Sleepy Bunny Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

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Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern Tutorial

Are you ready for the cutest amigurumi lovey? This kind of crochet toy is also known as security blanket or snuggle blanket, because it’s perfect for little babies. It’s the combination of amigurumi toy with a little blanket, which makes it so cute and cuddly. This time I approached it a little bit differently – instead of sewing the head in the center, I added it at the top of it, and crocheted four paws for all four corners.

See classic way of making snuggle blanket – our free pattern for Puppy Baby Lovey!

EDIT: 24.11.2020 / pattern for bunny head was rewritten and minor mistakes were removed.

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This lovey is double-sided, thanks to two identical blankets joined together at the edges. It creates additional weight to it and allows you to use two different colors at the front and at the back. It’s made with very soft organic cotton, which is delicate enough for babies and works perfectly in this project. Consider it an idea for a baby shower gift!

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Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

Sleepy Bunny Lovey consists of a blankie, which is roughly 19 cm x 19 cm (7,5″ x 7,5″), and with the head it’s 25 cm (almost 10″). It’s made with two identical blankets, which are joined together, 4 paws that are attached to it with the border, simple head in the shape of a ball and two elongated ears. Ears are sewn onto the head, and the head is attached to the blanket. Bunny also has a little collar, which is worked in rows and added as the very last detail. 

Remember that the size of the toy depends on your choice of yarn and crochet hook. The size can vary tremendously, depending on the thickness of materials and tools. The same amount of stitches can produce a much bigger or smaller effect, so keep it in mind when choosing yarn. The thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook, and the bigger the toy. The same goes another way 🙂

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

PATTERN NOTES:

LEVEL – upper beginner

TERMS – standard US

TECHNIQUES

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

  • yarn: Stenli Baby Cotton Candy (100% organic cotton) – 1 skein of beige and 1 skein of white
  • crochet hook 2,5 mm
  • wool needle for sewing parts of the toy together
  • regular needle for embroidery
  • stitch marker
  • scissors
  • toy filling

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

before you start

  • the head and paws of the bunny are made with single crochet stitches only.
  • if not stated otherwise, we work in spiral rounds (do not close with slip stitch, just go to the next round).
  • numbers in the brackets indicate the overall number of single crochets in each row.

Let’s begin!

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

bunny head

We are working spirally, as well as increasing and decreasing with single crochet stitches.

Number in brackets () indicates overall count of single crochets in each row.

START: magic ring

ROUND 1: 8 sc in the loop (8)

ROUND 2: 8 inc (16)

ROUND 3: *1 inc, 1 sc* x8 (24)

ROUND 4: *1 inc, 2 sc* x8 (32)

ROUND 5: *1 inc, 3 sc* x8 (40)

ROUND 6: *1 inc, 4 sc* x8 (48)

ROUND 7: *1 inc, 5 sc* x8 (54)

ROUND 8-15: 1 sc in each st (54)

ROUND 16: *1 dec, 7 sc* x6 (48)

ROUND 17: 1 sc in each st (48)

Fill the head with filler.

ROUND 18: *1 dec, 5 sc* x7 (42)

ROUND 19: *1 dec, 5 sc* x6 (36)

ROUND 20: *1 dec, 5 sc* x5 (30)

ROUND 21: *1 dec, 4 sc* x5 (25)

Add more filler to the head.

ROUND 22: *1 dec, 3 sc* x5 (20)

ROUND 23: *1 dec, 2 sc* x5 (15)

ROUND 24: *1 dec, 1 sc* x5 (10)

ROUND 25: 5 dec (5)

Fasten off and secure the thread.

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

Bunny paws

  • make 4 identical elements, work spirally in single crochets, use beige yarn.

START: magic ring

ROUND 1: 8 sc inside magic loop

ROUND 2: 1 sc in each st (16)

ROUND 3: *1 inc, 1 sc* x8 (24)

ROUNDS 4-7: 1 sc in each st (24)

ROUND 8: 2 dec, 20 sc (22)

ROUND 9: 1 sc in each st (22)

ROUND 10: 2 dec, 18 sc (20)

ROUND 11: 2 dec, 16 sc (18)

ROUND 12: 2 dec, 14 sc (16)

  • add a little bit of filling, fold the paw so you can see decrease in the center of the work

ROUND 13: we make 8 sc through front and back stitches of the edge symmetrically to close the paw. 

 

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

Bunny Ears

  • Make 2 identical elements, with single crochets and working spirally, use white yarn.

START: magic ring

ROUND 1: 6 sc inside the ring

ROUND 2: 2 sc in each st (12)

ROUND 3: *5 sc, 1 inc* x2  (14)

ROUND 4: *6 sc, 1 inc* x2 (16)

ROUND 5: 1 sc in each st (16)

ROUND 6: *7 sc, 1 inc* x2 (18)

ROUNDS 7-11: 1 sc in each st (18)

ROUNDS 12-15: 1 dec, 1 sc in each of the rest stitches of the round (17),(16),(15),(14)

ROUNDS 16-18: 1 sc in each st (14)

ROUND 19: 1 dec, 12 sc (13)

ROUND 20: 1 sc in each st (13)

ROUND 21: 1 dec, 10 sc (11)

ROUNDS 22-23: 1 sc in each st (11)

FASTEN OFF.

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

blanket

  • make 2 identical elements from two different colors of yarn
  • 1 inc dc = increase with double crochet 
  • 1 inc hdc = increase with half double crochet 
  • 3 ch or 2 ch in the beginning of the row is counted as 1 dc or 1 hdc.

