Lion Finger Puppet

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Recently I had some fun creating a custom set of finger puppets, with a jungle/wild animal theme. I love this job! I came up with a set of four puppets and a carrying case, and I couldn’t resist sharing them. Let’s start with the King of the Jungle!

Lion Finger Puppet crochet free jungle animal play toy

Lion Finger Puppet

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Finger puppets take just a tiny bit of yarn – don’t stick to my color suggestions, use what you have laying around! Prefer a lioness? Leave off the mane!

  • US G, 4mm hook
  • Body/snout: yellow or other worsted weight yarn, small amount
  • Mane: medium brown or other worsted weight yarn, small amount
  • Details: dark brown worsted weight yarn, small amount
  • Tapestry needle, scissors
  • Optional: small plastic eyes or buttons

Body (yellow)
Row 1: Starting with magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 2: Work 2sc into each st. (12 sc) Join with sl st and ch1. Stop here for a moment and weave in the starting end while you can.
Row 3 – 10: Work even around (12sc). Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 11: Work even around. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off, weave in end.

Snout (yellow and dark brown)
Row 1: With yellow, starting with magic circle, 6sc into the circle. Join with sl st and ch1.
Row 2: Sc evenly around. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Leave long tail to sew to body.
With dark brown yarn and tapestry needle, embroider the nose and snout line. Leave a long tail. Stuff the starting end into the snout. Attach the snout to the body, using the dark brown yarn to center, and the yellow yarn to sew around the edges. With the dark brown tail, create french knot eyes, or sew on plastic eyes/buttons. Weave in ends.

Ears (yellow) – Make 2
Ch2.In the second ch from the hook, work 3sc. Finish off and sew to head.

Mane (medium brown)
Ch5, sl st in the fourth ch from the hook. *Ch4, sl st in the fourth ch from the hook. Repeat from * until 12 loops are made. Finish off and sew to body, working behind the ears, with the ends meeting under the snout.

ROAR! Tee hee! Finger puppets are fun for all ages. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some more. Take these shapes and make your own custom puppets. What can you dream up? I can’t wait to see!

UPDATE: All the puppets are now up, as well as the carrying case pattern! Check the Free Crochet Pattern menu!

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  1. 6

    IKCare says

    This is one of the cutest small item I have seen in years.
    When I get my website finished I would love to post your little set of animals. Could you send a link with patterns for the set and the carry case? I am laughing just thinking about them.

  2. 7

    Bruce says

    I have now made all four of your puppets and the jungle tree for keeping them . I got the idea from amigurumi to make a girrafe also I took your idea from the zebra snot to make his nose and put two small horns 1/2 yellow and 1/2 brown and brown ears the same as on the zebra and made a mouth and nose from brown yarn applique

  3. 10

    Susann says

    My sister is pregnant and the nursery is made as a little jungle. this is perfect. I will start right now. Thank you so much and all the best for 2014!
    Many greetings from the Netherlands,


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