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Crochet lion amigurumi – Pattern (Free)

Hello crochet lion,

Rawr! I’m made this little guy for my adorable little nephew. Not sure if he’d appreciate a plush toy, but I know for sure that if he had a spirit animal lion would be it. So here’s my pattern for this lovely little toy.

Measure:

Height: 21cms.
Crochet hook size: 2.5mm
Yarn : 2 skeins of light brown coloured acrylic yarn
1 skein of dark brown coloured yarn
1 skein of white colored yarn

Pattern notes:

The pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. The semi colon between rounds indicates similar pattern is to be followed for the rounds between them. The mane is rooted*.
Rooted:
Follow the pattern under mane for the mane cap. To make the hair like appearance for the mane, cut yarn to strips of desired length to be worked into almost every sc on the mane cap. Fold the yarn in half; make a knot similar to the larks head knot in macramé into the mane cap.

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Head:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 8: sc around. (42)
Round 9: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (48)
Round 10: sc around. (48)
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Round 17: sc around. (48)
Round 18: [sc in the next 6sc, dec in the next 2sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 19: [sc in the next 5sc, dec in the next 2sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 20: [sc in the next 4sc, dec in the next 2sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 21: [sc in the next 3sc, dec in the next 2sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 22: [sc in the next 2sc, dec in the next 2sc] * 6 times. (18)
Stuff the head. Finish off.

Lion’s muzzle:
Using a white coloured yarn,
Chain 5.
Round 1: Starting from the second chain from the hook sc in the next 3 chains, 3sc in the last chain, turn, sc in the next 3 chains, 3sc in the last chain.
Round 2: sc(3), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(3), 2sc, sc, 2sc. (16)  

 Round 3: sc(4), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(5), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc. (20)
Round 4: sc(5), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(7), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(2). (24)
Round 5: sc(6), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(9), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(3). (28)
Round 6: sc(7), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(11), 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc(4). (32)
Round 7: sc around. (32)
Round 8: sc around. (32)
Stuff the muzzle and attach it to the head.

Lion’s nostrils:
Starting off with a darker colour(I used the brown coloured yarn I used for it’s mane),
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: [sc in the next sc, 2sc in the next 2sc] * 2 times. (10)
Round 3: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 2 times. (12)
Round 4: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 2 times. (14)
Joining in with the other yarn used for the lion’s head,
Round 5: sc around.
Round 6: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 2 times. (16)
Round 7: [sc in the next 7sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 2 times. (18)
Round 8: sc around. (18)
Round 9: [sc in the next 8sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 2 times. (20)
Fold and sew it to the top of the muzzle.

Crochet Lion - Head

Mane:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 8: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (48)
Round 10: sc around. (48)
Round 11: 22sc, sc2tog, 22sc, sc2tog. (46)
Round 12: 19sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, 19sc, sc2tog, sc2tog. (42)
Round 13: 19sc, sc2tog, 19sc, sc2tog. (40)
Sl st and finish off.

Now attach the mane cap to the head, and start rooting it for the lush mane. It’s time consuming but gives you the best effect. After about two or three rows of rooting the hair attach the ears.

Ears:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: sc around. (18)
Round 5: sc around. (18)
Make two of these ears and sew it into the head appropriately.

Crochet Lion-mane

Lion’s Body:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 8: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (48)
Round 9: [sc in the next 7sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (54)
Round 10: [sc in the next 8sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (60)
Round 11: [sc in the next 9sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (66)
Round 12: sc around. (66)
Round 13: sc around. (66)
Round 14: sc around. (66)
Round 15: [sc in the next 9sc, dec] * 6 times. (60)
Round 16: sc around. (60)
Round 17: [sc in the next 8sc, dec] * 6 times. (54)
Round 18: sc around. (54)
Round 19: [sc in the next 7sc, dec] * 6 times. (48)
Round 20: sc around. (48)
Round 21: [sc in the next 6sc, dec] * 6 times. (42)
Round 22: sc around. (42)
Round 23: [sc in the next 5sc, dec] * 6 times. (36)
Round 24: sc around. (36)
Round 25: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 26: sc around. (42)
Round 27: sc around. (42)
Round 28: sc around. (42)
Round 29: sc around. (42)
Round 30: [sc in the next 5sc, dec] * 6 times. (36)
Round 31: sc around. (36)
Round 32: [sc in the next 4sc, dec] * 6 times. (30)
Round 33: [sc in the next 3sc, dec] * 6 times. (24)
Round 34: [sc in the next 2sc, dec] * 6 times. (18)
Stuff body and finish off.
Haha! Look at his pear shaped body.

