Thank you for the astounding love given to my recent free amigurumi patterns and tutorials, you have just given me an act of greater courage to design more animals amigurumi to share here. As an appreciation to your support, in the next few posts, a series of animals amigurumi will arrive in Craft Passion.
As the first one to parade in, please welcome the king of the Jungle, Leon, the Lion Amigurumi as the leader to embrace the ceremony of the new series – Animal & Wildlife Amigurumi.
Lion Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern
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Inspired by the movie Lion King, I started to design and crochet Leon after watching the movie. Oh dear, it is so adorable that I just can’t stop myself for not making more. Obviously, I went crazy and begin my hardcore journey, burning days of midnight oil, I ended up with these 4 lovely lion brothers. Not only the lions, but I have also set up my mind that I am going to design and make more animals immediately after that. Never regret at all to have dark circles on my eyes because of them.
Leon, the lion amigurumi is about 13.5″ tall in standing pose and about 10.5″ tall when it is sitting, crochet from DK lightweight acrylic yarn by using 2.5mm hook. It is a great size as a huggable softie, hence, it is absolutely lovely to make for children as a gift. However, the size can be altered by using a different yarn weight, eg. bigger size by using heavier yarn, DK medium yarn with 3.0mm hook, or, smaller size by using lighter baby yarn with 2.0mm. Crochet tension will determine the size a little, usually, my tension is quite snug, thus, my lion could be a little smaller compares to yours.
To begin the project, first of all, choose the yarn color you like to crochet the lion amigurumi. You can be creative by using other colors that give the uniqueness to your lion. By following the crochet pattern and instruction below, crochet and stuff all parts. Sew to assembly all the parts as per instructions.
The mane is fastened on from strips of yarns, though it is time-consuming, however, it makes the lion amigurumi more cozy to hug and cuddle. Honestly speaking, I spent a full day to fasten just the mane and with no regret on how much time I put on it.
If you would like to make the lion stands on its own legs with just a little support, you may stuff some beads or stuffing pellets into the feet and bottom of the body. The stuffing pellets will make the lion a little heavier and stable to maintain in standing position. You may read how to do it in the MooMoo Cow Amigurumi Pattern.
Apparently, Leon sits better then stands, still, he prefers to lie down on his back and relax.
4 brothers sitting together to watch the night grows dark
Please stay tuned for the next animal showing up in the parade.
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More Details on how to crochet Leon, the Lion Amigurumi
After completed round 33 of the Head part, stuff the head to polyester filling.
Pin the muzzle to the head, with the center of the muzzle at 2nd round of the Head.
Sew around the muzzle, stuff some polyester filling to the muzzle before finish up.
Sew a philtrum line with black yarn.
Remove polyester filling to install safety nose through the starting hole of the head.
Re-stuff the head again after the safety nose has been installed.
Crochet to complete the head.
Sew eyes at round 13, 17 stitches apart.
Do not cut the yarn after sewing the first eye, instead, insert it into the head and come out from the second eye to sew another eye.
Pull the yarn a little to sink the eyes a little to the head, knot securely. You can run the yarn through the head a few times to prevent the yarn from snapping in the long run.
Sew the ears to the head, about 6 rounds at the back of the eyes.
The contact area between the base of the ear and head is a form of triangle shape.
Crochet and get ready the rest of the parts for final assembly.
Mark the centerline below the head and the top of the body.
Position the head to the body (refer the picture) below. Sew the head to the body at 1 stitch away from the centerlines, sew about 7 stitches from center of the body to the front, followed by 2 stitches to the side. Sew about 9 stitches to the back and another 2 stitches to the side followed by 2 stitches to complete the stitching.
The contact area of the head is a rectangle of 9 sts x 2 sts.
The head will tilt a little to the front.
Sew arms at the side, next to the seam of the head and body.
Followed by sewing legs at round 15 (from the bottom) of the body.
Lastly, sew the tail to the back of the body
Sew 3 black lines on each limb as the toe lines of the lion.
The front of the lion amigurumi.
Without a mane, Leon, the lion amigurumi doesn’t look happy.
The back of the lion amigurumi.
Wind yarn around the 4″ cardboard, the lion needs about 1000 of 4″ strips to be tied on the head.
Starting from the back of the head, fasten the yarn strip as shown in the picture.
Fasten to mane in every stitch to have a full and fluffy hair for the lion.
After a few rounds, the pile starts to show fuller.
It takes time to fasten, please be a little patience.
Continue to fasten until 2 rounds away from the eyes; 4 rounds after the ear.
Fasten more at the chin of the lion by following the shape of the muzzle at at distance of about 4 stitches away.
It takes about a day to fasten the mane but the outcome is flattering. The soft and fluffiness of the mane is such a cozy little softie to hug and cuddle.