Saturday, January 31, 2009

Amigurumi Lion Pattern



I made this up as I went along, I thought I would share with other people. I wanted to make a lion, but none of the patterns available were cute enough for me

this pattern can be made in 2 ways, instuctions are at the bottom for assembly. you can also adapt it to make a bear or other animals!

You can use this pattern, but you can't sell it or claim it as your own! I made it up and I took the time to write it up, so please respect that! You may link to this, but don't copy and paste the whole thing to your own blog! You can make as many lions from this as you want to give away or keep. You can sell some of these if the proceeds will go to a charity, but not if they will go to yourself or a company.

Materials
~worsted weight or thinner yarn ( i used a yarn i had in my stash that was missing the label, it's soft and somewhat silky feeling, thinner than worsted, i remember the color was honey)

~2 balls of fun fur yarn (i used lion brand fun fur in copper)

~F or G hook (i used f because my yarn was kinda thin and i didn't want stuffing poking through)


note: this pattern is worked in spirals. do not join rounds. use a stitch marker to keep your place.


muzzle
with body color yarn, ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (18 sts)
round 4-6: 1 sc in each st around (18) bind off leaving a long tail to sew to face later

Head
face
with normal yarn
ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (18 sts)
round 4: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (24 sts)
round 5: *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (30 sts)
round 6: *1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (36 sts)
round 7: *1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (42 sts)
mane
note: when working with fun fur, the fuzzyness tends to go to the "wrong side" you might have to turn it inside out, maybe that just happens to me, though, lol.
round 8: holding main yarn, add 2 strands of fun fur. hold all 3 strands together and make 1 sc in each stitch around. (42 sts)
rounds 9-15: hold all 3 strands together and make 1 sc in each stitch around (42 sts)
round 16: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 5 sts* 6 times (36 sts) sew muzzle and add eyes
round 17: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 4 sts* 6 times (30 sts)
round 18: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 3 sts* 6 times (24 sts) stuff head
round 19: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 2 sts* 6 times (18 sts)
round 20: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 1 sts* 6 times (12 sts)
round 21: holding all 3 strands together *dec over next 2 stitches,* 6 times (6 sts)
bind off.

ears (make 2)
ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each of the next 5 stitches. (10 sts) bind off leaving a long tail for sewing to head

body
with normal yarn
ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (18 sts)
round 4: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (24 sts)
round 5: *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (30 sts)
round 6: *1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (36 sts) stuff body
round 7-19 1 sc in each stitch around (36 sts)
round 20: *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 4 sts* 6 times (30 sts)
round 21-22: 1 sc in each stitch around (30 sts)
round 23: *dec over next 2 stitches, 1 sc in next 3 sts* 6 times (24 sts) stuff body
bind off. leave a long tail for sewing

arm (make 2)
with normal yarn
ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3-4: 1 sc in each stitch around (12 sts)
round 5: *dec over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 2 sts* 3 times (9 sts) stuff.
round 6-15 1 sc in each stitch around (9 sts) stuff.
bind off leaving a long tail for sewing.

legs (make 2)
with normal yarn
ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (18 sts)
round 4: 1 sc in each stitch around (18 sts)
round 5: decrease over next 2 scs, 1 sc in next st, decrease over next 2 scs, 1 sc in each of the remaining 13 sts. (16 sts)
round 6: decrease over next 2 scs, decrease over next 2 scs, 1 sc in next 12 scs (14 scs)
round 7-14: 1 sc in each st around.

tail
with one strand of normal yarn and 2 strands of fun fur held together, ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2- 9: sc in each st around (5 sts)
bind off leaving a long tail to sew


Assembly

This lion can be assembled 2 different ways and look cute.

Option 1: the sitting lion. This one sits like a person.
Make all the pieces indicated.
Sew body to head, with opening on the body up against the lion head like a person.
Sew arms on either side of the head like a person.
sew legs at the bottom front like in the picture
sew tail on it's butt

option 2: the "realistic lion"
instead of making arms, make 2 more legs.
make all the other parts.
For the body, continue decreasing till it is closed off.

follow this diagram

8 comments:

Carol said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm making a zoo for my baby's room and I couldn't find a lion that I liked. This one is absolutely perfect!! Thanks for sharing!!

Andrea said...

You're welcome :) glad it could be of use! I'm not sure if I mentioned, but it can be modified to make a bear or a monkey or any animal you think would fit in the pose :)

lastlivingpoet said...

Thanks! This is perfect.

Okay, this might sound crazy, but I want to make a little present for each of my kindergarteners for Christmas and I think that this would be really cute. I just don't know if I can make 14 of them . . .

Do you remember about how long it took you to make it? (Maybe that's not a fair question because you were making it up as you went . . .)

Also, about how big is the finished lion?

Thanks. The pattern is really great.

Lady Diana51 said...

how did you make the lions mouth and eyes??,,,thanks,,Diana

Cookiez777 said...

OMG: I love this pattern. Thank you so much for taking the time to show the world; I'll do you the favor and not pretend I invented it. :]

I'm making this as a gift. Your instructions are easy to understand. Right now I am making the head. The tail was the most difficult part! I've never used fun fur before, so working through all that string was complicated!
When I'm done, I'll put a picture. :D

Cookiez777 said...

Hello! I wanted to ask: How do you crochet the fun fur into the head without getting everything so tangled?

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