Already completed this step? Move on to Amigurumi Abayomi Lion CAL Part 5 (link will activate on Sunday, September 13th, 2015), where we will crochet the head, or check out the full schedule for this CAL below...
REMINDER: Side facing you as you crochet equals the WS of work for muzzle and eyes. Odd rnds equal the RS of work for ears. Crochet in continuous rnds unless directed to do otherwise.
Lion Muzzle Instructions:
rnd 1: sc 6 into a magic circle (6 sts)
rnd 2: sc 2 into each st around (12 sts)
rnd 3: [sc, sc 2 into next st] x 6 (18 sts)
rnd 4: [sc 2, sc 2 into next st] x 6 (24 sts)
rnd 5: [sc 5, sc 2 into next st] x 4 (28 sts)
rnd 6-7: sc 28 for 2 rnds, sl st join to first st of last rnd, f/o (if you will be sewing muzzle onto the head, f/o with a long tail).
Now it’s time to embroider a nose and a mouth onto the muzzle. Use the following instructions and how-to pictures as a guideline...
Lion Nose Instructions:
For nose, st sps #7-#11 of rnd 5 will be the top of the nose with the center of the magic circle being the bottom.
Thread a long strand of black yarn onto a tapestry yarn needle like you are going to do some hand sewing – knot the ends.
Insert needle into st sp #7 from the inside (WS) going out (RS). Come back in through st sp #11, and lock yarn into place by sticking the needle through the end of the yarn on the thread.
Continuing where you left off for the nose, embroider the mouth below the nose.
Poke needle back out through magic circle again. Count vertically 2-3 st sps down, and go back to the inside.
Extend the left side of the smile by coming out through the left smile st and going back inside a few sts up and over to the left. Extend the right side of the smile by repeating the same process again.
Finally, securely f/o the yarn for your lion’s nose and mouth by wrapping it around the loose threads closest to it on the WS. Make a double knot and tie off. Set aside.
Lion Ear Instructions:
rnd 1: sc 12 into a magic circle, ch 1, turn (12 sts)
rnd 2: mirror sc 12, ch 1, turn
rnd 3: sc 12, ch 1, turn
rnd 4: mirror sc 2 into each st around, ch 1, f/o (if you will be sewing ears onto the head, f/o with a long tail) (24 sts)
Lion Eye Instructions:
rnd 1: sc 12 in a magic circle (12 sts)
rnd 2: [sc, sc2tog] x 4 (8 sts)
rnd 3: [sc, sc 2 in next st] x 4 (12 sts)
rnd 4: sc 12, sl st, f/o (if you will be sewing eyes onto the head, f/o with a long tail).
Use starting tail to stuff eye. Set aside.
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Part 1: Supplies & Pattern Notes
- Part 2: Lion's Arms, Legs & Tail
- Part 3: Lion's Body
- Part 4: Lion's Facial Features (YOU'RE HERE)
- Part 5: Lion's Head (Sunday, September 13th, 2015)
- Part 6: Lion's Mane (Thursday, September 17th, 2015)
- Share Your Abayomi Lion CAL Photo Contest (Sunday, September 20th-October 9th, 2015)