Nelson is a very friendly lion, but if there are monsters lurking underneath the bed, he will bravely shake his mane and roar so loud and heartstopping that any monster will flee from the kids‘ room (or the adults‘, depending on the size of the monster) never to come back!
Choose any yarn you like or have left over – Nelson will be bigger or smaller depending on the yarn. Sock yarn will be fine, but I prefer the softer merino yarn. If you knit Nelson for a child, make sure the yarn is robust, washable and doesn’t pill too much. With the gauge 27 stitches x 38 rows = 10 x 10 cm = 4 x 4 inches Nelson measures approximateley 42 cm = 17 inches from head to toe. As the pattern is around in German language for quite a while, I realized that even beginners tried themselves on Nelson and succeeded knitting him, but truth be told, you have more fun with Nelson if you are used to knit in the round with double pointed needles.