Leon the Lion- FREE CROCHET PATTERN

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I have been working on a few new patterns since new year and this is the first one i’ve finished. He is so quick and easy to make. I have sewn his eyes on but you could use safety eyes if you prefer. I have also crocheted his mane but you could just add strands off yarn instead to create his mane.

MATERIALS:

  • 3mm Hook
  • DK yarn in:
    – Mustard
    – Burnt Orange
    – Small amount of black yarn
  • Stuffing
  • 9mm Safety Eyes
  • Sewing Needle
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ABBREVIATIONS:
MR- Magic Ring
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
TC- Treble Crochet
INC- Increase
DEC- Decrease
F/O- Fasten Off
CH- Chain
ST- Stitch
SL ST- Slip Stitch

Approx 7 inches tall.
BEFORE YOU START:
-Please read through the whole pattern before starting.
-Work in continuous rounds without joining (unless specified differently in pattern). Place stitch markers to keep track of end of rows.
-Gauge is not important, but try to crochet tightly enough to not have stuffing showing through.

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PATTERN

LEGS (MAKE 2)
START IN BURNT ORANGE
1) MR 6SC (6)
2) INC (12)
3) *INC, 1SC* AROUND (18)
CHANGE COLOUR TO MUSTARD
4) *INC, 2SC* AROUND (24)
5) SC BLO AROUND (24
6-8) SC AROUND (24)
9) 8SC, DEC x4, 8SC (20)
10) 8SC, DEC x2, 8SC (18)
11-16) SC AROUND (18)
F/O first leg but not 2nd leg. Leave
long tail to sew up hole between
legs.


BODY
17) 4SC in 2nd leg, Place 1st leg next
to 2nd leg, feet facing same way. SC
18 around 1st leg and the remaining
14SC of 2nd leg. Stuff legs FIRMLY
(sew up hole between legs)
18) SC AROUND (36)
19) *5SC, INC* AROUND (42)
20) *20SC, INC* AROUND (44)
21) *10SC, INC* AROUND (48)
22) *11SC, INC* AROUND (52)
23) *DEC, 11SC* AROUND (48)
24) *10SC, DEC* AROUND (44)
25) *DEC, 9SC* AROUND (40)
26) *8SC, DEC* AROUND (36)
27) *DEC, 7SC* AROUND (32)
28) *6SC, DEC* AROUND (28)
29) *DEC, 5SC* AROUND (24)
30) SC AROUND (24)
31) *DEC, 4SC* AROUND (20)
32) SC AROUND (20)
**STUFF BODY** DO NOT FASTEN OFF

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HEAD
33) *INC, 4SC* AROUND (24)
34) *INC, 3SC* AROUND (30)
35) *INC, 4SC* AROUND (36)
36) *INC, 5SC* AROUND (42)
37) *INC, 6SC* AROUND (48)
38) *INC, 7SC* AROUND (54)
39) *INC, 8SC* AROUND (60)
40) *INC, 9SC* AROUND (66)
41-51) SC AROUND (66)
THIS IS WHEN YOU WOULD ATTACH SAFETY EYES IF YOU ARE USING THEM. PLACE EYES BETWEEN ROWS 46 & 47 WITH APPROX 7 STITCHES SHOWING BETWEEN THEM. YOU CAN ALSO SEW ON EYES NOW IF YOU WISH TO DO SO.
**STUFF HEAD AS YOU GO**
52) *DEC, 9SC* AROUND (60)
53) *8SC, DEC* AROUND (54)
54) *DEC, 7SC* AROUND (48)
55) *6SC, DEC* AROUND (42)
56) *DEC, 5SC* AROUND (36)
57) *4SC, DEC* AROUND (30)
58) *DEC, 3SC* AROUND (24)
59) *2SC, DEC* AROUND (18)
FINISH STUFFING
60) DEC, 1SC AROUND (12)
61) DEC x6 (6)
F/O AND SEW UP HOLE.

