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Lion Mane Instructions:
Basically, you will be using surface crochet to make the lion’s mane. You’ll do this by alternating between sc attaching to the lion’s head and chaining. You’ll want to alternate between using chs of 12, 10 and 8 – starting with the longer chs at the top section of the head and the tip of the chin, and using shorter chs on the sides of the face below the ears. NOTE: the number of chs you will make for your lion’s mane may differ from what is recommended. However you decide to do yours, you will need the longest ch to be roughly the same height of the ears when folded in half. The shortest ch you will use should have 4 sts less than the longest one...
To help you see where you should start, take two scrap lengths of yarn and trace a circular border on both the front and back sides of the head, so that it is as close to the ears as possible on both sides. You’ll want to have roughly 20 st sps around the top of the head from bottom of left ear to bottom of right ear, 12 st sps on either side below the ears and 4 st sps along the bottom below the muzzle for a total of approximately 48 st sps.
Lion Face Mane Instructions:
starting with a slip knot and working in a counterclockwise direction...
rnd 1 (part 1): sc attach to the 2nd st sp away that lines up with the bottom of the left ear, ch 12 or as many chains as it takes to get the recommended height mentioned above, [sc attach to the next st sp, ch 12] rep about 18 times around the top of the head or until you get to the bottom of the right ear, sc attach to the st sp that lines up with the bottom of the right ear (you should have approximately 19 ch sps up to here)
rnd 1 (part 3): [sc attach to the next st sp, ch 8 or 4 chs less than your first ch in this rnd] rep about 6 times, continuing to work down the side of face or until you only have 5 st sps below the muzzle - you can determine this by counting the st sps backwards from where you started this rnd so that you have the same number of sts sps as the number of ch sps you made from part 2-3 of this rnd (31 ch sps up to here - including the last loose ch-8 made)
rnd 1 (part 4): sc attach to the next st sp, ch 9, sc attach to next st sp, ch 10, sc attach to next st sp, ch 11 (this is the center bottom ch), sc attach to the next st sp, ch 10, sc attach to the next st sp, ch 9 (36 ch sps up to here - including the last loose ch-9 made)
rnd 1 (part 5): [sc attach to the next st sp, ch 8 or 4 chs less than your first ch in this rnd] rep about 6 times working up the side of face or until you reach the st sp that lines up with the bottom of the nose (42 ch sps up to here)
rnd 1 (part 6): [sc attach to the next st sp, ch 10 or 2 chs less than your first ch in this rnd] rep about 6 times working up the side of face or until you reach the very first sc of this rnd, sl st join to that st, ch 1 (48 ch sps)
Lion Back of the Head Mane Instructions:
starting with a slip knot and working in a counter clockwise direction...
rnd 1: Follow directions for rnd 1 of the Lion’s Face Mane. This time, start in the first st sp away that lines up with the bottom of the right ear. (48 ch sps)
rnd 2: Follow directions for rnd 1 of the Lion’s Face Mane again. This time, work this rnd in front of the rnd you just made, or the st sps closest to the last rnd. (48 ch sps)
rnd 3+: For the rem rnds, you will follow the same process as the first rnds, continuously working new rnds inwards. From here on, the number of ch sps per round will dec. Match the number of chs for each st in the new rnds with the rnd before. Then, when you get closer to the center, eliminate working the longer chs of 12 and work the middle length chs of 10 in its place. Finally, when it only looks like one or two rnds can be made, only work the smaller chs of 8. F/o, weave in ends.
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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
- Part 5: Lion's Head
- Part 6: Lion's Mane (YOU'RE HERE)
- Share Your Abayomi Lion CAL Photo Contest (Sunday, September 20th-October 9th, 2015)
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