Looking for a sweet baby blanket that doubles as a stuffed animal pal? This pattern fits the bill!
Unroll this little guy, and he’s a blanket. Roll him up and he’s a teddy bear! This project works up very quickly in bulky yarn and makes a great baby shower gift. Two large buttons attached securely hold it closed when rolled up.
The perfect gift for a baby or kid in your life!
Design Story and Inspiration for the Crochet Animal Blanket
I love cute and cuddly baby blankets and wanted to create an easy crochet pattern that would be unique in that it could turn into a stuffed toy.
I decided to create an animal blanket pattern that would become a stuffed animal to cuddle. I chose a bear for my animal, but you could easily change it into any animal you like by altering the ears and face.
About the Yarn
I picked up this Serenity Chunky from Premier Yarns at my local JoAnn and it’s a wonderful bulky yarn.
I like the loft and texture of this yarn and it was perfect for a cuddly crochet baby blanket. It’s acrylic so it’s easy care and comes in 100g skeins (with 109 yards per skein).
You can substitute any bulky weight (#5) yarn that gets gauge.
If you’d like to make this blanket in a lighter weight, maybe worsted weight yarn, you can work this stitch pattern in multiples of
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Crochet Pattern Details
This free crochet pattern is begun with a simple rectangular blanket.
The blanket is rolled up and then the ears, arms and legs are sewn on. The blanket is held closed by two very large buttons (make sure the buttons are way too large for choking if you are giving to a baby!)
Crochet Animal Blanket
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky, 5 skeins Pristine (A), 1 skein Fudge (B) (Bulky weight yarn #5)
Hooks: US Sizes K (6.50mm) and M (9.00mm)
Notions: 2 buttons 1″ or more in diameter, yarn needle, scissors
Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 10 sts = 4″ (10cm) in stitch pattern
Finished Measurements: Blanket measures about 36″/90cm wide x 24″/60cm long.
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
When placing the ears, arms, and legs, roll up the blanket first. Fold the blanket lengthwise into thirds and roll up tightly. Then, place the pieces as shown in photo. Finally, unroll the blanket to embroider on the eyes and nose.
Crocheted Blanket Pattern
With A and larger hook, ch 99.
Row 1: Skip first 2 chains, *(sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, skip 2 ch; repeat from * to last ch, sc in last ch; turn.
Row 2: Ch1, skip first sc and next dc, *work [sc, ch 1, dc] into next ch sp, skip 1 sc and 1dc; rep from * ending with [sc, ch 1, dc] into last ch sp, skip next sc, 1sc into top of turning ch; turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 24 inches from beginning.
Join B in ending st. Ch 1, *sc 3 sts in corner, 93 sts along long edge, 3 sc in corner, 45 sts along short edge, repeat from * to end, join with sl st. Fasten off.
Ear (Make 2)
With smaller hook, ch 7.
Row 1: Sc in 2 nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 6 sts.
Rows 2-5: Work even in sc.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog; turn – 4 sts.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog twice – 2 sts. Fasten off.
Arm/Leg (Make 4)
Row 1: Sc in 2 nd ch from hook and each ch across – 6 sts.
Rows 2-8: Work even in sc.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog; turn – 4 sts.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog twice – 2 sts. Fasten off.
Roll crochet afghan in thirds as described in designer’s tip. Sew ears to side of head. Sew arms and legs to lower part of body.
Embroider eyes and nose.
Position buttons on back to keep blanket closed, slipping buttons through holes in fabric. See photo for reference.
Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired.
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Today we learned to to create this stuffed animal crochet baby blanket pattern to make a toy and a crochet blanket in one!
I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern and made a special pal for a little one in your life!