Surprisingly, just like Strawberry Shortcake, no one has posted any pictures on the internet of a Daniel Tiger amigurumi yet. Yes, it is a fairly new show for PBS (it's a spin-off of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood), but this tiny tiger is so darn cute that he is begging to be crocheted. I used a basic doll pattern that I have used once or twice before, and just winged it from there. Behold:
Here's what Daniel Tiger looks like in his TV show:
Now to be nit-picky about how my Daniel Tiger amigurumi turned out: HIS HEAD IS TOO SMALL!!!! I used an F hook and Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn for all the colors except for the orange; for that, I used Red Heart With Love, which is also supposed to be worsted weight, but whatever they do to make it a bit softer than Super Saver also makes it a wee bit thinner. Whoops. I should know better than to mix types of yarn, but I really wanted to use this color ("mango"), and it wasn't available at Jo-ann's Fabric in the Super Saver variety. In the future, if I mix Super Saver and With Love on a project, I'm going to need to make some adjustments to take the difference in yarn weight into account. As I told the other moms in the playgroup, I crocheted "Daniel Tiger after a visit to the head-shrinking psychiatrist".
I had a bit of trouble with his nose, too-- I kind of want to steal the amigurumi back and re-do it. But Daniel (the kid) seemed to really love his new crocheted buddy, so he might not let me steal it back.
The other nit-pick comes not from me, but from Sonia.... She was mad that the hood isn't big enough to actually cover Daniel Tiger's head (even as small as that head is-- ha!!). But if I made the hood big enough to be used properly, it would have looked a bit ridiculous and out of proportion. In the cartoon, Daniel Tiger's hood is shown just as I crocheted it: unusable. Apparently, that tiger is interested in form over function when it comes to clothing.
Happy birthday to Daniel!