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Free Crochet Pattern: Leo The Lion

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® - Fun Fur®
Pattern #: 70460AD
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 11 in. (28 cm) tall

CORRECTIONS: None
 

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Color (A)
Wool-Ease®

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Color (B)
Wool-Ease®

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Color (C)
Fun Fur®

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Fun Fur®
Ivory White Soft Pink Flamingo Sapphire Cobalt Raspberry Red
Champagne Tigers Eye Chocolate Taupe Terracotta Neon Orange Orchid Magenta
Grape Silver Fox Onyx Sterling Black Neon Lemon Amber Moss
Aquamarine Violet Purpletini Neon Lime Lime Hot Pink Indigo Lava
Sandstone Confetti Citrus Tropical Mango Ginger Café Cotton Candy Stripes
South Beach Stripes Mexicana Stripes Copacabana Stripes Deep Sea Stripes
Wool-Ease®
Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
Seaspray Mink Brown Cocoa Cranberry Dark Rose Heather Rose Heather Grey Heather Oxford Grey
Black Mustard Blossom Eggplant Gold Sage Avocado Loden
Chestnut Heather Forest Green Heather Paprika Violet Denim Twist Pumpkin Wood Multi White/Multi
Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Fun Fur (Article #320) is a novelty "eyelash" yarn. Solids: 1¾/50g; 60 yd/54m per ball Prints: 1½ oz/40g; 57 yd/52m per ball 100% polyester.

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Note: (A)
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Note: (B) small amount
•  320-126 Fun Fur Yarn: Chocolate
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Note: (C)
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)   $  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $  
Additional Materials
Fiberfill stuffing
 

Leo The Lion

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® - Fun Fur®

GAUGE:

17 sc + 17 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) with A. EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

Lion is worked in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.

HEAD
With A, ch 6.
Foundation Rnd: Sl st in 3rd ch from hook and next 3 ch, ch 2. Do not turn, working in free loops on opposite side of beginning ch, sc in first 4 ch, 3 sc in beg ch-2 sp; pivot to work in sl sts at beginning of rnd, sc in each of 4 sl sts, 3 sc in end ch-2 sp; do not join - 14 sc.
Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 1: Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc - 18 sc.
Rnd 2: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc - 22 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc - 26 sc.
Rnds 4 and 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog) twice - 22 sc.
Rnds 7 and 8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) twice, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc - 28 sc.
Rnds 10-12: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 13: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc - 32 sc.
Rnds 14-17: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 18: (Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) 8 times - 24 sc.
Stuff Head with fiberfill.
Rnd 19: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 8 times - 16 sc.
Rnd 20: (Sc2tog) 8 times - 8 sc.
Rnd 21: Sc in each sc around.
Sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd, gather tightly and fasten off.

BODY
Note:
Work begins at neck.
With A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 4: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 24 sc.
Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 30 sc.
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 36 sc.
Rnd 9: Sc in each sc around.
Rep Rnd 9 until Body measures 8 in. (20.5 cm)
Next Rnd: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 12 times - 24 sc.
Stuff Body.
Next Rnd: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) 8 times - 16 sc.
Next Rnd: (Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) 4 times - 12 sc.
Last Rnd: (Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) 3 times - 9 sc.
Sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd, gather tightly and fasten off.

BACK LEG (make 2)
With A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join. Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnds 4 and 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) around - 12 sc.
Rnds 7-13: Sc in each sc around.
Note: Change to working back and forth in rows.
Row 14: Ch 1, turn sc in first 6 sc; leave remaining sts unworked.
Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 4 sc; leave last 2 sc unworked.
Row 16: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sc; leave last 2 sc unworked.
Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sc, sc in unworked sc in row below; leave 1 sc unworked - 3 sc.
Row 18: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sc, sc in unworked sc in row below; leave 1 sc unworked - 4 sc.
Row 19: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 4 sc, sc in unworked sc in row below - 5 sc.
Row 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sc, sc in unworked sc in row below - 6 sc.
Rnd 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 6 sc; insert hook in edge of work and draw up a loop, insert hook in unworked sc in row below and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (edge-sc2tog made); sc in next 4 sc; insert hook in next sc and draw up a loop, insert hook in edge of work and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (edge-sc2tog made); do not join - 12 sc.
Note: Change to working in rnds.
Rnds 22 and 23: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 24: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 25: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 26: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 24 sc.
Rnd 27: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 28: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around - 30 sc.
Rnd 29: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 30: (Sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times - 33 sc.
Rnds 31 and 32: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 33: (Sc in next 9 sc, sc2tog) 3 times - 30 sc.
Rnd 34: (Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog) around - 24 sc.
Stuff Leg.
Rnd 35: (Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) around - 18 sc.
Rnd 36: (Sc in next sc, sc2tog) around - 12 sc.
Rnd 37: (Sc2tog) 6 times - 6 sc.
Sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd, gather tightly and fasten off.

FRONT LEG (make 2)
Work Rnds 1-6 as for Back Leg.
Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around.
Rep Rnd 7 until Leg measures 7 in. (18 cm). Fasten off.

EAR (make 2)
With A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join.
Place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around.
Sl st in next sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten Ear.

TAIL
With A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring; do not join.
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
Rep Rnd 2 until Tail measures 7 in. (18 cm). Fasten off.

FINISHING
Sew Head to Body.
Mane
With 2 strands of C held together, and leaving a 3 in. (7.5 cm) yarn tail, work surface sl sts around back of Head and top of back of Body, as follows:
1) Insert hook into Lion around a stitch.
2) Yarn over with C.
3) Draw loop of C back through stitch of Lion.
4) Insert hook around next stitch of Lion.
Rep from step 2, working Mane randomly around Head and shoulders of Lion. To finish, cut C leaving a 3 in. (7.5 cm) tail. Draw tail through last loop of C. Draw tails of C into Lion to hide.
Tail Tuft
Work as for Mane around tip of Tail. Weave yarn ends through beg ring.

Stuff Front Legs and sew to Body. Sew Back Legs to Body. Sew Ears to Head. Sew Tail to lower back of Body. With B, embroider straight stitch whiskers and claws. Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)  


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Pattern Average Rating: **** (based on 21 reviews)
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Leo The Lion Reviewed by Stephanie Nash on 2012-11-07 ****
I made this for my little cousin when he was a baby. It was easy to make all the parts for it but hard to assemble it was one of my first crochet projects and was fun


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