Hi there! A lot of people wanted me to revise this pattern and make it more clear to understand, so here we are! This lovey was one of my first written patterns, so little mistakes were hidden here and there, but it’s all a learning curve, right? 😉 Anyway, I hope that now this pattern is as easy to read, as it was fun to make! Let me know in the comments and share it if you like it <3
Hello guys! Long summer evenings are perfect for quick and cute projects, so I wanted to share one with you 🙂 If you are looking for a baby shower gift or waiting for the new family member to arrive, you may be interested in today’s free pattern. It works up fast, so it’s very satisfying! Lovey, security blanket, snuggle blanket – whatever you call it, this toy is great for little ones, because it’s easy and cute.
This baby lovey is a great project for beginners. In addition, simple little blankie and a squishy puppy can become a handmade gift that will never be forgotten. This free crochet pattern will give you all the informations you need to make this soft toy, but you can mix up the colors, of course, and use any palette you want.
It’s also quite easy to make this puppy into any other animal, because it’s all in the details. If you are feeling skillful enough, feel free to change up the shape of the ears, so that you make them big, small, pointy or floppy. Make this puppy sleepy or cheerful, it’s all about imagination!
The blanket at the base of this lovey is really simple, because it uses double crochet stitches and basic formula for flat square. It’s finished off with single crochet stitches. Back loop only technique is an easy and nice way to create ‘lines’ between the rows, but it’s optional and totally up to you!
Those of you, who have never tried any amigurumi techniques, but are familiar with basic stitches, should find the project easy and satisfying. Moreover, what’s better than honing your skills while making something cute? 😉 Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, grab your crochet hook and try out our pattern for Puppy Baby Lovey!
Ready? Let’s go!
LEVEL – beginner
TERMS – standard US
- magic ring
- chain (ch)
- single crochet (sc)
- double crochet (dc)
- back loop only double crochet (blo dc)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- 2 single crochets in one stitch = 1 increase (2 sc in one st = 1 inc)
- 2 double crochets in one stitch = 1 increase (2 dc in one st = 1 inc)
- single crochet 2 together = decrease (sc2tog = 1 dec)
- basic sewing
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- recommended yarn: YarnArt Jeans (55% cotton, 45% pac ) in 3 colors: cream, navy and light blue
- crochet hook 3 mm
- wool needle
- stitch marker
- rows 1-5: cream
- rows 6-8: light blue
- rows 9-11: navy
- embroidery (eyes and nose): navy
- Final size of the blanket is around 10″ x 10″ = 25 cm x 25 cm, depending on the yarn you choose, hook size and your style of crocheting.
- Rounds 4-10 start and end in the same way, but the number of double crochets in the middle of the round changes.
- Numbers in parenthesis indicate the final number of stitches in the entire round.
- 3 chains at the beginning of the round are counted as 1 double crochet (see -> turning chain)
START: Start by making a magic ring.
ROUND 1: 1 ch, 4 sc in the center of the magic ring, close with a sl st, tighten. (4)
ROUND 2: 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 dc in the nearest st, *2 ch, 3 dc* x3, 2 ch, 1 dc, close with 1 sl st. (20)
- Next rounds are done in the back loop only – it means that all double crochets are hooked through the back loop. This simple technique creates nice “line” between the rounds.
ROUND 3: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st (do not work in the chain space! Instead use the first of two chain stitches of the corner – working in the back loop only makes it much easier), 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st (2nd chain stitch of the corner), *3 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 1 dc, 2 dc in one st, close with a slip stitch. (36)
ROUND 4: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *7 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 5 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (52)
Corner made with double crochet increase and two chains. Increase is worked into the chain stitches (back loop only), not in chain space!
- In the next rounds you proceed as in row 4. The only thing that’s changing is the amount of double crochet stitches on the sides, because with each row the overall amount of stitches is growing. The way of starting and ending the row, as well as corners, remain the same.
ROUND 5: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *11 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 9 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (68)
ROUND 6: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *15 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 13 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (84)
ROUND 7: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *19 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 17 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (100)
Join of the beginning and end of the row. You start the row with 3 chain stitches, but you end it with double crochet increase and a slip stitch.
ROUND 8: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *23 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 21 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (116)
ROUND 9: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *27 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 25 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (132)
ROUND 10: 1 sl st, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 blo dc in the next st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in the next stitch, *31 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, 2 ch, 2 blo dc in one st* x3, 29 blo dc, 2 blo dc in one st, close with a sl st. (148)
ROUND 11: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st of the previous round, close with a sl st. (148)
- if not stated otherwise, rounds are created spirally (do not close with a slip stitch, continue directly to the next round) – (find out more -> crocheting in the round)
- we use only single crochet
at this stage it is good to fill the head with filler.
ROUND 15 and further: *3 sc, 1x sc2tog (=1 dec)* – repeat spirally until you close the hole
- make 2 identical elements.
- for an additional effect, you can make each ear using a different color of yarn.
We finish by pulling a thread.
- make two identical elements.
- At this point you should fill the arm with filling.
- Add more filling, fasten off.
Sewing ears on after stuffing the head is much easier than doing it beforehand, especially if you want to place them symmetrically, so keep that in mind. Sewing, as well as hiding all the threads inside is made with the use of yarn needle. For sewing the elements together it is best to use the same yarn color from which they are made, because it makes them invisible.
Then, in the same way, we sew the paws to the head, and then connect the toy with the blanket, right in the center. Remember to hide all the threads, because leaving them on the outside could be dangerous for the child.
For all details, such as eyes or nose, I strongly recommend embroidery. It’s the safest way, because plastic safety eyes can be pulled out or chewed by the baby during play (it’s a serious choking hazard!).
You are done! Congratulations 🙂
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