Crochet Lion granny square- free pattern

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The crochet lion granny square is the 4th and last one of our Mix and Match blanket. You can make it individually as a big crochet lion granny square blanket or use the 4 squares and create the mix and match blanket.

The latest few posts are part of our Mix and Match blanket. With that pattern, you can design your own blanket. Find more information in the post- Mix and Match crochet blanket!

Crochet Lion granny square pattern

Materials

  • worsted weight acrylic yarn- main color-yellow for the Giraffe and the rounds between the colorful ones. You will need 2-2,5 balls of white. My yarn was 100gr/240m per ball.
  • 20-40 grams of the remaining colors
  • Crochet hook size 5mm and 6mm. The smaller hook for the embellishments such as eyes and 6mm for the blanket itself. But you can also use one hook.
  • tapestry needle and a pair of scissors

Pattern notes

Finished size of the crochet lion blanket is 90cm x 90cm/ 36 inch x 36 inch./ when it is made as a big granny square blanket.

The pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

Gauge: 12 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet. The gauge is not important in this project.

The beginning chain is not counted as a stitch unless stated otherwise.

After the initial square is done we will continue with granny stitch rounds, BUT we will make the granny cluster with wide DC which means we will work in the space between the clusters instead of on top of the stitch and it will be referred as “space”.

Crochet stitches
In this crochet lion blanket, we have a few parts that must be sewn on the square. Usually, I prefer a hot glue gun or glue. I use appliques in many of my designs so I made a video tutorial with 3 different ways of attaching appliques to a crochet project- tutorial on How to attach appliques!

Abbreviation

SC- single crochet

DC- double crochet

HDC- half double crochet

SS- slip stitch

CH- chain

Rep- repeat

Picot- chain 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook

** – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

FO- fasten off

Cluster/granny stitch- make 3 wide DC in 1 stitch (see pattern notes above)

Mini flower-1 SS +1 Picot + 1 SS+ 1 Picot + 1 SS + 1 Picot + 1 SS all in 1 stitch

Crochet lion pattern

-with yellow

Rnd 1: Start with a MR, secure with a slip knot, CH 2, 12 DC into the ring, SS to join (12)

Rnd 2: CH 3, 2 DC in each around, SS to join (24)

Rnd 3: CH 3, *DC in first, 2 DC in next* rep from * to * 11 more times, SS to join (36)

Rnd 4: CH 3, *DC in first 2, 2 DC in next* rep from * to * 11 more times, SS to join (48)

Rnd 5: CH 3, *DC in first 3, 2 DC in next* rep from * to * 11 more times, SS to join (60)

Rnd 6: CH 3, *DC in first 4, 2 DC in next* rep from * to * 11 more times, SS to join (72)

Rnd 7: CH 3, *HDC in first 5, 2 HDC in next* rep from * to * 11 more times, SS to join (84)

-switch to your first color

The next round is worked in the 3rd loop of the HDC we made in the previous round.

Rnd 8: CH 1, *SC in first 2, SC2TOG in next, SC in next 2, HDC in next 3, DC in next 2, TR in next 2, (2 TR, CH 2, 2 TR in next), TR in next 2, DC in next 2, HDC in next 3* rep from * to * 3 more times, SS to join (92)

Rnd 9: CH 3, *DC in next 14, (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner), DC in next 9* rep from * to * 3 more times, SS to join (108)

Rnd 10: CH 3, *DC in next 16, (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner), DC in next 11* rep from * to * 3 more times, SS to join (124)

Rnd 11: CH 3, *DC in next 18, (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner), DC in next 13* rep from * to * 3 more times, SS to join (140)

Rnd 12: CH 3, *DC in next 20, (2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner), DC in next 15* rep from * to * 3 more times, SS to join, FO. (156)

Crochet lion’s embellishments:

EYES (make 2 )

-with black color

Start with a MR and make 6 SC into the ring, SS to join. FO.

Take a string of white color yarn and a tapestry needle. Make 1 straight line on the eye.

LION’S MUZZLE

-With beige color

Rnd 1: CH 14, 2 DC in 4TH from your hook, DC in next 9, 5 DC in last, continue on the opposite side, DC in next 9, 3 DC in last, SS to join. (28)

Rnd 2: CH 3, 2 DC in first 2, DC in next 9, 2 DC in next 5, DC in next 9, 2 DC in next 3, SS to join (38)

Rnd 3: CH 1, SC in first, 2 SC in next, HDC in next, 2 HDC in next, DC in next 10, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next, *2 SC in first, SC in next* rep from * 1 more times, 2 SC in next, HDC in next, 2 HDC in next, DC in next 10, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next, 2 SC in next, SC in next, 2 SC in last, SS to join. FO. (48)

Row 1: Insert your hook in the 10th stitch, and pull a loop, CH 2, DC in next 3, CH 2, turn (4)

Row 2-6: DC in next 2, DC in turning chain, CH 2, turn. FO. (4)

LION’S NOSE:

-dark brown

CH 6, 2 SC in 2nd CH from hook, HDC in next 3, 3 SC in last, continue on the opposite side, HDC in next 3, SC in last, SS to join. FO. (12)

LION’S EARS (make 2)

-with mustard color

Row 1: Start with a MR, secure with knot, CH 1, make 6 DC into the ring, CH 2, turn (6)

Row 2: 2 HDC in very first, *HDC in first, 2 HDC in next* rep from * 2 more times, 2 HDC in turning chain. FO. (11)

LION’S MANE

-light brown color

Row 1: CH 98, 5 DC in 5th CH from hook, * skip 2, SC in next, skip 2, 5 DC in next * rep from * till you have 3 chains left, SC in last. CH 1, turn

Row 2: * SS in very first, HDC in next 2, (HDC 1, 1 PICOT, HDC 1 in next), HDC in next 2* rep from * across

Free crochet lion applique

How to attach the embellishments:

1. Place the nose on the muzzle and sew it on the upper center. After sewing, make a straight line downwards with dark brown.

2. Place the muzzle on the bottom of your lion’s base.

3. Place the ears on both sides. Make sure that they are symmetrical before sewing or gluing.

4. Place the eyes right above the muzzle on both sides.

5. Take the mane and stretch it around the circle. Place safety pins to secure them before sewing or gluing.

When you are done with your crochet giraffe square base it is time to turn this square into a blanket. To do so you need to repeat the instructions of Granny square part 2. You will find them in the Crochet Tiger blanket post.

If you loved this blanket you can check out our themed applique blankets such as:

  1. Crochet Safari blanket
  2. Crochet jungle blanket
  3. Crochet woodland blanket

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