How to Crochet a Lion

Are you looking to add a bit of character and fun to your craft project collection? You can’t go wrong by introducing the world’s favorite wild creature – the lion! Forget expensive stuffed animals, with just a few simple crochet techniques and some basic supplies, you’ll be able to easily create a lifelike lion that you or someone special in your life will love. So grab your yarn and needles (or hooks), and let’s get started on learning how to crochet a lion.

How to Crochet a Lion

What exactly is crocheting?

Crocheting is a form of needlework in which yarn or thread is looped around a small, hooked tool called a crochet hook. By pulling one loop of the yarn through another, stitches are created that can be made into shapes and designs. It’s an incredibly versatile craft, and you don’t need any special tools or skills to get started.

What supplies do I need?

You’ll need some basic supplies to get started on your crochet lion. You’ll want to gather up a few different colors of yarn, a crochet hook (size G/4mm is recommended for this project), scissors, stuffing, and, optionally, some safety eyes or felt pieces for the eyes. Be careful to not use too thick of yarn, as this can make your lion look bulky and disproportionate.

10 Steps on How to Crochet a Lion

1. Magic Ring and Chain

Start by making a magic ring and then chain four stitches. For that, insert the hook into the ring and create a loop by wrapping the yarn around it. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Chain four stitches in total this way. Make sure to keep your stitches tight.

2. Single Crochet

Now we will be doing single crochet (sc) stitches. To do this, insert the hook through the magic ring, yarn over, and pull through both loops to create your first single crochet stitch. Repeat this process three more times for a total of four sc stitches in the round.

Insert the Hook Through the Magic Ring

3. Increase

To create the body of your lion, you’ll need to increase your stitch count in each round of crochet. To do this, insert your hook into the first sc stitch and yarn over, and draw through both loops. Then, insert your hook into the same stitch again, yarn over, and draw through both loops one more time. This will create two sc stitches from one stitch, increasing the number of stitches in the round to five.

4. Continue Increasing

Continue this pattern of increasing until you have created a total of 18 sc stitches in the round. Now, you’ll start decreasing your stitch count by crocheting two single crochet stitches together to decrease the total number of stitches in the round.

5. Decrease

To do this, insert your hook into the first two sc stitches and yarn over, and draw through both loops. Then, yarn over again and pull through all three loops to decrease one stitch. Repeat this step until you have decreased down to six sc stitches in the round.

6. Stuff and Close

Now it’s time to stuff your lion with stuffing. Make sure not to over-stuff, as this can make your lion look bulky and disproportionate. Once you’re happy with how much stuffing is in the body of the lion, decrease down to a total of two stitches in the round and fasten off.

Stuff Your Lion With Stuffing

7. Make Ears

Now you’ll make two ears for your lion. Start by making a magic ring and chain two stitches, then do one sc stitch in the same stitch as the beginning of your chain two stitches. Then crochet four more sc stitches into the same stitch as before to increase to six stitches in the round.

8. Decrease Ears

Now you’ll want to start decreasing your stitch count by crocheting two single crochet stitches together. Do this three times until you have decreased down to three sc stitches in the round. Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing, and repeat this step one more time to make a second ear.

9. Sew Ears and Eyes

Once you have both ears done, sew them onto the top of your lion’s head on either side of the face. Then, use safety eyes or felt pieces for eyes and sew them into place.

10. Add Final Touches

Finally, add some finishing touches to your lion. You can embroider a nose and mouth, sew on some whiskers, or even crochet a tail for your lion. Have fun with it! Once you’re done, your cute crochet lion is complete.

Crochet a Tail for Your Lion

With just a few simple steps and materials, you can make your own unique crochet creation. Have fun with it, and don’t forget to show off your lion to friends and family!

8 Common Mistakes on How to Crochet a Lion

1. Not Counting Stitches

When crocheting a lion, it’s important to keep track of the number of stitches you make for each row as you work up and down the body. This allows you to make sure that your lion will have even proportions. It is also important to count the number of chain stitches at the beginning of each row, as these will help to shape the body.

2. Skipping Steps

Be sure to follow the instructions for your pattern carefully, and don’t skip any steps or rows. Even if something seems simple or obvious, it’s important to make sure that you’re following all the steps correctly in order to ensure that your lion looks the way you want it to. Also, pay attention to the diagram included in the pattern; it will help you visualize what each step should look like when finished.

3. Not Paying Attention to Gauge

Gauge is extremely important when crocheting a lion as it determines the size of your finished project. Each pattern will have its own gauge that must be followed in order to get the correct size. It’s important to take time to measure your gauge swatch before beginning so that you can make any adjustments as needed.

4. Not Checking Yarn Substitutions

If you choose to use a different type of yarn than what is recommended in the pattern, be sure to check if the yarn you have chosen is a suitable substitute. Different yarns will have different weights and textures, which can affect the overall look of your lion.

5. Not Being Careful with Color Changes

When changing colors in amigurumi crochet, it’s important to be very careful not to leave any gaps or holes between stitches. Make sure that you carry the yarn to the next stitch securely, and keep your tension even.

 Make Sure That You Carry the Yarn

6. Not Weaving in Ends Properly

It is important to weave in all of your ends properly so that they don’t come loose or unravel over time. Take care when weaving in ends, as it can make a big difference in the look of your finished project.

7. Not Stuffing Properly

Stuffing is an important part of amigurumi crochet as it gives your lion its shape and fullness. Be sure to stuff firmly but evenly so that your lion looks neat and even on all sides. If you don’t stuff properly, your lion may end up looking lopsided or lumpy.

8. Not Finishing Properly

It’s important to make sure that you fasten off your work securely in order to avoid any unraveling later on. You should also take the time to block and shape your finished project so that it looks neat and professional. Blocking will help to even out the stitches and make your lion look its best. Taking these extra steps will ensure that your lion looks great for years to come.

By following these tips, you can make sure that your crochet lion looks its best and stays looking beautiful in the long run. With careful attention to detail, you can create a stunning amigurumi lion of your own!

How Long Will It Take to Complete the Project?

The amount of time it will take to complete the project depends on the size and complexity of the pattern, as well as your experience level with crochet. On average, a medium-sized lion should take about four to six hours to complete. However, if you are a beginner or if the pattern is more complex, it may take longer.


Congratulations! You have now accomplished your goal of crocheting a lion. Everyone will be amazed by the accessory or stuffed toy you’ve created, and it’s something to be proud of. Crocheting is such a wonderful hobby that has lasted for so many generations, and you can enjoy the product you’ve made for years to come.

Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but there are so many therapeutic benefits that come with crocheting. You can crochet mindfully in order to seek calmness or express yourself in a creative way. Whenever you see the finished product, you’ll still feel pride over what you were able to create with just some yarn and a needle. Your skillset on how to crochet a lion has expanded beyond doubt, and this project was an excellent challenge from which even more interesting projects may arise in the future!

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Jennifer Branett

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