START: magic ring

ROUND 1: 3 ch, 13 dc inside the magic ring, close with sl st (14) 

  • in the rounds 2-6: last 1 double crochet is worked through the stitch at the base of the chain, making them look together like 1 increase dc.
  • you can work rounds 2-6 in the back loop only to achieve the lines visible in the photos, but it’s optional.

ROUND 2:  3 ch, 2 dc in each st until the end of the round, 1 dc, close with sl st (28)

ROUND 3:  3 ch, *1 dc, 1 inc dc* until the end of the round, your second to last stitch is 1 dc, and the last one is 1 dc in the base of the chain, close with sl st (42)

ROUND 4: 3 ch,*2 dc, 1 inc dc* until the end of the round, your last stitches should be: 2 dc, 1 dc in the base of the chain, close with sl st (56)

ROUND 5: 3 ch, *3 dc, 1 inc dc* until the end of the round, your last stitches should be: 3 dc, 1 dc in the base of the chain, close with sl st (70)

ROUND 6: 3 ch,* 4 dc, 1 inc dc* until the end of the round, your last stitches should be: 4 dc, 1 dc in the base of the chain, close with sl st (84)

IMPORTANT!

In the next rounds 1 chain stitch in the four corners IS NOT ADDED to the overall amount provided in brackets, but 2 chain stitches at the beginning of the rounds count as 1 hdc!

ROUND 7: 2 ch, 10 hdc, [*1 inc hdc, 1 ch, 1 inc hdc* in one stitch, 20 hdc] x3, 1 inc hdc, 1 ch, 1 inc hdc, 9 hdc, close with sl st (96)

ROUND 8: 2 ch, 12 hdc, [*1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 24 hdc] x3, *1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 11 hdc, close with sl st (112)

ROUND 9: 2 ch, 14 hdc, [*1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 28 hdc] x3, *1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 13 hdc, close with sl st (128)

ROUND 10: 2 ch, 16 hdc, [*1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 32 hdc] x3, *1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 15 hdc, close with sl st (144)

ROUND 11: 2 ch, 18 hdc, [*1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 36 hdc] x3, *1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 hdc* all in one chain space, 17 hdc, close with sl st (160)

FASTEN OFF.

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

JOINING TWO PIECES OF THE BLANKET

  • put one piece on the other, wrong sides inside – just how you want them to be after joining. You can pin them together to be sure that you won’t miss any stitches. Work single crochets all around, pulling the yarn through both pieces at the same time, and adding 1 increase at the edges, close with a slip stitch.
  • work next round in single crochets, this time adding paws and attaching them in the same manner – by working stitches through them and blanket at the same time. Be sure to attach them symmetrically at the edges!

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

COLLAR

  • worked in rows, in white yarn.

START: 16 ch

ROW 1: turn around, 16 sc (16)

ROW 2: turn around, *1 inc dc* x16 (32)

ROW 3: change yarn color, crab stitch all around the piece, fasten off.

Secure the stitch and cut the yarn. Now add beige yarn and finish the edge using crab stitch. You can learn how to make it here -> CRAB STITCH.

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

finishing the toy

Sew ears to the finished head, with the use of wool needle. To hide the loose threads, simply “sew” them through the toy, and let the end of the yarn stay inside. Put on the collar and close it at the back. You can attach it to the toy so it stays flat and nice. Collar is a simple but effective way to hide the place of joining the parts, but hey, it also looks very cute! The last step is to add simple embroidery on the head. Try not to use plastic safety eyes, especially if you want to give this toy to a small baby, because they can be pulled off or chewed off. 

Sleepy Bunny Lovey - Free Crochet Pattern

you are done!

Congratulations! You’ve made it. I hope you enjoyed working on it and now you have a beautiful baby blankie.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Kate, I’m loving this pattern. I have a question. I decided To make the blanket part first. My work is rippling is this normal; or am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks Pauline

    • Hi Pauline, thanks for trying out my pattern! if your work is rippling excessively, check if you’re increasing right. When working in rounds, rippling comes from too much or too little increase.

    • hi Olive! glad you like my pattern 🙂 to attach the head, just use remaining yarn from the head and sew it to the blanket using yarn needle. there are many tutorials on youtube or other blogs that show how to attach amigurumi heads. I’ll be definitely make my own tutorial on this sometime soon!

  2. Hi Kate.
    Im stuck on row7 😥 I have run out of stitches!!
    When doing the 1 inc hdc, 1 ch, 1 inc hdc is this 2 hdc in one stich then 1 chain Then 2 hdc in the next stitch , or do they all go together?

    Thanks
    Pauline

    • hey Pauline, sorry for the late reply, I’ve lost your comment somehow 🙁 it’s all in one stitch! I’ve revised the blanket part, so it should be ok now.

  3. Row 6 doesn’t add up. I’m only getting 71 not including the chain as the first dc. If i include it oli only get 70 stitches

    • Hey Nicole! I’ve revised the pattern once again and basically rewritten the blanket part. Please let me know if there are any more mistakes hidden away, or if it helped!

  4. Hi Kate. I am making this lovey now and really enjoying the process. This is my first amigurumi project and I am stuck on row 12. The count doesn’t add up, round 11 has 36 stitches, I got that but round 12 has 32 stitches (*6 sc, 1 dec* x4 (32)) so there are 4 stitches left over. Should round 12 be *7 sc, 1 dec* x 4? If so, will there be another sc row after?
    Thanks for your guidance!

    • hey Barbi! first of all, thanks for choosing my project 🙂 Of course, you are right, there was a typo – my bad! Rows 12 and 13 should have consecutively *7 sc, 1 dec* x 4 and *6 sc, 1 dec* x 4. It’s now corrected. Thank you!

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