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’s easy, cute and works up fast – very satisfying! Lovey, security blanket, snuggle blanket – whatever you call it, this toy is great for little ones.
This baby lovey is a great project for beginners. 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. 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, it all depends on the details, like embroidery. If you are feeling skillful enough, feel free to change up the shape of the ears – 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 cannot be simpler – it’s done with the use of 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. 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)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- back loop only
- 2 single crochets in the same stitch = increase (2 sc in same st = 1 inc)
- single crochet 2 together = decrease (sc2tog = 1 dec)
- basic basic sewing
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- yarn: YarnArt Jeans (55% cotton, 45% pac ) in 3 colors: cream, navy and light blue
- crochet hook 3mm
- 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, the number of double crochets in the middle of the round changes.
- Numbers in parenthesis indicate the final number of dc’s 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: 4 sc in the center of the magic circle, close with a slip stitch, tighten.
- 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 2: 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 dc in the nearest st, 2 ch, 3 dc in the 2nd stitch, 2 ch, 3 dc in 3rd stitch, 2 ch, 3 dc in 4th stitch, 2 ch, 1 dc in the first stitch of round 1, close with 1 sl st in the 3rd ch starting the round. (12)
ROUND 3: 1 sl st in the 1st stitch (first dc of the previous round), 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 dc, 2 ch, *2 dc in same st, 3 dc, 2 dc in same st, 2 ch* repeat * 3 times, 2 dc in same st, 1 dc, 2 dc in same st, close with a slip stitch in the 3rd ch from the beginning of the round. (28)
ROUNDS 4-10: 1 sl st in the first dc of the previous round, 3 ch (= 1 dc), 1 dc, 2 ch, *2 dc in same st, 1 dc in each dc of the previous round, 2 dc in same st, 2 ch* repeat * 3 times, 2 dc in same st, 1 dc in each dc of the previous round, 2 dc in the sl st of the previous round (first stitch of the previous round), close with a sl st in the 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.
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 before, especially if you want to place them symmetrically. 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.
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, we 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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