How to crochet the Brave Little Lion Applique

This is one of my favorite appliques that I have designed a pattern for and I am sure it will be yours too! If you are looking for a cute lion applique to go on your next baby blanket then you are going to love this pattern!

This little fellow was so much fun to design and he works up surprisingly easily since he is mostly all circles! This lion is approximately 5 inches tall by 8 inches! If you want him taller instead of wider you could swap the back section and the paws to make him look like he is laying on his back instead kind of like my Henry and Harriet Hippo designs below.



You can also find the pdf patterns for the Hippos in both my Etsy or Ravelry shop and I plan to add this adorable couple to the free patterns blog in the near future! So if you are not already subscribed this blog be sure to do that today so you don't miss out!


So back to the Brave Little Lion pattern! This lion pattern is very beginner-friendly but if you are unsure of any stitches you can also use google for some visual aids by typing in the name of the crochet stitch you are wanting to learn or review!



I am an extremely visual learner too so for the magic ring that this pattern makes significant use of and that many crocheters have a difficult time with, I created both a youtube tutorial and tic tok video for! You can visit the youtube video which has a bit more instruction by clicking on this link and you can see the tic tok quick/short tutorial by clicking this link.


I just know that you guys are going to have a blast creating this and I never like to keep you guys waiting too long so lets go ahead and dive into how to make this cute little fella!


“Brave Little Lion”

Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  1. Yarn - worsted weight 4: Brown, (Gold, Orange, or different shade of brown, etc) I used Loops and Threads Impeccable Gold for the body, Black, White

  2. Hook - G 4mm

  3. Needle - if sewing together

  4. Hot Glue - if glueing together I use hot glue to give the safety eyes extra security and reduce the risk of them coming off

  5. Safety Eyes - I used ½ inch

Stitches:

  • MR - magic ring

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Tr - treble crochet

  • * * - repeat *to* around

  • ( ) - all in the same st

  • #st - complete # of sts in same space

  • St # - complete stitch in next number of spaces

Pattern Instructions

*beginning chains do not count as st

*leave long tails if sewing together, otherwise weave in ends if assembling with hot glue.


Head: Gold

  • Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to join. (10 st)

  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st to join. (20 st)

  • Round 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* around, sl st to join. (30 st)

  • Round 4: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next, *1 hdc in 2 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join. (40 st)

  • Round 5: Ch 1, (sl st, hdc) in same space as ch 1, (dc, tr) in next st, (tr, dc, sl st) in next st, sl st 4, (sl st, hdc) in next st, (dc, tr) in next st, (tr, dc, sl st), fasten off.


Back - H hook - Gold

  • Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to join. (10 st)

  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st to join. (20 st)

  • Round 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* around, sl st to join. (30 st)

  • Round 4: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next, *1 hdc in 2 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join. (40 st)

  • Round 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next, *1 hdc in 3 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join, fasten off. (50 st)

Paws & Cheeks : Make 2 White and 4 Gold

  • Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to join. (10 st)

  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st to join, fasten off. (20 st)


Inner Ears: Black - make 2

  • Begin: MR

  • Row 1: Sc 5 in MR, pull tight to close, do not sl st to join. You will have a fan/shell shape. See assembly photos. (6st)


Nose: Black

  • Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in magic ring, pull tight to close, do not sl st to join, fasten off. You will have a fan/shell shape. See Assembly photos. (6st)


Chin/Jaw: White

  • Begin: Ch 9

  • Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, 2dc, 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st, fasten off. (10st)


Mane: Brown

  • Begin: MR, ch 2.

  • Round 1: Dc 10 in MR, sl st to join, ch 2. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Dc in same st as ch, 2dc in each st, sl st to join, ch 2. (20st)

  • Round 3: Dc in same st as ch, 2 dc in next st, *Dc, 2dc*, repeat *to* around, sl st to join, ch 2. (30st)

  • Round 4: Dc in same st as ch, dc, 2dc, *dc 2, 2dc*, repeat *to* around, sl st to join, ch 3. (40st)

  • Round 5: Tr in same st as ch, dc, hdc, sc, *ch 3, tr in next st, dc, hdc, sc*, repeat *to* around, sl st to join into 1st st, fasten off.


Tail: Gold & Brown

  • Begin: Gold, Ch 16

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 14, fasten off. (15st)

  • Fur at end of tail: wrap Brown yarn around 2 fingers 6 to 8 times and cut yarn, slide yarn off fingers and cut through one side of the loops, tie a piece of gold yarn around the center in a knot, leaving a long tail and sew to the back tip of the tail, or hot glue if desired.

Eyes:

  • I used 2 safety eyes. My eyes that I ordered did not come with size information but when measured they were about ½ inch. You could also MR, sc 3, sl st to join, fasten off, using black yarn and a G hook.


Tip: when using this applique on a blanket you can coat the back of the safety eyes with hot glue for extra security and giving it a smooth end. I have not had problems with it sticking or showing through the blanket.



Assembly *See pictures on next page

Note: I assemble my appliques with hot glue, which is a fast and safe method. The glue adheres the fibers quite well and the applique is very secure. The hot glue packaging that I use says non-toxic so it is safe in my opinion as well. In addition, you can machine wash on cold, and lay flat to dry or tumble dry/lowest heat setting. You may also use other fabric-safe glue or use the traditional method of sewing your pieces together.


How I assemble my Lion :

  1. I lay out all my pieces to get the look I want first. You can use pins to hold it together if you desire and/or take a picture of your layout with your phone to reference as you are putting it together.

  2. I assemble the head first by placing the eyes and the ears and glue them on. The rounded side of the ears goes on the top in the ear spots on the head. Note: I put extra hot glue over the backs of the safety eyes for extra security.

  3. Once the eyes and ears are on I place the head on the center of the mane and then attach the chin/jaw piece and cheeks.

  4. Next, I attach the left paw on the lower-left corner of the mane. Then I attach the back piece and the last three paws overlapping one another.

  5. Lastly, I attach the tail to the back where the last paw and back met.


And there you have it! You have just completed the

"Brave Little Lion”


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Blessings to each of you,

Karen E.


P.S. I forgot to share with you guys a little sneak peek of an upcoming NEW design! Testers have it now and there is a contest in the Orchid and Bee's VIP Facebook group for a new name for it (because Im not 100% in love with the temporary name I gave it lol) so if you have a great idea be sure to submit it there!











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