Lion crochet hat free pattern

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free crochet pattern little lion hat by jennyandteddy

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Special Thanks to Jennifer Jayne photography for cute photo.

I know, you guys can’t resist to make this adorable Crochet Lion Hat and good news is,  it’s a  FREE Pattern. Can you imagine that your little pumpkin wearing this hat? Let’s crochet and dress up your little one for their first photo shoot with easy to follow step by step photo tutorial..

 lionhat10free crochet pattern


Newborn-3 months (fits up to 14 inch)


You will need

  • MC (shown here in yellow colour): 50 grams/95 meters of Panda cotton Blend 8ply 50% acrylic, 50% cotton)
  • CC (shown here in dark brown): small amount
  • For mane: use super bulky weight yarn and a wire brush or pet slicker blush.

Crochet hook size 3.5 mm

Sewing yarn needle

Removable stitch markers or contrasting coloured yarn

Gauge: 4 single crochet stitches x 4 rows = 1 square inch

Skill and abbreviations:

You will need to know how to make:

Chain (ch)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Single crochet (sc)

Loop stitch crochet

My beginner tutorial check it out here

How to add braid to an earflap


  1. In this pattern, you will work in the round continuously. You may use a removable stitch marker or a short piece of yarn of contrasting colour to mark the beginning of each round. At the end of each round, you will not join, but begin the next round in the next stitch.
  2. The stitch counts at the end of each round are given.



Hat body

You will work from top to bottom

Round1. Make magic ring or adjustable ring and 12sc in ring (12 sts)

Round2. 2sc in each st around (24 sts)

Round3. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * around (36 sts)

Round4. *Sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * around (48 sts)

Round5. *Sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * around (60 sts)

Rounds 6 – 20. Sc in each st around (60 sts). Finish off.


Shape earflap:

Use two stitch markers to mark the stitch in the middle of each side of the hat. Join MC at the first marker with sl st.

Row1. Ch 1 (counts as first sc here and throughout), sc 14, ch1, turn (15 sts)

Row2. Sc in next 13 sts, ch1, turn (14 sts)

Row3. Sc in next 12 sts, ch1, turn (13 sts)

Row4. Sc in next 11 sts, ch1 turn (12 sts)

Row5. Sc in next 10 sts, ch1 turn (11 sts)

Row6. Sc in next 9 sts, ch1, turn (10 sts)

Row7. Sc in next 8 sts, ch1, turn (9 sts)

Row8. Sc in next 7 sts, ch1, turn (8 sts)

Row9. Sc in next 6 sts, ch1, turn (7 sts)

Row10. Sc in next 5 sts, ch1, turn (6 sts)

Row11. Sc in next 4 sts, (5sts) fasten off. Join MC at second marker with sl st and repeat as above for second earflap.


Join MC at any st along the edging with sl st and work one round of sc around the edge, going around the earflaps. Fasten off.


With CC, loop yarn into approximately 18-20 inch long loops as shown in the picture.


Note. Please use these pictures only as a guide.

Using a crochet hook, pull the folded side of the yarn through the centre stitch at the bottom of the earflap, making a loop. Pull the free ends of the yarn through this loop and pull tight.

Divide yarn in to three parts, plaint or braid to the end, and tie a knot to finish up. One tie is made. Repeat on the other earflap to make second tie.

Lion ear:

Make 2 pieces with (yellow colour)


Round1. Make magic ring and 8sc in ring (8sts)

Round2. 2sc in each st around (16sts)

Round3. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (24sts)

Round4. *Sc in 2 next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (32sts)

Round5. *Sc in 3 next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (40sts)

Round6-7.   Sc in each st around (40sts)

Round8. *sc in 3 next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (32sts)

Round9. *sc in 2 next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (24sts)

Round10. Pick up brown colour, Sc in each st around (24sts).Then finish off and leave long tail for sewing.


Making mane by loop stitch technique using super bulky weight yarn in colour of your choice.

(Loop’s length: about 1 inch long)


Loop st: wind yarn over index finger, insert hook in st, draw yarn through pulling yarn from under finger, drop loop from finger letting loop fall to right side of work and complete sc.

There are many way to crochet loop stitch.

Here some helpful tutorials.

Round1. Join CC at any st along the edging with sl st and work 1 loop stitch of sc around the edge, going around the earflaps.


Round2. Work 1 loop stitch of sc around the edge, going around the earflaps and fasten off.


Cut each of loop stitches and brush only super bulky yarn with a wire brush (or a pet slicker brush), and Keep brushing until the piece is as fluffy as you’d like it to be.


Attach lion ear behind mane by sewing.


Thank you.

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  1. Sandi King says

    The hook size says 3.5 mm and I could not get it to work with these instructions. It would not lay flat at all. I had to DC instead of SC and adjust number of rows….I should have upped hook size, but it’s very hard to adjust a pattern for hats

  2. try 3.0 mm or upper size of the hook it will work just fine. and can either make sc or double or half double crochet as long as it working in round.

  3. Sandi King says

    I see now that the allfreecrochet website that shows the pattern says to use 6 mm, but when you go to click here for pattern, the instructions say 3.5 mm.

  4. What is the pattern for the ears? The pattern doesn’t seem to match the pictures.
    Thank you for all the help and making the pattern available

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