Lion Knit Newborn Photo Prop

Today, I have a little newborn baby photo prop that I made especially for my little nephew. This little angel made the cutest little Lion. His photo's were taken by Colleen Sevitz Photography, I think she did an amazing Job with the Photo's.

Today is also his Dad's 30th Birthday, So happy Birthday Cuz!

Below is the Step by Step knitting guide on how I made this Newborn Prop.


Yarn: DK Yellow (Charity) and Mohair Brown (African Expressions)

Knitting Needles: 6mm (US 10)

Crochet Hook H (5mm)

Sewing needle


Tape Measure

SIZING: New-born

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


K= Knit

P= Purl

St= stitch

RS= Right side

WS= Wrong side

Rep= Repeat

Ribbing : Knit 1 stitches, Purl 1 stitches to the end of the row. Stocking stitch= one row plain, one row purl

K2tog = knit two stitches together

Magic Ring= MR Ch = Chain SC = Single Crochet SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease HDC = Half Double Crochet DC = Double Crochet SL ST = Slip Stitch


Shorts - Make 2 Cast on 36 stitches

Continue knitting in stocking stitch (one row plain, one row purl) for another 20 rows

Then you will need to split and only knit 18 stitches for another 15 rows (Stocking Stitch)

Then Knit and Bind Off the last Row

Now knit the Other 18 Left on your needle the same way you knit the first 18.

Knit 18 stitches for another 15 rows (Stocking Stitch)

Then Knit and Bind Off the last Row

Sew the Shorts together with your tapestry needle with the right sides facing. Lion Bonnet

Cast on 40 stitches Knit in Stocking Stitch until your Bonnet measures 11cm, ending with a purl row. Decrease as follows:

Row 1:(knit 1, Knit 2tog) to the end of the row, K1. (27 stitches)

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: (k2tog) repeat across the row, to the last stitch, K1 (14 stitches) Row 4: Purl all stitches Cut a long “tail” of yarn.

Thread all the remaining stitches onto the “tail”, and pull tight. Fold the bonnet in half, with the right sides facing, and stitch down the seam for approx. 4cm, Sew in any loose threads.

Make the chin ties by creating a long crochet chain of approx. 50 chain stitches

Ears - Make 2

Row 1: HDC 8 in MR join, chain 2 (8) Row 2: 2 HDC in each stitch, join, chain 1 (16) Row 3: SC in each stitch around to last 2, leave last 2 stitches open to make the bottom of the ear flat. Fasten off and sew on top of hat. (14)

Mane For the mane attach the brown yarn evenly along the front of the Bonnet by making a knot to secure it. This is the most time consuming part, but the result is worth it. you can run a brush through the mane when finishes to get a rougher look.

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