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Crochet Owl Blanket Lovey – Free Pattern

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket for a Baby

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!

Written and Designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life ©2013
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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.

Add filling to desired plushness.

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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Newborn Baby Boy Puff Stitch Crochet Hat – Free Pattern

I’ve gone to town crocheting for our family’s new arrival – our third boy! As much as I love flowers and pretty girlie things, I’m so used to having boys that I’ve learned how to make “pretty” things for them, too, and this hat and layette set has to be at the top of my favs list. Here’s a free crochet pattern for a puff stitch baby beanie – just change out the colors if you need it for a girl!

Newborn Baby Puff Stitch Crochet Beanie - Free Pattern!

This hat measures 5 inches tall, by 7 inches wide. Just like all my hat patterns, I use my handy-dandy hat sizing and measurement post when crocheting hats so I can make sure it’s the correct size while I’m in the middle of making it. This hat can be made to any size by continuing to make increasing rounds to the crown.

Written and Designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life ©2013
(Please see my Legal page for more copyright details)

Materials

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch

(Read my other post, “How to Work in the Round“,  for more help)

Make this hat as part of a layette set with my free crochet pattern for the raspberry stitch baby cocoon and, half double crochet hat, and the mitered granny square blanket!

Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set with free patterns for a hat, cocoon and blanket

Pattern for Newborns (13-15 inch head)

The Crown

(Made with Winter Sky) CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),  1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space around (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (38 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Sides

Round 6 – Puff Stitch (never done the puff stitch before? Click here to see my photo tutorial!)

Switch to another color – I did Holly Berry

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • *Puff stitch in the next stitch, HDC in the next
  • Repeat from * all the way around (19 puff stitch worked, 19 HDC worked)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 7
Switch to another color – I did Green Eucalyptus

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each space (38 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 8 – Puff Stitch – repeat Round 6
Switch to another color – I did Sailor Blue

Round 9 – Repeat row 7

Rounds 10-14 – Repeat Row 7, changing back to Winter Sky

 

The Cuff

Flip the hat inside out and work on the inside of the hat, so your puff stitch will be facing out once the cuff is flipped up.

Rounds 15-17 – Repeat Row 7, changing to Buttermilk

Round 19 – Repeat row 6, changing to Holly Berry

The Pom Pom

I learned how to make pom-poms from this video but modified by wrapping it over my fingers instead of a piece of cardboard. I held strands of all the colors and wrapped them over my four fingers (not the thumb). Then I pulled it off my fingers and then tied a strand around the middle, then cut the looped ends until it’s nice and round. One of these I’ll post a tutorial for you!

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Crochet Baby Blanket – Mitered Granny Square

Crochet Mitered Granny Square Baby Blanket

Every new baby needs a special, homemade welcome into the world and this crochet mitered granny square blanket is the perfect pattern! You can use any variety of colors to give it a unique look, making the geometric and graphic pattern really pop.

Crochet Mitered Granny Square Baby Blanket

There’s a precious, brand-spankin-new little bundle in our house these days, and I just can’t get enough of his cuteness. We named him Griffin and he’s our third boy in under four years, so needless to say, life is hectic and crazy but full of excitement and cuddles. Thankfully I was able to crochet a layette set for Griffin before he arrived, and the inspiration for the set started with this free mitered granny square blanket pattern from Crochet Again. She has an excellent photo tutorial that made learning it super easy. To see all the patterns in this layette set (which include another hat that is not pictured), click here.

Crochet Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set with Hat, Blanket and Cocoon

I chose to make it with a wool-blend yarn, as wool is a nice, strong and soft natural fiber and went with the Extra Soft Wool Blend by Martha Stewart Crafts from Lion Brand Yarn – Sailor BlueHolly BerryWinter SkyButtermilk, and Green Eucalyptus.

For the edge border, I crocheted 4 rows of granny stitches. I found that any less than four was just not substantial for my taste. I also crocheted 16 squares, which has made it the perfect size for a baby blanket.

Crochet Mitered Granny Square Blanket - Border

To join the squares, I did the join as you go method that is mentioned in the pattern post, but found the link included in the post to do the method very, very confusing! So, I learned how to do it from this video made by AllFreeCrochet.com, where several of my patterns are listed! I still found it to be confusing, maybe others of you don’t, but I managed. I did crochet all of the squares first, then crocheted them together at the end. That way I could lay them all out and plan where each one would go and decide the orientation of each square.

