Can you believe January is already over? Happy February! That means it’s Lunar New Year time, February 16th, to be exact. It is also the Year of the Dog for 2018. Hence, Clio was born! I love Corgis and since it’s Year of the Dog, of course I had to make him the Chinese New Year (CNY) crochet dog!
Clio is worked from his feet up. You will crochet the little parts such as the tail, forelegs and ears first, then move on to the legs, body and head. The little parts are then attached to the body as you go. That way, you aren’t sewing a bunch of parts at the end. The legs, body and head are worked in one-piece! Less sewing is always better, isn’t it?
This crochet pattern include instructions to make Corgi as well as the CNY themed ‘揮春’ (red paper), along with a photo tutorial on how to embroider on the Chinese word “旺”.
What is a ‘揮春’ (pronounced ‘fai chun’ in Cantonese)? ‘揮春’ contains auspicious messages/good luck sayings, often on red paper with gold or black writings. They are usually used as a door/wall hanging and were meant to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck to the family in the New Year.
The Chinese character ‘旺’ means prosperity. In Cantonese (the language I speak), it is pronounced ‘wong’. I chose this word to put on the ‘red paper’ because it is one of the easier words to write that is appropriate for CNY and because 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
What does ‘旺’/prosperity have to do with dogs, you ask? In Chinese, we call the onomatopoeic word of a dog’s barking sound as ‘汪汪’, pronounced as ‘wong wong’, with a different tone. Therefore, the word ‘旺’is used during CNY, kind of like a dog is barking ‘prosperity & luck to you!’
Then of course, you can always make Clio without the CNY theme! I’m sure there are a lot of you Corgi-obsessed out there!!
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I hope you will love this Corgi crochet pattern!
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