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Time
4h00

I always take a few extra steps for maximum cuteness when designing a stuffed animal.
I always take a few extra steps for maximum cuteness when designing a stuffed animal. I look at photos of the animal I’m inspired by, pick out its defining characteristics, draw a sketch, work out the shape of each body part and, finally, I detail the face to give the toy loads of personality. Throughout the years, I’ve learned some tricks for making a toy look great, such as using mattress stitch for the seams to make them look tidier. Also, when stuffing the pieces, use filler that is one-third bigger than the body part, roll it in your hands until it’s the same shape and size as the part, then carefully stuff the part. Follow these tips and you’ll have a totally adorable tiger toy that would make an awesome baby or toddler gift. If you’re making this for a young baby, you may want to replace the bead eyes with embroidery.

Size
Approx 9" tall

Materials

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted (100% wool; 100g/245 yd)
A: 1 ball (or approx 25g) #730 Natural
B: 1 ball (or approx 25g) #601 Pepper
C: 1 ball (or approx 25g) #N17 French Clay
D: 1 ball (or approx 25g) #307 Lullaby E:1 ball (or approx 10g) #522 Nervous Green
US 6 (4mm) needles
Size E/4 (3.5mm) crochet hook
Polyester fiber stuffing
1 pair safety eyes or 1/4" buttons
Small amount of pink yarn for embroidering face
One or two 3/8" buttons for dress
Tapestry needle

Gauge
22 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st

Project from STITCH ‘N B* SUPERSTAR KNITTING by Debbie Stoller. Published by Workman Publishing.

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  • Step 1

    Leg (MaKe 2)

    Beg at sole with A, CO 10 sts.

    Row 1 (wS): Purl.
    Row 2: K1, *m1, k1; rep from * to end—19 sts.
    Rows 3, 5 and 7: Purl.
    Row 4: K4, *m1, k3; rep from * to end—24 sts.
    Row 6: Knit.
    Row 8: K8, [ssk] twice, [k2tog] twice, k8—20 sts.
    Row 9: P6, [p2tog] twice, [p2tog tbl] twice, p6—16 sts.
    Row 10: K7, k2tog, k7—15 sts.

    Break off A and join C. For rem of leg, work stripes of 2 rows C and 2 rows B.

    Rows 11–13: Work in St st.
    Row 14: K2, m1, k11, m1, k2—17 sts.
    Rows 15–25: Work in St st.
    Row 26: K1, *k2tog; rep from * to end—9 sts.

    Break off yarn. Thread end through rem sts and pull tight to gather. Sew back leg seam and sole, leaving an opening. Stuff and sew closed.

  • Step 2

    Body

    Beg at neck edge with B, CO 16 sts.

    Row 1 (wS): Purl.
    Row 2: K1, *m1, k1; rep from * to end—31 sts.
    For rem of body, work stripes of 2 rows C and 2 rows B.
    Rows 3–5: Work in St st.
    Row 6: K8, m1, k15, m1, k8—33 sts.
    Rows 7–13: Work in St st.
    Row 14: K15, m1, k3, m1, k15—35 sts.
    Rows 15–17: Work in St st.
    Row 18: K3, m1, k1, m1, k27, m1, k1, m1, k3—39 sts.
    Row 19: Purl. ROw 20: K16, ssk, k3, k2tog,
    k16—37 sts.
    Rows 21–23: Work in St st.
    Row 24: K15, ssk, k3, k2tog, k15—35 sts.
    Rows 25–27:
    Work in St st.
    Row 28: K1, *k2tog; rep from * to end—18 sts.
    Row 29: Purl.
    Row 30: *K2tog; rep from * to end—9 sts.
    Break off yarn. Thread end through rem sts and pull tight to gather. Sew back seam to neck edge, leaving neck edge open. Stuff body.

  • Step 3

    Right Arm

    Beg at paw with A, CO 6 sts.
    Row 1 (wS): Purl.
    Row 2: K1, *m1, k1; rep from * to end—11 sts.
    Row 3: Purl.
    Row 4: [K2, m1] twice, k3, [m1, k2] twice—15 sts.
    Rows 5–7: Work in St st. ROw 8: K1, [ssk] twice, [k2tog] twice, k6—11 sts.

    Break off A and attach C. For rem of arm, work stripes
    of 2 rows C and 2 rows B.

    Rows 9–13: Work in St st.
    Row 14: K5, m1, k3, m1, k3—13 sts.
    Rows 15–23: Work in St st. ROw 24: K1, *k2tog; rep from * to end—
    7 sts.

