My first attempt at pattern writing… Rocky the tiger!

In honour of Softies for Mirabel 2009, I’m bravely posting up my first amigurumi pattern.

The caveat I’m putting on this is that I never use patterns myself, I much prefer to stitch freehand and just work with what emerges. As such, I’m not that familiar with pattern formats, the correct language to use, etc.

That said, you can get stitching without fear, as I have tested this pattern several times now, and it really does work (phew!). It produces this charming little gent:

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OK, here goes… please leave any helpful hints or feedback in the comments so I can keep them in mind when writing patterns in the future. And also, please note that this pattern is intended for your personal use only (or better still, to stitch toys for the Mirabel kids). It shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes.

Happy stitching!

Tiger – head
Using black 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches (visit here if you need to know how).
Round 1: Do two single crochet (abbreviated to SC from now on) in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 16 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 3: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 20 stitches.
Round 4: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 28 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 5: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 36 stitches.
Round 6: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 36 stitches. 
Change yarn to orange.
Round 7: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 36 stitches.
Round 8: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 36 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 9: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 36 stitches.
Round 10: Decrease 1 stitch (abbreviated to DEC from now on), then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 29 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 11: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 29 stitches.
Round 12: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 22 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 13: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 22 stitches.
Round 14: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 18 stitches
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Tiger – body
Using black 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: Do two single crochet (abbreviated to SC from now on) in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 16 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 3: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 20 stitches.
Round 4: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 28 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 5: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 36 stitches.
Round 6: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 52 stitches. 
Change yarn to orange.
Round 7: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 52 stitches.
Round 8: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 43 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 9: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 43 stitches.
Round 10: DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 34 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 11: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 34 stitches.
Round 12: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 26 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 13: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 26 stitches.
Round 14: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 21 stitches
Change yarn to orange.
Round 15: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 21 stitches.
Round 16: 1DEC, then 3SC, then repeat. Total: 16 stitches.
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Stuff the head and body with polyfill. Align the head and body along the zig-zig stripey seam caused by the yarn changes. Stitch the head and body together using the extra lengths of wool that you left attached. Hide the loose threads by pulling the yarn through into the body, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – face
Using white 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 2SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC, then repeat. Total: 18 stitches.
Round 3: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC , then repeat. Total: 27 stitches.
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Attach two 12mm safety eyes on to the face and stitch the face on to the head, covering the zig-zig stripey seam caused by the yarn changes. Hide the loose thread by pulling the yarn through into the head, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – nose
Using white 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC, then repeat. Total: 9 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC, then repeat. Total: 15 stitches.
Round 3: 1SC in all stitches. Total: 15 stitches.
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Attach one 12mm safety nose on to the crocheted nose and stuff with polyfill. Stitch the nose on to the face. Hide the loose thread by pulling the yarn through into the head, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – belly
Using white 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 2SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC, then repeat. Total: 18 stitches.
Round 3: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC , then repeat. Total: 27 stitches.
Round 4: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC in next 2 stitches, then repeat. Total: 39 stitches.
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Stitch the belly on to the body, covering the zig-zig stripey seam caused by the yarn changes. Hide the loose thread by pulling the yarn through into the body, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – ears (make two)
Using black 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 2SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 2SC in first stitch, then 1SC, then repeat. Total: 18 stitches.
Change yarn to white.
Round 3: 1DEC, then 2SC, then repeat. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 4: 1DEC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 5: 1DEC in each stitch. Total: 3 stitches.
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Crochet both ears, then stitch on to the head with the white side facing forwards. Hide the loose thread by pulling the yarn through into the body, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – legs (make four)
Using black 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 2SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 2: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 3: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 4: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 5: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches.
Round 6: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 12 stitches. 
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Crochet all four legs, and stuff with polyfill. Stitch the legs to the body using the extra lengths of wool that you left attached. Hide the loose threads by pulling the yarn through into the body, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

Tiger – tail
Using black 8 ply yarn, create an amigurumi ring with 6 stitches.
Round 1: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 2: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 3: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 4: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 5: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 6: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 7: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 8: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Change yarn to black.
Round 9: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 10: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Change yarn to orange.
Round 11: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches.
Round 12: 1SC in each stitch. Total: 6 stitches. 
Finish off, leaving about 25cm/10 inches of extra wool attached for use in making up the tiger.

Stitch the tail to the body using the extra length of wool that you left attached. Hide the loose thread by pulling the yarn through into the body, pulling it taut, and snipping the end off. The spare wool should disappear entirely.

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~ by Niccola on September 7, 2009.

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