Little Bigfoot Lion – Review- Free Pattern

Free Lion Crochet Pattern

As many of you already know, my boss is a 4 year old little girl. She likes looking over my shoulder while I adore patterns by other designers.

Yesterday, she fell in love with all the Little Big Foot animals, designed by Amiguruimi To Go. But when she laid her eyes on the lion- I was given the color directions and told to get to work! ;)

Click HERE for the free lion pattern.

The pattern worked up very quickly and so much easier than it would appear. The lion is the perfect size! Not so big that your fingers will feel like they are going to fall off, and not too small that it looks sloppy. It’s the PERFECT size! I found no flaws and have nothing negative to say about this pattern. I loved it every step of the way! Thanks so much for the awesome pattern Amigurumi To Go!

For more animal patterns and reviews by me, click HERE. :)

Five Free Puppet Crochet Patterns

Free Puppet Crochet Patterns

My daughter loves her puppets! Although she has many handmade and store-bought puppets, we are always keeping our eyes out for new crochet puppet patterns. Here are 3 of my free puppet crochet patterns, along with two other free puppet patterns I have found through TheYarnBox!

1. Dog Puppet - Design by Stitch11
2. Snake Puppet - Design by Stitch11
3. Dog Bath Buddy Puppet – Design by Posh Pooch Designs
4. Daniel in The Lions Den – Design by Stitch11
5. Munching Caterpillar - Design by Snappy Tots

Five Free Crochet Bow Patterns

Five Free Crochet Bow Patterns

After making my recent- So Easy and So Perfect Bow pattern.. I decided I wanted to round up my favorite bow patterns from my own designs, and designs linked in the free crochet pattern directory, The Yarn Box.

If you didn’t already know, I am an editor for The Yarn Box. My sister Miranda, from Work At Home Adventures, and I work together to share free crochet patterns and to promote traffic to other crochet designers.

If you haven’t checked out the directory, hop on over and discover new favorite designs! The best way to help a designer.. is by sharing the links!

Anyways… back to the bows! 

1. Sassy Bow by Simply Collectable Crochet

2. Boutique Bow by Stitch11 (that’s me! ;) )

3. So Easy and So Perfect Bow by Stitch11 (Hey!! That’s me too! :) )

4. Chunky Bobble Bow by Lulu Loves

5. How To Crochet A Bow Tie by Mollie Makes

Crochet A Skunk!

Free Skunk Crochet Pattern

Supplies 
Yarn Bee – Cameo Bulky- One skein of white. One skein of black.
J/10-6.00 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Batting/stuffing
Two 15mm Safety Eyes
Medium/worsted weight yarn in both black and white. (This is for the ears and the tail)
Dog Brush (For brushing the tail)
Small amount of felt for the heart nose.
Hot glue gun for adding the nose.

Stitches
Magic Circle
SC -Single Crochet
SC DEC – Single Crochet Decrease
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

Tip: When changing colors mid-way through a round/row, before you pull your yarn through your last stitch, switch colors and pull it through the two loops. This will not count as your first stitch of your new color. It will give your stitches a clean color change.
You will carry the color you are not using along by crocheting over the yarn strand.
If this is confusing – Check out this tutorial by Moogly. Although please note- with this your will crochet over the unused yarn instead of dropping it behind the stitches.

-Note- The tail of this skunk is made the same way as the Fox Tail from my daughters Fox Halloween Costume.

Lets Get Started On The Body!

Starting with black yarn.
Round 1: Magic Circle. CH 1. 8 SC into magic circle. Join to first SC. (8 stitches)
Round 2: CH 1. 2 SC into each SC around. Join to first SC. (16 stitches)

You will now start working in continuous rounds. (You may want to use a stitch marker.)

Round 3: **2 SC into the next stitch. 1 SC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** 7 more times. (24 stitches)
Round 4: 2 SC into the next stitch. 1 SC into the next 9 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC into next stitch. Change to black.  SC into the next 2 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC into the next stitch. Change to black. 1 SC into the next 9 stitches. 2 SC into the next stitch. (26 stitches)
Round 5: SC into each of the next 11 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC into next stitch. Change to black.  SC into the next 2 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC into the next stitch. Change to black. 1 SC into the next 11 stitches. (26 stitches)
Round 6: SC into each of the next 10 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 2 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 8 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 2 stitches.(26 stitches)
Round 7: SC into next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 8 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 7 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 2 stitches. (26 stitches)
Round 8: SC into next 3 stitches.  Change to black. SC into next 7 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 2 stitches.  Change to black. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC in next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 3 stitches. (26 stitches)
Round 9: SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 7 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next stitch. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 3 stitches.  (26 stitches)
Round 10: SC into next 4 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next stitch. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 3 stitches. (26 stitches)
Round 11: SC into next 4 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next stitch. Change to white. SC into next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC into next 6 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 3 stitches.  (26 stitches)
Round 12: SC DEC. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC DEC. SC in next 5 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 5 stitches. Change to black. SC in next 5 stitches. SC DEC. Change to white. SC DEC. Sc into the next stitch. (22 stitches)
Round 13: SC in next stitch. SC DEC. Change to black. SC in next 2 stitches. SC DEC. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 5 stitches. Change to black. SC in next 2 stitches. SC DEC. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to white. SC DEC. (18 stitches)
Round 14: SC in next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC DEC. SC in next 4 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 3 stitches. Change to black. SC in next 4 stitches. SC DEC. SC in next stitch. (Go ahead and break the white yarn here.) (16 stitches)
Stuff the body
Round 15: SC DEC 8 times. Slip stitch into next stitch. Finish off leaving long tail.