    Break off yarn. Thread end through rem sts and pull tight to gather.

    Sew arm seam, leaving an opening. Stuff and sew
    closed.

  • Step 4

    Left Arm

    Work same as right arm except work rows 8 and 14 as foll:
    Row 8: K6, [ssk] twice, [k2tog] twice, k1—11 sts.
    Row 14: K3, m1, k3, m1, k5— 13 sts.

  • Step 5

    Head

    Beg at back of head with C, CO 7 sts. Work in stripes of 2 rows C and 2 rows B.

    Row 1 (wS): Purl.
    Row 2: K1, *m1, k1; rep from * to end—13 sts.
    Row 3: Purl.
    Row 4: K1, *m1, k1; rep from * to end—25 sts.
    Rows 5–7: Work in St st.
    Row 8: [K2, m1] 4 times, k9, [m1, k2] 4 times—33 sts.
    Rows 9–18: Work in St st (last row should be C).
    Row 19: With C, purl.
    Row 20: With C, k8, [k2tog] twice, k9, [ssk] twice, k8—29 sts.

    Break off C and work rem of nose with A. ROw 21: Purl.

    Row 22: K1, [k2tog] 6 times, k3, [ssk] 6 times, k1— 17 sts.
    Rows 23–25: Work in St st. ROw 26: K1, *k2tog; rep from * to end—9 sts.

    Break off yarn. Thread end through rem sts and pull tight to gather. Attach safety eyes or button eyes. Sew seam, leaving an opening. Stuff, adding extra to nose and cheeks to make them stick out, and sew closed.

  • Step 6

    Ear (Make 2)

    With C, CO 9 sts.

    Row 1 (RS): Knit. ROw 2: K1, ssk, k to end—8 sts.
    Rows 3–8: Rep rows 1 and 2—5 sts after row 8.
    Row 9: Knit. ROw 10: [Ssk] twice, k1—3 sts.

    Break off yarn. Thread end through rem sts, pull tight and secure end.

  • Step 7

    Tail

    With B, CO 9 sts.

    Beg with a WS row, work 32 rows in St st stripes of 2 rows B and 2 rows C—16 stripes.

    Break off C and attach A. Work 5 rows in St st.

    Break off yarn. Thread end through sts and pull tight to gather. Sew seam.

  • Step 8

    Finishing

    With pink yarn, embroider nose and mouth.

    Optional: Embellish stripes on head with duplicate st (see photo for placement).

    Sew CO edge of ears to head. Sew head securely to open neck edge of body. Referring to diagram, thread approx 24" length of yarn through left arm approx 1⁄4" from top, through body at shoulder, and through right arm; then again through arm, body, and left arm; pull tight. Repeat so yarn passes through each arm 3–4 times. Pull yarn tight so arms are secure, then fasten off yarn. Attach legs at lower edge of body in the same way as the arms. Sew tail to tiger’s bum.

  • Step 9

    Dress

    Front

    With D, CO 27 sts.
    Row 1 (wS): P3, *k1, p4; rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
    Row 2: Knit.
    Rows 3–20: Rep rows 1 and 2.
    Row 21: Rep row 1.
    Row 22: K1, *k2tog, k1, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1— 17 sts. Drop D and pick up E.
    Rows 23–24: With E, work in St st. Drop E and pick up D.
    Rows 25–31: With D, work in St st. BO.

    Back

    Work same as Front through row 31.
    Row 32: Knit. BO.

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    Step 10

    Finishing

    Sew side seams up to E stripe. With E, starting at side seam, work 1 rnd sc around front and back bodices, making a button loop on one or both back shoulders. Sew button(s) to front. Sew other shoulder seam if necessary.

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Willow Bon-Bon
Willow Bon-Bon · London, GB · 29 projects
This is so cute!
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Marilyn S.
Marilyn S.
Debbie, I love your books, your designs, and your attitude! Keep it up and please write another crochet book! When you do, I'd love an autographed copy! <big hint>
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Kepi
Kepi · Los Angeles, California, US · 49 projects
That is adorable...I need to learn how to knit just so I can make this!
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Corvus
Corvus · 1 project
i need knitting lessons bad! i have tried to learn on my own to no avail. this is super cute.
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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
sooo cute!
i just wish i could make it Happy
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Ada B.
Ada B. · Érd, Pest County, HU · 24 projects
This is so adorable! And I don't even know how to do knitting Happy:
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