Knitting patterns for animals native to the African continent. Most patterns are free.
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Antoine the Aardvark
Aardvark toy knit flat and shaped with short rows and felted. Instructions includes photo tutorials. Size about 23 inches/58 cm long when completed, or about half the size of an actual aardvark – a nocturnal burrowing animal from Africa. Uses one skein 194 yards (177 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Frances Gillespie for Knitty.
Easy rhinoceros hat knit flat and seamed. Ears and horns are also knit flat in simple shapes. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz at Mama In A Stitch.
Designed by Ann Franklin, this giraffe toy uses a simple two-colour pattern to create the animal print effect. Overall height about 47 – 48 cms
Aine Marriott designed this hippo toy that can be knit in one evening.
Oliphaunt Elephant Toy
This elephant toy is knit in one piece from the rear legs forward to the trunk, shaped with short rows, and then sewn. Size depends on yarn weight and needles used. Designed by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman Pictured project by mariflori
Tiger in Garter Stitch
Tiger toy softie knit in garter stitch. Size approximately 30 cm (12 inches) high. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lyn Livingston.
Lion or Tiger Square
Lion or tiger square for use as a dishcloth, washcloth, afghan block, or motifs or other projects. Both chart and written pattern are included and are very easy - just knit and purl stitches. Designed by Daisy and Storm. Web versions are free. PDFs available for purchase
- Get the free LION knitting pattern
- Get the free TIGER knitting pattern
- Get the LION pdf on Etsy
- Get the TIGER pdf on Etsy
Little Lion Sock Critter
This lion toy softie with a knit lace mane is 9-1/2 in. (24 cm) tall. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn.
More Free Patterns
Kimba the Lion Toy
Lion softie knit flat in garter stitch on 2 needles and seamed. Size: Approximately Approx. 21 cm (8 in) long. DK weight yarn. Designed by DROPS design. Web pattern only. Available in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and more
Bobbi Padgett was inspired by Sock Monkeys to create a giraffe toy. The pictured project by jillybean22679 has some modifications.
Elephant measures 9 1⁄2in (24cm) in height
Long-sleeved child's sweater with intarsia lion. To Fit Age: 2 Years to 6 Years. Designed by Natalie Bayer for Lion Brand.
Aine Marriott designed this tiny toy that is about 2.5 inches long
Aine Marriott designed this elephant toy that is about 2 inches long
Designed by Christine Landry, this giraffe toy can be knit with any weight of yarn. The example is 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall but can be knit larger or smaller. The legs are then joined in the round and from there the body, neck, ears and head are knit all in one piece.
Hippo, Giraffe, and Turtle by Amanda Berry
Animal amigurumi softies knitted flat on a pair of straight knitting needles. Techniques used include increases, decreases, knitting stripes and seaming. Designed by Amanda Berry
Lion Hand Puppet
Knit in DK yarn. Designed by Janet McGregor The Puppet Lady
Patterns for Purchase
Tiger and Lion
Animal plushie toy amigurumi lion and tiger. Sizes The finished size is about 40 cm (16 inches). Video tutorials included. Designed by Maria Ermolova - Polushkabunny. Available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish
Bébé Babar Blanket
Baby blanket featuring an elephant family in knit and purl stitches. Approx. 70cm/27" square. DK weight yarn. Designed by Suzanne Strachan.
Lion, Lioness and Cub toys. Sizes Adult lions 21cm (8.5"), Cub 15cm (6"). DK weight yarn. King Cole 9152 Lion Family in Big Value DK and Tinsel Chunky.
16 inch high giraffe toy softie.
The body is knit in one piece with head and feet knit separately and sewn on later. You can change the size by using a different weight of yarn.
Blanket with a lion face in knit and purl stitches. Includes a row by row pattern and a knitting chart. This completed blanket will measure 87cm wide x 94cm long. Aran/Worsted weight yarn. Designed by KnitSewMake.
Cheetah and Tiger Sweaters
Children's sweaters for 0 - 5 years with either a Cheetah Face or Tiger Face chart. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Instarsia
A raglan style sweater with an adorable tiger face sized to fit approx. ages 4-11 years. Many of the facial features and the cute paw prints are knitted separately and sewn on afterwards. Sizes 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 years. DK weight yarn. Designed by Jane Burns as Tiger Paws Sweater / Bashful Tiger Jumper
Blanket with a stalking tiger in knit and purl stitches. Includes a row by row pattern and a knitting chart. This completed blanket will measure 80cm x 102cm. Aran/Worsted weight yarn. Designed by KnitSewMake.
Animal Car Seat Blankets
A variety of baby blankets either hooded or with hats. Some include toy animal patterns. Pictured are bear, tiger, lion, zebra, and giraffe. Designed by Creative Knits.