NELSON THE LION knitting pattern

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.


  • Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with loads of pictures and innovative charts for the crucial steps
  • Appendix with all techniques needed, for example short rows German style. However, you should know how to cast on, bind of, knit and purl. All other techniques are explained in detail.

Materials you need at home:

  • Original yarn from German factory Lana Grossa: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein (100 % pure new wool, 160 m/50 g) in beige, turquois, dark blue and blue, leftover yarn in off white. Substitute with any yarn in Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi).
  • Eyelash yarn in beige or camel (such as Schachenmayr Brazilia)
  • Embroidery thread in brown
  • Embroidery thread or twine in black
  • 2 black beads, approx 8 to 10 mm diameter
  • Strong felt, approx 2 or 3 mm thickness, approx 11 x 11 cm
  • Thin felt in brown, sewing thread the same colour
  • Set of size 2 US (2,5 mm, 12 UK) or size 3 US (3 mm, 12 UK) double pointed needles, depending an how tight you knit
  • Embroidery needle, sewing needle, darning needle

  • 4 safety pins, polyester stuffing or similar, scissors

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