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ARMS (MAKE 2)
START IN BURNT ORANGE
1) 6SC in MR (6)
2) INC (12)
**CHANGE TO MUSTARD**
3) SC AROUND (12)
4) 3SC in 1st ST, 11SC (14)
5) SC AROUND (14)
6) SC AROUND (14)
7) SC, DEC, 11SC (13)
8) SC AROUND (13)
9) *DEC, 11SC* (12)
10) SC AROUND (12)
11-16) SC AROUND (12)
F/O LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING. SEW ARMS TO EITHER SIDE OF BODY.

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MUZZLE (IN MUSTARD)
1) 6SC IN MR (6)
2) INC X6 (12)
3) SC, INC x3, SC, INC, SC, INC x3, SC, INC (20)
4) 2SC, INC, SC, INC, SC, INC, 5SC, INC, SC, INC, SC, INC, 3SC (26)
5) 3SC, INC, 2SC, INC, 2SC, INC, 6SC, INC, 2SC, INC, 2SC, INC, 3SC (32)
6-7) SC AROUND.
AT END OF LAST ROUND- 2SC, SLST. F/O AND LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING. SEW ON NOSE AND MOUTH WITH BLACK YARN. SEW ONTO FACE BELOW EYES.

EARS (MAKE 2 IN MUSTARD)
1) 6SC IN MR (6)
2) SC IN EACH ST (6)
3) INC x6 (12)
4) SC AROUND (12)
5) *INC, SC* AROUND (18)
6-7) SC AROUND (18)
8) *INC, 2SC* AROUND (24)
9) SC AROUND (24)
10) *DEC, 2SC* AROUND (18)
F/O, LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING. FLATTERN EAR AND SEW UP OPENING, ATTACH TO TOP OF THE HEAD, EVENLY SPACED.

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MANE (IN BURNT ORANGE)
1) CH49, CH2 TURN
2) DC IN 2ND FROM HOOK AND DC EACH ST ACROSS, CH1 TURN (48)
3) DC ACROSS, CH2 TURN (48)
4) 3TC IN 4TH FROM HOOK, SKIP 2 STS, SLST, *SKIP 2, 8TC, SKIP 2, SLST* REPEAT * TO * END. CH2, TURN.
5) *8DC, SLST* ACROSS. F/O LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING
SEW AROUND THE HEAD STARTING AND ENDING AT BOTTOM OF HEAD AND BEHIND EARS.

BACK OF HEAD (IN BURNT ORANGE)
1) 6SC IN MR (6)
2) INC x6 (12)
3) *INC, SC* AROUND (18)
4) *INC, 2SC* AROUND (24)
5) *INC, 3SC* AROUND (30)
6) *INC, 4SC* AROUND (36)
7) *INC, 5SC* AROUND (42)
8) *INC, 6SC* AROUND (48)
9) *INC, 7SC* AROUND (54)
10) *INC, 8SC* AROUND (60)
11) *INC, 9SC* AROUND (66)
12) *INC, 10SC* AROUND (72)
13) *INC, 11SC* AROUND (78)
14) *INC, 12SC* AROUND (84)
15) *INC, 13SC* AROUND (90)
16-18) SC AROUND (90)
F/O LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING. SEW TO BACK OF THE HEAD CLOSE TO THE MANE SO THAT THERE IS NO MUSTARD COLOUR SHOWING. IF THE PIECE IS A LITTLE BIG, YOU COULD SEW IT TO THE BACK OF THE MANE INSTEAD.

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Published by MyBelle Creations

Hi, Welcome to MyBelle Creations. I taught myself to crochet around 5 years ago and really enjoyed it. Over the years I have made many different types of items, my favourites being my ‘geeky’ items such as the Labyrinth movie characters and Dungeons and dragons items. I have enjoyed making and sharing my patterns and finished items. Since my children have gone back to school full time, from being home school during the covid-19 lockdowns, I have decided to start a new way of sharing my patterns and items.

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