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amber555
« on: March 23, 2010 12:20:35 PM »

I'm trying to make a small animal each season that incorporates a little bit of fun fur. Here's is this season's creation, Spring the lion! He was made with Bernat Satin in Banana and some light brown fun fur from my overly large stash of Dollarama fun fur. I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook for stitching and 9 mm black safety eyes. He came out about 3.5 inches tall.



Quick Lion Tutorial

If you've ever made an amigurumi ball before you know there's always that point you come to in the middle where you stitch the same amount of stitches for X number of rows. When I got to that part I did the first of these repeating rows in Bernat Satin yarn and then switched to the fun fur for 5 rows, then went back to the Bernat Satin yarn for one row before beginning the decreasing part of the ball. It's a pretty simple technique for making the mane. The fun fur part is a little tighter, but you can't tell because it's so fluffy.



Each of Spring's ears was made by chaining 2 then making a 6 hdc shell stitch in the first chain space. His body is just another ball (six stitches smaller in width than the head). I stitched in back loop only for the first row of the repeated same number of stitches section to give him a flat bottom. (I was worried the mane would make him top heavy and figured this would help balance him). Finally, for the tail I started with the fun fur and crocheted 8 sc in a round until I was satisfied that the fluffy part was big enough. Then I switched back to the Bernat Satin and decreased down to four, and stitched these 4 sc in a round until I was happy with the tail length.



Here's Spring posing with his buddy Winter. Winter is a squirrel, in case you were wondering  Smiley

So, I think that working with fun fur once per season is enough, don't you? If you have any ideas for a summer animal that I could make that would incorporate a little bit of fun fur please share you idea.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010 01:10:36 PM »

Very cute! Love them!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010 01:38:48 PM »

He is so cute!  I recently just starting teaching myself crochet specifically so I could try my hand at some of the adorable amigurumi that runs rampant around here, and this just made me really excited all over again to make that next step on from scarves, hehe.  Cheesy  I'm bookmarking this for whenever I get my paws on some fun fur!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010 01:55:42 PM »

Very adorable lion!
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010 02:11:29 PM »

Ohh, there are so adorable!!! Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2010 06:27:16 PM »

I'm bookmarking this for whenever I get my paws on some fun fur!

Try checking out dollar stores in your area. I'm in Canada and I picked up a whole bunch of it at a Dollarama store, and many of the other dollar stores carry it. It's tricky to work with so it's nice if you can at least acquire it cheaply!

Thanks for the compliments,
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010 08:14:15 PM »

Cuuute! I love his little sidekick!
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010 05:04:23 PM »

Try checking out dollar stores in your area. I'm in Canada and I picked up a whole bunch of it at a Dollarama store, and many of the other dollar stores carry it. It's tricky to work with so it's nice if you can at least acquire it cheaply!

Ooh, that's a good idea, and now that you mention it, I think I have seen yarn at the dollar store before.  I'll have to check next time I'm there.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010 05:34:38 PM »

omg, omg, omg!!  He is ADORABLE!!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!  I was just checking out your blog and I have to tell you, your work is awesome!  I've got to make one of these.  He's the cutest amigurumi lion ever!  This ROCKS!
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