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Crochet Tiger Hat Pattern - FREE!!!

If you have a preschooler, you have probably heard of the infamous Daniel Tiger.  I have to admit, it's actually a really cute show.  The song is catchy, and an homage to the well loved "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood."  There are not many patterns out there for this adorable character so I decided to make one up on my own. 

The yarns I used are mostly Red Heart with Love.  Honestly, I'm not for sure on the main color though.  It was just an unlabeled skein I had that was the perfect color, almost a golden tan.  You will also need brown for the stripes, white for the eyes and whiskers, black for the eyes and mouth, and finally a little pink for the nose and the mouth.  

You will need an E, G and H hook to make this hat.  

Let's start with base of the hat. Here is the instructions for a hat that will fit a 1-3 year old.  
With H hook and golden yarn

Round 1: Magic circle, 8sc (8)
Round 2: 2 hdc in each st (16)
Round 3: *Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next* repeat around (24)
Round 4: *Hdc in next 2 st, 2hdc in next* repeat around (32)
Round 5: *Hdc in next 3 st, 2hdc in next* repeat around (40)
Round 6: *Hdc in next 4 st, 2hdc in next * repeat around (48)
Round 7: *Hdc in next 5, 2hdc in next* repeat around (56)
Round 8: *Hdc in next 17, 2hdc in next* repeat around (58)
Rounds 9-18: Hdc in each st around (58)


  • My earflaps are really done by personal preference, and just by looking at them.  I’ll explain.
  • To start, from the last stich, I sc a few more (anywhere between 5 and 8 really) to my desired start point for the first earflap.  Once I get to the stich I want to start it on, I sl st in that stitch, chain 1, and begin my sc in that same stitch and into the next 10 (11 total).
  • Then you just sc dec in the first two stiches and sc across, turn and do the same until you are down to one stich.  Cut the string and tie off. 
  •  To do the second earflap, I lay down the hat and fold it in half.  I find my starting point with the hook, making sure that the front of the hat is a little bigger than the back. 
  •  Then I continue to do the earflap just like I did the first.
  • Instead of tying off on the end though, you sc all the way around the hat, with 3 sc in each earflap point and making sure that the outside of the hat is facing you. 

      Cut 18 strands and feed 3 through each of the pointed stitches on the ears.  Braid the 3 groups of three and then tie at the bottom

Make 2
Round 1: Magic Ring, 6sc,
Round 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
Round 3: *2sc in firs st, sc in next* around (18)
WITH BROWN (one strand) and G hook
Round 1: Magic Ring, 5sc
Round 2: 2sc in each st around (10)

With Gold and H hook
 Round 1: Magic ring, 8sc
 Round 2: *2sc in next st, sc in next* repeat around (12)
 Round 3: sc in each st around.
 Round 4: *2sc in next, sc in next* repeat around (18)
 Round 5: sc in each st around
 Round 6: *2sc in next, sc in next 2* repeat around (24)
 Round 7: sc in each st around.
          ** Sew on the nose and mouth before you attach it to the hat (using poly-fil)***
Pink and G hook
Row 1: Ch 4, turn and sc in each stitch (3)
Row 2: sc2tog, sc, (2)
Row 3: sc2tog (1)

With White and G hook
Make 2
Ch 5
 Round 1: sc in the next 3, 3sc in the last, turn (and work other side) sc in next 3, 2sc in the last st join to 1st.
Round 2: 2sc in first, sc in next 2, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc in next 4, 2sc, sc, join.
Round 3: 2sc in first, sc in next 4, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc in next 4, 2sc, sc, join


With black and E hook
Make 2
Ch 4
Round 1: sc, sc, 3sc in last (turn and work the other side) sc, 2sc, join
Round 2: 2sc in first, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, join.
        ** add the white "sparkle" by just sewing it on. **
Sew the black onto the white, then sew onto the hat. 

Stripes (2 sizes)
With brown and E hook
4 shorter ones
 Ch 20
 sc, sc, sc, hdc in the next 12, sc, sc, sc, sl st, turn and work opposite side, sl st, sc, sc, hdc in next 12, sc, sc, sl st. (leave long tail for sewing on)

3 Longer ones
Ch 24
sc, sc, sc, hdc in next 16, sc, sc, sc, sl st, turn and work  opposite side, sl st, sc, sc, hdc in next 16, sc, sc, sl st. (leave lng tail for sewing on).

        ** Once all of the pieces are sewed on, sew on a few whiskers on each side.**

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That's it!  There are a lot of pieces to sew on so I just do them as I go.  If you wait til the end it can get a little overwhelming.  I hope you enjoy the pattern!

This is the Crochet hook and tool set my husband got me for Christmas a few years ago and I love it!  It has 9 ergonomic hooks,  stitch markers, scissors, crochet needle, measuring tape and some other useful items!


  1. There's an error in Round 8 of the base hat. Round 7: *Hdc in next 5, 2hdc in next* repeat around (56)
    Round 8: *Hdc in next 17, 2hdc in next* repeat around (58) -- if the stitch count of 58 is correct, it should be *Hdc in next 27

  2. Cute pattern. Thank you. My grandbaby asked for this for Halloween. I have 4 days! Here we go........

  3. Do you know how much yarn is needed for the main color of the hat?

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