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World Lion Day

lion dog toy

The lion is one of the most recognizable and most loved animals in the world. From the artwork of ancient Egypt to coats of arms of European countries to present day movies, the lion has represented royalty, strength, and even the supernatural. Hollywood often depicts lions as man eaters. Although not common, there have been documented cases of lions hunting man.

For crafters, the lion is a common theme and so much fun to make. I recently made a Lion Toy for my pug Bruno. He loves to play tug of war, so I added a handle to the bottom of a lion to make his favorite game easier on me.

Please be aware that all dogs are different; some will eat a toy within a day. Bruno will chew on a toy for about 3-4 months before it’s ready for the trash. Regardless of how long it takes them to finish the toy, cotton yarn and cotton stuffing are best because they can be digested by the dog.

Materials:
Cotton worsted weight yarn:
40 yards yellow
25 yards variegated
5 yards brown
1 yard black
Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
Cotton stuffing
Squeaker insert

Finished toy measures approximately 6” tall.

Gauge: 5 rows = 1”, 5 sc = 1”

HEAD:
Rnd 1: With yellow yarn, ch 2 (or magic ring), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnds 4-5: Sc in each st.
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 7: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 9: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).
Rnds 10-11: Sc in each st.
Rnd 12: Working in BLO, sc in each st.
Rnds 13-14: Working in both lps, sc in each st.
Before starting dec rnds, use black yarn to embroider eyes, nose and mouth (see photo for placement).
Rnd 15: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat 5 times (36 sc).
Rnd 16: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat 5 times (30 sc).
Rnd 17: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat 5 times (24 sc).
Stuff face, add squeaker, add more stuffing.
Rnd 18: *Dec 3 times, *sc in next 4 sts, dec,* 3 times (18 sc).
Rnd 19: *Dec, sc,* repeat 5 times (12 sc). Finish stuffing.
Rnd 20: Dec 6 times (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off and close Rnd 20.

MANE:
Mark center top of head at Rnd 12. Count back 16 sts before marker. Attach brown yarn with sl st. *Sk 1 st, 5 dc in next st, sk 1 st, sl st in next st,* repeat 7 times. Fasten off brown.

HANDLE:
Rnd 1: With variegated yarn, ch 2 (or magic ring), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc).
Repeat Rnd 2 until piece measures approximately 7”. Stuff handle but not too firmly. Leave it loose enough so that the handle will bend.
Last rnd: Dec 6 times. Fasten off yarn and close last rnd.
Sew each end of handle to bottom of lion. Make as many sts as needed to firmly connect the handle to the head.

PDF Download is available at: Lion Dog Toy Crochet Pattern

More Lion Designs

lion crochet pattern

 

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International Cat Day

simple cat amigurumi

Today is a day to celebrate our feline friends. Cat owners know what beautiful creatures they are. Some are loving, some are aloof, some are silly. Although they sometimes have a bad reputation, studies have shown that having a cat can help to lower stress, anxiety and even depression. Cats can be entertaining as well as beneficial to your health. Today I have a collection of cat patterns to crochet and machine knit.

simple cat amigurumi

How cute is this Simple Cat Amigurumi from Hooked on Patterns!

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black cat wreath

Halloween is coming, so get out your Addi Express and make a Black Cat Wreath for your door.

Free Black Cat Crochet Pattern

hug your cat day

Here’s a great collection of 8 cat patterns from National Hug Your Cat Day in June.

Zoo Blog Hop Day 4 – National Hug Your Cat Day

fat cat

Another Cat Amigurumi Pattern for circular knitting machine

Addi Fat Cat Pattern

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Stash Busters

Because so many of us have been sequestered at home over the past few months, there has been a lot of talk in the crochet groups on Facebook about what to do with leftover scraps of yarn. This is also the time of year that crafters begin to look at their Christmas lists and plan for homemade gifts. Amigurumi is always a big hit with the little ones, and this elephant finger puppet pattern takes less than an ounce of worsted yarn, and they’re so quick, you can make a few in one evening. PDF is available at My Fingers Fly on Etsy.

YouTube tutorial

Elephant Finger Puppet

Materials:

¾ oz. worsted yarn

Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook (size I to fit a man’s fingers, size E or F for children)

Small amount of Fiberfil

Yarn needle

2 googly eyes

Stitch markers

Directions:

Legs (Make 2):

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc). Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: Working in back loops only, sc in each st. Do not join.

Rnd 4: Working in both loops, sc in each st.

Repeat Rnd 4 until leg measures 3” (approximately 15 rows, or desired length). When leg 2 is desired length, do not fasten off.

Joining Rnd: Sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts of other leg, sc in last 6 sts of first leg (24 sc). Do not join.

Next Rnd: Sc in each st. Repeat this Rnd once. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

Trunk & Head:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc). Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

Rnd 2: Working in back loops only, sc in each st.

Rnds 3-6: Working in both loops, sc in each st.

Rnd 7: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, turn, skip sl st, sc in each of the next 9 sts.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc in next 5 sts, dec (7 sc). Continue to work around in Rnd 9, sc in end of Rnd 9, sc in sl st of Rnd 9, sc in each rem st of Rnd 9, sc in sl st of Rnd 9 (18 sc). Do not join.

Rnd 11: Sc in each st.

Rnd 12: *Dec, sc,* repeat around (12 sc). Stuff trunk and head.

Rnd 13: Dec around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew opening closed.

Ears (Make 2):

Row 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (6 sc). Fasten off. Sew an ear to each side of head. Sew head to top 3 rnds of legs. Glue on eyes.

More Elephant Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 25 – Elephants

Elephant Lovey C2C Pattern

Miles the Jazzy Elephant Amigurumi

Elephant in the House Crochet Patterns Ebook – 14 Elephant Crochet Patterns

Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

World Elephant Day

More Stash Buster Patterns

4 Cuddly Penguins

Impact Wrench Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

Crown Ornament

Save the Eagles Day – Eagle Plushie Crochet Pattern

Zoo Blog Hop Day 26 – Cows

Final Day of Zoo Blog Hop – Birds

 

Rip It! Frog

frog collage

How do you feel when you have to frog a project? This little froggy just thinks, “oh well.” My new line of fiber artist gifts is now available on Etsy and includes t-shirts, tote bag, coffee mug, travel mug, and water bottle.

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Gnome Election

There’s still time to make a gnome of your favorite political party before the election.

Election 2020

Coming Soon

I’m still working diligently on Halloween patterns for a new crochet book. So far I’m in love with all the designs. When the book is ready to publish, I will be announcing a Halloween giveaway. Several patterns are already available:

In the meantime, happy crocheting!