When we found out that some very dear friends of ours were having a baby, we were overjoyed. I knew that they both loved Game of Thrones (in fact, the dad commissioned the Petyr Baelish costume I made for Halloween last year!), and wanted to do something special for their baby boy.
But how to make a Game of Thrones themed gift that was kid-friendly?
I found this pattern online and thought it was perfect. They're animals representing each of the four main houses in Game of Thrones, but still very cuddleable! I even came up with adorable names for each of them (pattern link included):
Snuffy Stark (pattern for $3.75)
Buckley Baratheon (pattern for $3.25)
Lionel Lannister (pattern for $4.00)
Toothy Targaryen (pattern for $4.00)
You can also buy all four patterns for $10, which I think is a great deal.
As I worked on each one, I tweaked different aspects to customize them a little. In general, I wanted them to look a lot less serious, and much more happy. This is easily accomplished by leaving off the eyebrows.
See how friendly he looks now?
Snuffy Stark (the direwolf sigil of the Stark family) was pretty much done exactly to the pattern's instructions. My main modifications were leaving off his eyebrows and turning up his mouth into a smile.
Toothy Targaryen was also done very close to the pattern's instructions. The only difference here is that I didn't have enough room on his belly for three stripes, so I settled for two. I liked him better without the grim mouth, so I left that out, as well as not adding the eyebrows.
Buckley Baratheon had a few major changes. The first was to his ears. If you look at the original design, they're tube-shaped. I wanted mine to look more like actual deer ears, so I did research into other reindeer patterns to see how they created their ears. I decided to use the instructions from Rudy the Reindeer by Tales of Twisted Fibers, and I really liked the way they came out.
I also used a combination of their instructions and the original Game of Thrones pattern to create the tail, which I wanted to have more of a point at the end. I attached the tail to the body in a circle, rather than making the end flat and sewing it in a straight line. I also free-handed a white section to go underneath the tail, for an extra detail.
Lionel Lannister, my own personal favorite (he's so soft and cuddly!), is the one who got the biggest overhaul. I covered the top third of his nose with a matching brown, made the nose bigger, left off the mouth, ears, eyebrows, and white eye circles. I personally thought the mane looked more like a hood than a lion's mane, I did research into other patterns until I found a mane and tail from Little lion amigurumi by beacrafter that I really liked.
Aren't they adorable?! Look at that fluffy tail!
She uses a particular technique called a 'loop stitch' that creates that long half circle attached to a stabilizing stitch. The youtube video demonstrating it can be found here. I used this to created both the tail and the mane. I used beacrafter's instructions for the tail, but freehanded my own version for the mane. I basically created a rectangle that went around the top of the head, sewing it on to the head piece before attaching the head to the body. I don't remember the exact measurements, but it was about six or eight stitches wide, and then I just kept measuring it against the head until it was as long as it needed to be. I actually thought he looked adorable without ears, but feel free to add your own if you like!
That's all for now! I do recommend this pattern, especially for any Game of Thrones fans in your life, or just for yourself!
Lionel looks a little different here for some reason...
The finished products!