Puppy Lovey (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - December 01, 2017


Hi all!

I recently crocheted a puppy dog lovey for a friend's newborn, and would like to share my design!  If you're looking for a handmade gift to crochet for a baby or child, this could be a great one!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-lovey-9

Scroll down to find the free, written crochet pattern.  If you'd like to download the beautifully-formatted and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

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Copyright Notice -- © 2017 Jasmin Wang (Sweet Softies, www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website, Etsy shop, and/or Facebook page. You may not copy, alter, or sell this pattern in any way. You may sell finished items made with this pattern if you credit Sweet Softies as the designer and link to my website, Etsy shop, or Facebook page. No wholesale.

Introduction:
The Puppy Lovey Pattern provides instructions for crocheting a sweet, baby security blanket with a handsome puppy dog to cuddle! This pattern is very quick to work up, and great as a baby shower gift. Customize your project by using different yarn colors for the puppy or blanket, and add embellishments such as buttons, appliques, or more!

Finished Measurements:
  • Blanket size: approximately 16 inches x 16 inches

Level: 
  • Advanced beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), joining rounds, attaching yarn, changing color, and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • MR: magic ring (a.k.a. magic circle, magic loop)
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet  
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Inc: increase (two sc in same stitch)
  • Dec: decrease (sc two stitches together)
  • BLO: back loops only 

Materials:

Before you begin, here are some CUSTOMIZATION IDEAS!
  • Use different yarn colors! You can make the blanket one solid shade, two-toned, ombre, or with a rainbow of different colors!  Experiment with different color combinations, such as analogous sets or a contrasting one.  You can also try different patterns, such as alternating colors for stripes. 
  • Attach other embellishments, such as flower appliques, bows, or buttons. 
  • Embroider designs onto the blanket or puppy.

~ CROCHET DIRECTIONS ~

PART 1: Puppy 

Note: My entire puppy is crocheted in back loops only (BLO) to create some added texture.  You can choose to also work in BLO, or if crochet through both loops.  It's up to you and your preference! :) 


HEAD:

Start with the puppy's main color (tan).
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts)
R5: (Sc 3, inc) x 6. (30 sts)
R6: (Sc 4, inc) x 6. (36 sts)
R7-R10: Sc around. (36 sts)
R11: Sc (4, dec) x 6. (30 sts)
R12: (Sc 3, dec) x 6. (24 sts)
R13: (Sc 2, dec) x 6. (18 sts)
R14: (Sc, dec) x 6. (12 sts)
R15: Dec around. (6 sts)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing to the blanket later.  Stuff the head while being careful not to stretch the stitches.

MUZZLE:

Start with the puppy's muzzle color (off-white).
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
Sl st in the next stitch.  Then, fasten off with a long tail for attaching to the head later.

EARS (x2):

Start with the puppy's ear color (brown).
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc 3, inc) x 3. (15 sts)
R4-R7: Sc around. (15 sts)

Squeeze the opening of R7 together and sc across, going into two stitches at once.  Fasten off with a long tail for attaching to the head later.

ARMS (x2):

Start with the bunny color (cream).
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2-R10: Sc around. (6 sts)
Fasten off with a long tail for attaching to the body later.  Stuff the arms and be careful not to stretch the stitches.



PART 2: BLANKET 


Start with medium blue yarn.

R1: In a magic ring, ch 3 (this is the first dc). Insert 2 dc into the MR. (Ch 1, insert 3 dc into the MR) x 3.
*End of row join: Ch 1, and sl st to join at the top of the ch 3. Sl st in the next 2 sts to come to the next ch-1 space.
R2: Ch 3. In the ch-1 space: insert 2 dc, ch 1, and insert 3 dc. (Ch 1, skip the 3 dc. In the next ch-1 space: insert 3 dc, ch 1, and insert 3 dc) x 3. *End of row join. 
R3:
Ch 3. In the ch-1 space: insert 2 dc, ch 1, insert 3 dc. (Ch 1, skip the next 3 dc, insert 3 dc into the next ch-1 space. Ch 1. In the corner ch-1 space: insert 3 dc, ch 1, and insert 3 dc) x 3. *End of row join. 


Switch to light blue yarn.

R4: Ch 3. In the ch-1 space: insert 2 dc, ch 1, insert 3 dc. (Ch 1, skip the next 3 dc, and insert 3 dc into the next ch-1 space. Ch 1, skip over the next 3 dc, and insert 3 dc into the next ch-1 space. Ch 1. In the corner ch-1 space: insert 3 dc, ch 1, and insert 3 dc) x 3. *End of row join.

Continue this pattern by increasing the number of 3 dc sts between the corners for each round. I crocheted 14 rounds in total using the following colors:
R1-3: medium blue
R4-5: light blue
R6-7: dark blue
R8-9: medium blue
R10-11: light blue
R12-13: dark blue
R14 (edging): dark blue

Edging Directions: Ch 3 and insert a dc in each st around, but insert 3 dc in the four corner ch-1 spaces. When done, fasten off and weave in the ends.


~ FINISHING DIRECTIONS ~

  1. Using a yarn needle and brown yarn, sew a nose and mouth onto the muzzle.  Sew the muzzle onto the head.
  2. Using black yarn, sew eyes onto the head.
  3. Sew both ears to both sides of the head.
  4. Sew the arms to the bottom of the head.
  5. Sew the head to the middle of the blanket.

That's it, you're done! 

Congratulations on finishing the Puppy Lovey Pattern!


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I hope you had fun crocheting this puppy lovey!  Remember to check out the list of "customization ideas" above if you'd like some tips on how to make this project uniquely yours!  Also, if you'd like to download the beautifully-formatted and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.
Click here to get the PDF pattern, complete with photo references!

If you made this project and would like to share photos, I'd absolutely love to see!  Here are links for sharing your finished creation:

As always, you are more than welcome to SHARE this post with any fellow crocheters who'd like to try this pattern!  Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a warm and cozy winter season filled with LOTS of love!

Best wishes,

 

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