Monday, March 14, 2011

Lion Tail

I've found a lot of cat tail patterns out there, but never a lion tail. So here is mine. And stay tuned - A Lion Mane with Ears to go with it is coming!

Materials Needed

  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Stuffing
  • Size 4 dpns
  • Yarn Needle
  • Something to attach it to
Kids (Adult)

Gauge is not important, although your stitches should be tight enough that the stuffing doesn't show between them.

Worked in the round.

Cast on 20 (25)

Work in stockinette until it is 16" (28") or desired length.

Decrease Rounds

Same for all sizes.

Place marker at beginning of round
  1. K3, k2tog to end of round
  2. k2,k2tog to end of round
  3. k1, k2tog to end of round
  4. k2tog to end of round
  5. weave end through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Lions are the only cats who have tufts on the end of their tails.

To make the tuft, cut darker brown yarn 5-7 inches long.

Take 3 pieces of yarn at a time and thread through yarn needle.

Pull yarn through tail once.

Pull yarn back through the same hole. Be sure not to pull through all the way.

This should create a loop on one side and the ends on the other side.

Pull the ends through the loop.

Pull the ends tight.

Repeat this until you have a full tuft at the end of the tail.

Trim tuft to a lion-tuft shape as desired.

Stuff and sew onto pants, fabric with elastic, belt, or i-cord.

Wear and Enjoy!


  1. I really like your specificness and your pictures are great! So is the model. ~Debi

  2. Thank you for sharing this pattern (along with the ears!). I am planning to make it for my niece for her birthday, she also loves pretending to be a lion!