Crochet Mitered Granny Square Baby Blanket - Join As You Go Method

 The above picture is the backside of the blanket, where each join makes a raised bump. On the right side, there is no bump and it looks very nice and smooth.

Crochet Mitered Granny Square Blanket - Entire Blanket

TA-DAH! The entire blanket. It isn’t this crooked, just had a heck of a time getting it to lay straight on the carpet!

 

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Free Crochet Patterns for Spring

10 Free Crochet Patterns for Spring

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time to bust out the brightly colored yarn and start crocheting! Here are my top 10 free crochet patterns that are perfect for spring, including sun hats, some purses, flowers and a scarflette.

10 Free Crochet Patterns for Spring

 

Crochet Easy Tiny Flower Free Pattern

Crochet Easy Tiny Flower

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Free PatternCrochet Seed Stitch Purse

Crochet Purse Bag for a Little Girl - Bird

Crochet Purse Bag in Blue (with a bird), Pink (with a flower) and Purple (with a butterfly)

Crochet Sun Hat for a Little Girl Free Pattern

Crochet Sun Hat for Little Girls

Crochet Granny Stitch Sun Hat for Baby Girls

Crochet Granny Stitch Sun Hat for Baby Girls

Crochet Ocean Sun Hat with Starfish

Crochet Ocean Toddler Boy Sun Hat

Crochet Caterpillar Sun Hat for Boys

Crochet Caterpillar Sun Hat

Crochet Goldfish Sun Hat for Babies - Free Crochet Pattern!

Crochet Goldfish Sun Hat for Baby Boys

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Girl Headband Free Pattern

Seed Stitch Headband for a Baby Girl

Free Crochet Pattern for a Scarflette

Crochet Skinny Shell Scarf (scarflette) using Cotton Yarn

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Baby Boy Crochet Hat with Cuff and Pom-Pom – Free Pattern

A simple, free crochet pattern for a newborn or preemie hat, that even includes a pom-pom tutorial!

Making hats for babies, and especially newborns, is so satisfying because they go so quickly and they look precious on those little heads. In anticipation of our third baby boy, I’ve made a layette set that includes this hat, and here is the free crochet pattern so you can enjoy it, too, in preemie and newborn sizes.

Newborn Boy Crochet Hat with Cuff and Pom-Pom - Free Pattern!

I use my handy-dandy hat sizing and measurement post when crocheting hats so I can make sure it’s the correct size while I’m in the middle of making it. This hat can be made to any size by continuing to make increasing rounds to the crown.

Written and Designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life ©2013
(Please see my Legal page for more copyright details)

Materials

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch

(Read my other post, “How to Work in the Round“,  for more help)

Make this hat as part of a layette set with my free crochet pattern for the raspberry stitch baby cocoon!

Baby Boy Crochet Layette - Cocoon and Hat
Our little bundle, just three days old, sporting his new ensemble.

Pattern for Preemies (13 to 14 inch head)

The Crown

CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1:

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space (24 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in next space
  • *2 HDC in next space
  • 1 HDC in next space*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (36 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Side of the Hat

Rounds 5-15

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),
  • 1 HDC in each space (36 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Cuff – Work 5 or 6 rows for a cuff, using white and red yarn, but work on the inside of the hat so when the cuff is turned up, that will be the right side of your work.

Color Changes

  • Round 6 – red (holly berry)
  • Round 7 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 8: dark blue (sailor blue)
  • Round 9: green (green eucalyptus)
  • Round 10: red (holly berry)
  • Rounds 11-15 – back to blue (winter sky)
  • Rounds 15-19 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 20: red (holly berry)

Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set

Pattern for Newborns (13-15 inch head)

The Crown

CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1:

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),  1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space around (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (40 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Side of the Hat

If you want this hat to be bigger, use my hat measurement guide to determine the size of the crown you need, then continue to add increasing rows by adding one or more extra single HDC in between each increasing stitch (which is 2 HDC).

Rounds 6-20

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),
  • 1 HDC in each space (40 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Cuff – Work 5 or 6 rows for a cuff, using white and red yarn, but work on the inside of the hat so when the cuff is turned up, that will be the right side of your work.

