Leo, King of the (Amigurumi) Jungle

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You can make your own little king of the jungle with this lion amigurumi pattern. Bring little Leo as a gift to your next baby shower for a unique twist on traditional gifts.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: No size listed

Gauge: Gauge is not important for this project

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 160 yards [146 meters]/85 grams): Cornmeal (A, less than 1 skein), Carrot (B, less than 1 skein) and White (C, less than 1 skein)
Hook: 3.0 mm Crochet Hook
Notions: 8mm Safety Eyes, stuffing, black yarn or black embroidery thread, scissors and a needle

Pattern

Head

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: Starting at the front of your lion’s face, with (A) work 7 sc into ring. (7 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (14 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Rnd 4: Inc in each st around. (28 sts)
Rnds 5-6: Sc in each st around. (28 sts)
Rnd 7: Inc in each st around. (56 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc in each st around. (56 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc in back loop in each st around. (56 sts)
Rnd 11: [3 Sc, inc] 14 times. (70 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc in back loop in each st around. (70 sts)
Rnds 13-15: Sc in each st around. (70 sts)
Rnd 16: [6 Sc, dec] 8 times, 6 sc. (62 sts)
Rnd 17: Sc in each st around. (62 sts)
Rnd 18: [10 Sc, dec] 5 times, 2 sc. (57 sts)
Rnds 19-21: Sc in each st around. (57 sts)
Rnd 22: Dec in 28 sts, sc. (29 sts)
Rnd 23: Sc in each st around. (29 sts)
Rnd 24: Dec in 14 sts, sc. (15 sts)
Rnd 25: Insert safety eyes. Stuff head firmly from this point on, as you work. Dec in next 7 sts, sc. (8 sts)
Rnd 26: Dec in each st around. (4 sts)
Rnd 27: Dec in next two sts (twice), FO and weave in ends. This is the back of lion’s head.

Body

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: With (A) work 6 sc into ring. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Inc in each st around. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [Sc, inc] 12 times. (36 sts)
Rnds 6-9: Sc in each st around. (36 sts)
Rnd 10: [2 Sc, dec] 9 times. (27 sts)
Rnds 11-23: Sc in each st around. (27 sts)
Rnd 24: [5 Sc, dec] 3 times, 4 sc, dec. (23 sts)
Rnds 25-34: Sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Rnd 35: [8 Sc, dec] twice, 2 sc. (21 sts)
Rnds 36-37: Sc in each st around. (21 sts)
FO at the end of Rd 37.

Leg (Make 2)

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: With (A) work 6 sc into ring. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc in back loop in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 8: [4 Sc, dec] twice. (10 sts)
Rnds 9-15: Sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Rnd 16: 4 sc, dec, 4 sc. (9 sts)
Rnds 17-20: Sc in each st around. (9 sts)
Rnd 21: 3 sc, dec, 4 sc. (8 sts)
Rnds 22-27: Sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Rnd 28: 3 sc, dec, 3 sc. (7 sts)
Rnds 29-36: 7 sc. (7 sts)
FO at the end of Rd 36.

Arm (Make 2)

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: With (A) work 6 sc into ring. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc, 2 sc] twice. (8 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in back loop in each st around. (8 sts)
Rnds 4-9: Sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Rnd 10: 3 sc, dec, 3 sc. (7 sts)
Rnds 11-26: Sc in each st around. (7 sts)
Rnd 27: 3 sc, dec, 2 sc. (6 sts)
Rnds 28-32: Sc in each st around. (6 sts)
FO at the end of Rd 32.

Ear (Make 2)

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: With (A) work 6 sc into ring. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Inc in each st around. (24 sts)
Rnds 4-13: Sc in each st around. (24 sts)
FO at the end of Rd 13.

Muzzle

Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: With (C) work 5 sc into ring. (5 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] 5 times. (15 sts)
Rnd 4: [Sc, inc] 7 times, sc. (22 sts)
FO.

Tail

Row 1: With (B) ch 30. (30 sts)
Row 2: Turn, sc in each ch and FO. (29 sts)

Mane

Larger Mane: Insert hook into any one of the front stitches of Rnd10 on Lion’s face. Pull up loop of (B) colored yarn and ch3 then sc all in the same st, [skip st, sc ch 3 sc all in the same st] x 27, skip st, slst in the beginning st. FO. (139 sts)
Smaller Mane: Insert your hook into any one of the front stitches of Rd12 on Lion’s face. Pull up loop of (B) colored yarn and ch 8 then sc all in the same st, [skip st, sc ch8 sc all in the same st] x 34, skip st, slst in the beginning st. FO. (349 sts)

Trim On Leg

Rnd 1: Insert hook into any one of the front stitches of Rnd4 on Lion’s Leg. Pull up loop of (B) colored yarn and ch3 then sc all in the same st, [skip st, sc ch 3 sc all in the same st] x 5, skip st, slst in the beginning st. (29 sts)
FO and repeat for second Leg.

Trim On Arm

Insert your hook into any one of the front stitches of Rnd3 on your Lion’s arm. Pull up loop of (B) colored yarn and ch3 then sc all in the same st, [skip st, sc ch 3 sc all in the same st] x 3, skip st, slst in the beginning st. (19 sts)
FO and repeat for Second Arm.

Assembly

Stuff the Arms, Legs and Body of Lion firmly. Sew the Ears onto Lion’s head 11 stitches apart. Then sew the body onto Lion’s head.
Sew the Arms and Legs onto body, using images as a guide. Sew on Tail. Embroider on a nose and mouth onto muzzle, and sew the muzzle onto Lion’s face, just below eyes, in the center. Embroider on eyebrows. Then ensure all ends are weaved in and trimmed. yarn ball

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