Sunday, March 12, 2017

Polar Bear Blanket...FREE PATTERN

Well, I'm thankful to be on the mend and was able to complete "My Polar Bear" Blanket this afternoon.

On this animal blanket, I added a few options:  a removable neck clasp; a footed cozy and, of course, a little hat for the polar bear...


*******************************************************************************


My Polar Bear Blanket/Pillow
Designer:  Rilla Edwards
Contact Info:
email:  rilla2u@gmail.com
Instagram:  rilla2u
Pinterest:  rilla2u
Facebook Page:  Crocheting & Crafting
Twitter:  rilla2u

Skill Level:  Beginner - Intermediate
Finished Size:  Approx. 34"x58" (with foot cozy) or 34"x73" (without foot cozy)
Materials:
--4 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn (220 yds/skein) in white
--1 skein of Bernat Blanket Yarn (220 yds) in black
--1 skein of Bernat Blanket Yarn (76 yds/skein) in baby teal (I only used about 1/2 skein)
--2-3 yds of Bernant Blanket Yarn for contrast color and pompom on hat (I used red)
--8.0mm hook
--10.0mm hook
--tapstry needle for weaving
--small amount of polyfil (for muzzle)
--2 white and 1 black buttons (1" size) - optional
Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stich - insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and loop on the hook
St:  stitch
HDC:  half double crochet - yarn over and insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over and pull all 3 loops through hook
Sc:  single crochet - insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over and pull 2 loops through hook
Dc:  double crochet - yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull 2 loops through the hook, yarn over and pull remaining 2 loops on hook through
FPDC & BPDC:  www.newstitchaday has a great tutorial if you are not familiar with post stitches
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off
MR:  magic ring
HDC2tog:  decrease a stitch by yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over and insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over and pull all 5 loops through hook
SC2tog:  decrease a stitch by inserting hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over and pull all 3 loops through hook
Directions:
Body of the Blanket:
1.  With white yarn and 8 mm hook, ch 109.  HDC into 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (108).  OR, you can complete 108 FHDC.  Either way is fine.
2-45.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (108)  Do not fasten off.  At the end of Row 45, Ch1.  At this point, turn your blanket.  You will now be working across the short end (side) of the blanket.
--at this point your blanket will measure approx. 28" wide by 54 1/2" long--
(if you want your blanket to be wider, then continue to add additional rows; note, we will be adding 5 additional rows in black to each side later on to make this 34" in width)

Hoodie Portion:
1.  Working on the side, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (45)
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (45)
3.  HDC2tog, 1HDC in the next 41 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1.  Turn.  (43)
4.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (43)
5-20.  Repeat #4.  Do not fasten off.
--you may want your hood smaller or bigger than this; if so, decrease or increase the number of rows--
Hoodie Border:
21.  At the end of Row 20, switch to your 10mm hook and Ch1.  DC in each st across.  Ch2.  Turn.  (43)
22.  The Ch 2 counts as the first FPDC st, into the next post stitch, complete BPDC, then FPDC into the next post...repeat across.  Ch 1.  Turn. 
23.  Sk 1st stitch, sl st into the 2nd stitch and then SC across remaining stitches until 2 st remain.  Sk the 2nd to the last st and sl st into the last st.  FO. 
--Fold and join the last row of the hoodie together with right sides facing and whipstitch together to form the hoodie shape.--
Second Part of Body of the Blanket:
With a 10mm hook and black yarn, join yarn with a sl st into the first st of Row 45, (and working horizontally again with the long side), you will complete 5 Rows of HDC stitches.  FO.  Now, turn and work on the opposite side (your initial base row).  Join black yarn with a sl st in the first st of the base row and complete 5 Rows of HDC stitches.  Do not fasten off yet. 
Once you have the 5 rows of black completed on each side, you will then turn and work across the bottom of your blanket.  Ch1 and work 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  Complete a second row of HDC st.  FO. 
Optional:
1.  Fold bottom of your blanket up 15" (more or less depending on who you are making this for) and whip stitch around the black portion to make a foot cozy
2.  Clasp for neck strap:  with white yarn and 8 mm hook, ch 4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and remaining ch.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (3)
Complete 9 additional rows of 3sc per row.  FO.  Weave ends.  Attach white buttons to each end.  This will make the clasp removable.  My clasp is attached in the first and last st of the hoodie portion.
3.  Add a black button to Row 5 on one of the sides that was completed in black yarn. 
The neck strap and black button, in my opinion, makes the polar bear look a little classy...this is purely optional.  Also, it makes the blanket usable as a cape-like blanket for my grandson...lol.
Facial Features:
Ears (make 2):
1.  With 8 mm hook and white yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (24)
4-5. 1HDC in each st across.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (24)
6.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching to head.  (16)
Muzzle:
1.  With 8 mm hook and white yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (8)
2.  2HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (16)
3-4.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  At the end of row 4, sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (16)
Nose:
1  With 8mm hook and black yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and remaining 2 ch.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (3)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (2)
3.  SC2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (1)
4.  Sl st around the nose.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.
See pic for nose placement and embroidery details...
Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 8mm hook and black yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (12)
Hat:
1.  With baby teal yarn and 8mm hook, 6SC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (6)
2.  2SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (12)
3.  2SC in first st, 1SC in next.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (18)
4.  2SC in first st, 1SC in next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (24)
5.  2SC in first st, 1SC in next 3 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (30)
6-9.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  At the end of Row 9, before completing the last st, switch to a contrast color (I used red).  (30)
10.  In contrast color, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Leave a long tail for attaching.
Pompom:
I wrapped contrast color around 3 of my fingers 25 times.  I left a long tail to to knot in the middle and for attaching to the hat.  I then cut the loops and trimmed it up. 
 Assembly of Face:
I attached the nose and embroidered the mouth to the muzzle before attaching it to the hood.  Before I finished attaching the muzzle to the head, I stuffed it with polyfil.  See pics for eyes, ears and hat placement.
To use as a pillow:
First, I folded the blanket from bottom up about halfway, then I folded inward each side (like a paper airplane) to mirror the hoodie portion and then nestle it under the hoodie.  
 Legal:
--please do not claim pattern as your own
--please do not use my pics on any social media sites
--please do not post and/or share this pattern on social media sites
--please reference to my blog as designer of pattern
 Happy Crocheting!!!!
 *******************************************************************************







Happy Crocheting....



No comments:

Post a Comment