The Tigger Mouse Ears pattern has been a long time coming! You may remember that last summer/fall, I wrote up the patterns for Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore ears. I promised to complete the set, and so I shall, beginning this spring with TIGGER! The loveable, bouncy, joyful Tigger!
I typically try to stick with one yarn brand for a pattern, but I looked at many many different shades of orange, and found that Big Twists, Pumpkin, was the perfect shade for Tigger! From there, I used yarn I had on hand. Red Heart's Cornmeal is also the perfect shade for his face. It is a soft yellow, not too dark or too bright or too mustard.
Big Twist Value: Pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver: Black
Red Heart Super Saver: Cornmeal
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice: Pink
Crochet Hook Size E-3.50mm
3-dimentional Puffy Paint in Black
Craft Plastic Headbands, 1-inch tapered
Notes: I used a LOT of Puffy Paint for this project, but I felt it made things easier. You can always sew the black stripes on instead, if you'd prefer, but being a novelty item that won't be too heavily worn or need washing, the puffy paint was perfect! Note that the images used for the description of sewing together the headband portion are a different color. I used the process pictures from the Winnie the Pooh headband, but the assembly is the same!
Headband, in Pumpkin, Make 2
**Special Note: Because keeping track of sts and rnds at the same time can be a struggle, I have included the total number of sts for each section where there are no increases, so all you need to do is count the sts, and not the rnds! Also, before each inc rnd, be sure to test out the fit on the headband. It will be tight, and it should be, but if you don't stretch it out a bit, as you go, it will be very difficult to fit on when finished. Lastly, trying it on as you go will let you know if you need more or less rnds toward the end, depending on how tightly you crochet and the yarn you use the final number of rnds may vary. You should come close to center with each piece, so there's room to sew them together.
Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnds 2-8: sc in each st around; 6 sts (42 sts)
Rnd 9: inc, sc in next 5 sts; 7 sts
Rnds 10-16: sc in each st around; 7 sts (49 sts)
Rnd 17: inc, sc in next 6 sts; 8 sts
Rnds 18-24: sc in each st around; 8 sts (56 sts)
Rnd 25: inc, sc in next 7 sts; 9 sts
Rnds 26-35: sc in each st around; 9 sts (108 sts) - This final number may vary, depending on the yarn used, how much it stretches, or your gauge. Just keep trying the pieces on until they meet about halfway. You don't want any slack, so they should be sewn together, taut.
Put them on the opposite ends of the headband, pulling them to meet in the middle. Seamless sew them together (pictures below). But to seamlessly sew, you will be sewing into each st twice. Line them up so that the final sts of the rnds align with the first sts on the opposite side. Insert your hook into the first open st across from where the tail begins. Insert hook into same st on bottom, new st on top. Then new st on bottom, same st on top; same st on bottom, new st on top. Do this, always going through the same piece first, so that you're not going back and forth, but always start by going through the piece on the side where your tail began. Knot and weave in ends on the bottom side of the headband.
Ears, in Pumpkin, Make 4, stitching 2 to each other
Begin with a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 8 hdc in magic ring, join with sl st to first st; 8 sts
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st; 16 sts
Rnd 3: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 24 sts
Rnd 4: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 32 sts
Rnd 5: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 40 sts
Rnd 6: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 48 sts
After the second piece, do not fasten off, but instead begin to sl st around your two pieces, to connect them, making a thicker ear. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Face, in Cornmeal
Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from the hook, and each ch across; 6 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc in each st across; 12 sts
Rows 3-4: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 12 sts
Row 5: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, 2 inc, sc in next 5 sts; 14 sts
Row 6: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 6 sts, 2 inc, sc in next 6 sts; 16 sts
Do NOT turn. Sc around the whole piece. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the top of one of the ears.
Nose, in Pink
Row 1: turn and inc into 2nd ch from the hook; 2 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc in each st across; 4 sts
Row 3: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 2 sts, inc; 6 sts
Row 4: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 2 sts, 2 inc, sc in next 2 sts; 8 sts
Do NOT turn. Sc around the whole piece, 2 times. Then fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the bottom of the ear, centered below the eyes.
After sewing on the face, use the puffy paint to place the eyes and eyebows as pictured, and the stripes on the side of the face. Allow to dry completely before sewing ear to headband, or you can do all the sewing and assembly first, BEFORE painting anything.
Stripes, in Black, Make 4, for second ear
*Note: These are the only stripes that are crocheted. This is so that the tail can be sewn onto the ear over top of them without doing any damage.
Row 1: turn and sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 3 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in last ch; 9 sts
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew them onto the other ear, as pictured, so the points alternate.
Tail, in Pumpkin
Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)3x; 9 sts
Rnds 3-20: sc in each st around; 9 sts
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. I trimmed 3 pipe cleaners to fit inside the tail, so that I could get the bends to stay as I sewed. Then sew the tail closed with the pipe cleaners inside, and sew the tail down to the center of the striped ear. Stripes on the tail should be added AFTER sewing onto the ear, so that the puffy paint does not get smeared. After sewing the tail to the ear, use the black puffy paint to create little traingles as pictured, pointing toward the center of the tail. This part can be done with yarn if you'd prefer to sew the lines on. Since this is not a heavily used or washed items, the puffy paint just makes it easier! It may need to dry up to 24 hours though, before use!
After the paint has dried, you can now attach the ears to the headband, but sewing them down securely. For a final added touch, use some puffy paint to strip the top of the headband!
I sewed my ears to the headband, each about 4.5 inches from the bottom. Then I used the puffy paint to add the stripes to the face, and to the top of the headband, avoiding the parts of the headband that will touch hair. Once completely dry, I don't believe the paint will rub off on hair, but it has a sticky texture that wouldn't slide over the hair so smoothly.
When sewing your ears onto the headband, it is important to sew through sts in the front of the ear, AND through sts in the back of the ear, to the back top of the headband. This spreads the bottom out just a bit, giving the ears a better balance for staying upright.
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