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I had a huge panic! I completed this pattern back in July but only came to type it up now (end of August). When I opened my Lotso word document there was only the written pattern for the Body and half of the arm!! I thought to myself where is the rest of the pattern? Have I lost it? If so, I crocheted this pattern so long ago that I couldn’t possibly remember off the top of my head the sequence of stitches that I used.
Fortunately, for whichever reason, I stopped typing and decided to write the pattern on a scrap piece of paper as I went along…do not ask why I did it, it is likely that one of the twins were attacking me for my tablet. Luckily, after a thorough search I found the paper and realised that most of the pattern was there. I just needed to rewrite the ears and tail which will not take long. This easily could have ended up as a bit of a disaster for me – but this is a lesson learnt and I will not be making that mistake again.
Drama aside, Lotso was a fun pattern to create. I was adamant to do the head and body as one piece so tried to take time and concentrate on the contouring. I was very happy with the outcome.
Though I am happy with the overall look, when I make Lotso again I am likely to make a few changes just to elevate the likeness a little bit more. A bigger and rounder face, shorter legs, remove the last row of the mouthpiece so it doesn’t protrude as much and make the nose a little bit smaller. Listing it like that makes it seem like a lot, but the changes are subtle. Despite my intended changes, the current likeness to Lotso is still clearly visible.
Lotso is a teddy bear so there was never going to be a big opportunity for mixed media. I did get to do the finishing touches with some felt sheets which completed the look very nicely.
I will not say much more because I need to go and complete the missing parts of this pattern now.
Lotso measures approximately 7 inches/18 cm tall and 5.5 inches/14 cm wide (arm span) and takes around 3 hours to crochet (based on the speed that I crochet and not including the assembly and customisation).
- DK yarn (You can use Stylecraft Special DK in 1827 Fushia Purple, 1425 Emperor, 1218 Parchment)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Brown safety eyes
- White, black, pink and dark pink/red felt
- Felt glue
- Stitch marker
A full list of the abbreviations that I use in my patterns:
- MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
- SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
- HDC – half double crochet (half treble English)
- DC – double crochet (treble English)
- INC – single crochet increase
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- #DCin1 – the specified number of DC in the same stitch (i.e. 3DCin1)
- #HDCin1 – the specified number of HDC in the same stitch (i.e. 3HDCin1)
- hdcINC – half double crochet increase
- dcINC – double crochet increase
- DEC – invisible decrease (if it is a DEC in BLO I tend to use the 2TOG decrease method)
- 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CH – chain stitches
- CC – colour change
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- OFFSET – a term I use when adding or taking away additional stitches in order to line up or get the right placement
- = # ROWS – repeat the stitch sequence for the row the specified number of times e.g. 32SC (32) = 5 ROWS
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete.
How did your Lotso turn out? Seeing him completed in this picture makes me want to make his walking stick too! I may just have to dig out some polymer clay to complete the look.
As mentioned in the other post, due to next month being October, and my desire to keep in line with the spirit of Halloween, I chose for next month’s mini tier pattern to be Benson from Toy Story and the villain Shan Yu from Mulan for the Midi tier pattern.
Until the next post, happy crocheting!