I would like to introduce you to Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle. He is the most recent of my Amamani (Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals) and I am very chuffed with how he came out. He is based on the original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, and as such comes apart into 3 segments, or rings, which then have to be re-assembled to form the lion.
The chunky design makes it perfect for little hands to grab hold of and your colour options are limitless! Just have a look at what some of my testers came up with. You can see more variations here.
Using the hook and yarn specified, Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle works up to 13 cm wide x 15 cm high x 15 cm long. That is roughly 5″ x 6″ x 6″. But you can use a bigger or smaller hook and thicker or thinner yarn.
Gauge doesn’t matter, but if the yarn you use is too thin for the hook you use, you will end up with holes in your lids. And if you do make Brill with odds and ends of yarn and some of the yarns are thinner than others, please make sure that the yarn you use for the lids is as thick, or thicker, than the yarn you use for the wedges, otherwise the lids will be too small. The wedges are more forgiving than the lids!
The pattern for Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle is suitable for Advanced Beginners.
Although this pattern is easy, it is very detailed, so you will need to have a good grasp of the English language. If you are not comfortable with English, you are probably going to struggle with this pattern, so I would advise against purchasing it.
The pattern includes instructions for making both a cutesey mane AND a manly fringe mane. My husband and I could not agree on which one was better (I obviously voted for cutesey), so I included both. I will add, though, that if you are using a silky cotton yarn, the manly mane tends to come loose. So if you do decide to add a fringe mane to your lion, use speciality yarn which will “knot” better. As a rule of thumb, the more difficult the yarn is to work with, the less likely the fringe is to come undone.
If you want to make VERY sure that your lion is baby-safe, go for the cutesey mane as it won’t be unraveling in a hurry.
You will need to know:
- How to make single crochet stitches, half-double crochet stitches and double crochet stitches
- How to work into the back loop only
- How to increase and decrease
- How to work in the round
- How to make a magic ring
US Terminology used
|Blo||Back loop only|
|Sc inc||Single crochet increase|
|Sc2tog||Single crochet 2 together (sc decrease)|
|*||Repeat all instructions between asterisks|
- 4 mm Crochet Hook
- Double knit yarn in Yellow (approx. 270m/300 yards)
- Double knit yarn in Oranges and Brown (approx. 35m/40 yards each)
- Double knit yarn in white and black (just scraps)
- Yarn needle
- 2 Buttons for the eyes
- A piece of scrap yarn to use as a st marker
Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle Pattern
The pattern for Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle is now available in my Ravelry Store.
I also have a pattern giveaway running until the 10th of August 2013. You can enter here.
I hope you feel inspired to make your very own Crochet Lion Puzzle and cannot wait to see all the variations!
xxx dedri (edit)