Lion Brand® Homespun® - Wool-Ease® Sportweight - Wool-Ease®
10 dc = 4" with one strand of Homespun and K hook,
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size
specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be
sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what
the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person.
If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller
size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch
DecBR (decrease at beginning of dc row): Ch 2, yo, pull up loop in next st, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 2 to finish dec
DecER (decrease at end of dc row): Yo, pull up loop in next st, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull up loop in next st, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 3 to finish dec
Body: With one strand of Lion color A, ch 32.
Row 1: Dc into fourth ch from hook and each ch to the end of row (30 sts). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc into second dc and each dc across. Rep Row 2 until you have 24 inches. Finish off.
Face: Using two strands held tog, one each of A and B, ch 32.
Row 1: Dc into fourth ch from hook, and each ch across (30 sts). Turn.
Row 2: DecBR, dc in next st and in each dc up to last 2, DecER [28 sts]. Turn. Rep Row 2 until 12 sts remain. Cut yarn and pull end through loop to finish off.
Ears (Make 2): Using two strands of A held tog, ch 10.
Row 1: Dc into fourth ch from hook and in each ch across (8 sts). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc into second dc and each dc across. Turn.
Row 3: DecBR, dc in next st and in each dc up to last 2, DecER [6 sts].
Row 4: Rep Row 3 (4 sts). Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Weave tail through the 4 sts and pull to make Ear curve. Finish off.
Lion Tail: With two strands of A, ch 18, dc into fourth ch from hook and each ch across (16 sts). Finish off.
ASSEMBLY: Using a double strand of A (Deco for Lamb, Rococo for Lion) and working from the wrong-side, sew Face to the Body. Center and sew the long side edge Face onto the center of the long side edge of Body (see diagram). Fold in half and sew tog the bottom of the Face and the remaining edge of the same side of the Body. Sew the other side of the Body tog, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn right-side out. Insert stuffing into Face and the pillow form into Body. Sew the bottom opening of the pillow.
Sew ears to body as pictured: Bend Ear so first and last sts meet and sew to Body in this position. If you are making the Lion, sew the tail on at the top of the back seam of the pillow. Embroider Face and sew or glue on buttons for eyes as shown.
Hair: Attach two strands (one each of A and B for the Lamb; one each of A or B and C for Lion) to Body. Using your crochet hook, pull up a loop 1 - 2" long under and through dc sts, making sure to catch both strands of yarn; remove hook. Using your finger to maintain the size of the first loop, insert hook into next st and through first loop. Pull up another loop, drawing it tightly through first loop to anchor. Cont drawing up loops until Mane and end of Tail of Lion are as full as you like. (For Lion, alternate A and B with C for a varied effect and snip some of the loops when done for a furrier effect).
Alternate Hair Method: If you prefer, you may make the hair as fringe:
Holding one strand each of A, B, and C tog, wrap yarn around a cardboard the length you want the fringe to be. Cut at one end. Taking one strand each of A and B, fold in half. Insert hook under dc and pull loop through. Bring ends through loop and tighten. Rep until Mane or Tail tip is completed. To give your Lion the short “beard inches shown in photo, use fringe of A and C on chin and trim to desired length.