Brotzell Tiger King

“The tiger will see you one hundred times before you see it once.” -Anonymous

Use the written pattern or charts of your preferred crochet colorwork technique (interlocking or mosaic) to create your own full-sized tiger blanket!

Interlocking & Mosaic

As with all my patterns, Brotzell Tiger King comes with two files: one for the interlocking crochet technique and one for the overlay mosaic crochet technqiue. 

Both colorwork options include the fully written pattern and charts. More details.


This pattern is not for the faint of heart – this furry beast should fit a twin-sized bed (60″ x 77″ / 154cm x 195cm) when you match gauge.

Original Blog Entry

I’m so excited to present my newest pattern, Brotzell Tiger King!

I asked my Facebook group to help me name him. Thank you for all the suggestions!

It can be so difficult presenting art to the world. Wondering if people will see obvious flaws. Wondering if they’ll keep those comments to themselves.

When I was drawing this tiger I wanted him to look fuzzy but I had a really hard time letting the fur edges be “messy” ?? I would work on this chart, sleep on it, try again, sleep on it, tweak it, sleep, stare, sleep, fix it, sleep, etc ?

I have decided he is good enough now. I hope you love this design as much as I do!

Purchase Options

I am listing this pattern on both Ravelry and Etsy (unlike my previous two published patterns; they were just little squares and not worth the fees to list on Etsy, although I may add a bundle to Etsy later).

Amazing orange and black interlocking crochet sample of Brotzell Tiger King crocheted by Eileen.


Offer expired.

My Designaversary Sale is still on but I am creating a new sale for Brotzell Tiger King as well. You can use any of the Designaversary codes or this new code: “TigerEyes” to get 30% off Brotzell Tiger King and ANY other patterns you purchase at the same time. You can use the Designaversary codes more than once but this new code is a single-use code that expires April 18, 2021.


Offer expired.

The way Etsy does sales (and everything else) is different than Ravelry. So, for my Etsy-only customers you will be able to use only the Designaversary Code found on Instagram (applicable to all my patterns) or grab Brotzell Tiger King with an automatic 30% discount until April 18, 2021.

July 2022 Chart Update

Brotzell Tiger King was originally published in April of 2021.

I updated the charts in July 2022 to be a bit more user-friendly. I didn’t adjust the pattern at this time, I only changed how visible the numbering was.


Colorful Tiger Eyes

This pattern (like pretty much all my patterns) was designed to be crocheted with a dark Main Color (MC / first color used) and a lighter Accent Color / Contrasting Color (AC in interlocking patterns / CC in mosaic patterns / second color used).

After a few people crocheted this blanket and included some fancy colorful eyes there were a LOT of requests for help on adding that feature.

It seems more people are familiar with how to do a tapestry style color change when using overlay mosaic crochet but there are more challenges when using the interlocking crochet option.

I do plan on creating a more in-depth tutorial at a later date, but for now, this is what we’ve got:

Important Pattern Details for Brotzell Tiger King

As with all my designs, this blanket can be made using interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

The mosaic crochet option uses the same chart as the interlocking crochet option. It is on my list to adjust the chart for a solid overlay mosaic crochet option as well.

Read more about these techniques at

It is also on my list to create an in-depth tutorial on adding a color change on the eyes, as explained above.

Interlocking Crochet

Interlocking crochet is a colorwork technique where you create two layers of mesh locked together. You work one row at a time, alternating between the two contrasting colors.

Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file includes:

  • line-by-line written pattern
  • quick guide on color changes for the eyes
  • for instructions on reading a chart click here
  • a one-page chart (good for viewing on a screen)
  • a multi-page chart (better for printing)


  • Chart is 243 x 307
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows = 4”
  • 60″ x 77″ / 152cm x 196cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (5350 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black suggested) – 2625 yards plus 100 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) (white or orange suggested) – 2625 yards

Original Overlay Mosaic Crochet

In April 2021, I published this design with two files: one for interlocking and one for mosaic. I used the same chart for both options. With this style of overlay mosaic crochet colorwork option you can see the interlocking mesh dots.

Read more about these techniques at

Mosaic Crochet file includes:

  • line-by-line written pattern
  • instructions for optional envelope border
  • instructions on reading a chart
  • a one-page chart marked with X’s (good for viewing on a screen)
  • a four-page chart marked with X’s (better for printing)


  • Chart is 243 x 307
  • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 16 rows = 4”
  • 60″ x 77″ / 152cm x 196cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (6000 – 6600 yards)
    • Main color (black suggested) – 3000 yards
    • Contrasting color (orange or white suggested) – 3000 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 600 yards

Adjusted Overlay Mosaic Crochet

On the to-do list.