Felt Lion knitting pattern

This friendly cuddly lion has moving jointed limbs and a fuzzy mane around his sweet smiling face. This toy is so quick to knit using large size needles, then magically transformed into thick soft felt by a ride in your washing machine! Lion’s legs are jointed so it can sit stand or cuddle and its traditional button eyes twinkle above a cute embroidered nose and mouth.

Each piece of the lion is stuffed before felting; the stuffing is compressed as the knitting shrinks to give a plump seamless finish. The mane is also added before felting to give a dense, fuzzy furry finish.

Fully illustrated instructions guide you through assembling your lion and adding the mane and features. (If you are gifting this lion to a child please do not use buttons- embroidered eyes look great too, and the limbs will still be jointed)

My clear and detailed pattern and instructions show you step by step, from knitting, sewing up, and felting, to assembling and creating the face of your lion.

This pattern uses basic shaping and simple short rows (no wrap and turn unless you want to!)

Felting is a wonderful way to extend your knitting skill, it is very forgiving, and the knitted stitches disappear once the felting process is complete.

Felted Size (approx.) 30 cm / 12” high


  • 13 page illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric Measurement
  • Fully illustrated instructions

Materials you need at home:

  • Needle size 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) , , *Recommended yarn - Rico Creative Filz, , Lana Grossa Feltro, Schoeller Und Stahl Filzi, , , *Tension - 11sts x 16 rows = 10cm (4”) st.st. Square , , *Yardage-3 x 50gm (50m) ball , , *You will also need , -approx. 100g soft toy stuffing , 2 x 14mm buttons , 4 x 20mm buttons , 5m embroidery thread
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Claire Fairall

My sketch book is always full of new toy and doll characters waiting to be created in yarn.

I love bringing them to life with my knitting needles!

I spend my days in my sunny studio with my Siamese cat for company.

Surrounded by colourful yarn, my hands are busy clicking the knitting needles or sketching current ideas.

I create dolls and toys to celebrate the seasons and important times in people’s lives, Christmas and Easter- New babies and snuggly tired toddlers.

In between creating new dolls and teddy bears. I’ve created patterns for knitting magazines and worked with retail firms to create knitting kits.

I started out selling my knitted and felted bags at Craft and Design events where I enjoyed meeting other knitting enthusiasts.

It was these knitters who convinced me to publish my patterns for others to enjoy.

I do hope you enjoy your knitting project and if you would like to read more about my work please visit my website www.clairefairalldesigns.co.uk

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