Monday, April 16, 2007

Pattern for knitted lion and tiger

I've just noticed that someone asked in the comments on a previous post about whether there was a lion pattern around.

Well there is:


It's from the 1940s and is available on the V&A Museum website in their knitting section. The rest of the section is worth looking at too.
I haven't knitted it yet, it looks fab. It's on my 'To Do' list!

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing the link.

ms. pea said...

How I love the Victoria & Albert museum's website! The V&A is a Shangri-La that I dream of someday visiting in person...

P said...

The lion/tiger pattern is also listed at this site, http://www.cabbagepatchtreasures.co.uk/afghan02.htm which has lots of other old and traditional knitted toy patterns. Just in case you hadn't seen it. :)

Gabba Ghost said...

Has anyone attempted this pattern yet? I have just got to the mane... and am having a REALLY hard time getting my head around the kind of loop stitch it calls for. HELP!

Rae said...

I just made this lion, and I had problems with the mane, too. When I made the mane the way the pattern called for, it came out sort of like a hairnet.

I think if you used a loop stitch the way it is shown on www.knittinghelp.com , it might turn out okay.

In the end, I just cut lengths of yarn, tied them around individual stitches, and unplied them so they made a mane that looked more like doll hair than like the photo in the V&A pattern. It worked pretty well, though.

knitter said...

Hello, I am knitting the leo the lion pattern. I am on The sides and am wondering when on the 11th and 12th rows, it says K.all stitches - do I knit all stitches on just those 5 stitches or the entire 40. Thanks Katie

kimberly said...

i was looking for just this pattern. can anyone tell me what the finished size is?

Rae said...

Kimberly, the one I made (with size 5 needles) was about a foot long and maybe four or five inches high.

janettel said...

how do you get the pattern? do you have to pay for it? i've tried to copy and paste but it comes up a blure. Please help! I am dying to do the tiger! Thanks in advance.