Lion Fridge Magnet Crochet Pattern

Go wild with an adorable, lion fridge magnet! This feline fridgie is a fun addition to any fridge or magnet board. They make a great gift too, so you may want to make a few!

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2021 Fridgies CAL

This lion fridge magnet is the July pattern in the 2021 Fridiges CAL! Crochet along through 12 magnet patterns. At the end of the year, you’ll have an adorable set of fridgies for yourself or for a gift! You may want to make 2 sets, so you don’t have to decide.

2021 Fridgies Crochet Along on Stitches n Scraps

Enter the Giveaway

There will be several giveaways throughout the Fridgies CAL. This pattern kicks off the 3rd quarter and with it, a new prize! You could win 3 skeins of this sparkly, gorgeous, Date Nights yarn from Lion Brand!

Lion Brand Date Nights Yarn

Find all the giveaway details and learn more about the Fridgies Crochet Along here! Look for a new knitting pattern from me in this yarn soon. Once it’s ready, I’ll link it here.

Lion Brand DIY Yarn

Lion Brand provided all the yarn for this crochet along. Their DIY yarn comes in small balls, which is just perfect for the small amounts needed for each magnet. For the lion fridge magnet, you will need yellow, orange, and white, plus a small amount of black for the facial features.

LIon Brand DIY Yarn

If you’re not able to get this yarn or the colors you need, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or Basic Stitch are also good options. You can also substitute embroidery thread for the black yarn.

Xyron Glue Gun

The easiest way to attach your magnet to your crochet is with hot glue. For my magnets, I’m using this mini hot glue gun that Xyron gave me to try out.

Xyron Mini Hot Glue Gun

I used it on this sun fridge magnet and on the previous magnets as well. I’ve been very happy with it. It heats up quickly and produced a nice steady bead of glue. Watch it in action in the tutorial video below!


Lion Fridge Magnet

4-medium
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

Project Level

Intermediate: Worked in the round, some back / front loop only stitches, several separate pieces sewn together, some embroidery.

Size

About 3 inches in diameter, not counting ears.

Gauge

12 sc x 13 rounds = 4 inches

Use pattern as gauge swatch – After rnd 4, back circle should measure about 2.25 inches in diameter. Exact gauge is not critical. Your fabric should be tight enough that the magnet won’t show through.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
blo = back loop only
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
flo = front loop only
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increase (see Special Stitches)
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side

Special Stitches

Increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of indicated st, then sc in both loops of same st. This counts as two stitches in the end of round stitch counts.

See this tutorial for a more detailed look.

Almost Invisible SC Increase - Stitches n Scraps

Instructions

Join rounds where indicated with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Slip stitches are not included in stitch counts unless otherwise specified. Mark first stitch of rounds if desired. Do not turn your work unless indicated.

Back

Back Circle

With yellow, ch 2.

Rnd 1 (RS): 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, inc in each st around, join. (12 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, inc in first st, sc in next st, (inc in next st, sc in next st) around, join. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, inc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, (inc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around, join. (24 sts)

Do not fasten off.

Work should now measure about 2.25 inches in diameter.

Back circle of lion magnet

Ears

Turn work to wrong side.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in flo of first st, sl st in flo of each of next 3 sts, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in flo of next st. Leave remaining 19 sts unworked. (2 ears)

Finished lion ears

Cut yellow, leaving a 24 inch tail for sewing.

Back Mane

Continuing from ears and working into the stitches from Rnd 4 of back circle:

Rnd 5 (WS): With orange, (sl st, ch 5, sl st) in each of next 19 sts, working behind ears, (sl st, ch 5, sl st) in blo of each of next 5 sts. (24 ch-5 loops)

Lion back, ears and mane

Fasten off. Weave in all ends except for the 24 inch yellow tail.

Magnet

Using hot glue gun, glue magnet to center of back circle, on the WS of work.

Gluing magnet onto lion back

Set back piece aside.

Front

Front Circle

With yellow, ch 2.

Rnds 1-3: Repeat rnds 1-3 of back circle. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, inc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, (inc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around, do not join. (24 sts)

Front circle of Lion magnet

Front Mane

Rnd 5 (RS): With orange, (sl st, ch 3, sl st) in each st around, join with sl st in first st. (24 ch-3 loops)

Front circle and front mane

Fasten off. Weave in all tails. Set Front aside.

Muzzle

Rnd 1 (RS): With white, ch 2, (sc, 3 dc) twice in 2nd ch from hook. (6 dc, 2 sc)

Lion muzzle

Fasten off leaving an 18 inch tail for sewing.

Eyes (Make 2)

Rnd 1 (RS): With white, ch 2, (2 sc, sl st) twice in 2nd ch from hook. (4 sc)

Lion eyes

On one eye, fasten off leaving an 18 inch tail for sewing. On the other eye, fasten off as normal.

Assembly

Face Pieces

With tails, and using picture as a guide for placement, sew muzzle and eyes to RS of front circle. Muzzle should be along bottom edge, with the eyes centered above it. Do not let any of the pieces overlap the front mane.

lion face pieces sewn on

Weave in all ends on WS of front circle.

Facial Embroidery

Cut a piece of black yarn about 18 inches long, and weave it in at the back of the work to secure it. With this yarn and using the picture as a guide, embroider nose, mouth, and black part of eyes.

Finished lion front and face

Weave in ends.

Join Front and Back

Place the front and back together so that wrong sides are together and magnet is hidden between them. Ears should be centered on top of face.

Lion magnet front and back

Using the long yellow tail from the back circle, sew front and back circles together around the edge of rnd 4 on both pieces. This is the edge of the yellow circle, before it changes to orange.

Sewing front and back together

Weave in any remaining tails.

Lion Fridge Magnet Video Tutorial

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I hope you enjoyed this lion fridge magnet pattern. Big thanks to Karen Navoy for testing it!

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