Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Crochet tiger hat for kids

Crochet tiger hat.
Free pattern.
Made this hat a while ago, and it was very popular on my crochet magic page :)
There are many tiger hats online, some free patterns, some not, and here is mine.
I am a novice in creating patterns, so please be understanding.
Mostly I don't even use any patterns at all, just look at pictures to have inspiration etc.
When I had another order and had to make another hat, I thought I have to record it and publish that pattern:)
Hope you enjoy it, please be free to ask any questions, as my pattern might not be as clear as the one from professional crocheters :)

Patons Fab acrylic yarn in orange,
black, royal blue and white.
Hook size 3.5mm, 4 mm and 5mm
Threading needle.
Stitches used:
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain stitch
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st - slip stitch


1st Rnd: Start with black yarn, hook size 4mm, ch 5, sl st

2nd Rnd: Ch 3, then  14 dc in the ring, sl st (15sts)

3rd Rnd: Join the orange yarn, ch 3, dc in the same st, 2 dc in next st and so around sl st, ( 30 sts)

4th Rnd: 
With black yarn, ch 3 , 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next stixh and so on,sl st at the end
 ( 45 sts)

5th Rnd: With orange yarn, ch 3 ,dc in next 2 stiches, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts and so on ,sl st at the end ( 60sts)

Note: You have to increase your stitches in every round until you reach the right size, thicker the yarn, less increase rounds you will need.

 6th Rnd:With black yarn ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts and so all around, sl st  (75sts)
7-17th Rnd: Ch 3 and dc in each st all around, sl st, for each round use orange and black yarn accordingly
18th Rnd: Orange yarn. Using 3.5 mm hook, to make the edge slightly tighter (I believe makes the hat shape a bit better): ch 2 and sc all around in every st, sl st at the end fasten off. Your last round may be with orange or black yarn.

 ( If you wanted bigger hat, like the one in the picture below, then  your last round might be in black yarn )

 Make 2:
 Black and orange yarn. I doubled up the yarn and used hook 5 mm:
1st Rnd: ch 5, sl st

2nd Rnd: ch 2,  7 hdc in the ring, don't join in the ring, just turn over and start next round,

3rd Rnd:  Joind the orange yarn, doubled up aswell, ch 2 , hdc in the same st, 2 hdc in next st, and so in all 8 sts, fasten off, orange, thread, not long, black thread long enough to sew on the ears. 

Make 2:
 White yarn, hook 4mm:
1st Rnd: Ch 5,sl st

2nd Rnd: Ch 3, 13 dc in the ring, sl st (15sts)
3rd Rnd: Ch 3 dc in the same st, 2 dc in the next st, and so all around, sl st, fasten off, leave thread long enough for sewing (30sts)

Note: You can make little black  wiskers, or dots for wiskers now, before you sew on the white cheeks on the hat, to make the hat neater from inside out.  


Use black yarn, hook size 4mm.
1st Rnd: Ch 4, sl st
2nd Rnd: Ch 3 14dc in the ring, sl st ( 15sts) 
3rd Rnd: Ch 3 dc in next st, dc in next stitch and so all around,sl st, fasten off, leave long enough thread to sew on the nose. (15sts) 

Note: I used my yarn cut off,to stuff the nose,to make it nice and shaped, before I sewn it on.
Make two:
With blue yarn and either hook size 3.5mm or 4 mm, depending on the size of the finished eye
I had to use hook 3.5 mm.
1st Rnd: Ch 3, sl st

2nd Rnd: Ch 2, 13hdc in the ring, sl st, fasten off,leave long enough thread to sew on the eyes.

Finaly after you sewn everything on, you can create  a  little smile with the same black thread , makes that little tiger hat  little bit nicer and friendlier :)

Below my little boy wearing, his tiger hat, what do you think? I think he looks adorable.
Enjoy the pattern. Hope it helps.


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