July 6, 2015

Steven's Lion

If you follow me on Tumblr, you know that I am a huge fan of Steven Universe. Or you might remember that I have already made a post about this topic when I made a Cookie Cat. Either way, the show continues to be one of the best cartoons on TV right now.

With so much to love about the show from the amazing music, stunning background art and wonderful characters, it's no surprise that I wanted to make something else. The design of all the characters in the show does lend it self to making toys, but I have trouble making people shapes, so I decided to make Lion.
Lion Reference sheet from the StevenCrewniverse Tumblr account



Thanks to a gift card to one of my local yarn shops, I was able to get some really nice yarn to make him with. I got two skeins of Cascade Sierra in Pink (016) for his body. For some reason it doesn't seem to be listed online, but it is 80% Pima Cotton and 20% Wool and calls for size 7 needles, which are 4.5mm so I plan to use my go-to 5mm H hook to make him. For the mane I'm using Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Petal Bloom. Not only is the color name totally perfect, since Lion is related to Rose Quartz somehow, but the color is just a little lighter than the Sierra and super soft and fluffy. I plan to pull sections through the body and then fuzz it out a lot, kind of like what I did for Reveille the collie.

I had originally planned to use a free pattern for him and just adapt it, but since I want him to look really on model, I decided to try to make the pattern myself. Of course this is the more difficult option, but hey, nothing awesome comes easy. The head, snout and ears are all very close to that free pattern, if a little smaller, but that's all I referenced. I found that marking off the hairline and then sewing the ears back from that helped me visualize how this would look and where the mane should go.

The body from the head pattern is too bean shaped and Lion's tapers in the opposite direction with a large chest and smaller rump so I figured out the body as I went along. I tried to stuff him fuller in the chest.

Once that was done, I made the front legs. I wanted them to have the wide footpad and little toe bump shape. Comparing the width of the legs to the snout helped me realize these are wide, stout legs. I also added a tab at the top of the legs to get the shoulder area. When sewing them on I added a little stuffing under them to make it look nicer and really make it shoulder.

The back legs are the same pattern as the front, but without the tab on the top. I positioned the front ones to have him sitting up, so the back ones were added out to the sides to make him look cute.

Finally the tail. I started at the end of the tail and did a round bulb shape in the light pink of his mane and then gradually widened up from there to the base. I stuffed it as best I could. It is 7 inches long from base to end.

I sewed him together as I went along to make sure his proportions were to my liking.
A naked Lion! Or a Lioness, I guess.
Lastly I did the mane. I had a good idea of where the hairline should start and just went from there. To add the hair, normally you would make a wig cap and then pull the hair through it, but after making most of the cap, I realized that I would not have nearly enough yarn to then make the mane.
scrapped mane hair cap to the left.
Rooting the hair is a pain and making it look nice takes a long time. I watched a good video on how to root hair by Sharon Ojala online and I have it start at the place where it talks about rooting in specific. Once I had the concept down I started on the tail to make sure that I could use all the rest of the skein for the hair and not worry about needing to leave any. It was also a good place to test out how it would look.

Once I had looped about 30 strands onto the tail bulb, I unwound the two ply of the yarn to help it look and feel fuller as Lion has a really fluffy look to him. It took about two hours to do the tail alone. The mane itself took about 8 hours to loop it all on and then another hour or so to fuzz it out, cut and style it.
Mane looped on and tail finished and fuzzed out. Kind of looks like dreads.
Mane fuzzed out and trimmed. Adds a lot of volume. Tried to trim it into the points that give it a star shape.

From behind.

Finished Size: About 10" wide, 10" tall and 12" long (from nose to butt) .
Time to Complete: 20 hours over about a week for the main body and parts, a lot of trial and error mostly, so actually making him would be faster I have to think. Tail took 2 hours. Mane took 8 hours more, and another one to add and fluff and style. Total is 31 hours give or take.
Difficulty: Intermediate

Bonus: My Gemsona: Star Sapphire
Gemsonas are a thing artists on the internet have started doing, drawing their own fan characters for the show. Always loved star sapphires and own a few, made sense to give her one. You can see I played with location and weapon idea.

