Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Minion Hoodie Blanket for Toddler - 5 Year Old...

April 12, 2017:
Well, Gabriel was surely the most excited child (or person) to receive a crocheted gift.  The shear joy and thrills in his voice has made my day.  He just couldn't contain himself.  Check out my pics....FREE pattern below.

Minion Blanket

This crochet project was completed using Red Heart Supersaver yarn.  It worked up fairly quickly and my grandson loves it.  The size can easily be adjusted by making the blanket bigger or smaller - just adjust starting chain number.  This blanket measures 38" wide and 42" long (from top of hood to bottom).  

Size:  Toddler - 5-year-old

Materials: 
-6mm hook
-4mm hook (to make the black buttons on the straps)
-2 skeins of Red Heart in Bright Yellow (it did not take all of 2nd skein)
-2 skeins of Blue (it did not take all of the 2nd skein)
-small amount of black, gray, brown and white
-1 button (optional) to fasten like a cape

Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St: stitch
DC: double crochet
HDC: half double crochet 
SC: single crochet
Sk st: skip stitch
MR: magic ring

Special Stitch:  V-Stitch - DC, Ch1, DC in same space

Gauge:  3 rows of 2 cluster sets of V-Stitches per row will equal 2" x 2"

Directions:
1.  Starting with blue yarn and larger hook, ch 90.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (89)
2.  DC in 1st st, *sk st, V-stitch* repeat across.  In last st, DC.  Ch1 and turn.  (2 DC & 43 sets of V-st)
3-29.  Repeat # 2.  

In the following rows, you will be switching between yellow and blue yarn.  I did not want to carry over on my yarn, so I made up 2 balls of yellow yarn.  

30-41.  Starting with yellow yarn, DC in the first st, then you will complete 14 sets of V-stitches. Before completing the last st, switch to blue yarn.  Complete 15 sets of V-stitches.  Before completing the last st, switch to yellow yarn.  Complete 14 sets of V-stitches and then DC in the last st.  (2 DC & 43 sets of V-st)
42-53.  In yellow yarn, repeat #2.  

Bib Straps (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, ch4.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2-23.  Sc in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3) 

Button for Bibs (make 2):
1.  With 4mm hook and black yarn make a MR and Ch1. 5 HDC into MR.  Sl st to first st to join and FO.  Leave a tail long enough for attaching button.  

Pocket:
1.  With blue yarn, ch19.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
2-16.  Sc in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  Leave a tail long enough to attach.  (18)

With black yarn, I embroidered stitches around the perimeter of the pocket before attaching it to the center of the bib overalls.  (See pic) 

Important Note:  So, this made the bib overalls on the backside of the blanket if my grandson chooses to wear it as a cape.  The next part in brackets [] is completely optional.  [To remedy this, I decided to make a second set of the bib/pocket and straps to place where the sides join when fashioning a cape.  (See pics for help on where to place the second set).  The straps/buttons were made the same way as above.  

1.  For the bib portion, I ch 16.  DC into 2nd ch from hook, *sk st, V-st* across.  Ch1 and turn.  (1DC & 7 sets of V-st)
2-11.  Make the V-st into the previous row V-st and 1 DC into the previous row's DC.  (1DC & 7 sets of V-st)

(Make 2) 
1.  For the pocket portion, I ch10. Sc into 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
2-16.  1Sc in each st across.  Using black yarn, only embroider 3 sides with stitches.  This way when you line up the sides of the blanket, it will resemble one pocket.  (See below pic)]

Optional:  attach button at top of side to use as cape.

That completes the blanket portion....

Hoodie:
For the hood portion, I decided I didn't want to make a rectangle and sew the last row together.  To me, that just didn't give the Minion head shape.  So, I did this hood a little different than my "animal series" blankets I recently made.  I crocheted the hood portion as you would if you were going to make a scoodie (scarf/hood) or the sole of a shoe.  This hood was completely experimental on my part.  If you are making this for a small child you may start with a smaller number of chains or if you are making for an older kid, then you would start with a larger number of chains and follow the same premise below of the increase stitches starting in the last chain and just marking them off and increasing them in each round. 

