Since I couldn't find a lion baby blanket pattern on the internet, I decided to use an easy simple stitch pattern baby blanket located here: http://crochet.about.com/od/babypatterns/a/fast-easy-crochet-baby-blanket-for-beginners.htm. The stitch is very beautiful. I struggled making the large lion's head and ended up with a small flat pillow. Again, I searched the internet and found Cindy Harris's Jungle Cats Lion pattern. The feet and tail I just made up as I went along.
Yarns used were Burnt Pumpkin by I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby and Baby Soft Lemon Drop by LionBrand Yarns. About 4 skeins for the blanket, head, feet and tail. I doubled the yarn for the head, feet, tail, and ears. As always, I adore I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby but using Baby Soft yarn from Lion Brand was horrible. The yarn was thin in some areas and it felt very scratchy and hard. I had two skeins left over which I donated to Freecycle.
When it came to the arms and tail, I contemplated as to whether I should attach them or not because they were slightly heavy with a little Polyfil. After my husband put his two cents in, I ended up adding the feet and tail. Overall, I think Mr. Lion looks pretty adorable.
|Mr. Lion ready to go to his new home|