 Time To Start The Head! 

Starting with black yarn.

Round 1: Magic circle.  CH 1. 6 SC inside magic circle. Join to first SC. (6 stitches)
Round 2: CH 1. 1 SC into each SC around. Join to first SC. (6 stitches)
Round 3: CH 1. 2 SC into the first stitch. SC into next stitch. Change to white yarn. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to black yarn. SC into next stitch. 2 SC into last stitch. Join to first SC. (8 stitches)

You will now start working in continuous rounds. (you may want to use a stitch marker.

Round 4: 2 SC into next stitch. SC into next stitch. Change to white. 2 SC into each of the next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC into next stitch. 2 SC into next stitch. SC into next 2 stitches. (12 stitches)
Round 5: SC into each of the next 3 stitches. Change to white. SC into next stitch. 2 SC into next 2 stitches. SC into next stitch. Change to black. SC into next 5 stitches. (14 stitches)
Round 5: SC into next stitch. 2 SC into next stitch. SC into the next stitch. Change to white. SC into each of the 6 stitches. Change to black. SC into the next stitch. 2 SC into the next stitch. SC into each of the next 3 stitches.  (16 stitches)
Round 6: 2 SC into each of the next 4 stitches. Change to white. 2 SC into each of the next 6 stitches. Change to black. 2 SC into each of the next 4 stitches. 1 SC into next 2 stitches. (30 stitches)
Round 8: 1 SC into next 9 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC in next 10 stitches. Change to black. 1 SC into next 11 stitches. (30 stitches)
Round 9-11: 1 SC into next 10 stitches. Change to white. 1 SC in next 8 stitches. Change to black. 1 SC into next 12 stitches. (30 stitches)
Round 12: SC DEC 5 times. Change to white. 1 SC in next 8 stitches. Change to black. SC DEC 6 times. (19 stitches)
Round 13: SC in next stitch. SC DEC 2 times. Change to white. SC DEC. SC in next 4 stitches. SC DEC. Change to black. SC DEC 3 times. (12 stitches)
Round 14: SC in next 3 stitches. Change to white. SC in next 2 stitches. SC DEC. SC in next 2 stitches. Change to black. SC in next 3 stitches. slip stitch into next stitch. (11 stitches – not including the slip stitch)
-Finish off the white and secure the end. Finish off the black leaving long tail.
-Using the photo (or a googled photo of a skunk) as a guide.. attach 2 safety eyes.
-Stuff the head.
-Weave yarn tail around the stitches of last round and pull tight to close the hole.
-Attach the head to the body.

Let’s Start the Ears! – Make Two

Using the medium worsted black yarn.

Step 1: CH 5. Skip 1 CH. HDC in next stitch. 3 DC in each of the next two stitches. HDC in next stitch. CH 1. Slip stitch in same stitch.
Step 2: Finish off leaving long tail. Fold the CH part of the ear in half (with the pretty side of stitches on the inside). Slip stitch down the chain joining both halves. Attach to the head and repeat for second ear. I attached it up the part that is slip stitched.from front to back.. the attached the bottom sides of the ear from left to right. 

 Let’s Make The Legs! – Make Four

Using black yarn

Round 1: Magic Circle. 10 SC into magic circle. Join to first SC.
Round 2: In back loops of this round only. CH 1. SC into each Back loop around. join to first SC.
Round 3-4: CH 1. 1 SC into each SC around. Join to first SC.
Finish off leaving long tail. Lightly stuff and attach to the body of your skunk.

Making the Skunk Tail

The first thing you will need to do is look at my review for the Fox Tail. You will be making the skunk tail the same way. But, you will be tying the yarn on in the skunk tail pattern (with a white stripe down the middle). You will start with a 5 inch braid using 6 strands of the black medium/worsted yarn.

-Attach the tail using your yarn needle.
-Cut felt into the shape of a heart and hot glue it on for the nose.