nice in most 8 -10 inch amigurumis. But sometimes a larger eye looks cuter.. it depends on the character I guess.
      I buy eyes online. I have many eyes in the wrong color but I just paint those and seal the color in with clear nail polish. I don't know how well that would hold up in a washing machine though as I've never thrown one in to test it.
      If you're interested in looking at the eyes I buy you can find the link here on my FAQ page, question #2 Frequently Asked Questions

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  17. Are you aware of problems with typing in this comment area?? I NOW type first in Notes then c/p it here. Guess can try asking Google about Google problem, wonder how hard that is?? It works great as long as you don't make any errors, won't let me correct, or sometimes even type.

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    1. no, I haven't heard or had any problems with the comment area. Is this the first for you or have you always had troubles in the comments?

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    2. I had The same problem.

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  18. I have been working on the lion, but the neck of my lion looks long I have undone my work and did it over but it still looks the same. Any information would be so appreciated. I have completed all the parts except from the neck down on the body. But no matter how my little lion turns out I still want to try making some of your other cute animals. I love your work. Thanks kristie

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    1. Al I can tell you is use the hook size and yarn weight that I have suggested in the supplies list. Make sure to add in a marker and move that marker at the end of every row. That way you can keep track of your stitches, and be sure to count your stitches every once in a while. As long as your stitches and row count match that of the pattern then you know you're on the right track.

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    2. and thank you for the kind words, I appreciate that :)

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  19. My mane cap is to big for my lions head. Am I suppose to use a smaller hook for the cap? I used 3.75 for everything.

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    1. no, it's the same hook size. It shouldn't be too big but just a bit larger so that it fits on without having to squish the head. I can't remember if I show putting it on in the video or not but check it out and see how mine fits in the video.

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  20. I cannot understand why my mane cap is bigger than my lions head :( I used the same size hook for everything 3.75. HELP !

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    1. you used a different color for the cap, is it the same yarn weight as the yarn you used for the lion? If the yarn weights are different that would explain the difference in size

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  21. Hi my name is Tiffany and I was wondering when you were gonna make the stitch by stitch video for the Little Bigfoot Lion? The lion is my favorite one you have made so far but I'm not super good at doing it off of written instructions. It would help me tremendously if you would make this video! Thanks for your time.

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  22. Never mind I figured out how to read the pattern. It is actually pretty easy! Thank you for all your help! I love your little big foot animals. I hope you keep making more! Thank you

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  23. Hello,
    I just made youre giraf for my son in grey and blue. And it turned out great.
    and now i'm eager to begin on this lion.
    I want to say thank you for your great tutorials. They are so easy to follow.

    Thanks

    Jim from the netherlands

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  24. Hello,
    I simply love this pattern. Any suggestions on how to incorporate some whiskers?

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  25. Hi Sharon, I appreciate your patterns so much..I have done the monkey, the giraffe, and i am working on the lion revised addition..I liked the muzzle and nose from the 2012 additions better..I will put pics on your FB soon...I have noticed that in the legs for sure when you do the second 2tog it says 2tog, 1 sc, 3 times and then 5 sc.. but you can only do 2tog, 1 sc. 2 times and 5 sc. Thank you so much!

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    1. that's awesome, I'm so glad to hear it and I'll look forward to your photos.

      The leg pattern is correct but you are reading it wrong,

      you should have 14 stitches when you ended row 7 and row 8 says:
      (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 3 times) 1sc in next 5st (11)

      so you

      crochet 2tog then put 1sc in the next st ~> repeat the sequence ~> 2tog then 1sc in the next st ~> repeat again for the 3rd time ~> crochet 2tog then put 1sc in the next st.
      If you repeated it 3 times you have used up 9 stitches.

      That leaves 5 stitches left to the end of the row...
      so put 1sc in each of those 5 stitches.

      Now you have 11 stitches when you start row 9

      I hope that helped clear up any confusion :)

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  26. Hi!

    I'm really enjoying this pattern, and I'm nearly done! He's looking amazing, but I'm wondering how you made them stand up on their own? There's so much weight in the back that he just keeps toppeling over!

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    1. I use props for photos to get the best view of them. These ones are pinned to the large sponge they are standing on

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  27. What size is the finished lion with the suggested hook size?

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    1. can't remember exactly but between 10 and 12 inches tall

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  28. Hello I am new to your group and first knit. I have creates 2 bunny 2015 and would like to know if the lion is from Wee Bits Basic Body Pattern or from the bunny body that is bigger in size? Thanks for all patterns is amazing.

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    1. no they are completely different patterns.

      And thank you :)

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  29. Do you have videos for body patterns for the lion? I see the video how to add the arms and how to make a had bad no the body. I love to see videos for me is easyer.

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  30. Love your patterns ❤❤❤ made the Lion and doing the bear with angel wings now. Thanks for your work making the patterns. ❤❤❤❤

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  31. Hi Sharon, thanks for the pattern! I'm currently attaching yarn on the side of the face and I can't get the edge to round out perfectly like yours. How do you do it? Mine looks "steps" going from row to row :(

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    1. it's been a couple yrs since I did the video but I think I remember sewing and rooting the mane on film. Did you watch the video?

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  32. Hi,
    All your patterns are awesome. I made few of them but one problem I'm facing how your all dolls stand by there own without support.

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    1. mine are standing with props for photo purposes only.

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  33. Sharon! Thank you so much for all these wonderful patterns! I have become an amigurumi addict! My grandson LOVED his monkey! I am having so much fun making these for my friends and family! Your instructions are wonderful and your videos are amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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