Knitting patterns for animals native to the African continent. Most patterns are free.
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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.
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
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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
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.
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.
Tickles the Tiger
Cuddly tiger toy softie. Size Tickles is 15 cm/ 6 in tall (10 cm / 4 in when seated). All pieces except tail are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight single-pointed knitting needles. The tail is i-cord worked on two DPNs. DK weight yarn. Designed by Amanda Berry.
Tiger Ringer Tee
Classic ringer tee top with colorwork tiger. Sizes Bust: 32.75 (37.25, 40.75, 45.25, 48.75, 51, 55.5, 59)” / 83 (94.5, 103.5, 115, 124, 129.5, 141, 150)cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by Alexandra Tavel. A kit is also available
3 tiger themed pillow covers featuring a Tiger Paw, Tiger Stripes, and Tiger Face. Great way to learn intarsia by starting with the simpler paw design, working up to the stripes, and finally the tiger face. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Debbie Bliss
Liam the Lion
Cuddly lion toy softie is a quick knit. DK weight yarn. Designed by MumpitzDesign.
Nelson the Lion
This lion softie can be adapted to any size by changing the weight of yarn used. Pictured lion is 17 inches.
Zoo Animal Friends
Ten knitting patterns include panda, elephant, koala and baby, lion, polar bear, zebra, kangaroo with joey and monkey all about 11 inches tall
Toby the Tiger
Toby is about 9 inches tall if standing
Samson Lion and Leon Lion
Lion toy softies knit flat with a loop stitch mane. Sizes seated: Samson 27 cm tall, Leon 13 cm tall. Designed by Amanda Berry. DK weight yarn.
- Get the Samson Lion knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the Leon Lion knitting pattern on Etsy
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.