Color Changes

  • Round 6 – red (holly berry)
  • Round 7 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 8: dark blue (sailor blue)
  • Round 9: green (green eucalyptus)
  • Round 10: red (holly berry)
  • Rounds 11-20 – back to blue (winter sky)
  • Rounds 21-24 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 25: red (holly berry)

The Pom Pom

I learned how to make pom-poms from this video but modified by wrapping it over my fingers instead of a piece of cardboard. I held strands of all the colors and wrapped them over my four fingers (not the thumb). Then I pulled it off my fingers and then tied a strand around the middle, then cut the looped ends until it’s nice and round. One of these I’ll post a tutorial for you!

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Crochet Baby Cocoon Free Pattern – Raspberry Stitch

Crochet Raspberry Stitch Baby Cocoon

Here’s a free crochet pattern for a textured baby cocoon using the raspberry stitch. The colors used here are perfect for a baby boy, but they can be changed for a girl, too. I love the scalloped pattern that the raspberry stitch makes!

Crochet Raspberry Stitch Baby Cocoon

I’m so pleased with how my newest baby cocoon pattern turned out – the colors are gorgeous and it’s so incredibly soft with a 50% wool and 50% acrylic blend. And the raspberry stitch is so easy to work and makes a beautiful pattern when you change colors often. This will look so good in pictures once our baby arrives! I learned the raspberry stitch from this video – it’s a single crochet, double crochet, single crochet worked into one space.

Materials

  • Hook: J-10, 6 mm
  • Yarn: I used Martha Stewart Crafts from Lion Brand Yarn – Extra Soft Wool Blend in Sailor Blue Holly Berry , Winter Sky, Buttermilk, and Green Eucalyptus but they no longer make it! So I recommend these yarns below. They are soft wool, worsted weight. I really liked using wool – breathable for the baby, durable, natural, and soft.


 

Abbreviations

  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • RBS = raspberry stitch
  • SP = space

Crochet Raspberry Stitch Baby Cocoon Base

Pattern

Base of Cocoon – all worked in Buttermilk (cream) yarn

Row 1

  • CH 3
  • Join with a SL ST to make a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • Work 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • Join to top of CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 2

  • CH 2
  • Work 2 HDC in each SP (24 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 3

  • CH 2
  • Work 1 HDC in each SP (24 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 4

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same SP (2 total)
  • 1 HDC in the next SP
  • *2 HDC in the next SP
  • 1 HDC in the next SP
  • Repeat from * all the way around (36 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 5

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each SP (36 total)
  • Join to beginning Ch 2 with a SL ST

Row 6

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same SP (2 total)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 SP’s
  • *2 HDC in the next SP
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 SP’s
  • Repeat from * all the way around (48 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 7

  • I changed to Holly Berry here (red) and attached with a SL ST
  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the same SP (2 total)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 SP’s
  • *2 HDC in the next SP
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 SP’s
  • Repeat from * all the way around  (60 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 8

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in the next SP
  • 1 HDC in each SP around (60 total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Raspberry Stitch Pattern for a Baby Cocoon

Row 9 – Start the Raspberry Stitch

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC & 1 SC in the same SP
  • Skip 2 SP’s
  • Work an RBS
  • *Skip 2 SP’s
  • Work an RBS
  • Repeat from * all the way around (20 RBS’s total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST

Row 10

  • I switched to Winter Sky (light blue) here, attach with a SL ST in between 2 of the RBS’s
  • CH 2 or work a SC
  • 1 DC & 1 SC in the same SP
  • Work a RBS in the next SP & in each SP all the way around (in between the RBS’s) (20 RBS’s total)
  • Join to beginning CH 2 or SC with a SL ST

Repeat row 10 for the length of the entire cocoon – I worked 70 more rows.

Finished size is 8 inches wide by 22 inches long, including the base.

Make this cocoon along with this mitered granny square blanket, the beanie and a puff stitch beanie for a complete newborn layette setCrochet Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set with Hat, Blanket and Cocoon

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10 Free Crochet Patterns To Make and Give

10 Free Crochet Patterns to Make and Give

Here are my 10 of my favorite free crochet patterns that I love to make and either keep for myself or give to someone special.

 10 Free Crochet Patterns to Make and Give

 

 

Crochet Granny Stitch Infinity Scarf and Cowl Free Pattern

#1 – Crochet Granny Infinity Scarf and Cowl

This scarf is quick and easy to work up and the yarn is OH so soft and gorgeous! I love the granny stitch.

 

Free Scarf Pattern Worked in Back Loops Only with Double Crochet#2 – Easy Crochet Scarf – Stair Pattern

This is a perfect scarf for beginners because the entire thing is only double crochet! Yet it still has a more interesting pattern than just a plain stitch because it’s worked in the back loops only.