Crochet Lion-body

Lion’s Legs:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: sc around. (36)
Round 8: sc around. (36)
Round 9: [sc in the next 4sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (32)
Round 10: [sc in the next 3sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (28)
Round 11: [sc in the next 2sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (24)
Round 12: sc around. (24)
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Round 20: sc around. (24)
Make two of these, stuff and join it with the body.

Crochet Lion - Arms

Lion’s Arms:
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: sc around. (36)
Round 8: sc around. (36)
Round 9: [sc in the next 4sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (32)
Round 10: [sc in the next 3sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (28)
Round 11: [sc in the next 2sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (24)
Round 12: [sc, dec] * 4 times, 12sc. (20)
Round 13: sc around. (20)
:
Round 26: sc around. (20)
Make two of these, stuff and join it with the body.

Eyes:
Using black colored yarn,
Magic circle, chain 1, 6sc in the circle. Join.
Make two of these and sew it onto the head.
Then thread white colored yarn to a needle and make a single stitch on it so that it appears like the light reflecting through his eyes.
Do the same for both eyes.
Now thread the yarn used for his body to a needle and make parallel stitches(like satin stitch in embroidery), covering quarter of his eyes. These should appear like the eyelid, almost making him a droopy eyed lion.

Tail:

Using tan colored yarn
Magic circle, chain 1, 6sc into the circle. Make several rounds of 6sc till your desired length. Make a 2sc increase for the next two rows and finish off. Sew the tail to the body. Root little strips brown colored yarn to the end of his tail.

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142 thoughts on “Crochet lion amigurumi – Pattern (Free)”

      1. Haha! no problem. I’m just writing a new pattern and happened to be online. 🙂 I’ve updated the muzzle, and it should work. Let me know if I went wrong anywhere. Thanks!

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      2. i started making this pattern but the muzzle is still confusing to me. Does sc(3) mean 3 sc in same stitch and 2sc mean 2 sc in consecutive stitches? If so the round adds up to 14 not 16 please help me understand thank u

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  1. And i also cant find anything for the eyes and tail though i can make up something for that myself. I really love this pattern its better looking than all the other lions i looked at please help me finish it if you can 🙂

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    1. Sure! I think I actually made that up as I went about making it. That’s why I don’t have a written down pattern. Putting that up would do me good for future reference and anyone else wanting to make this lion. 🙂

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  2. Hi there. I’m confused about round 1 of the muzzle. I ch5, turned work, started in second chain from hook, sc in each of the next three chains. Now what? Do I turn work again?

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    1. Sorry about my average pattern writing skills. Yes, you work in rounds around the chain 5.
      Starting from the second chain from the hook, sc in the next 3, 3 sc in the last chain. (Turn)
      sc in the next 4
      And then proceed with the next rounds.
      Hope I’m making sense and it helps. 🙂

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      1. I suggest:
        R1:Starting in second ch from hook, sc in next 3ch. 3sc in last ch. Rotate work and continue 3sc in back loop of 3 chains. (12 st total around).
        R2: sc in 3sc,…

        (This is the way I think you begin for an oval shape.)

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  3. Does anyone have any ideas about how to do the eyes on this lion i have it all finished except for the eyes i would greatly appreciate some help figuring it out. Thank you!

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    1. This should help,
      Black coloured yarn:
      Magic circle, chain 1, 6sc in the circle. Join.
      Make two of these and sew it onto the head.
      Then thread white coloured yarn to a needle and make a single stitch on it so that it appears like the light reflecting through his eyes.
      Do the same for both eyes.
      Now thread the yarn used for his body to a needle and make parallel stitches, covering quarter of his eyes. These should appear like the eyelid, almost making him a droopy eyed lion.

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  4. Good morning. Thank you very much. the video is perfect. One last question. I am creating a PDF document with the pattern so i can save it in my electronic device. As i copy and paste i noticed the Head, Legs, and Arms of the pattern are missing rounds. Is this a fact or is it save to change the round numbers so that they follow in sequence?

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    1. Omg! I’m honoured, somebody wanting to make a pdf of my pattern. I’ve added a semicolon between those missing rounds indicating that the rounds inbetween have the same number of stitches. Hope I’m making sense. 😃

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  5. yes. That is what I was thinking. I just needed to make sure. I can email you the PDF if you’d like. I’ve included the comments because the suggesstions are helpful.

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  6. I emailed the PDF to your email address. Feel free to request any edits. Thank you again for the cutest lion amigurumi pattern.

