Lion Teething Ring Rattle- Free Pattern

About The Pattern

Below you will find the free web based pattern.  If you’d rather, you can purchase the inexpensive printable PDF from our site here, our Etsy shop here or our Ravelry shop here.

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This is an easy-beginner level crochet pattern, with the most complexity coming in with the embroidery and assembly.  So if you’re new to crochet and want to try out amigurumi, this pattern is a great place to start!

2 easy ears, a sphere head, a mane and a ring attachment piece come together to make a quick make that is both adorable and fun, perfect for any baby in your life!

About The Design

This cute lion rattle was inspired by our Hippo Teething Ring Rattle pattern, and we couldn’t resist sticking with a safari animal theme, so keep an eye out for an elephant teething ring coming soon!

If you want to read the full story behind this pattern, or see the step-by-step picture tutorial for additional help, you can find that on our blog post for this pattern here.

The Pattern

What You Need
  • worsted weight (4) yarn for MC – approximately 50 yards
  • Worsted Weight (4) yarn for Mane- approximately 10 yards 
  • Fiberfill
  • 3.5 MM (US E) crochet hook9
  • mm safety eyes (optional) 
  • ¾” X ½” Rattle insert 
  • 3” Organic Wooden Teething Ring
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Pink yarn or embroidery floss (optional)
  • embroidery/ darning needle
  • scissors
Completed Measurements 
Width of head= 4.5″
3” tall (excluding ring)
Abbreviations Used 
sc= single crochet
dc= double crochet 
MR= magic ring
inc= increase (sc 2 into 1 st)
dec= decrease
ss= slip stitch
fo= fasten off
ch= chain
MC= main color 
Gauge Used (measured against Ring Attachment Pattern)
10 sc= 2″6
rows= 1″
Pattern Notes
  • This Pattern uses US standards
  • The head pattern of this design is worked in continuous spiral rounds (vs. joined rounds) whereas the ears, mane and ring attachment patterns are worked back and forth in rows.
  •  I recommend using a stitch marker to mark the starting stitch for the head pattern
  • If you are unfamiliar with the Magic Ring technique, I recommend this helpful video tutorial
  • In the foundation of the ears and ring attachment, the first skipped stitch does not count as a stitch.
  • In the mane pattern, the first 3 skipped sts count as your 1st dc. 
  • In each row following, the starting ch does not count as a stitch
  • When making the mane, you will want it to be long enough to wrap almost completely around the head.  If it seems to short, you may consider adding in multiples of 5 to increase the length. 

Pattern for the ears (make 2)

Foundation: in MC, work 3 sc into the MR, turn (3)

Row 1: ch 1, inc, sc, inc, turn (5)

Row 2: ch 1, ss in each st across, fo, leaving tail for assembly. 

Feed starting tail through bottom stitches to get to the other end of the ear. (you should have a tail on either side of the ear). 

Lion Head Pattern 

Foundation: In MC, work 6 sc into the MR (6)

Round 1: sc 2 into each st around (12)

Round 2: *sc, inc*, repeat from * to * around (18)

Round 3: *sc 2, inc*, repeat from * to * around (24)

Round 4: *sc 3, inc*, repeat from * to * around (30)

Round 5: *sc 4, inc*, repeat from * to * around (36)

Round 6-12: sc around (36)

Round 13: *sc 4, dec*, repeat from * to * around (30)

Round 14: *sc 3, dec* repeat from * to * around (24)

  • Attach the ears on a slight angle on the top of the head, starting at about round 3 on either side of the foundation.
  • Embroider on the eyes (or place 9mm safety eyes) over round 9, about 3 stitches across and 3 stitches apart from each other.
  • Using pink yarn or embroidery floss, embroider the cheeks right below the safety eyes or directly below embroidered eyes on round 10 about 2 stitches across.
  • Embroider on the nose by working several laps of the black embroidery floss across 4 stitches over round 12 between the eyes. Starting from the inside of the head, feed the floss through the row directly  below the nose, in the center of the 4 stitches that the nose covered. Feed that floss tail up and over the nose to pull down the strands and then feed the floss back through the head about 2 rounds down.
  • Add the whiskers between the rows on either side of the snout, about 2 stitches long. 

Begin stuffing head with fiberfill, add rattle and add some more stuffing. 

Round 15: *sc 2, dec* repeat from * to * around (18)

Round 16: *sc, dec*, repeat from * to * around (12)

Finish firmly stuffing the head with fiberfill. 

Round 17: dec in each st around, fo (6)

Ring Attachment Pattern  

Foundation: in MC, ch 18

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn (17)

Row 2-9: ch 1, sc in each across, turn (17)

Check to make sure the attachment fits tightly and secure around the teething ring, add more rows as needed. 

Fo, leaving long tail for assembly. 

Mane Pattern  

Foundation: in Mane color, ch 38

Row 1: starting in 4th ch from hook, dc 4, sk 2, ss, *sk 2, dc 5 in next ch, sk 2, ss*, repeat from * to*  across, fo leaving long tail (35)

Assembly  

Join long ends of the Ring Attachment to wrap around the teething ring, whip stitch (or use method of choice) to secure in place. Move the tail so that it is towards the center of the ring and use an embroidery needle to feed the tail through to the top of the ring to join the head.  

Attach the head to the Ring Attachment using the Whip stitch (or method of choice) following the 16th round of the head as a guide. 

Using Whip Stitch (or method of choice), seam the mane around the head, directly behind the ears.  Attach to ears as you pass them for extra stability. Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

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