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Topic: My first amigurumi - A Lion - and how I tried to articulate him  (Read 6251 times)
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« on: July 23, 2012 01:54:05 PM »

I wanted to make a lion and I found an excellent  pattern by Andrea   
 She used worsted weight yarn but I wanted a small lion so I used DMC  Coton Perle size 5
The crochet hook is an old one of my mum's. It calls itself a 4 but I have no idea what system it is except that it isn't metric.

I followed the pattern almost exactly except that I didn't have fun fur for the mane so I cut threads and hooked them into the stitches of the head as I went along.  I hooked the mane  threads into the outer loop of each stitch and continued with the single crochet in the inner loop of each stitch. I have tried to show this in the picture.

Also I wanted to insert joints at the neck and limbs. The neck joint was made of 2 buttons sewn back to back and with a slight neck between them.  After finishing the head I stuffed it and inserted one button  into the neck opening before sewing it up. I then looped the magic loop for the body around the outer button and pulled it tight after the first round of sc.  Andrea's  pattern for the body is worked from the base up to the neck so I did it in reverse order - from the neck down.

For the limb joints I didn't have any buttons small enough so I used a file paper hole punch to punch out discs from a plastic ice-cream tub lid and made 2 holes in each with a needle so they were like buttons.

I hope the pictures show how the limb joints were inserted into the limbs after stuffing and before sewing up and then into the body before it was finished off.

Having said all that, the limb joints make him an extremely floppy lion.  I still think he is cute but I shall have to think of something better if I make another one as he really cannot stand up at all!  Embarrassed
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012 02:02:48 PM »

Awww cute! I so want one now!

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012 02:10:19 PM »

Looks really, really cute! Smiley

Have you thought of using pipe cleaners? It might work...
Good attempt anyway!

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012 02:30:11 PM »

Recently read (can't remember where) that pipe cleans don't last in this application and the person suggested wire .  Maybe someone else saw this and can explain/refer us in the right direction on this.  Ya think you will remember and ya don't.  I think your Lion is splendid.   First amigurumi - WoW! 
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012 05:08:58 PM »

Nothing wrong with floppy!  He is absolutely adorable!


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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012 09:33:14 AM »

i think he's perfect!! so cute!! thats incredible for your first amigurumi!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012 10:12:33 AM »

I typed in Wiring limbs crochet tutorial.  Came up Wiring Amigurumi Crochet Dolls (etc)  Click on the second one listed for Nerdigurumi.  She has video tutorial that I was referring to before.  Just for future reference.  I wanted to keep this in my mind for future too.  Hope this is something you might like to read.  Just had to find it for you. Drove me nuts when I could not remember.....Again must say I love your lion.  Beautiful Job!
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012 06:01:51 AM »

Thanks so much to Gramma Joe for the link.

Nerdigurumi is a very useful website.  I wish I had seen it before I started but perhaps I have a better understanding having tried my own way first.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012 06:23:53 AM »

Just picking up info as we go along to embellish/tweak amigurumi and crochet projects.  Normal part of the journey.  Your crocheting is already exquistely done.  Glad you were pleased with the tutorial info.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2012 01:53:54 PM »

He is precious!

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