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Easy Amigurumi Lion Crochet Pattern

Easy crochet pattern to make your own amigurumi lion.

This tutorial will show you how to crochet your own amigurumi lion. You will find this cute safari animal pattern very easy to follow, with lots of process photos. To make this crochet lion pattern, you will need to know basic amigurumi knowledge such as changing colors, increase, decrease and joining.

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This lion plush is about 20 cm or 8 inches (in the sitting position), when made with Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK. For the best results, I recommend using a light to medium weight yarn [size (2)–(4)] in cotton or acrylic. You can find more information about the yarn I used to crochet this amigurumi pattern below.

Crochet lion pattern
crochet lion

Lion Pattern Info & Difficulty

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Includes both US & UK Crochet Terminology
  • Photo tutorials
  • Finished Size of this lion is approx 20 cm or 8 inches (using paintbox cotton dk)

Permission to sell the finished lion (kindly link to Just A Little Crochet as the designer when possible)

Abbreviations and Skills Required to make this crochet lion

  • mc = magic circle
  • ch = chain stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet (US) same as double crochet (UK)
  • st = stitch
  • inc = 2 sc in the same stitch
  • dec = single crochet 2 stitches together

Crochet techniques used to make this amigurumi toy:
Changing colours, Increase, Decrease & joining amigurumi.

This little lions mane is so soft and fluffy that everyone will love to touch, especially small children and babies. Your crochet lion will make a wonderful gift for birthdays, baby showers, or any occasion. Looking for a cute toy or something to add some colour to your nursery this lion will make a great addition to any kids room. Click here for more safari animal patterns.

Materials
you will need to crochet this amigurumi lion

Full list of materials you will need to make this easy crochet animal pattern.

NOTE: Plastic safety eyes are not recommended for children under three. This pattern will show you how you can easily make your amigurumi eyes using yarn.

This lion crochet pattern PDF is available for instant download on RavelryEtsy and Love Crafts.

To purchase the finished lion toy, see the following link for my handmade Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/840248500

You will find this crochet plush tutorial is very easy to follow with clear written instructions and lots of process pictures to help you on your way. If you need help at any point or have questions or feedback regarding this pattern, you can send me a message here or by using any of the options below.

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crochet animal pattern

Yarn I used to make this amigurumi lion.

The yarn I used to make this crochet lion is Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.

  • Yellow — Melon Sorbet — 2 x 50g balls approx [200-220m]
  • Brown — Soft fudge — 1 x 50g ball
  • White — Champagne White — 1 x 50g ball

I chose the colour melon sorbet to make my lion as it is a nice bright yellow–orange shade. Paintbox yarn has a really nice selection of colours to choose from. The yarn is available in DK, Aran and more recently 4ply and with 56 colours to choose from, you should have no problem finding colors to make this lion or your next project.

(You can find the yarn here @ Love Crafts)

Another yarn I love to use to make my amigurumi patterns is Rainbow cotton yarn from Hobbii, this yarn is available in 8/4 = 4ply, 8/8 = dk and they also do a 8/6 which is somewhere in-between the other two. You can find them here!

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Choosing The Best Yarn for Amigurumi Toys

This lion amigurumi pattern is best suited to cotton or acrylic yarn. However, you can make your crochet plush using most yarn types. To achieve the finished size of 20cm you should use a DK weight yarn. In order to create a larger lion, you can thicker yarn instead such as aran or a worsted weight yarn. With this in mind, you will also need to increase your hook size.

Choosing your crochet hook size

The crochet hook you choose will depend on the thickness of the yarn you are using to make your stuffed animal. For example, use a smaller crochet hook than what is on your yarn label to make your amigurumi, as this will prevent your toy stuffing from showing through your work. My favourite crochet hooks to use are clover hooks you can them here at Hobbii.

For more amigurumi tips check out my post 6 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BETTER AMIGURUMI.

lion amigurumi pattern

This crochet pattern PDF is available for instant download on RavelryEtsy and Love Crafts. If you have any questions about this pattern you can get in touch here.

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  1. This is, by far, the CUTEST Lion amigurumi crochet pattern I have seen! Even my husband commented how cute it was when he first saw the picture on page one of the pattern I purchased. Adorable! I am almost finished crocheting it and will soon be putting it together once I complete the mane. The crochet hook I am using is a Clover 2.0mm. A tad on the small side but it definitely eliminates gaps. For my next project I will be trying the yarn under trick for eliminating any holes as suggested in your ten tips for better amigurumi. I cannot wait to see how my lion turns out even though I dread putting all the pieces together. But the cuteness factor of this lion is making me anxious to finish it. Thank you for your wonderful, relatively easy pattern for this lion!

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