It has been a month of family time, and little crochet!
July is like that.
And now we are counting down the days til school begins.
I do love fall. But not quite yet.
Today’s project share is my own design! I love custom commission work.
It started with a grandma. And a baby that wasn’t quite here yet. ❤
A lion, she said, and his name would be Leo.
I really couldn’t be more pleased with the results! But I did have a false start at the beginning.
I thought to chain and length and work around both sides in a bit of a rectangle. But it didn’t work the way I wanted, so I referred back to the pattern I was thinking of and started again.
There. A round bottom, that was better. Then I followed the pattern more closely for arms and legs. He worked up quickly.
Sewing them on is always a bit scary: a crooked or backward appendage can mean starting over, ugh!
These came out just right on the first try, happy day!
Now for the fun part, the MANE.
I knew I wanted to try the loop stitch, something I’d seen but hadn’t yet explored. Could I do it? Yes, thanks to YouTube. I found an excellent tutorial and away I went. I soon had a darling cap of curls for my little lion.
The face is another crucial stage. Every stitch affects the end result and expression. I chose a quiet afternoon and formed my design slowly.
Now to manage attaching the head to neck. That one is tricky too!
Success! Now where did I put that hair?
Here it is! Sweet little lion. I felt a bit as if I had given birth.
Such a pleasure to create.
If you’ve stuck with me to the end, I’m happy to share the pattern used as a jumping off point! It can be found here, in a previous post:
The only thing I changed was the head. I made another bottom instead of a dragon snout, then added a face, hee hee.
And the family was so kind as to send me a picture, once it had been gifted. What a darling boy!
Next week, the matching blanket! It is nice to fall back into routine after a busy, fun-filled summer. Ahhhhhh.