This week’s geek craft was put together by me as part of the YSaC gift exchange. My giftee just happened to be the authors of that blog, the illustrious Llamanun and Ostrimu.

So, I endeavored to create my first ever pattern based on the Not.A.Lion, which as become a cult meme of the site.

An artist's rendering of the Not.A.Lion, courtesy of the talented Silva Noir.


I drew heavily from that rendering in order to produce my new pattern:

Similar... kinda.

Luckily for you all, I jotted down the pattern while it was still fresh in my head. Unluckily, I didn’t take any pictures of me putting it together, so some of the instructions might be a little confusing without pictures to support them.

Crochet pattern for Not.A.Lion.

Difficulty: Medium (Possibly hard/extreme depending on how you choose to do the hood)

What you will need:

  • 1 g sized hook.
  • Worsted weight yarns of the following colors: Orange, tan, pink, white, and black.  You should need less than a skein of each, and very little black, white, and pink.  Optionally you may want some light cream yaarn as well.
  • Fun-fur yarn in a reddish-brown or copper.
  • 1 pair of safety eyes either cat or black.  8mm seemed to work pretty well.
  • A cat fur brush (optional)

Legend:

  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitched togeher (single crochet decrease).  I recommend using the invisible decrease, which can be found easily enough with Google.

All stitches are worked in both loops unless otherwise noted.  Most everything is worked in the round without joining (continuous spiral).

Body & Head (Make 1):

Starting with Orange:
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic circle (6)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: 1sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (24)
Rnd 5: 1sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (28)
Rnd 6: 1sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (32)
Rnd 7: 1sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (36)
Rnd 8: 1sc in next 17 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (38)
Rnd 9: 1sc in next 18 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (40)
Rnd 10: 1sc in next 19 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (42)
Rnd 11: 1sc in next 19 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (40)
Rnd 12: 1sc in next 18 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (38)
Rnd 13: 1sc in next 17 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (36)
Rnd 14: 1sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (32)
Rnd 15: 1sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (28)
Rnd 16: 1sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (24)
Rnd 17: 1sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (18)
Rnd 18: 1sc in next sc, sc2tog, repeat around (12)

Switch to tan yarn:
Rnd 19: 1sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 20: 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (18)
Rnd 21: 1sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (24)
Rnd 22: 1sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (30)
Rnd 23: 1sc in next 4 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (36)
Rnd 24-33: 1sc in each sc around (36)

Stuff the head to desired firmness at this point

Rnd 34: 1sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (30)
Rnd 35: 1sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (24)
Rnd 36: working in back loops only this round 1sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (18)
Rnd 37: working in both loops again, 1sc in next sc, sc2tog, repeat around (12)

Stuff the body to desired firmness at this point

Rnd 38: sc2tog around (6).
Bind off and weave end through the final 6 since crochets and pull tight to close the body.

Arms (make 2):

Using Tan yarn:
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3-9: 1sc in each sc around (12)
Bind off and leave long end for sewing onto body

Legs (make 2):

Using Tan yarn:
Rnd 1: Chain 6
Rnd 2: Starting in 2nd chain from hook sc in next 4 chain stitches, 3sc in end stitch then working along the back of the base chain do 1 sc in next 3 chain stitches then do 2 sc in the final stitch.  You should now be right next to your starting sc, making a small oval. (12)
Rnd 3: 2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next 3 sc, 1sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next 2 sc (18)
Rnd 4: working in back loops only 1sc in each sc around.
Rnd 5: working in both loops again 1 sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog three times, 1sc in next 7 sc (15)*
Rnd 6: 1 sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog three times, 1sc in next 5 sc (12)*
Rnd 7-15: 1 sc in each sc around (12)
Bind off and leave long end for sewing onto body

*The  idea here is to collect all your decreases at one end of the oval tube which will pull that end back into a foot shape.  Spacing as written should be pretty close to where they need to be done, but use your judgment if they seem off a bit.

Muzzle (make 1):

Using cream or white yarn:
Rnd 1: 8sc in magic circle (8)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around (24)
Rnd 4: working in back loops only 1 sc in each sc around (24)
Rnd 5-7: working in both loops again 1sc in each sc around (24)
Bind off and leave long end for sewing onto head

Hood (make 1):

Using tan:
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc (18)
Rnd 4: 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc (24)
Rnd 5: 1sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (28)
Rnd 6: 1sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (32)
Rnd 7: 1sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (36)
Rnd 8: 1sc in next 8 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (40)
Rnd 9: 1sc in next 19 sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat around (42)
Rnd 10: 1sc in each sc around (42) chain 1 and turn or switch hands*

*This is where you need to make a choice.  Basically you need to turn around and crochet back the other direction on the half sphere you’ve formed.  You can either go the easy way and turn your work, which looks kinda bad but is much easier, or you can go the hard way and switch to crocheting with the other hand.  Crocheting with your off-hand will produce a much more uniform look since you’ll always have the right side of your work pointing out towards you, but it’s not easy if you’ve never done it before (I certainly hadn’t when I first made this pattern).  For aesthetics purpose, I recommend giving the off-hand crocheting a try.

