Red Heart® Super Saver® Leon the Lion

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by Nancy Anderson, Red Heart®

Red Heart® Super Saver® Leon the Lion

You'll hear purrs insrtead of roars when the Red Heart® Super Saver® Leon the Lion joins the safari! To create a wild and curly mane, use a comb to separate the piles of yarn. Consider making the entire safari of animals available on A.C. Moore's website!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 22 sts (about 4 inch) and 20 rows in Stockinette stitch to make this lion hat measures approximately 7 inch tall. If the hook and needles listed under supplies do not work, use the sizes that allows you to obtain the required gauge. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere. Special abbreviations: mm - millimeter increase – Knit into the front and the back of the next stitch (1 stitch increase). Notes: Head, Body and Legs are worked in one piece. Stuff Head, Body and Legs firmly with poly-fil as they are worked. Remaining body components are worked separately and are sewn together using cast on and bind off ends.
  • 2
    Body: With Spring Green, cast on 6 sts, leaving a long end for sewing. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Round 1 (Right side): Work Increase around: 12 sts. Round 2: (K1, work Increase) around: 18 sts. Round 3: (K2, work Increase) around: 24 sts. Round 4: (K3, work Increase) around: 30 sts. Rounds 5-16: Knit around. Round 17: (K3, K2tog) around: 24 sts. Round 18: Knit around. Round 19: (K2, K2tog) around: 18 sts. Round 20: Knit around. Round 21: (K1, K2tog) around: 12 sts. Round 22: Knit around. Round 23: Work Increase around: 24 sts. Round 24: (K3, work Increase) around: 30 sts. Rounds 25-38: Knit around. Round 39: K7, place next 16 sts on holder, K7: 14 sts. Rounds 40-50: Knit around. Round 51: Work Increase around: 28 sts. Rounds 52 and 53: Knit around. Round 54: (K2, K2tog) around: 21 sts. Round 55: (K5, K2tog) around: 18 sts. Round 56: K3, (K2tog, K3) around: 15 sts. Round 57: (K3, K2tog) around: 12 sts. Round 58: (K1, K2tog) around: 8 sts. Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch end. Thread yarn needle with the end and weave through remaining stitches, draw up firmly; fasten securely.
  • 3
    Second Leg: Slip first 2 sts from holder onto scrap yarn, secure. Slip remaining 14 sts from holder evenly onto double pointed needles. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Round 1 (Right side): Knit around: 14 sts. Rounds 2-10: Knit around. Round 11: Work Increase around: 28 sts. Rounds 12 and 13: Knit around. Round 14: (K2, K2tog) around: 21 sts. Round 15: (K5, K2tog) around: 18 sts. Round 16: K3, (K2tog, K3) around: 15 sts. Round 17: (K3, K2tog) around: 12 sts. Round 18: (K1, K2tog) around: 8 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a 8 inch end. Thread yarn needle with the end and weave through remaining stitches, draw up firmly; fasten securely.
  • 4
    Arms (Make 2): With Spring Green, cast on 12 sts, leaving a long end for sewing. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Round 1 (Right side): Knit around. Rounds 2-15: Knit around. Round 16: Work Increase around: 24 sts. Rounds 17 and 18: Knit around. Round 19: (K2, K2tog) around: 18 sts. Round 20: K2, (K2tog, K2) around: 14 sts. Begin stuffing Arm with poly-fil as Rounds 21 and 22 are worked. Round 21: K2, (K2tog, K2) around: 11 sts. Round 22: K2, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K2: 9 sts. Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch end. Thread yarn needle with the end and weave through remaining stitches, draw up firmly; fasten securely.
  • 5
    Ears (Make 2): With Spring Green, cast on 6 sts, leaving a long end for sewing. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Round 1 (Right side): Work Increase around: 12 sts. Round 2: Knit around. Round 3: (K1, K2tog) around: 8 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a 10 inch end. Thread yarn needle with the end and weave through remaining stitches, draw up firmly; fasten securely.
  • 6
    Tail: With Spring Green, cast on 3 sts. Row 1 (Right side): Knit across, slide sts to opposite end of needle, do not turn. Rows 2-12: Repeat Row 1. Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch end. Thread yarn needle with the end and weave through remaining stitches, draw up firmly; fasten securely.
  • 7
    Finishing: Thread yarn needle with scrap yarn and secure 2 sts between Legs. Using photo as a guide and threading yarn needle with long cast on and bind off ends, assemble Lion. Sew Arms, Ears and Tail to Body. Using photo as a guide and crochet hook, loop 4 inch lengths of Turqua and Soft White in Head to form Mane.
  • 8
    Using photo as a guide and threading yarn needle with a 12 inch length of Black, embroider lines on Arms and Legs for Paws, and Eyes, Nose and Mouth on Head. Using a hairbrush or comb, comb out yarn for Mane, trim even.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Spring Green 104212530
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Turqua 104212516
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Soft White 104212435
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Black 104212432
  • Susan Bates® Double Point Knitting Needles Silvalume® 4 pc. 3.75 mm 5 US 104236213
  • Susan Bates® Aluminum Silvalume® Crochet Hook 3.75 mm F5 US 104236318
  • Susan Bates® Split Lock Stitch Count Markers 104236460
  • Susan Bates® Stitch Holder 4-1/2 cm (1-3/4 inch) 104236462
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil® Fiber 32 oz. 104238553
  • Comb or Brush (optional - see step 8)
  • Scissors (optional - see step 8)
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