I love to be surrounded by creative people, for all crafts.
Therefore of course I’m in some crafts groups on Facebook and more specifically crochet and sewing groups.
One of the things I noticed in various crochet groups is that most of the people (and I am definitely one of them) don’t like sewing parts.
So I decided to start creating some animals amigurumi with NO SEWING at all!!
And here we are with the fifth one of this collection: Rob the Lion; the others are Sat the Pig, Arthur the Cat, Lannie the Elephant and Rosy the Cow that you can find here.
The pattern in this page is totally free, but it’s intellectual property of Elendipity.
You can use it and, of course, you can sell the final products you create, but you cannot sell the pattern or any alteration of the pattern.
You should also credit Elendipity (as pattern creator) whenever you create it, share it and/or sell it.
Feel free to tag me on my Instagram if you create it, I would love to see your works!!
This amigurumi is worked from the front to the back of the animal, so you will begin from the muzzle, the head and you will continue working in round creating the ears, the legs and finally the tail.
It is worked in continuous rounds.
There will be some colour change and I recorded a video to show you how to change colour in amigurumi, you will find the video at this link.
- Crochet hook 3mm
- Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/6, colour n. 002 (White – W6) – 1 gr
- Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/6, colour n. 005 (Grey Brown – GB6) – less than 3 gr
- Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/6, colour n. 004 (Beige – B6) – 10 gr (you can use Vanilla as alternative)
- safety eyes
- stitch marker
- darning needle
- Brown embroidery thread for the muzzle (optional)
- hair brush or pet brush (optional)
I bought the yarn at Hobbii.
Here below the list of the stitches (US terms) that we are going to use for this project.
- MC = Magic Circle
- CH = Chain
- SS = Slip Stich
- SC = Single Crochet
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- DC = Double Crochet
- INC (Increase) = 2 stitches in the same stitch
- DEC (Decrease) = 1 stitch worked over two stitches – it would be better if you know how to do Invisible Decrease.
- st = stitches
- BLO = Back Loop Only
- FLO = Front Loop Only
- BOBBLE = Bobble stitch is 5 DC together + 1 CH and more specifically: 1. Yarn over, insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have now 3 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through only 2 loops and you will now have 2 loops on your hook; 2. Yarn over, insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have now 4 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through only 2 loops, you will now have 3 loops on your hook; 3. Yarn over, insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have now 5 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through only 2 loops, you will now have 4 loops on your hook; 4. Yarn over, insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have now 6 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through only 2 loops, you will now have 5 loops on your hook; 5. Yarn over, insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have now 7 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through only 2 loops, you will now have 6 loops on your hook; 6. Yarn over and pull through all the 6 loops and now you do 1 CH
- Number in brackets, at the end of each round, indicates the total stitches for the round.
- Instruction between * … * means you have to repeat what is between the asterisks by the times indicated after the second asterisk.
- Instruction between ( … ) means you have to do all the stitches in the brackets in the same stitch.
- You will always find the acronym of the stitch and a number close to it; if the number is before the name of the stitch, it means that you will have to repeat those stitches in the same space. For example: 5 DC = 5 Double Crochet in the same stitch / DC 5 = 5 Double Crochet in the next 5 stitches
Shall we start?
With 3mm crochet hook and the colour W6, create a MC and work R1 in the MC.
- ROUND 1
SC 6 (6)
- ROUND 2
* SC 1, INC * x 3 (9), change colour to B6
- ROUND 3
FLO: * SC 2, INC * x 3 (12)
- ROUND 4
* SC 1, INC * x 6 (18)
- ROUND 5
* INC, SC 2 * x 6 (24)
- ROUND 6
* SC 3, INC * x 6 (30)
- ROUND 7
SC 11, Right Ear (FLO: 2 HDC, 1 DC, 2 HDC ), SC 6, Left Ear (FLO: 2 HDC, 1 DC, 2 HDC), SC 11 (30 + 2 ears), change colour to GB6 (don’t cut the yarn of B6!)
- ROUND 8
Mane – CH 1, FLO: * 3 DC * x 11, skip the ear st, * 3 DC * x 6, skip the ear st, * 3 DC * x 11, SS 1 to first DC (84 DC), change colour to B6
TIP: position the stitch marker to mark the first stitch on the back loop of your first DC, so you will know where to start R9.
- ROUND 9
BLO: SC 11, (behind ear) DC 1, SC 6, (behind ear) DC 1, SC 11 (30)
- ROUND 10
SC 30 (30)
- ROUND 11
SC 2, Leg (FLO: bobble), SC 25, Leg (FLO: bobble), SC 1 (30 + 2 Legs)
- ROUND 12
SC 2, BLO SC 1, SC 25, BLO SC 1, SC 1 (30)
- ROUND 13 – 14 – 15 (3 rounds)
SC 30 (30)
- ROUND 16
SC 3, Leg (FLO: bobble), SC 25, Leg (FLO: bobble) (30 + 2 Legs)
- ROUND 17
SC 3, BLO SC 1, SC 25, BLO SC 1 (30)
- ROUND 18 – 19 (2 rounds)
SC 30 (30)
- ROUND 20
SC 3, DEC * x 6 (24)
- ROUND 21
DEC, SC 2 * x 3, DEC 1, Tail (FLO SS 1, 8 CH, starting from 4th ch, SS 5 and SS 1 in the same FLO where you did the first SS), SC 1, * DEC, SC 2 * x 2 (18)
- ROUND 22
* DEC, SC 1 * x 6 (for the 4th DEC you will do a normal DEC, not Invisible Decrease because you will have a normal SC + a BLO)
- ROUND 23
* DEC * x 6 (6)
Now take the crochet hook and insert it in the end of the tail (in the 3 CH space). Take the 3 strands and pull them through the 3 CH space.
Now you will pull the edge of the strands through the three loops you have on your hook (you can do this with your hands or with the crochet hook), pull tight.
Now put the cow back right up and shorten the tail a little bit with the scissors, use a pet or hair brush to brush slightly the tail.
Cut the tail to give it a triangle shape.
In the PDF pattern, available at this link, you will find the photos that explain you how to do it step by step.
If you want, you could embroider the muzzle with some brown yarn.
And HERE WE ARE: your LION amigurumi no sewing is done! 🦁
Now you can decide to leave it like this or to add a keychain.
I hope you enjoyed this Free Pattern
At this link you can find the same pattern but it’s an ad-free PDF version with more than 50 photos that will guide step by step through the process.
I have other many patterns available that you can find at this link.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any explanation for the pattern – you can comment below or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also offer crochet lessons (both in person or online) if you need some help with crochet creations and reading patterns.
You find all the info for the classes at this link.
Feel free to tag me on my Instagram if you create it, I would love to see your works!