c2c Crochet Lion Pattern

Roar into the world of crochet with my Crochet Lion Pattern, one of six captivating C2C safari animals from our Safari Blanket collection.

Craft your own cuddly king of the jungle and embark on a creative safari adventure today! The free lion pattern is below.

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Crochet Lion Pattern Information

Skill Level

Advanced beginner. Project uses basic stitches, repetitive stitches, color changes, and simple finishing.

Project Materials

Finished Size

22 inches by 22 inches

Crochet Gauge

4 squares (ch 3 + 3 dc) = 2 inches

Important Notes

  • You can choose to follow the pixel graph or the written instructions.
  • Written instructions are for working from the bottom right corner to the top left.
  • Crochet the pixel graph using the corner-to-corner (c2c) technique. Use the traditional method of making three double crochets for each square.
  • Chain 6 to start each new row and chain 3 at the beginning of each square.

Etsy Shop

This pattern is also available as an ad-free PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop.

C2C Course

If you would like to learn the corner to corner (c2c) crochet method to make this crochet pattern, check out my online c2c course.

Related Patterns

This pattern is one of six animals from my Safari Animals blanket pattern.

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Terms & Abbreviations

  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

c2c Crochet Method

Corner to corner (c2c) crochet is a technique where you crochet “squares” in diagonal rows. You start in the bottom right corner and end in the top left corner.

c2c Crochet Increases

Increases are made at the end of each row. Chain 6 and DC in the 4th chain from the hook and in each of the 2 remaining chains.

You will have a chain 3 + 3 DC square. This is your first square for the beginning of the next row.

c2c Crochet Decreases

The first decreases for both the width and length will create corners.

To decrease, turn your work and slip stitch across the 3 DC’s in the last square made. Join with a slip stitch to the chain 3 space and chain 3 + 3 DC.

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Crochet Lion Pattern Instructions

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Download the Crochet Lion Pattern Graph

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Crochet Lion Pattern Written Instructions

↙ Row 1: white x 1 (1 square)  

↗ Row 2: white x 2 (2 squares)  

↙ Row 3: white x 3 (3 squares)  

↗ Row 4: white x 4 (4 squares)  

↙ Row 5: white x 5 (5 squares)  

↗ Row 6: white x 6 (6 squares)  

↙ Row 7: white x 7 (7 squares)  

↗ Row 8: white x 8 (8 squares)  

↙ Row 9: white x 9 (9 squares)  

↗ Row 10: white x 10 (10 squares)  

↙ Row 11: white x 11 (11 squares)  

↗ Row 12: white x 12 (12 squares)  

↙ Row 13: white x 13 (13 squares)  

↗ Row 14: white x 14 (14 squares)  

↙ Row 15: white x 6, brown x 1, white x 2, brown x 1, white x 5 (15 squares)  

↗ Row 16: white x 5, brown x 2, white x 2, brown x 1, white x 2, brown x 1, white x 3 (16 squares)  

↙ Row 17: white x 3, brown x 1, white x 2, brown x 2, white x 2, brown x 2, white x 5 (17 squares)  

↗ Row 18: white x 5, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 2, white x 3 (18 squares)  

↙ Row 19: white x 4, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 7, white x 5 (19 squares)  

↗ Row 20: white x 3, brown x 1, white x 2, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 2, white x 4 (20 squares)  

↙ Row 21: white x 4, brown x 11, white x 1, brown x 2, white x 3 (21 squares)  

↗ Row 22: white x 3, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 11, white x 2, brown x 1, white x 2 (22 squares)  

↙ Row 23: white x 2, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 14, white x 4 (23 squares)  

↗ Row 24: white x 4, brown x 15, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 3 (24 squares)  

↙ Row 25: white x 3, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 15, white x 4 (25 squares)  

↗ Row 26: white x 4, brown x 5, tan x 6, brown x 8, white x 3 (26 squares)  

↙ Row 27: white x 4, brown x 6, tan x 8, brown x 4, white x 5 (27 squares)  

↗ Row 28: white x 5, brown x 4, tan x 9, brown x 6, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 2 (28 squares)  

↙ Row 29: white x 2, brown x 1, white x 2, brown x 5, tan x 10, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 4 (29 squares)  

↗ Row 30: white x 4, brown x 1, white x 1, brown x 3, tan x 3, black x 2, tan x 6, brown x 5, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 3 (30 squares)  

↙ Row 31: white x 3, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 4, tan x 8, black x 1, tan x 3, brown x 2, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 5 (31 squares)  

↗ Row 32: white x 5, brown x 4, tan x 3, black x 1, tan x 9, brown x 6, white x 4 (32 squares)  

↙ Row 33: white x 4, brown x 6, tan x 4, black x 1, tan x 5, black x 1, tan x 3, brown x 4, white x 5 (33 squares)  

↗ Row 34: white x 6, brown x 4, tan x 2, black x 1, tan x 2, black x 1, tan x 2, black x 2, tan x 4, brown x 5, white x 5 (34 squares)  

