small crochet lion with a shaggy mane

Small Crochet Lion Free Pattern

Let’s Crochet a Small Amigurumi Lion Together!

Ready to embark on a roaring adventure? Introducing our small crochet lion pattern – your ticket to creating the cutest little king of the jungle! Part of our Kozu Palm Pets series of small crochet animals, this little guy is perfect for beginners or more experienced crocheters, as this pattern is a breeze to follow.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you stitch by stitch to bring this pint-sized lion to life. From its shaggy mane (I just love it!) to his palm sized cuteness, you’ll be amazed at how easy and adorable this project is. Whether you’re whipping up a handmade gift for that special someone or simply indulging in some therapeutic crochet time, our small crochet lion pattern has got you covered.

So grab your favorite yarn, crochet hook, and get ready to create a pocket-sized jungle buddy that’ll steal your heart. Let’s dive into the world of amigurumi magic – because who can resist the charm of a mini lion made with love?

super easy small crochet lion free pattern

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About this Small Crochet Lion Pattern

This small crochet lion pattern is a low-sew amigurumi lion pattern. The arms, legs, body, and head are all crocheted in one pice. However, to ensure that the pattern works as it should, be sure to work the pattern in the order that it is written, as you will need to finish off the arms first so that you can crochet them in.

This amigurumi lion is just 4 inches tall – it can fit into the palm of your hand! I love the lion’s shaggy mane. It’s just too cute isn’t it? To be honest, it is a little time consuming to make but the results are completely worth it, don’t you think? Plus, just do it it mindlessly in front of the TV, as the hair doesn’t take a lot of focus to latch on. We have a step-by-step tutorial on how to latch the hair onto the mane so it will be rather easy to do!

You can increase the size of the lion by using a thicker yarn. With super bulky yarn and a 7mm hook, it should turn out to be 11 inches tall.

Small Crochet Lion Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in any way without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern in small quantities but please give credit to as the pattern designer.

Tools and Supplies that You Will Need

  • Yarn: You need a small amount of yarn in yellow and brown and scrap yarn in white
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two pairs of 7 mm safety eyes

Stitches That you Will Need to Use and Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds unless specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

Finished size: Approximately 4 inches tall, using DK yarn and a 2.75mm hook.

How to Crochet a Lion

Arms (make 2)

Do not stuff

Using yellow

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2-6 (5 rounds):  SC around (6)

Pinch the two ends of the arm together, chain one, and 3 SC through both sides to close the arm. See tutorial on how to finish the arms. Fasten off.


Using yellow

Stuff the legs lightly as you go.

Round 1: 4 SC into a magic circle (4)

Round 2: INC in each stitch (8)

Round 3: SC around in BLO (8)

Round 4: SC around (8)

Fasten off. Make sure that you’ve pulled the magic circle tight so that stuffing doesn’t escape from it.

Repeat rounds 1-4 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.


Stuff as you go. Now we will begin joining the legs.

Round 5: Chain 2 and SC in the next unworked stitch of the first leg. Place a stitch marker in this stitch to mark the start of your round. SC in the remaining 7 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 2 chains, SC in the 8 stitches of the next leg, and SC on the other side of each of the two chains until you reach your stitch marker. (20)

Round 6-10 (5 rounds): SC around (20)

Round 11:(8 SC, INV DEC) twice (18)

Round 12: SC around (18)

During the next round (Round 13), you will crochet the arms into your lion on either side of the body by crocheting through both the body and the arm. See tutorial on how to crochet in the arms.

Round 13: SC around (18)

Round 14: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)


Round 15: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 16: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 17: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 18-24 (7 rounds): SC around (30)

If you’re using safety eyes, insert them between Rounds 19 and 20, seven stitches apart. Make sure that you have stuffed the body well, especially the neck.

crochet lion body

Round 25: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 26: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 27: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Ensure that you have stuffed the head well.

Round 28: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a tail. Insert the needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.


Using white

Round 1: Chain 4. Starting in the second chain from the hook, 2 SC, 3 SC in the next chain as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 1 SC and INC in the last chain (8)

Round 2: SC around (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the muzzle lightly and sew it onto your lion between Rounds 18 and 20. Embroider on the nose of your lion.

Ears (make 2)

Do not stuff.

Using yellow

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 3: SC around (9)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Hair Cap

crochet lion with hair cap and ears

Using brown

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 6-11 (6 rounds): SC around (30)

At this point, check to see if the haircap is long enough.

Note: The hair cap width can vary based on the yarn that you’re using so try it on to your lion’s head and see if you want to increase or decrease rounds.

Fasten off and sew the hair cap on your lion’s head. Sew the ears onto the hair cap on each side.


Using yellow

Chain 5. Starting from the second chain on your hook, 4 sl st. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Cut two strands of brown, approximately 3 inches long. Latch them onto the end of the tail. Cut them down to the size that you want them. Sew the tail on between Rounds 6 and 7.

how to latch on hair for the lion tail


Crochet lion mane, front and back

Using brown

Cut strands approximately five inches long. You will need a LOT of strands (approximately 75 to 100)! Begin by latching strands around the outside of the haircap of your lion.

How to Latch Hair onto the Mane of your Amigurumi Lion

step by step photo tutorial on how to latch the hair onto the lion

Now you will now insert your hook into the chin of your lion and add hair. Add hair along the chin line until it connects to the hair cap so that the mane is all around the lion.

Once you are satisfied with the amount of hair that your lion has, it’s time to give it a haircut. Start curring around the mane. Do it slowly because you can always trim it shorter but you can’t grow the hair back after you’ve cut it! I’ve left the mane long and shaggy but you could try a spikey mane too! Be sure to cut it a bit shorter in front of the ears so that they show.

Your small crochet lion is now complete! If you enjoyed crocheting this little guy, be sure to check out the other animals in the Kozu Palm Pets series of small crochet animals.

small crochet lion