1.  With yellow yarn, I started with a ch31.  HDC into 2nd ch from hook and across until the last chain.  Into the last ch, I added 8 HDC.  Place a stitch marker into the first and the last st of the 8 HDC you just completed (beginning and ending stitches of increase rounds).  Now, rotate and work on the opposite side of the base chain.  HDC in each st.  Sl st to first st and ch1.  (Note:  1 end will have increase stitches; the other end will not; sorta like making the soles of a shoe)
2. 1 HDC  in each st across, until you reach the stitch marker.  2 HDC into the next stitch that has the stitch marker (move it to the 1st HDC just made) and 2 HDC into each of the next 7 stitches (move stitch marker to last HDC just made).  1 HDC in remaining st.  Sl st to first st and ch1.
3.  1 HDC in each st across, until you reach the stitch marker.  *2 HDC into the next stitch (move marker into the first HDC just made), 1 HDC into next st,* repeat 7 more times (move stitch marker into last HDC just made).  1 HDC in remaining st.  Sl st to first st and ch1.
4.  1 HDC in each st across, until you reach the stitch marker.  *2 HDC into the next stitch (move marker into the first HDC just made, 1 HDC into next 2 st,* repeat 7 more times (move stitch marker into last HDC just made).  1 HDC in remaining st.  Sl st to first st and ch1.
5.  1 HDC in each st across, until you reach the stitch marker.  *2 HDC into the next stitch (move marker into the first HDC just made), 1 HDC into next 3 st,* repeat 7 more times (move stitch marker into last HDC just made).  1 HDC in remaining st.  Sl st to first st and ch1. 

At this point, you will need to determine if you have made enough increase stitches for the hood.  I just placed the hood on my grandson's head.  If you have enough, increase stitches, then now you will just be doing 1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join and ch 1.  Just keep completing rounds until you reach the desired size.  I completed 19 rounds.  Then, I decided to do 2 final rounds with Front Post DC and Back Post DC stitches.  If you are not familiar with post stitches, then you can either, HDC or DC the final 2 rounds or you can check this following website out to learn how to do post stitches.  I think post stitches are just pretty and really added an extra touch to the outline of the hood.  Here's the link:

Once I completed the hood, I then added the facial features and the hair before attaching the hood to the blanket portion.

Hair:
1.  I just weaved black yarn in and out at the top and tied in a double knot.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 HDC into MR. Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Fasten off black yarn.
2.  Join brown yarn, 2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Fasten off brown yarn.
3.  Join white yarn, 1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Fasten off white yarn.
4.  Join gray yarn, 2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching.

I embroidered a piece of white yarn from the center of the MR into one HDC of the first round.

Black Band:
For this part, I'm sorry but I didn't write down how many chains I made.  But, I made enough chain stitches to comfortably fit around the middle section of the hood.  Once I was satisfied that I had enough chains, I then HDC into the 2nd chain from the hood and across.  Fasten off and left a long tail for attaching the band.  

Mouth:
With black yarn, ch15.  SC into 2nd ch from hook and across.  Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to attach.

Assembly of Hood to Blanket:
I centered the hood at the top of the blanket.  I then whipstitched the hood to the blanket portion.  

There's probably a lot of easier and different ways of achieving this style-type of blanket but this is what I did to make one for my grandson.  I'm posting the pattern FREE.  If there's any part that I wasn't too clear on or is confusing, please drop me a comment or an email and I will try to better clarify for you.

Legal:
--don't claim pattern as your own
--don't use my pics
--you may make, sell or give away any of your finished products
--please link to my blog as opposed to posting my pattern

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My grandson, Gabriel, who's getting ready to turn 21 months old in a few days, loves the Minions.  He wants to watch it every single day...lol.  When he walks into my sunroom and says, Bob, I know that he asking to watch Minions.  Bob is the name of one of the Minions.  So, I figured I needed to make my little sweetie a Minion blanket for him to snuggle with when he's watching TV and/or napping...here's a few pics.  Hoping tomorrow to take a few with Gabriel donning his new blanket...

                                     
                                Luke, Gabriel and Jacob









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