As an apology for my distinct lack of blogging the last week I am going to show you how to make these adorable bear and bunny baby blankie’s.
This is only my second attempt at writing a pattern completely from scratch so apologies if there is anything slightly wrong, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about it.
Materials: 5mm hook 4mm hook Yarn (I used a combination of double knitting acrylic yarn and 50g wool in 3 colours and it worked fine) Tapestry needle
Abbreviations (UK terms): ch Chain ss slip stitch sc Single crochet hdc Half double crochet dc Double crochet Dec Decrease Numbers in brackets indicate how many stitches you should have done by the end of that row
Blanket (5mm hook)
This is just a large granny square with a trim around the edge.
A really good tutorial on this can be found at http://bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/how-to-crochet-granny-square.html
I did two rows of each colour until I had 16 rows in total. I then finished it off with a round of hdc in the next colour in the pattern. So for the bunny this was the pink and for the bear it was the dark blue.
Head: (4mm hook)
This is the same for the bunny and the bear. Work in continuous rounds and I would recommend a marker at the beginning of each new row if you are prone to loosing count 🙂
Row 1: Start with a magic circle and sc5 into it Row 2: sc2 in the next 5 stitches (10) Row 3: sc1 in the first stitch, then sc2 in the next stitch. Repeat 5 times (15) Row 4: sc1 in the next two stitches, then sc2 in the next. Repeat 5 times (20) Row 5: sc1 in the next 3 stitches, then sc2 in the next. Repeat 5 times (25) Row 6: sc1 in the next 4 stitches, then sc2 in the next. Repeat 5 times (30) Rows 7-10: sc30 around Row 11: sc1 in the next 3 stitches, dec across the next two stitches. Repeat 6 times (25) Row 12: sc1 in the next 2 stitches, dec across the next two stitches. Repeat 6 times (20) At this point you need to sew on the eyes and nose (or attach safety eyes if you want to use those) and then partially stuff the head Row 13: sc1 in the next stitch, dec across the next two stitches. Repeat 6 times (12) Stuff head a little more, I did it quite firmly so it holds its shape nicely. Row 14: dec around (6) Ss into next stitch and then finish off and leave long tail for sewing
Arms (4mm hook) These are also the same for both the bear and the bunny. You need to make 2.
Row 1: Start with a magic circle, sc5 into the magic circle Row 2: sc2 in the next 5 stitches (10) Row 3: sc10 around (10) Row 4: sc1 in the first stitch, then dec across the next two. Repeat 3 times (7) Rows 5-6: sc7 around (7) Row 7: sc1 in the first stich then dec across the next two. Repeat twice (4) Row 8: dec across firs ttwo stitches. Repeat again (2) Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing to head
Ears – Bear (4mm hook) Make 2
Row 1: Start with a magic circle, sc5 into the magic circle Row 2: sc2 in the next 5 stitches (10) Row 3: sc10 around (10) Row 4: sc1 in the next 5 stitches (5) Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. No need to sew the open end together. This will have made half a circle, and might look slightly odd but it will all come together during the assembly
Ears – Bunny (4mm hook) Make 2
Outer ear (done in white): Ch9 Sc in 2nd from hook then in the next 6 stitches, Sc5 in the last ch Working down the opposite side to what you just came up. Sc in the next 7 ch’s, sc2 in the next, sc in the next 3, sc2 in the next stitch, then sc in the last 7 stitches. Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing
Inner Ear (done in pink): Ch8 Sc in 2nd from hook, and then in the next 5, 5sc in the last ch Once again on the opposite side of the ch’s, sc in the next 6 stitches Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.
Sew the arms onto the head. I placed mine centred and slightly to the underside of the head (see the pics).
Next sew the ears to the head. For the bunny you need to sew the inner part onto the outer ear first and weave in the pink end. Then using the long tail from the outer ear sew this to the head where you would like them.
For the bear you need to flatten the ears so the edges of the open end are together, and then using the long tail sew them onto the head. If you sew back and forth going through the edge of the ears this will close the gap and make them slightly caved like little teddy bear ears. (Once again see pics)
Lastly you need to sew the head onto the centre of the blanket. Firstly decide on the position of the head, for the bunny, I have it facing a corner but for the bear it’s facing a straight edge. Working from underneath weave in and out of the blanket stitches into the head of the bunny or bear all the way round in a full circle making sure it’s nice and secure. Tie off and weave in the ends careful to make sure it won’t unravel and you are finished.
I will add this to the patterns page also for ease of access. I hope you have as much fun making these as I did. The pink one went to my little girl who loves throwing it about and the blue one is going to be a gift for a friend.