Crochet Crouching Tiger Pattern

Welcome to my latest crochet pattern. This week I’ve got this crochet crouching tiger pattern for you that will look like this.

Finished crochet crouching tiger group portrait

If you would like to follow along with a video tutorial for this pattern I’ve uploaded the how-to video onto my YouTube channel at Crochet Crouching Tiger Tutorial.

This pattern will be using US terminology, if you would like to get the UK version go to Crochet Crouching Tiger Pattern (UK Version).

Crochet Crouching Tiger Pattern

Abbreviations

  • st – stitch
  • sts – stitches
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • dtr – double treble crochet

Materials Used

  • Orange, white and black cotton or wool.
  • Crochet hook.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread to sew together.
  • Sewing needle.
  • Darning needle to weave in ends.
  • Pink or red embroidery cotton if desired to embroider on a mouth.

Head

Make a magic loop.

Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

Row 1:  3 ch. Work 14 dc into loop and pull circle tight. Slip st into 3rd ch.
Row 2:  3 ch. 1 dc in same place as ch. Work 2 dc into each st. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch.
Row 3:  3 ch. Work 1 dc in same place as ch (1 dc in each of next 2 sts and 2 dc in following st) repeat to end, sl st in 3rd ch.
Row 4:  3 ch, Work 1 dc in same place as ch (1 dc in each of next 2 sts and 2 dc in following st) 4 times, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 1 sc in following st, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next st (1 tr in next st and 2 tr in following st) 3 times, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next st, 2 tr in next, 1 tr in following st and 2 tr in next st, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st and 1 hdc and 1 dc in following st (1 tr in next st and 2 tr in following st) 3 times, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in last st, sl st in 3rd ch.  Don’t fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger beginning 1st ear

Inner Ear

Join black cotton 1 st on from fastening off on head.
1 ch, 1 hdc and 1 dc in same st as ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc in next st.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger 1st ear

2nd Inner Ear

Join black cotton 3 sts back from dc on other side of head.

Crochet crouching tiger beginning 2nd ear1 ch, 1 hdc and 1 dc in same st as ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc in next st.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger 2nd ear

Outer Ears

Using the orange cotton from the head work sc in each st around the 1st ear, sl st in each st to the centre st between the 2 ears, in this st work 3 ch, work 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and 1 sc in next st, sl st into same place on head, 4 ch, 1 st sl in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st into same place on head, 3 ch, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next st and sl st into same place on head.  Sl st along head until st before 2nd ear.  Work sc in each st around ear.  Sl st into head and fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger head

Outer Eyes (Make 2)

Using white make a magic loop.
Into circle work 3 ch and a 4 dc cluster.  Pull circle tight but don’t join.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger outer eyes

Inner Eyes (Make 2)

Using black make a magic loop.
Into circle work 1 ch and 2 sc.  Pull circle tight and join with a sl st in ch.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger inner eyes

Nose

Using black make a magic loop.
Into circle work 3 ch and a 3 dc cluster.  Pull circle tight but don’t join.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger nose

Body

Using white make a magic loop.

Row 1:  2 ch. Work 2 hdc, 4 dc, 6 hdc, 3 tr, 3 hdc. into circle and pull circle tight. Slip st. into 3rd ch.
Row 2:  2 ch. 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in following st, 2 dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 2 tr in each of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each st to end.  Sl st in top of 2 ch.
Row 3:  2 ch.  1 hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (2 dc in next st and 1 dc in following st) 3 times, 2 dc in next st and 2 hdc in following st, work 1 hdc in each of next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (2 tr in next st and 1 tr in following st) 3 times, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each st to end.  Join with a sl st in top of 2 ch.
Row 4:  3 ch, work 1 dc in same place as ch, (1 dc in each of next 2 sts and 2 dc in following st) 10 times, (1 dc in next st, 2 dc in following st) 3 times 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in remaining sts.  Join with a sl st in 3rd ch.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger body

Arms (Make 2)

25 ch.
Miss 1st 2 ch, work 1 dc in each of next 13 ch, 1 tr in each of remaining ch, 4 ch, sl st in same place as last tr, 4 ch, 1 tr in back of 1st ch, 1 tr in each of next 8 sts, 1 dc in each st to end.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger arms

Front Paws (Make 2)

Using white work 8 ch.

