Monday, September 10, 2012

Crochet Bear Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Bear Blanket

I mentioned in my newborn crochet owl hat post that I went to a baby shower for my friend. She is a fan of handmade goods and I love to make crochet baby items so I decided to make her a mini baby bear blanket too. Both items were a big hit with the other guests. There were a lot of crocheters and knitters in the group so we all bonded over our love of needle crafts.

I have been wanting to make this blanket pattern for awhile now. I just never found the right time until now. I even bought yarn for this project awhile ago but never got the chance to use it. This has to be one of my new favorite yarns. It’s called from Baby’s First from Lion Brand. It’s an acrylic cotton blend and it’s super soft. I love that it is super bulky weight too. I love how quickly projects work up when I’m using super bulky weight yarn.

I originally found this pattern from Lion Brand via Ravelry. There are at least three different versions of this pattern on this site using different yarns. I picked this pattern since it used half double crochet and I needed this to work up quickly. I had to heavily modify the pattern using this yarn so I want to share the pattern that I had to use to make it work. Plus I didn’t like that it was a bunny so I changed up the ears to make it a bear. I ran out of the Baby’s First yarn so I finished the edges with lilly sugar and cream cotton.
I hope this pattern makes sense. I mostly followed the original except I used less rows for the head and blanket. I didn’t make the best notes for the decrease in the blanket so the number of rows isn’t exact.

Super bulky weight yarn
Tapestry needle
K hook

Ch= chain
Sc= single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
St= stitch

Head is made in continuous rounds with joining. Use the stitch maker to keep track of your starting stich. When starting a new round, remove the stitch marker, make your stitch and replace the stitch marker in the new stitch.
Row 1: Ch 2, Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12sc)
Row 3: (2sc in each sc around) (24 sc)
Row 4: (sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch) ( 26 sc)
Row 5-11: (sc in each stitch around) (26 sc)
Do not fasten off

Work in rows. Turn at beginning of each row
Row 1: Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc next 9 sts; leave rem sts unworked (18 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 3 hdc in first st, hdc in each st across to last st, 3 hdc in last st  (22 hdc)
Row 3-9: Rep Row 2 (50 hdc)
Row 10: Ch 12, turn, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch and st across (60 hdc)
Row 11: Rep Row 10 (70 hdc)
Row 12: : Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (70 hdc)
Row 13: Ch 2, turn, hdc in next 60 sts; leave rem sts unworked (60 hdc)
Row 14: Ch 2, turn, hdc3tog, hdc in next sts, hdc3tog last three stitches
Row 15 +: repeat row 14 until there are only  3 stitches left.
Sc around blanket putting 3 sc in each corner. I put 6 sc in the point at the bottom of the blanket.

Ch 2. 6 sc in 2nd from hook. Join.
2 sc in first four stitches. 1 sc in next.
Leave a long tail for sewing.

Embroider face onto head. Sew on ears. Stuff head and sew shut. Tie hands in a knot.

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