This is Napolion. He is (obviously) a crochet lion, the pattern for which I am about to share with you :) Thank you to Beth Spaulding and Caroline Tart for suggesting the name (which I love, by the way)!
Before we go any further I would like to point out my favourite part of this pattern: there is NO SEWING involved! The legs and ears are joined as you go. You don’t have to work away any tails of yarn either, except for the very last one, as all the tails of yarn can be pulled into the body and used as part of the stuffing.
Although I have made my lion in yellows and oranges, you are not limited to this colour scheme in any way. Amanda Wong made this lovely blue lion and Dianna Smith made a pretty pink one. I hope to have a whole rainbow nation of lion pictures soon!
Using the hook and yarn specified, your crochet lion will be 10 cm from front to back and 10 cm high (4″ x 4″).
I have used Patons Smoothie (Double knit yarn/light worsted weight/#3).
I love this yarn NO END! It is smooth and soft with the tiniest amount of shine. The blurb on the website says that you will find it hard to believe that it is 100% acrylic and I have to agree. This is my absolute favourite yarn ever and is quite affordable.
I usually buy my yarn from Woolwarehouse (UK), but Black Sheep Wools sells it too, and with international shipping to boot. So if someone who loves you wants to buy you the perfect gift, get them to order you some of this yarn. The colours are a lot more vibrant than they appear online.
You will need:
♥ 4.0 mm Crochet hook (US 6/G, UK 8)
♥ Double knit yarn (light worsted weight – #3) in:
♥ Yellow – approx. 50 m/56 yards
♥ White and black (scraps)
♥ Orange – approx. 15 m/17 yards
♥ Dark orange – approx. 10 m/11 yards
♥ Yarn needle
♥ Tiny amount of Stuffing and 2 Buttons for the eyes (or safety eyes)
I use running stitch markers to help me keep track of the beginning of each new round.
A running stitch marker is a piece of scrap yarn used to indicate the first stitch of each round.
Simply place the piece of scrap yarn across your work BEFORE making the first st of a round and then flick the yarn backwards/forwards before the first st of every subsequent round. This will form what looks like a running stitch up your work.
I also use short rows to help with the shaping of the head. Short rows are just rows that do not begin and end where rows traditionally begin and end. When you work with short rows, you will notice a “step” where the previous short row started. When coming off this “step”, you need to make sure that you work into the next available stitch after the step, not the stitch at the base of the step which already contains a sl st.
Read this post if you would like to know more about running stitch markers and short rows. Please note that this walk-through employs joining in the round, which does not apply to Napolion as he is worked in a spiral. If you need additional help with working in the round in a spiral, you can have a look at this tutorial.
Crochet Lion Pattern
I would like to thank the following ladies for testing this pattern for me. I remain heavily reliant on testers to ensure that my patterns are as precise and clear as I can possibly make them.
Beth Spaulding ♥ Connie Gerbrandt ♥ Lesley Lord
Jill Delorey Constantine ♥ Sylvia Ramos ♥ Amanda Yen Chun Wong
Anette Bak ♥ Michele Henson ♥ Tess McDonald ♥ Dianna Smith
A special “Thank you!” to Venetia Smith, who is both my friend and meticulous “editor”. She makes sure that I dot all my i’s and cross all my t’s, hehe. Some of us need more help than others.
You can see more of my testers’ lovely creations here.
- Brill the Crochet Lion Puzzle
- Tau the Crochet Lion Lovie
- Grace the Elephant Comfort Blanket
- Meimei the Crochet Elephant