8 Nov 2018

Crochet Tutorial: Freddy The Faun Baby Deer Lovey Security Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

     This baby deer lovey is made in warm shades of brown and cream and will make a wonderful gender neutral present for any little boy or girl.



     Need a last minute Christmas gift? This adorable deer lovey takes just a few days to make and does not require a lot of yarn thanks to the granny hexagon pattern used to make it.



     I used the hexagon motif to create the white spots a deer would have on its back, and it almost looks like cute white snowflakes. How cute is that!

     If you want to make it even more Christmassy, sew a red nose on it instead of the dark brown used in the pattern.


     Looking for a different baby lovey design? Check out my Snuggle Lamb Baby Lovey Pattern, another gender neutral option for your little one and its matching baby blanket that turns into a cute toy, the Cuddly Sheep Baby Toy Blanket.



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Supplies


- DK / light worsted yarn in light brown / tan
- DK / light worsted yarn in dark brown
- DK / light worsted yarn in cream

Try the RedHeart Super Saver range, it has the perfect shades of brown for this pattern at affordable prices.

- crochet hook size 3.5mm and size 3mm for the antlers only.
- 1.2mm safety eyes
- darning needle
- poly-fil stuffing
- stitch markers

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The Stitches



This pattern uses US terms.


- magic ring (MR) - tutorial here

- chain (ch)

- slip stitch (sl)
- decrease (dec) - tutorial here
- increase - tutorial HERE
- single crochet (sc) 
- double crochet (dc) 


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The Pattern

The pattern is made of 8 parts:


- the head
- 2 x ears
- 2 x arms
- 2 x antlers
- security blanket

The Head


     The head is worked in the round, without turning or closing the round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. The number at the end of each round represents the number of stitches.



With cream colour, create a magic ring.

Round 1: 10sc in the magic ring = 10

Round 2: *inc, sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 15

Round 3: *inc, 2sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 20

Round 4: *inc, 3sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 25

Rounds 5 – 8: sc in each chain = 25

Change colour to light brown / tan

Round 9: *inc, 4sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 30

Round 10: *inc, 5sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 35

Round 11: *inc, 6sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 40

Round 12: sc in each chain = 40

Round 13: *inc, 7sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 45

Round 14: sc in each chain = 45

Round 15: *inc, 8sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 50

Rounds 16 – 21: sc in each chain = 55



At this point insert the eyes between rounds 10 and 11 , 11 stitches apart.

Round 22: *dec, 8sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 45

Round 23: *dec, 7sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 40

Round 24: *dec, 6sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 35

At this point stuff the head with poly – fil, then continue to stuff as you work the rounds.

Round 25: *dec, 5sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 30

Round 26: *dec, 4sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 25

Round 27: *dec, 3sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 20

Round 28: *dec, 2sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 15

Round 29: *dec, sc*, repeat until the end of the row, sl st, fasten off and leave a long tail = 10

Use the tail to sew shut the hole and weave in the end.



The Ears


     Make two in light brown / tan colour. Work in the round, without turning or closing the round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. The number at the end of each round represents the number of stitches.

Create a magic ring.



Round 1: 6sc in the magic ring = 6

Round 2: sc in each chain = 6

Round 3: inc in each chain = 12

Round 4: *inc, sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 18

Round 5: *inc, 2sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 24

Rounds 6 – 11: sc in each chain = 24

Round 12: *dec, 2sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 18

Round 13: *dec, sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 12

Round 14: sc in each chain, sl st and fasten off, weaving in the end = 12

The Arms




     Make two. Work in the round, without turning or closing the round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. The number at the end of each round represents the number of stitches.

With dark brown colour, create a magic ring.



Round 1: 10sc in the magic ring = 10

Round 2: *inc, sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 15

Round 3: *inc, 2sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 20

Round 4: *inc, 3sc*, repeat until the end of the row = 25

Rounds 5 – 7: sc in each chain = 25

Change colour to light brown / tan colour

Rounds 8: sc in each chain = 25

Round 9: dec, 23sc = 24

Round 10: 11sc, dec, 11sc = 23

Round 11: dec, 21sc = 22

Round 12: 10sc, dec, 10sc = 21

Round 13: dec, 19sc = 20

Round 14: 9sc, dec, 9sc = 19

Round 15: dec, 17sc = 18

Round 16: 8sc, dec, 8sc = 17

Round 17: dec, 15sc = 16

Round 18: 7sc, dec, 7sc = 15

Round 19: dec, 13sc = 14

Round 20: 6sc, dec, 6sc = 13

Round 21: dec, 11sc = 12

Round 22: 6dec, sl st, fasten off = 6



The Antlers


     Each antler is made of 2 parts, a longer tube and a shorter tube. Make 2 of each in dark brown colour. For a tighter tension, use a 3mm size hook for this part of the pattern.



     Work in the round, without turning or closing the round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. The number at the end of each round represents the number of stitches.

The Large Part

Create a magic ring.

Round 1: 10sc in the magic ring = 10

Rounds 2 – 12 : sc in each chain, sl st and fasten off weaving in the end = 10



The Small Part

Create a magic ring.

Round 1: 10sc in the magic ring = 10

Rounds 2 – 6 : sc in each chain, sl st and fasten off weaving in the end = 10

The Security Blanket


     The blanket is made out of 19 hexagons sewn together with a border crocheted around the round pattern.



     There are 3 hexagon designs needed for this pattern:

- 11 hexagons made of 4 rounds in light brown colour



- 4 hexagons with 3 rounds in cream colour and with 1 round in light brown


- 4 hexagons with 2 rounds in cream colour and with 2 round in light brown




     I have written a separate post on how to crochet the granny hexagon needed for this pattern, you can find the tutorial HERE.

     Arrange the hexagons as shown in the picture (or you can choose your own pattern), then sew the hexagons to each other using the invisible join technique, find the tutorial at the end of the tutorial I have made HERE.



The Border



     The border consists of 4 rows of single crochet stitches worked in dark brown. Work in the round, without turning, using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.



Round 1: sl st and join the new color in the ch1 space of one of the corners, ch 1 (counts as sc), ch 1, sc in the same space, 7sc (you now reached the bottom where the two hexagons were joined), continue and 7sc (you now reached the next corner), (sc, ch1, sc) in the chain space of the corner, continue until the end of the round, sl st on the first sc and in the next chain to move the yarn in the corner.

Rounds 2-4: *[ch1 (counts as a sc,) ch1, sc] to form the corner, 8sc until you reach the bottom, skip the bottom chain, 8sc to reach the next corner* , repeat ** section until end of round, sl st in the first sc, sl st in next chain to move the yarn over to the corner (on the 4th round, instead of the second sl st, fasten off and weave in the ends).

Assembling The Lovey



     Sew the nose and mouth with dark brown yarn (or for a more festive look, use red yarn).



     Use the invisible join technique to sew each piece as directed.

     Continue with the antlers. Fill each piece with poly-fil, and sew each small part at the top of the large part. Sew the antlers to the head parallel with the eyes as in the picture.




     Before sewing the ears to the head, fold each ear and hold the shape with a couple of stitches, then attach them to the head below each antler.





     Place the head on the middle hexagon of the blanket and sew it to the top stitches (without passing the thread all the way through the hexagon and so without showing the stitches on the other side of the lovey).



     Last, sew each arm to the blanket right below the front of the head on each side.




Here is how the finished lovey should look like.


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Happy Crocheting!

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