Rnd 11: 1sc in next 27sc** (27) chain 1 and turn/switch hands
Rnd 12: 1sc in next 13sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 12 sc (26) chain 1 and turn/switch hands.
Rnd 13: 1sc in next 12sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 12 sc (25) chain 1 and turn/switch hands.
Rnd 14: 1sc in next 11sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 12 sc (24) chain 1 and turn/switch hands.
Rnd 15: 1sc in next 2sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 7sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 2 sc (21) chain 1 and turn/switch hands
Rnd 16: 1sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 6sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 6 sc (19) chain 1 and turn/switch hands
Rnd 17: 2sc in first sc, 1sc in next sc, sc2tog, 1sc in next 5sc, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, 2 sc in next sc (18 sc) chain 1 and turn/switch hands
Rnd 18: 2sc in first sc, 1sc in next sc, sc2tog, [1 sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog], repeat between the brackets 2 more times, 1 sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc (16) chain 1 and turn/switch hands
Rnd 19: 1sc in next 2sc, sc2tog, [1sc in next sc, sc2tog] repeat between the brackets 2 more times, 1sc in next 3sc
Bind off and leave long end for sewing onto the body.

**For all rows 11-22, always make your first sc in the last sc of the previous row.  This helps keep the piece tighter.

Ears (Make 4, 2 in each color combination):

Inner Ear rounds: Make 2 in pink and 2 in white
Rnd 1: 8sc in magic ring
Now, end the row by putting a slip stitch into the magic ring, do not join the row. Pull it tight.  It should form a little partial circle shape.  The round side is the top of the ear, and the flatter side will be attached to the head.

Bind off and weave in the ends.

Finishing the ears: Use tan for the pink inner ears and orange for the white inner ears as your outter color.
Rnd 1: 8sc in magic ring then do as above (slip stich in center without joining) chain 1 and turn
Rnd 2: Place the outer and inner ear pieces with back sides together and continuing to use the outer color.  Using 1 sc through each sc in both ears, thus sewing the two pieces together.

Bind off and leave long end for sewing onto main body.

Tail (make 1):

Main tail: Using Tan
Rw 1: Chain 10
Rw 2: Starting in second chain from hook, 1 sc in next 8 chain stitchs.  3sc in the last chain stitch, working on the back side of the base chain 1sc in next 8 chain stitchs (to end).
Rw 3:  Fold the piece lengthwise and use slip stitches across matched single crochets to sew it together, forming a small, tight tube.  Bind off and leave a long end for sewing to the body.

Tail tuft: Using fun fur
Rw 1:Chain 5
Rw 2: starting in second chain from hook 1sc in next 3 chain stitches, 3sc in last chain stitch, working on the back side of the base chain 1sc in next 4 chain stitches.
Rw 3: fold the pice lengthwise and use slip stitches across the matched single crochets to sew it together, forming a small tube.  Bind off and leave a long end.

Sew the tuft onto the end of the tail (side opposite the loose end) using the fun-fur loose end.  Weave in the end once the tuft is secured to the tail.

Finishing up:

Grab a yarn needle; you’ll need it a lot here.

Using pink yarn and the needle, add a triangular nose to the muzzle.  You can do this by sewing lines and crisscrosses until you have a solid pink triangle.  Use black to stitch on a mouth (if desired).  Now stuff the muzzle and sew it onto the head below and between the eyes, once again using the yarn needle.

Using doubled up black yarn and the needle, add the black tiger highlights to the head.  You can tie off your work and poke the knot through one of the crochet spaces to make things easier.

Stuff the arms and legs.  Make sure when stuffing the legs to allow some empty space at the top so that they can be pinched closed while sewing.  Now sew on the ears, arms, and legs once again using the needle. (Make sure to put the orange ears on the tiger head and the tan ears on the lion hood).

Before attaching the hood, add the mane/ruff to it by single crocheting the fun fur onto the edge of the hood opening.  I found it best to do a set of sc in one direction then turn the work and do a second set of single crochets through the same holes that the first set went into.  This fills in the ruff a lot more. Bind off and leave a long end of the fun fur because you’ll need to crochet on some more mane under the tiger head at the neck.

Now, put the hood on the tiger as desired and sew the bottom of the hood onto the neck using the yarn needle (sew it to the first row of the tan so it just covers the orange).  The hood should slide on and off the head so that you can completely expose the tiger head while the hood stays attached at the back and side of the neck.

Using a crochet hook and the loose end of fun fur, single crochet across any exposed neck in front of the hood so that the mane makes a full circle around the face of the tiger when the hood is up.  You’ll probably want to go back over this area again (like I suggested on the hood) to make the mane thicker.

Now grab your cat brush and fluff up the tail tuft and the mane with it.  Short, sharp strokes should help free many of the trapped “fur” pieces and make the mane and tuft look more furry.  If you lack a cat brush, you can try a wire brush, or use the yarn needle to pick out the fur until you’re satisfied.

This pattern is Copyright Gregory Millar, 2011. Do not copy or redistribute this pattern without credit given to me; I would also appreciate a link-back. Do not sell this pattern in any circumstances. Anything produced with this pattern is yours to do with what you please, but I would appreciate the credit for the original pattern if you’re asked.

Afterthoughts

I think it would have been a little better had I made the arms longer and pointed them forward rather than up and to the side.  As they are now I thought they turned out a little stubby, but I was pressed for time and needed something simple.

For the legs I would also make them longer and the foot portion I would make bigger (longer), possibly with a different color for the bottom.

I would also like to have incorperated a zipper somehow into the body to make it look more like the costume in the original artwork, but I was unsure of how best to accomplish that.

Finally, I think the muzzle would look better if I had crocheted the bottom half in cream and the top half in the same orange as the head.  Something to try for next time.

The hood comes down!

Side shot where you can better see the tail.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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