Row 1:  Work 1 dc and 1 tr in 3rd ch from hook, (into next st work 1 tr, 1 dc and 1 hdc, into following st work 1 hdc, 1 dc and 1 tr) 2 times, into next st work 1 tr, 1 dc and 1 hdc. Do not turn.
Row 2:  Work 1 hdc into the back of each ch.  Sl st into the top of the 2 ch at the beginning of row 1.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger front paws

Feet (Make 2)

Row 1:  8 ch, 4 tr in 5th ch from hook, 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts, 3 hdc in last ch, 1 hdc in back of next 2 ch, sl st in 4th ch.
Row 2:  3 ch, 1 dc in same place as ch, 2 dc in each st around.  Sl st in 3rd ch.
Row 3:  1 ch, 1 sc in each st around.  Sl st in ch.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger paws

Spots for Feet (Make 6)

Make a magic loop.
1 ch work 5 sc into circle, pull circle tight and join with a sl st.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger paw spots

Tail

25 ch.

Row 1:  1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (1 joined dc over next 2 sts, 1 dc in following st) 4 times, (1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 1 joined dc over following 2 sts) 2 times.  1 dc in each st to end.
Row 2:  1 ch work 1 sc in each st around tail. Sl st into ch.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger tail 2

Small Black Markings (Make 10)

3 ch.
1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next st.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger spots

Medium Black Markings (Make 5)

4 ch.
1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next st and 1 hdc in following st.  Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger medium spots

Large Black Markings (Make 5)

5 ch.
1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in each of 2 next sts. 1 dc in last st. Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger stripes

Extra-large Black Markings (Make 2)

6 ch.
1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in each of 3 next sts. 1 dc in last st. Fasten off.

Crochet crouching tiger large stripes

To Make Up

Weave in ends.  Embroider a white dot to the middle of each inner eye.

Crochet crouching tiger finished inner eyes

Attach the inner eye to the outer eye towards the bottom.

Crochet crouching tiger eyes

Sew the nose onto the head just covering over the centre circle and embroider on the mouth.

Crochet crouching tiger head with nose

Sew the eyes to the head where shown.

Crochet crouching tiger head with eyes

Run a length of cotton through the inner side of each arm as shown leaving the cotton attached to sew the arm to the body when the paws and markings have been attached. Attach a paw to the thick end of each arm.

Crochet crouching tiger arms with paws

Sew the spots onto the feet and the markings onto the head, arms and tail.

Tiger Markings

  1. Extra large markings (6 ch.).
  2. Large markings (5 ch.).
  3. Medium markings (4 ch.). 1 is at the end of the tail behind the foot.
  4. Small markings (3 ch.). 1 is behind the foot on the tail.

Crochet crouching tiger head with spots Crochet crouching tiger arms with spots Crochet crouching tiger tail with spots

Gathering the arms in a bit with the attached thread sew the arms onto the body.

Crochet crouching tiger body with arms

Attach the head to the body.

Crochet crouching tiger head and body

Sew a foot to each side of the body as shown.

Crochet crouching tiger body with paws

Attach the tail.

Finished crochet crouching tiger landscape

I hope that you’ve liked the crochet crouching tiger, and if you have it would be great to hear from you by leaving a message in the comments. Let me know what sort of things you’re planning on using this tiger appliqué on.

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6 thoughts on “Crochet Crouching Tiger Pattern

  1. The instructions look so very detailed! Thank you so much for your diligent work in making this pattern look easy. I cannot wait to get started on this!

    • Thank you Valerie. I’d been making my own designs for a while but hadn’t been writing patterns so I put a lot of work into that side to try and improve and make the pattern well, easy to follow, and as accurate as I can. I’m glad that it’s coming out so you can follow it easy. Have fun crocheting it and I’d love to see the finished result. Kerri.

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