↙ Row 35: white x 5, brown x 1, tan x 3, brown x 2, tan x 4, black x 1, tan x 2, black x 2, tan x 2, black x 1, tan x 2, brown x 4, white x 6 (35 squares)  

↗ Row 36: white x 7, brown x 4, tan x 4, black x 2, tan x 8, brown x 1, tan x 5, white x 5 (36 squares)  

↙ Row 37: white x 6, tan x 1, pink x 3, brown x 1, tan x 3, black x 1, tan x 5, black x 2, tan x 1, black x 1, tan x 2, brown x 4, white x 7 (37 squares)  

↗ Row 38: white x 8, brown x 4, tan x 4, black x 1, tan x 4, black x 2, tan x 3, brown x 1, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, white x 6 (38 squares)  

↙ Row 39: white x 7, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 16, brown x 3, white x 9 (39 squares)  

↗ Row 40: white x 9, brown x 4, tan x 14, brown x 1, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, white x 7 (40 squares)  

Corner: Start decreasing on both ends  

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↙ Row 41: white x 7, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 1, tan x 14, brown x 3, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 7 (39 squares)  

↗ Row 42: white x 7, brown x 5, tan x 13, brown x 2, tan x 1, pink x 2, tan x 1, white x 7 (38 squares)  

↙ Row 43: white x 6, tan x 5, brown x 2, tan x 8, black x 1, tan x 4, brown x 4, white x 7 (37 squares)  

↗ Row 44: white x 6, brown x 5, tan x 3, black x 2, tan x 7, brown x 4, tan x 3, white x 6 (36 squares)  

↙ Row 45: white x 7, brown x 6, tan x 5, black x 1, tan x 1, black x 1, tan x 3, brown x 5, white x 6 (35 squares)  

↗ Row 46: white x 6, brown x 4, tan x 10, brown x 8, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 4 (34 squares)  

↙ Row 47: white x 4, brown x 1, white x 1, brown x 8, tan x 3, black x 1, tan x 5, brown x 5, white x 5 (33 squares)  

↗ Row 48: white x 5, brown x 5, tan x 4, black x 1, tan x 4, brown x 9, white x 4 (32 squares)  

↙ Row 49: white x 3, brown x 10, tan x 8, brown x 5, white x 5 (31 squares)  

↗ Row 50: white x 5, brown x 5, tan x 7, brown x 10, white x 3 (30 squares)  

↙ Row 51: white x 3, brown x 10, tan x 6, brown x 5, white x 5 (29 squares)  

↗ Row 52: white x 5, brown x 5, tan x 5, brown x 10, white x 3 (28 squares)  

↙ Row 53: white x 3, brown x 10, tan x 4, brown x 4, white x 6 (27 squares)  

↗ Row 54: white x 3, brown x 8, tan x 2, brown x 10, white x 3 (26 squares)  

↙ Row 55: white x 6, brown x 16, white x 3 (25 squares)  

↗ Row 56: white x 3, brown x 8, tan x 3, brown x 4, white x 6 (24 squares)  

↙ Row 57: white x 5, brown x 5, tan x 4, brown x 6, white x 3 (23 squares)  

↗ Row 58: white x 3, brown x 5, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 4, white x 5 (22 squares)  

↙ Row 59: white x 4, brown x 4, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 5, white x 3 (21 squares)  

↗ Row 60: white x 3, brown x 4, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 4, white x 4 (20 squares)  

↙ Row 61: white x 4, brown x 3, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 1, white x 1, brown x 1, white x 4 (19 squares)  

↗ Row 62: white x 5, brown x 1, tan x 1, pink x 3, tan x 1, brown x 4, white x 3 (18 squares)  

↙ Row 63: white x 3, brown x 3, white x 1, tan x 1, pink x 2, tan x 1, brown x 2, white x 4 (17 squares)  

↗ Row 64: white x 3, brown x 3, tan x 4, white x 1, brown x 2, white x 3 (16 squares)  

↙ Row 65: white x 3, brown x 2, white x 1, tan x 4, white x 1, brown x 2, white x 2 (15 squares)  

↗ Row 66: white x 10, brown x 1, white x 3 (14 squares)  

↙ Row 67: white x 3, brown x 1, white x 9 (13 squares)  

↗ Row 68: white x 8, brown x 1, white x 3 (12 squares)  

↙ Row 69: white x 11 (11 squares)  

↗ Row 70: white x 10 (10 squares)  

↙ Row 71: white x 9 (9 squares)  

↗ Row 72: white x 8 (8 squares)  

↙ Row 73: white x 7 (7 squares)  

↗ Row 74: white x 6 (6 squares)  

↙ Row 75: white x 5 (5 squares)  

↗ Row 76: white x 4 (4 squares)  

↙ Row 77: white x 3 (3 squares)  

↗ Row 78: white x 2 (2 squares)  

↙ Row 79: white x 1 (1 square)  

Border

In each corner you will make (sc-ch 2-sc) and in the side of each square you will make 2 sc.

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