Lion Teething Ring – Jungle Animals Teething Rings Series

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Teething Toy - Lion

The lion is said to be the king of the jungle, right? So I’d say it’s about time I designed a Lion Teething Ring. Plus, stuffed lions are just plain adorable! They always look so cute and cuddly. And so my Jungle Animals Teething Rings Series continues with this super cute and super fun lion pattern!

Jungle Animals Teething Ring - Lion

I had this grand idea in my head that would have had a very detailed lion with a long nose and a scraggly mane. But, it became very complex and not all that cute, so I had to go back to the drawing board and come up with something else.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this! I am one of those people who will come up with a big and grand plan, but fall flat on my butt when it doesn’t work out. I get super sad and wallow in self misery. Fortunately, I have a wonderful husband who lifts my spirits and brings me back to Earth.

Lion Teething Ring

William always finds a way to take something that I have made so complex and put it into simpler terms (or in all actuality, put it in real life terms). So, the design for this adorable lion really is credited to him.

Though William can’t crochet and gets so confused whenever I mention stitches or hook sizes or anything like that, he loves helping me to choose which direction to take my patterns. And with the Lion Teething Ring, he decided that a smaller nose and simpler design would be best for a baby’s toy. As usual, he was right.

Close up of Lion Teething Ring

And I’m so glad he was! Even though the pattern wasn’t exactly what I’d intended, it turned out even better than originally planned. It’s nice when my husband gives me good advice. To be honest, that’s actually quite often.

So enjoy this adorable pattern and stay tuned for the last 2 teething rings in the Jungle Animals Teething Rings Series!

Lion Teething Toy

Lion Teething Ring

Materials:

Tan, White, Black, & Brown 100% Cotton Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Taupe, Black, & Brown, and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Soft Ecru)

3.5 mm (Size E) Crochet Hook

2 8mm Black Safety Eyes (optional)

55mm Baby Teething Ring

Poly-Fil

Yarn Needle

Stitch Markers

Stitches:

Magic Circle

sc – single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet two together/single crochet decrease

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

dc- double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sk – skip stitch

Pattern:

Head (Using Taupe/Tan yarn):

Round 1: Work 6 sc into Magic Circle, do not join. (Place a stitch marker at the end of each round to keep track)

Round 2: 2sc in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: *2sc, sc* around (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc 2* around (24)

Round 5: *2sc, sc 11* 2 times (26)

Rounds 6-11: sc in each stitch around (26)

Round 12: *sc2tog, sc 11* 2 times (24)

Round 13: *sc2tog, sc 2* around (18)

Insert safety eyes between rows 6 and 7 about 6 stitches apart (4 stitches between the eyes).

*If not using safety eyes, sew eyes using black yarn in spot where safety eyes would have been inserted.*

Round 14: *sc2tog, sc* around (12)

Stuff head with poly-fil.

Round 15: sc2tog around (6)

Sew closed.

Nose (Using White/Soft Ecru Yarn):

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a Magic Circle, do not join (Place a stitch marker at the end of each round to keep track)

Round 2: 2sc in each stitch around (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing onto head.

Using black yarn, sew nose and mouth onto nose piece.

Sew onto head with the top of nose right between the eyes.

Ears (Using Taupe/Tan Yarn; Make 2):

Round 1: Work 6 sc into Magic Circle, do not join (Place a stitch marker at the end of each round to keep track)

Round 2: 2sc in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 3-4: sc in each stitch around (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing onto sides of head.

Sew onto head starting between rows 3 and 4 about 4 stitches away from each eye.

Mane (Using Brown Yarn):

Round 1: Join yarn at bottom of head between rows 14 and 15, sc around head and join with sl st. (Make sure you have enough stitches around that would be evenly divisible by 3.)

Round 2: ch 1, hdc in each stitch around, join with sl st.

Round 3: ch 1, skip first stitch, sc in next stitch, sk next stitch, *5dc in next stitch, sk next stitch, sc in next stitch, sk next stitch* around, sl st to join in first sc, turn.

Row 4: ch 2, dc in next 5 dc, turn.

Rows 5-6: ch 2, dc 5, turn.

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing around teething ring.

Fold over teething ring to the back of head. Sew to close, making sure it is tight around the ring.

Fold over teething ring

Check out the other patterns in the Jungle Teething Rings Series: The Koala Bear Teething Ring & The Monkey Teething Ring & The Tiger Teething Ring & The Zebra Teething Ring

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