26 Aug 2018

Crochet Tutorial: Cuddly Sheep Baby Toy Pram Blanket Free Pattern

     What a great idea! A cuddly warm blanket that the baby can play with and then it folds into a decorative pillow / armchair decor. This blanket is perfect for a minimalist home, it's gender neutral and looks gorgeous when folded and rested on the armchair.




     A couple of months ago a family member came to me with a picture of a sheep armchair cover and asked me if I can make a blanket for her special little boy that looks like that. 


     She already had the cuddly sheep pillow / toy I made for her and she thought it's a great idea to have a baby blanket that looks beautiful folded on the armchair next to it. And this is how I started the work on this blanket.



     This pattern will create a blanket size 100cm by 75cm, but you can make it as big or small as you wish. I chose this size because the family member I was making it for needed a pram blanket for her little special boy.

     Depending how big you choose the blanket to be, there are 2 different techniques of folding it:



1. For small to medium blankets such as pram blankets you should choose the gate fold technique (explained in this post at the end)

2. for larger blankets such as baby blankets use the U fold technique



     I also attached crochet buttons on the side of the blanket to help holding it together when folded. If you are making a larger blanket, they won't be needed because of the U folding technique.



     The white and grey colours are neutral and suit a boy or a girl, but the blanket would look beautiful in bold colours like purple and orange or green and blue. I chose white because, well, sheep are white!

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     I used a modified version of the bobble stitch that still gave the blanket a lot of texture while using a lot less yarn. It also made the blanket softer and flexible because the the stitches are not so dense.

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Supplies


- DK light worsted yarn in white and grey, this Lion Brand yarn in white and grey is perfect for the project

Polyfil stuffing

- 3.5mm crochet hook, I use this set for all my designs

blunt sewing needle to fit the yarn

- 8mm black doll safety eyes


The Stitches

This pattern uses US terms.

- magic ring - tutorial HERE
- chain (ch)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- single crochet (sc)
- bobble stitch (bo) - tutorial here HERE
- increase - tutorial HERE
- decrease - tutorial HERE


     The bobble stitch I used it's made of 3 unfinished double crochet stitches for the blanket and 5 for the sheep's head.

The Pattern

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The blanket is made out of 8 parts:

- 1 x blanket
- 1 x head
- 2 x ears
- 4 x legs
- 3 x buttons and loops (optional)

The Blanket


     The entire blanket is worked with white yarn using the bobble stitch - quick and simple!

     As I said earlier, the bobble stitch used is a modified one where 3 unfinished double crochet stitches are clustered together instead of the regular 5. 


     Not sure of to crochet the bobble stitch? Find the tutorial HERE.

Row 1: ch 120, turn
Row 2: sc in 2nd from hook and across till the end, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc in 2nd from chain, *bo, sc*, repeat ** section across, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc in 2nd from hook and across, ch1 and turn

     Repeat rows 3 & 4 until the blanket is 100cm long, fasten off and weave in the ends.

The Buttons



     Make 3 buttons and 3 loops in white. The loops are crocheted on the blanket, the buttons are attached once made.


     For the buttons, create a magic ring. Work in a continuous round using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: 5sc into the ring = 5
Round 2: inc in each chain = 10
Round 3: sc into each chain = 10
Round 4: 5dec  = 5

Finish off leaving a long tail.

     Making the loops: sl st into the corner of the blanket, ch10, sl st back into the blanket edge about half a centimetre away. Make another one in the other corner of the same side and one half way in between the corners.

The Head


     Work in a continuous round using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

     I used the regular bobble stitch which is made of 5 incomplete double crochet stitches clustered together in the same chain. Learn how to make it HERE.


Round 1: 6sc into the magic ring = 6
Round 2: inc in each chain = 12
Round 3: *inc, sc* , repeat untill end of row = 18
Round 4: *inc, 2sc*, repeat until end of row = 24
Rounds 5 & 6: sc in each ch = 24
Round 7: *inc, 3sc* , repeat untill end of row = 30
Rounds 8 & 9: sc in each ch = 30
Round 10: *inc, 4sc* , repeat untill end of row = 36
Rounds 11 & 12: sc in each ch = 36
Round 13: *inc, 5sc* , repeat untill end of row = 42
Rounds 14 & 15: sc in each ch = 42

     Place the eyes and change yarn to white.

Round 16: sc in each chain = 42
Round 17: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 42
Round 18: *inc, 4sc* until the end, sc = 51
Round 19: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 51
Round 20: sc in each ch = 51
Round 21: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 51
Round 22: sc in each ch = 51
Round 23: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 51
Round 24: *dec, 4sc* until the end, sc = 42
Round 25: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 42
Round 26: dec, *3sc, dec* until the end = 33

     Start filling the head with polyfil stuffing. Continue filling as you work up the rounds. 


Round 27: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 33
Round 28: dec, *2sc, dec* until the end, 3sc = 25
Round 29: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 25
Round 30: dec until the end, sc = 13
Round 31: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 13
Round 31: dec until the end, sc = 7
Round 32: bo, *sc, bo*, repeat ** section until the end = 7

     Finish off and sew up to close then weave in ends.

The Ears



     Work in a continuous round using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Make 2 pieces in grey.


Round 1: create a magic ring and work 6sc into the ring = 6
Round 2: inc in each stitch = 12
Round 3: *inc, sc* until the end = 18
Rounds 4 - 8: sc in each round (5 rows) =18
Round 9: *dec, sc* until the end = 12
Rounds 10 - 15: sc in each chain, sl st and close (5 rows) = 12

The Legs



     Work in a continuous round using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Make 4 legs.

     With grey, make a magic ring.


Round 1: 6sc into the ring= 6
Round 2: inc in each chain = 12
Round 3: *inc, sc* repeat until the end = 18
Round 4: *inc, 2sc* repeat until the end = 24
Rounds 5 - 11: sc in each stitch (7 rounds) = 24

     Change yarn to white.

Round 12: sc in each chain = 24
Round 13: 11sc, dec, 11sc = 23
Round 14: 21sc, dec = 22
Round 15: 10sc, dec, 10sc = 21
Round 16: 19sc, dec = 20
Round 17: 9sc, dec, 9sc = 19
Round 18: 17sc, dec = 18
Round 19: 8sc, dec, 8sc = 17
Round 20: 15sc, dec = 16

     Start filling the head with polyfil stuffing. Continue filling as you work up the rounds. 


Round 21: 7sc, dec, 7sc = 15
Round 22: 13sc, dec = 14
Round 23: 6sc, dec, 6sc = 13
Round 24: 11sc, dec = 12
Round 25: 6 dec = 6

Finish off and sew up to close.

Assembling the Blanket


     Use the long tails of the buttons to attach them to the blanket, opposite to the loops, one in each of the two corners and one half way between the corners.

     Fold the ears in half on the length and sew them to the head. Fold the blanket in half on it's length and sew the head on with invisible stitches. Unfold the blanket.


     Using the gate fold technique, fold the blanket lenghtwise. Place the front legs on either side of the head on the corners. 

     Continue with the folded blanket and using the U fold technique, fold the blanket  widthwise. Sew the last two legs on the back corners.

     Use the same techniques to fold the blanket when not in use and rest it on the armchair, or, roll it and use it as a decorative pillow. Mine is ready to be gifted to a very special boy!


Don't forget, you can get the large print, add-free, printable PDF pattern HERE and you can add it to your Ravelry queue HERE.

Happy Crocheting!

2 comments:

  1. How much white yarn does this pattern use please?

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  2. Also have the same question. How many balls of white yarn did you use for this project?

    Thanks!

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