Happy little accidents

Earlier this week I was trying to get some work done on a pattern I had been thinking of for a while. For some reason, I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted to. Probably because of the yarn I was using (Phildar Douce, it’s of the fuzzy kind) The proportions just wouldn’t come out like they needed. But then, something strange happened. I suddenly realised that even though the project wasn’t going to look like I wanted it to, it started to look like something I could work with. And after a little while, this little cutie rolled of my crochet hook:

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And, lets be honest, who would have the heart to frog something like this?

In order to spread some of the cuteness, I decided to share the pattern with you guys, even though there might be a gazillion different teddy/panda/bear patterns out there. Enjoy!

Fuzzy Panda pattern

Materials
Phildar Douce Ecru and Taupe
4mm crochet hook
Stuffing
Needle with a big enough eye to fit the yarn through
A little bit of black yarn for the nose and mouth
A pair of 9mm safety eyes

Abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the round

Pattern
Head
With ecru.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-12 (6 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R13: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R14: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R15: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing and continue to do so until the last round.
R16: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R17: dec around (6)
FO, close the hole and weave in end.

Eyes (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
Fo, leave a tail for sewing. Position the safety eyes in the middle of the circles and sew the eyes onto the head. Embroider the nose and mouth with black yarn.

Ears (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3-6 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fold your work and sc through both layers to close the hole. Fo and leave a tail to sew the ears to the head.

Body
With ecru.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8-11 (4 rounds): sc1 around (42)
R12: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R13: sc1 around (36)
R14: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R15: sc1 around (30)
R16: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R17: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo and leave a tail, stuff and sew to head.

Tail
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
Fo, leave a tail and sew to the body.

Arms (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (9)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 3 times (12)
R4-6 (3 rounds): sc1 around (12)
R7: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R8-11 (4 rounds): sc1 around (9)
Fo and leave a tail. Stuff and sew to body.

Legs (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R4-7 (4 rounds): sc1 around (15)
R8: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
R9-12 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff and sew to body.

Give your panda-teddy a nice little bow if you want and tadaa~ it’s all done ^_^

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Can't resist those cute panda eyes <3

Can’t resist those cute panda eyes ❤

The tail doesn't stick out much

The tail doesn’t stick out much

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through comment or email ^_^ And make sure to share your own panda-teddies with me if you use my pattern.
Also, please do not post or sell this pattern as your own. You are free to share, of course, but be kind and give credit/link back

For those who are wondering what I was trying to make: it’s Puppycat from Bee&Puppycat (go check it out on youtube). But that pattern will have to wait ’till another day.

Cheers, Lydia

Fate/Stay Night Sabers Lion Plush (small version)

A little while back, a friend of mine asked me for a favour. Could I make her the lion plush that Saber has in the anime series Fate/Stay Night? I said I’d have a go at it. Then came the tricky part: she needs a small version and a life-sized one. With no patterns available and a lot of fan-art to make things a little confusing, I set out to make the best representation that I could. And besides the fact that the colours aren’t exactly as they should have been (a bit more orange than brown) I think I managed quite nicely to make a ‘tiny’ version:

The picture my friend send me

The picture my friend send me

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My small version

Especially the fuzzy part below its muzzle was difficult to imitate, but I think I managed.

I also finally found the time to type out the pattern! So here it is ^_^

Fate/Stay Night Saber Lion Plush pattern

Materials
– Light brown and beige yarn of your chosing, but be sure to use a light weight yarn, because if it is too thick and heavy, your end result will be bigger!
– Crochet hook that matches your yarn (I used a 2mm hook)
– A pair of safety eyes (I used 6mm)
– One safety nose (I used 9mm)
– Wire or pipe cleaners
– Stuffing
– Needle with an eye big enough to pull the yarn through.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
BLO – back loops only
fo – finish off
repeat – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the round

Pattern
Head
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6-11 (6 rounds): sc1 around (30)
R12: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R13: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R14: sc1 around (42)
R15: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R16: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R17: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
Position eyes between rounds 9 and 10 with about 5 stitches in between. Start stuffing the head, continue stuffing until the last round
R18: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
R19: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R20: dec around (6)
FO, close the hole and weave in end.