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    1. Thank you Dianne, I’ve updated the blog post with a pattern for tail. I hope I’m making sense and it helps you. Feel free to let me know if it doesn’t work.

      Tail:
      Using tan colored yarn
      Magic circle, chain 1, 6sc into the circle. Make several rounds of 6sc till your desired length. Make a 2sc increase for the next two rows and finish off. Sew the tail to the body. Root little strips brown colored yarn to the end of his tail.

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  7. Hello. I caught this just in time. I’m a Leo & this lion fits my personality perfectly. Doing it as I type. Was wondering how to do the tail though? Thank you.

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    1. Good that he suits you, :). I have updated the blog with the pattern for tail at the end. Hope it helps. Let me know if I’m not making sense.
      Thank you!

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      1. ah sorry, thank you very much 🙂 Sandy

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  8. hi. I’ve just started crocheting this. I’ve finished the head. When you say finish off, do you mean end with a slip stitch and leave the hole and then sew the head on the body or do you continue with the decreasing pattern until the hole is closed? thanks!

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  9. Hello!! Is there somewhere a video that you can provide for the muzzle? I have no idea how to do it. Im just starting out and this is only my second project! Please and Thank you!!

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    1. Hi there, I’m sorry the round 1 pattern for the muzzle was rubbish no wonder you had a hard time figuring it out. I’ve made the changes now, hope it helps.

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  10. Adorable! He’s wonderful. I have a question about the yarn. Did you use DK or worsted weight?
    Thank you for sharing your pattern. You’re very creative.

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  11. I am extremely confused on how to make the muzzle. I really love this pattern and would love to make it but I’m having a very difficult time with the muzzle. Could you please explain to me how it is done? Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi there, I’m sorry I just tried following the pattern for muzzle and had a hard time figuring out what I meant to put there. I’ve made the changes now, hope it helps. Let me know if it gets tricky anywhere else. Have a good day! 😀

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  12. Hello Dibssy

    I have a website for freepatterns in dutch.
    Now i want to ask you if i may translate this en put it on my website?
    i will put copyright with the pattern.
    I hope you will say yes.

    Thanks like the lion and will make it also.

    Greetz Crea Ann

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      1. Wen i have translated it i will give you a link
        I will put a link for all to see en use in mij forum.
        And i hope my members will visit you often.
        Thank yo so much
        Greetz Crea Ann

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    1. Hi Jen, I sewed his head to the body first and only then started rooting his mane. The mane under his chin had to be rooted to the head just below the muzzle.

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  13. Thanks for the free pattern. I wish I could say that I am going to go out and make bunches of these guys for Christmas – but that’s only a wish. Thanks for all your patterns!

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    1. I doubled the yarn and followed the same pattern. Then on the nose, eyes, mouth and tail I did it with one strand, otherwise it was too big for the lion’s body. I didn’t do a mane cap and just attached the mane to the head and did two strands in each hole. I can send a picture of what mine turned out like if you would like. I would just need your email address. Mine is sistersfancystitching@gmail.com. I hope this helps!! Such a fun cute pattern.

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  14. Hi! I love the lion and am in the process of making one for my nephew but am a bit confused on the crochet hook size. In the pattern you say you used a 2.5 mm hook but later in the comments you say it was 3.5 mm. Which size did you use?
    Thanks!

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  15. I would really love to do this pattern but I don’t quite understand how to read them yet as I am still new to crocheting. . Is there any way you could make a crochet along tutorial video? I have a friend that fell in love with this lion and it’s the best one I have seen. I would love to make it for her and It would be amazing if you could make a video. 🙂

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    1. Hi Danielle, I’m glad you like the pattern. As much as I’d love to do video tutorials, I do not have the time for it now. I’m expecting my first child any minute now(getting close to the due date) , and I’m afraid if I start with it I may not complete it. But I do intend on making them for you once I’m back and settled in. Sorry I couldn’t be of any help as of now. Thanks for asking.

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      1. Omg thank you so much for responding so quickly! Congrats on the new baby and good luck with everything! No rush on the video I have tried starting it to see if I can figure it out. Will be looking looking forward to your future videos 🙂

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  16. Crocheting this guy is a blast! After reading several comments about hook size and yarn size, I would like to say I used 4 ply yarn and a 5mm hook and he turned out great. If you want him bigger I suggest going up a hook size. It does make him less firm but it works. Thanks for sharing this pattern free of charge!

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  17. Hello, i am having a hard time making the muzzle I can’t understand it. Do you have a video where you show how to make it? Thank you.

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