Wednesday, 27 May 2015

amigurumi tiger - free crochet pattern

Earlier this month I took part in an animal themed craft swap, and Hannah, who I sent my swap to, said she loved tigers (among all other animals!). I wanted to do something a little more special so instead of finding a pattern I made a pattern up myself so that Hannah would hopefully feel her tiger from me was a little extra special! Look out for a blog post very soon about the craft swap - I just need to get to the sorting office to pick up my parcel...

This pattern is ideal for any level of experience in crochet, and is written in US terms.

YOU WILL NEED
4mm crochet hook
Aran weight yarn in orange, black, cream/white (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta, Black, and 123 Beige)
Toy stuffing
Tapestry needle
Optional - safety eyes 

Note this pattern is written using US crochet terms

HEAD
using orange yarn

Round 1 – sc6 in magic ring (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (12)
Round 3 - *2sc in next, sc in following* round (18)
Round 4 - *2sc in next, sc in following 2* round (24)
Round 5 - *2sc in next, sc in following 3* round (30)
Round 6 - *2sc in next, sc in following 4* round (36)
Rounds 7-10 – sc round (36)
Round 11 - *sc2tog, sc in following 4* round (30)
Round 12 - *sc2tog, sc in following 3* round (24)
Round 13 - *sc2tog, sc in following 2* round (18)
Round 14 - *sc2tog, sc in following* round (12)
Stuff head firmly. If using safety eyes be sure to insert these into position before you stuff and close the head!
Round 15 - *sc2tog* round (6)

Fasten off and weave in ends

EARS make 2
using black yarn

Round 1 – sc4 in magic ring (4)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (8)
Round 3 – sc round (8)

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew to the head. I sewed the ears into position at this point to help position everything else!

NOSE
using cream yarn

Round 1 – sc6 in magic ring (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (12)
Round 3 – sc in next 3, 2sc in next, sc in next 3, 2sc in next, sc in final 4 (14)

Fasten off and leave tail to sew to the head. Using the picture as a guide sew the nose ¾ round in position on the head, then lightly stuff, and sew closed.
At this point, using black yarn, sew on the face features (eyes, nose, mouth and stripes across the top and sides of the head).

BODY
using orange yarn

Round 1 – sc6 in magic circle (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (12)
Round 3 - *2sc in next, sc in following* round (18)
Round 4 - *2sc in next, sc in following 2* round (24)
change to black yarn
Round 5 – sc round (24)
change to orange yarn
Rounds 6-7 – sc round (24)
change to black yarn
Round 8 – sc round (24)
change to orange yarn
Round 9 - *sc2tog, sc in following 2* round (18)
Round 10 – sc round (18)
change to black yarn
Round 11 – sc round
change to orange
Round 12 - *sc2tog, sc in following* round (12)
Rounds 13-14 – sc round (12)
Stuff body firmly.
Round 15 - *sc2tog* round

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to the head BUT don’t sew hole closed as this will form the neck. You could sew the body to the head at this point.

TUMMY
using cream yarn

Round 1 – sc5 in magic ring (5)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (10)
Round 3 - *2sc in next, sc in following* round (15)
Round 4 - *2sc in next, sc in following 2* round (20)

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Sew the tummy into position on the body. If, like me, your colour changes aren’t that neat, you could use the tummy to cover your colours changes. 

if your colour changes, like mine, are a little messy, hide them using the tummy
LEGS make 2
using cream yarn

Round 1 – 6sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (12)
Round 3 - *2sc in next, sc in following* round (18)
Round 4 - *2sc in next, sc in following 2* round (24)
Change to orange yarn
Round 5 – sc round (24)
Round 6 - *sc2tog, sc in following 2* round (18)
Change to black yarn
Round 7 – sc round (18)
Change to orange yarn
Round 8 – sc round (18)
Round 9 - *sc2tog, sc in following* round (12)
Rounds 10-11 – sc round (12)
Stuff leg firmly.
Round 12 - *sc2tog* round (6)

Fasten off and sew closed, leaving a tail for sewing to the body. When you have made both legs sew them into position on the body so the tiger is in a sitting position (I think this makes him look a little cuter).

ARMS make 2
using orange yarn

Round 1 – sc6 in magic ring (6)
Round 2 - *2sc in next* round (12)
Rounds 3-6 – sc round (12)
Round 7 - *sc2tog* round (6)
Round 8 – sc round (6)

Stuff arm lightly, flatten slightly and fasten off/sew shut, leaving a long tail to sew to the body. Once you’ve made both arms sew them to either side of the body just below the neck.

I hope you enjoy your little tiger! As ever if you make him please do share pictures in the comments below, over on the Ravelry page or Instagram. Enjoy the pattern and your new baby tiger, and don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions!

This pattern is for personal use only, please do not sell items made from this pattern. Please do not republish this pattern as your own/without permission.

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