Final note: Yes, I have written up the pattern for Lion. But, as with Blathers, I am hesitant to share for fear of copyright infringement and pattern stealing. Ask nicely and drop me a line at angela dot skees at gmail dot com and I can share the pattern. 

Updates:
I have now shared the pattern with about 8 people! And three or so have actually shared images of their finished Lions, but I really wanted to share this one made by Stefanie Varga. She used DROPS Eskimo yarn, that is also a felting yarn, for the mane and it came out amazing! Wish I had thought of that. She also added little pads to the bottom of his feet which are really cute.

Update 2:
The total of shared patterns is up to 46! I've got quite a few pictures back from their creators as well so I thought I would add them to this post so you can see. I love love love them all, but am especially fond of ones with super fluffy manes.

by Elaine

by Hannah

by Jessica

by Kathryn

by Maria

by Nadine

19 comments:

Melissa Gadzala said...

I would be thrilled if you shared. I recently saw a post with the final outcome of this project and thought it was really amazing and well done. With a little searching I found this blog hoping you might share. (Btw if I had a tumblr, I'd probably follow you because I too love Steven Universe and most of your other reblogs were great too.) However, if you are worried about pattern stealing, I would completely understand if you decided not to. I was looking for some good adventure time patterns awhile ago, and there was someone who was sharing their designs, but because someone was selling their patterns, they removed them. I don't understand the mindset of people who claim others work as their own for profit. If only there was a way of tracking how a pattern was shared to prevent that.

Angela Skees said...

+Melissa Gadzala
Thanks for your comment. I have decided to share the pattern on an ask only basis, so if you would like to drop me a line at angela dot skees at gmail dot com I can send you the pdf. This way I can make sure it's decent people who are fans of the show and in that spirit would hopefully not betray my trust.

forever is not enough said...

Hey there! I'll send you a mail asking for the pattern, i would be so happy if you send it to me :) I'm from Argentina, I saw your final work and i totally loved it! Wish you can answer me, i could show you my final lion if you want to
My mail es marriachan@gmail.com, by the way :)

Codex said...

Oh my goodness I would be honored if you would share this pattern with me! My email is reyeskathryn@gmail.com please contact me back if you're up for it or not. :)

Dani Carrascosa said...

Hi! I just send you a mail in request of Lion's pattern. Thanks in advance! My mail is dani092@gmail.com

Draco Firedragon said...

Hi! I have already sent u an email but my adress is bikttor@hotmail.com

Really cool!

sugafire3 said...

I'd lie to start off complimenting you. You are very gifted and talented. I like that your Lion is very close in model and statue for you own basic pattern. I would be honored if you would share your pattern with me. It is the best one I have found thus far. Thank you in advance. My email is moonsfire3@gmail.com

Yamila Fantini said...

Request you an email with the pattern. I would be very grateful if you send it , it's beautiful !!! (Excuse my English , I speak Spanish) My email is yamif2007@hotmail.com

Ashley Kooima said...

Hey I just sent you and email. I would love to be able to make lion for my son. My email is ashley.kooima@gmail.com.
I love your pattern and hope you decide to share it with me :)

Charlotte Smith said...

Hi there! I was wondering if it would be possible to drop this pattern into the email of charlottes1994@gmail.com your version of lion is such a cutie!

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Von Malana said...

Awesome :)
Can you share me the pattern, my account is vonbon112398@gmail.com
thanks :D

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Ashley Frank said...

I am such a fan of the show and your creation is beautiful!

Ashley Frank said...

I am such a fan of the show and your creation is beautiful!

celinamarie said...

Is it too late to request a copy of the pattern? Would love to make this for my nephew
celinamarie193@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Wow, your lion its soo cool, I would like to make one for my niece who likes the show, can I ask for a copy of the pattern? my mail is alfa2607@gmail.com thanks a lot

Natalia Cangelosi said...

I looove this! Can someone send me this pattern? Naty.cangelosi@gmail.com
Thank you!

Hattori said...

Is it too late to get this pattern?
I need it! :)
fhattori@gmail.com