Ears (make 2)
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R4-5 (2 rounds): sc1 around (15)
R6: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
Fold your work and sc through both layers to close the hole. Fo and leave a tail to sew the ears to the head.

Inner ears (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
Fo and leave a tail to sew onto the inside of the ears.

Muzzle
With beige yarn.
Ch7 and start from the second chain from the hook
R1: inc2, sc2, inc2, continue on the other side, sc6 (16)
R2: sc1, inc, sc1, inc, sc2, inc, sc1, inc, sc7 (20)
R3: sc3, inc2, sc1, ss2, sc1, inc2, sc9 (24)
R4: sc1 around (24)
R5: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo, leave a tail to sew the muzzle to the head, just below the eyes. Position the nose in the middle of the top of the muzzle. Stuff slightly and sew to head. You have to shape the muzzle a little bit while sewing.

Body
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-9 (3 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R10: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R11: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R12: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo and leave a tail to sew the body to the head. Stuff the body.

Tail
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc4 (4)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 2 times (6)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 2 times (8)
R4: *sc3, inc* preat 2 times (10)
R5: dec around (5)
R6-11 (6 rounds): sc1 around (5)
Fo, leave a tail and sew the tail to the body. In order to be able to position the tail a little bit, insert some wire instead of stuffing before sewing it onto the body.

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Legs (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: BLO, sc1 around (18)
R5: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
Switch to light brown
R6-9 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff the legs and sew them onto the body.

Arms (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc5 (5)
R2: inc around (10)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 5 times (15)
R4: BLO, sc1 around (15)
R5: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
Switch to light brown
R6-7 (2 rounds): sc1 around (12)
R8: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R9-10 (2 rounds): sc1 around (9)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff and sew the arms to the body.

To make the fluff, I attached small threads of beige yarn below the muzzle and on the top of the body, then frayed them and cut them to the right length.

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Hand for scale

And there you have it, my version of a small Lion plush inspired by the one from Fate/Stay Night.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please let me know if there are any problems. Also, do not sell or post this pattern as your own. You’re welcome to use it, but please link back and give credit to this site ^_^
Note that Fate/Stay Night is copyrighted by Type-Moon. I am not the original creator of the character, but I am of this pattern.

Cheers, Lydia

A Challenge: The FreshStitches Kit Club

This January, I joined the FreshStitches Kit Club. The idea is you pay a two-monthly fee and get a complete kit to make an amigurumi every other month. I figured I could try it out, since I bought a few FreshStitches patterns in the past. They’re fun to do and the bonus with the Kit Club is that you get to make yours with a little twist, apart from just the pattern.

So when I got my first package last week, I got pretty excited! Here’s what it looked like:

The package

The package

Unwrapping

Unwrapping

All materials are ready to go!

All materials are ready to go!

It’s a chick that turns into an egg! Or maybe it’s the other way around… I started on the pattern right away and managed to finish working on it today:

All parts are done

All parts are done

The egg

The egg

From the bottom

From the bottom

Something is coming out!

Something is coming out!

It's Russ the chick!

It’s Russ the chick!

Of course, I got too excited. I checked out the special Kit Club Web page today and found that I’d been too quick. In order for the special twist to work, you needed to make some minor changes to the pattern and keep all parts separate. So I ended up frogging everything T_T Now I have to start all over again.

For now, I will keep the special twist a secret. That is, until I’ve managed to create the intended product 😛
Which, I will have to admit, might take a while. It’s been busy lately to say the least. Work is demanding a lot of my time and free days aren’t a certainty any more. Also, Boyfriend and I have been looking in to buying a house, for which I am also very excited, but we still need to do a lot of research, view possible houses and get everything together. Plus, one of our cats has been a bit sick the past few days, so we need to keep an extra close eye on him. All in all, I’m certainly not bored, but I’m afraid this also means that I will be less able to blog the coming month or so. Please bear with me, I have some patterns lined up still (one’s already done, but I just don’t have the time to type it up right now…)

What have you guys been up to lately?
And remember, I try to keep the Crochetnanigans FaceBook page updated a bit more than I am able to do here, so if you want to keep an eye on my current projects, be sure to check it out!

Cheers, Lydia