maandag 29 januari 2018

Dutch Lion Amigurumi! (With Pants!)

A friend was moving from Miami to Holland (no, I don't know why either...) and in our little church community we decided to give her a welcome basket with all Dutch products and gifts. I decided to make her an amigurumi lion, since this nobel animal is the symbol of Holland. You can see for yourself how it has pride of place (yes, pun intended) in the Dutch coat of arms: 



No, we don't have, nor ever had, lions in Holland. But apparently there are a lot of lions featured in our ancient literature and that's why they are on our coat of arms. "Je maintiendrai" translates as "I will maintain". At least that is what Google translate tells me. So anyhow, I looked online for a cute crochet pattern for a lion (link to this pattern provided at the end of this blog post), and started hooking! And after a couple of hours of crocheting and assembling the lion and after many, many MANY more hours of putting in the yarn strands for its mane (never again!), this is what I ended up with:

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
Not really recognizable as a lion yet. This little fellow needs a hair cut. I like the full mane look though and considered giving him dreadlocks....

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
Result after the extensive hair implants... My goodness, that was a lot of work! 

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
Roawr! I'm ready for my hair cut!

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
After a thorough hair cut, I was debating with myself to leave his lion mane this length, but eventually decided to give him a more close cropped look:

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
After the final hair cut, front view. 













Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
And side view!

Ofcourse I needed to "Dutch up" this little critter a little bit and since I wasn't planning on crocheting him a pair of clogs, I decided he needed a pair of pants that "subtly" (ahem...) showed the colors of the Dutch flag:
Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
Final result from the front! Love those oversized buttons on the overalls!

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
From the side!

Free Crochet Pattern Little Lion Amigurumi (With Pants!)
From the back! I love the little "button hole" for the tail!


Want to make your own cool little lion? Use THIS FREE PATTERN!
Sorry, I don't have the pattern for the pants (and yes, I think they are quite spectacular, I'm looking into making them adult human size for myself to wear!). I made them sort of "free-style". This way they fitted the lion perfectly!

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