Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crochet My Puppy Blanket/Pillow...FREE PATTERN

"Animal Blanket" Series...
Puppy, Polar Bear & Lion

Luke:
Gabriel:
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Pattern Designed By:  Rilla Edwards
Blog:  rilla2u.blogspot.com
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I so much enjoyed designing this blanket.  It's cute, warm, thick and cozy.  It's made with Bernat Blanket.  There are paws on each side for your little one to slide his hands in to stay warm.  And, best of all, the blanket can be converted to a triangle pillow for the bed, crib, pack-n-play, the couch or the car....The completed blanket from the top of the hood to the bottom measures approximately 34" long and 18" wide -- this is the perfect size for a little one. 
This will be your go-to blanket when you're on the go to spring baseball, softball and soccer games, fall football season, winter parades and outdoor activities.  It is sure to keep your little one comfortably warm. 
Below are a couple pics of my grandsons, Luke and Gabriel, trying on the blanket.  Each were battling sinuses at the time so my apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
Puppy Blanket/Pillow Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  18" x 34" (this size is suitable for a 6/9 month old - 18 month old); the pattern can easily be adjusted to a bigger size by increasing the number of the starting chain and adding more rows.    

Materials:
--Bernat Blanket yarn, taupe 220 yards
--Bernat Blanket yarn, vintage white 108 yards
--small amount of #4 worsted weight yarn in brown and white to make the ears
--small amount of #5 bulky yarn in black for the eyes, nose and mouth and paw prints
--small amount of polyfil for the nose
--8mm hook
--tapestry needle for weaving

Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
HDC:  half double crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch
Sc:  single crochet
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Blanket Portion:
With taupe yarn:
1.  Ch 56. 
2.  HDC in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (55)
3.  *1 HDC and 1 SC in the first st, skip a st.*  Repeat across and into the last st, 1 HDC.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (28 HDC and 27 SC = 55)
4-29.  Repeat row 3.  At the end of row 29, FO and weave ends.  (55)
At this point, you will have used almost the entirety of the taupe yarn.  
Your piece will measure approximately 18" x 26 1/2"
Hood Portion:
With the vintage white yarn, join in the corner, chain 1 and turn your piece to work across the shorter end. 
1.  Across the short end, work 40 HDC st evenly across.  (This means you have 29 rows, so you will have to evenly spread out an additional 11 stitches to equal 40).  Ch 1.  Turn.
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  (40)
3-12.  Repeat row 2.  At the end of row 12, you will fasten off.  Leave a long tail to whipstitch the hood together.  Fold the last row in half, join together and whipstitch to make the hood. 
Now, your piece should measure approximately 34" long from the top of the hood to the bottom of the blanket.

From the top of the hood, I measured down 17" on each side and placed a marker for the "paws."

Paws:
1.  Join the vintage white yarn into the marker and ch 1.  Sc in the same st as the ch 1.  Sc in the next 6 st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (7)
2.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (7)
3-14.  Repeat row 2.  At the end of row 14, fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.  (7)
At this point, you will fold the 14 rows in half and whipstitch each side together, leaving the opening for the hands to go in (forming a glove-like opening).  Repeat on opposite side at the stitch marker for the other paw.
Paw prints:
1.  Using the black bulky yarn, 5 sc st into a MR.  Sl st to first sc to join and fasten off, leaving a tail for attaching.  Make 6.  (3 paw prints for the top, front of each paw.

Facial features:
Eyes (make 2):
1.  Using the black bulky yarn, 6 HDC into a MR.  Sl st to first HDC to join.  Ch 1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching.  (12)
Note:  I used the tapestry needle to weave a small piece of vintage white yarn onto each eye.

Nose:
1.  Using the black bulky yarn, ch 2.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (1)
2.  2 sc in the first st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (2)
3.  2 sc in the first st; 1 sc in the 2nd st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (3)
4.  1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the 2nd st and 1 sc in the third st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
5.  Work 1 sc evenly around the nose.  Fasten off.  Leave a long enough tail to attach. 

Ears (make 2):
1.  Holding my #4 worsted weight brown and white yarn together, ch 7.  Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
2.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 4 st and 2 sc in the last st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
3.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
4-12.  Repeat row 3.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
13.  Sc first 2 st together, 1 sc in the next 4 st, and sc the last 2 st together.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
14.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
15.  SC first 2 st together, 1 sc in the next 2 st, and sc the last 2 st together.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
16.  1 sc in each st across. Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
17.  SC around the entire ear.  Fasten off, leaving a tail to attach.

Assembly:
***For the eyes and nose, see my pics for placement.***
Note:  With the nose, before I finished attaching it, I added a small amount of polyfil inside it.  Just enough to make it "pop" out. 
--For the mouth, see my pics.  I used the bulky black yarn and tapestry needle to freestyle embroider.  
--For the paw prints, see my pic on where I placed them (I placed 2 up front across from each other and 1 back center). 
--For the ears, I attached the last row to the head, making them approximately 2" apart.  I pinned each ear to the head first to make sure I got them even. 
--For the hair between the 2 ears, I attached strands of the vintage white yarn with the tapestry needle and tied each strand into a knot.  I think the addition of the "hair" gives him that scruffy little pup look.
To make into a pillow:
Flip the paw prints inward, fold bottom end of blanket just up over the paw prints.  Then fold up each bottom corner to the center of the blanket edge (like when you would make a paper airplane).  Now the bottom half will mirror the shape of the top, slip the bottom under the top (hood) part, and you have a simple triangle-shaped pillow to sit on the bed or for your little one to rest his or her head on.   
Optional:  Adding a simple little pink, red or yellow bow, would make this little puppy just as suitable for a girl as it is for a boy.  Or, as is, it is fine for a girl.
I hope you enjoy this.  If you decide to make it, please share your pics, either on my blog, @ Ravelry (rilla2u) or on Instagram (#rilla2u).  I would love to see your take on this.    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:  rilla2u@gmail.com. 
Happy Crocheting!!!!

Legal:
--please do not claim this pattern as your own
--please use your own pics unless you are using my pic to link to my blog
--please credit me as the designer and link to my blog
--make and sale freely  
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Sneak peek at "Polar Bear Blanket"



Sneak peek at "Lion Blanket"


12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing pattern!! I can't wait to try this!

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  2. Oh, you're welcome. Please share a pic if you do. I'm working on the lion now and plan to make several different animals in different sizes. If you find an error, please let me know so I can correct. I've been sick the past few days with, I'm not sure if sinuses or flu. Good luck with this.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I'm hoping to get started in the next few weeks.

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  4. Good luck with it. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me.

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  5. Just the thing for a little girl who turns 3 in a couple of months,,,, she just loves the poochies!!!! Thanks so much for sharing SMILE Helen

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    1. Aw, your welcome. Please feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions when you start it.

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  6. These are SO cute and you are SO creative!!!!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Edith, for such a kind comment. I truly appreciate it.

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  7. These are just darling Thank you so much

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