Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey – Free Pattern

Here is a super cute pattern for the littlest people in our lives – an owl blanket lovey! I love the pattern for the blanket because it looks like it has little dots all throughout. Each row could be a different color if you’d like a multi-colored blanket, but I kept it to two colors and carried the yarn on the ends so the only tails I wove in once I finished were the beginning and end tails! The owl is super easy to make, too!

Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey - Free Pattern!

This blanket uses the granny stitch for the blanket, and a puff stitch for the border. I love the Red Heart’s Plush Baby yarn, which is what I used for the light blue in the blanket. It is so soft and slides easily on the hook, so it’s very easy with which to crochet. And you only need one skein of it to complete this blanket!

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Materials

  • Hook: J – 10 (6 mm) for the blanket
  • Hook: H for the owl
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Pale Yellow (where to buy), Red Heart Plush Baby in Blueberry (where to buy), Red Heart Super Saver in Royal Blue (where to buy), Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin (where to buy), Red Heart Super Saver in White (where to buy)

Abbreviations

  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • SK = skip
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • Granny Stitch = 3 DC in the same stitch

Tutorials to Help You Complete this Project

 

Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey - Free Blanket Pattern

The Blanket Pattern

Start by using the Blueberry Plush Baby yarn
A note about carrying the yarn – you will see the strands of yarn that are carried up. This will be covered up by the puff stitch border. 

Row 1 (Blue)

  • CH 57
  • In the 3rd CH from the hook, work 3 double crochet in the same stitch (the CH 3 will be to attach the next row onto)
  • *SK 2 CHs
  • Work a granny stitch in the 3rd stitch
  • Repeat * for the remainder of the CH, ending with 18 granny stitches.
  • SK 2 CHs, then DC in the last CH, leaving the loop at the end of the row to carry it up to row 3.
  • Do not cut the yarn if you plan to continue using the blue in the 3rd row.

Row 2 (Yellow)

  • Attach the pale yellow to the top of the first DC at the beginning of the row. Attach with a SL ST.
  • SC in the same space as the SL ST.
  • *CH 3
  • SC in the space in between the 1st and 2nd granny stitches
  • Repeat * for the width of the row, ending with a SC (18 SC total)
  • Do not cut the yarn if you plan to continue using the yellow in the 4th row, instead leave the yellow on your hook to carry it up.

Row 3 (Blue)

  • With the yellow still on your hook, slip your hook through the blue also
  • Drop the yellow yarn and YO the hook with the blue and pull it through both loops.
  • CH 3
  • *Work a granny stitch in the CH 3 space of the yellow yarn
  • Repeat for the width of the blanket, ending with a DC in the last SP (18 granny stitches total)
  • Leave a loop and go back to the other side to work on the yellow yarn

Row 4 (Yellow)

  • Insert your hook under the CH 3 of the blue, YO the yellow strand & pull up a loop underneath the CH 3 of the blue
  • Turn the work around and work a SC
  • *CH 3
  • SC in the space in between the 1st and 2nd granny stitches
  • Repeat * for the width of the row, ending with a SC (18 SC total)
  • Do not cut the yarn if you plan to continue using the yellow in the 4th row, instead leave the yellow on your hook to carry it up

Row 5 (Blue)

  • With the yellow still on your hook, slip your hook through the blue also
  • Drop the yellow yarn and YO the hook with the blue and pull it through both loops.
  • CH 3
  • *Work a granny stitch in the CH 3 space of the yellow yarn
  • Repeat for the width of the blanket, ending with a DC in the last SP (18 granny stitches total)
  • Leave a loop and go back to the other side to work on the yellow yarn

Repeat rows 4-5 for as long as you like – I did 19 rows of blue (row 3) 18 rows of yellow, ending with the blue.

Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey - Picture of the Border

The Border

The border is simple – a puff stitch and a single crochet. If you’ve never done the puff stitch before, see my tutorial here.

Puff Stitch = YO, insert hook into hook & pull up a loop. Do 3 more times until there are 7 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 7 loops.

  • Attach your royal blue yarn anywhere on the blanket edge with a SL ST.
  • SC all the way around, working 3 SC in the corners
  • SL ST to the first  SL ST and CH 3
  • Work a Puff Stitch in the same space as the CH 3
  • SC in the next space
  • *Puff stitch in the next space
  • SC in the next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around, working 1 Puff Stitch, 1 SC, and 1 Puff Stitch in the corners
  • Join to the beginning CH 3 with a SL ST.

Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey - The Poof Ears

The Owl

This is just an upside down hat! Use with pale yellow yarn & H hook

Round 1

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to first CH to form a ring
  • CH 2
  • 7 SC in ring, 8 total including the first CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2
  • 2 SC in each space, 16 total SC
  • Join with a SL ST

Round 3

  • CH 2
  • 1 SC in the same space (two total there), 1 in the next space
  • *2 SC in the next space
  • 1 SC in the next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around, 24 total SC
  • Join with a SL ST

Round 4

  • CH 2
  • 1 SC in the same space (two total there), 1 in the next space, 1 in the next space
  • *2 SC in the next space
  • 1 SC in the next space
  • 1 SC in the next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around, 32 total SC
  • Join with a SL ST

Round 5

  • CH 2
  • 1 SC in each space around, 32 total SC
  • Join with a SL ST

Repeat Round 5, 16 more times for 20 rows total.

Whip stitch the top of the owl together.

To make the stringy ears, take 6 strands of yarn and thread them through the top points of the body one by one, tying a knot in each one once it’s halfway through.

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket - Pattern for the Eyes and Beak

The Eyes

Still using H hook

Round 1

  • With Royal Blue, CH 3, SL ST to beginning CH to form a ring
  • CH 2
  • 7 SC in ring (8 total SC)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST and fasten off.

Round 2

  • Attach the white with a SL ST and a CH 2
  • Work a SC in the same space for 2 SC total
  • 2 SC in each space around, 16 SC total
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST and fasten off.

Sew eyes onto the body.

The Beak

You must know how to decrease to make the nose, which I have full step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how to do just that!

  • CH 7
  • In the 2nd CH from hook, work a SC
  • Row 1 – Work a SC in each CH, 6 SC total
  • Row 2 – CH 2, Work 1 SC in the first 2 spaces, 1 decreasing SC in the next space, 1 SC in the last 2 spaces (5 SC total)
  • Row 3 – CH 2, work 1 SC in the first space, 1 decreasing SC in the next 2 spaces, 1 SC in each of the last 2 spaces (4 SC total)
  • Row 4 – CH 2, work 1 SC in the first space, 1 decreasing SC in the next 2 spaces, 1 SC in the last space (3 SC total)
  • Row 5 – CH 2, work 1 SC in the first space, 1 decreasing SC in the last two spaces (2 SC total)
  • You could make another row of just 1 decreasing stitch for a nice pointy beak, or just stop here for a more round point.

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket - Pattern for the Straps

The Straps

I made nice little straps with a button and button hole to attach the owl to the blanket. That way, the child has the option of removing the owl to have as a stuffed animal or to be able to wash it without tearing up the blanket!

One strap is just two rows of 6 SC and the other one is one row of 6 SC and another of 3 SC, then CH 2, then 1 SC (to make a button hole). Sew both straps onto the base of the owl and strap onto the middle of the blanket!

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket for a Baby

Merry Crocheting!

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Comments

  1. cherylann says:

    For the owl lovey blanket do you single crochet in each stit ch across the top and bottom edge ?
    For the owl head you also said to repeat row for but I think that you missed putting a row after row 4 that is one single crochet in each single crochet. So that it starts to curve in with the directions it does not but simply stays flat.

    • Hi there! Yes, it’s a SC stitch to start the border for the blanket. Is that what you mean? That is the first instruction in the border pattern. – SC all the way around, working 3 SC in the corners

      Yes, you are correct about the owl head – I didn’t add row 5 that is just 1 SC in each st around. Sorry about that typo – it’s been fixed!

  2. How big is the blanket? Thanks!

  3. So I am attempting to make this owl lovely and stitch count is off. Round 3 there are 24 sts but if i follow pattern as written round 4 ends up with 32 sts not 30…… Just so you know…. Count on the owl body….

  4. Super cute Sara! I featured a link to it this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-owl-patterns-free/
    Tamara – Moogly recently posted..Hoooo Wants Another Crochet Owl Pattern Roundup!My Profile

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