 

Crochet Crocodile Clutch Purse Free Pattern#3 – Crochet Crocodile Purse

This is by far my most popular purse pattern and it comes with a photo tutorial of how to work the crocodile stitch.

 

Crochet Seed Stitch Little Girls Purse#4 – Crochet Seed Stitch Purse

I love working with the seed stitch as it gives such nice texture, but it so easy to do! I love this little purse and it makes the perfect gift for the sweet little girl in your life.

 

Free Crochet Pattern - Purse Bag for a Little Girl

#5 – Crochet Girl Purse

Here is a purse even a beginner to make, and it comes with free patterns for three different appliques – a flower, a bird, and a butterfly!

 

Crochet Sun Hat for a Little Girl Free Pattern#6 – Toddler and Baby Girl Sun Hats

I wrote this pattern for baby and toddler sizes and it is one of the cutest hats I’ve ever made! I also have several sun hats for little boys – find all my hat patterns here.

 

Crochet Bracelets - Free Patterns#7 – Crochet Bracelets

Bracelets are so unique and really easy and quick to make. Here are two patterns that you’re sure to love!

 

Crochet Baby Cocoon Free Pattern with Organic Cotton Yarn#8 – Crochet Baby Cocoon

This uber-soft, knit-looking cocoon is perfect for a baby shower gift! Newborns love to be swaddled and this pattern will take them from newborns to three months old.

 

Crochet Easy Tiny Flower Free Pattern#9 – Crochet Easy Tiny Flower

The name says it all – these flowers are easy to make and tiny – just about and inch and a half wide and tall. They make the perfect decorations for a multitude of projects and the color possibilities are endless! Perfect flower for a beginner. I have patterns for several other appliques and flowers – see them all here.

 

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Girl Headband Free Pattern#10 – Crochet Headbands

I have six headband patterns, and you can find them all here! There are several for babies, and a few for big girls, too. I love making headbands because they are quick and easy gifts, but are also unique and fun to make.

 

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Crochet Owl Lady Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Crochet Owl Amigurumi Pattern

Here’s a sweet and pretty owl lady to cheer up your home for the fall! She would also make an adorable stuffed animal or baby toy. It comes with a free crochet pattern!

Free Crochet Owl Amigurumi Pattern

There’s a new cheerful friend sitting on our mantel these days, and she matches perfectly with my fall crochet bunting. She looks down upon us with her perfectly curled, long lashes and cheers us up with her bright colors. What shall I name her? Leave a comment if you’ve got a great idea!

I got my inspiration for her from an Etsy pattern at AshTree Crochet and from another fabulous Sarah (smile) and fellow crochet buddy at Repeat Crafter Me. Both the patterns make adorable little owls, so I set out to make my own, but didn’t use their patterns and decided to wing it (too tired to read patterns at night while I crochet).

So, this is a super easy pattern – just an upside down hat that you stuff and then whip stitch the top closed. As Sarah points out at Repeat Crafter Me, when you sew it shut, it makes a natural dip in the middle and the ends poke up, which look perfect for owl ears! She has some excellent pictures to show how to do that part.

If you’ve never crocheted in the round before and would like a tutorial, click here to see my tutorial. Normally, I really don’t like working with single crochet because it takes FOReva to work up and the stitches are really hard to see and, therefore, hard to count. But, I really wanted our little lady to be as pretty as can be, and knew the single crochet was the way to go so none of her insides could be seen. The body is worked with 6 increasing rounds, then just one SC in each space until it’s as tall as you want it to be. If the base of just 6 rounds feels small to you, just continue adding those increasing rounds until you like it.

Free Crochet Pattern Owl Amigurumi

Crochet Owl Lady by Sara of My Merry Messy Life

Supplies

  • Hook: G (4 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted, medium weight, size 4 (I used Red Heart Yarn in Medium Purple (where to buy), Sage Green (where to buy), Pale Yellow (where to buy) and; Carrot (where to buy))
  • Tapestry needle to sew
  • Fiberfill or other type of stuffing
  • 2 matching buttons

Abbreviations

  • SC = single crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet

The Body

**It really helps to mark each round with a stitch marker since it is very hard to see where you start and end with the single crochet. Just use a piece of contrasting colored yarn.

CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a circle

Round 1: CH 1 (counts as first SC), 5 SC in circle, SL ST to top of CH 1 (6 SC total)

Round 2: CH 1, work 1 SC in the same space, then work 2 SC in each SP, SL ST to top of CH 1 (12 SC total)

Round 3: CH 1, work 2 SC in the next space, *1 SC in the next, 2 SC in the next space* repeat from * all the way around, SL ST to the top of CH 1 (18 SC total)

Round 4: CH 1, work 1 SC in the next space, 2 SC in the next space, *1 SC in each of the next 2 spaces, 2 SC in the next space* repeat from * all the way around, SL ST in the CH 1 (24 SC total)

Round 5: CH 1, work 1 SC each of the next 2 spaces, 2 SC in the next space, *1 SC in each of the next 2 spaces, 2 SC in the next space* repeat from * all the way around, SL ST in the CH 1 (30 SC total)

Round 6: CH 1, work 1 SC each of the next 3 spaces, 2 SC in the next space, *1 SC in each of the next 3 spaces, 2 SC in the next space* repeat from * all the way around, SL ST in the CH 1 (36 SC total)

Rounds 7-34: CH 1, work 1 SC in each space all the way around, SL ST in the CH 1 (36 SC total)

Don’t sew up the top just yet – wait to finish the eyes and wings first. And you don’t have to sew in any tails from the body (YAY!) because they stay hidden inside the owl.

Crochet Owl Lady Amigurumi - Free Pattern and Instructions

Her Eyes & Nose

With white:

Round 1: Ch 3, SL ST to form a circle, CH 1, 4 SC in circle, SL ST to CH 1 (5 SC total)

Round 2: CH 1, 1 SC in same space, 2 SC in each space around, SL ST to CH 1 (10 SC total)

With a contrasting color: (I used sage green)

Round 1: SL ST and a CH 3 to join, then a DC in the same SP

Work 2 DC in each space around, join with a SL ST to top of first CH 3 (20 DC total)

Fasten off, but leave a long tail to sew it in when finished with the eyelashes.

Eyelashes

With a different coordinating color (I used Carrot), pick any spot on the eye to start, doesn’t matter where. Attach with a SL ST and a SC in the same space.

Then work the shell stitch – work *4 DC in the next space, then 1 SC in the next* repeat 3 more times (or until about halfway around the eye, 4 total shells). Fasten off and sew in ends.

Make two and sew them onto the body using the tapestry needle. Then, sew the button in the middle when finished.

Nose

(Just a simple triangle using a SC decrease. For my tutorial on increasing and decreasing in crochet, click here. To make the nose larger, just add more chains at the beginning and more rows.)

CH 6

Row 1: In the 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC and in each CH all the way down (5 SC total)

Row 2: CH 1, work 1 SC in the first two spaces, then work a SC decrease in the next 2 spaces, then 1 SC in the last two spaces. (4 SC total)

Row 3: CH 1, work 1 SC in the first space, then 1 SC decrease in the next 2 spaces, then 1 SC in the last space. (3 SC total)

Row 4: CH 1,  work 1 SC in the first space, then 1 SC decrease in the last 2 spaces (2 SC total)

Row 5: Ch 1, work 1 SC decrease in the last 2 spaces (1 SC total)

Fasten off and tie in ends.

Border: work 1 SC in each space around in a contrasting color. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing in.

Crochet Owl Wing Amigurumi Free Pattern - Wing Closeup

The Wings

Work a chain of 6 foundation crochet stitches (if you’ve never done a foundation stitch, see my tutorial here.). Alternatively, you could just work a chain of 8, and a row of 6 HDC all the way down.

Then, working from that chain, CH 2 to start a new row. work 1 SC, 1 HDC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 HDC, 1 SC, turn and work the same pattern on the other side. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Attach a contrasting color with a SL ST and a CH 1, and work 1 SC in each space around. Fasten off and leave a tail to sew onto the owl body.

Once everything is sewed on, fill ‘er up with fiber fill and whip stitch the top closed! Then take a couple of strands of yarn, cut about 2 inches long each, and thread them through one by one at the tip of the ears, then tie one big knot with all the pieces.

She’s finished!

 

Crochet Fall Mantel with Owl, Pumpkins, Bunting and Squash
Here’s my completed fall crochet mantel with the lady owl, squash, pumpkins and bunting!

Here are the free patterns for the super easy pumpkins and granny triangle bunting. Be sure to see the completed mantel project, too!



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Crochet Baby Cocoon – free crochet pattern and tutorial

Crochet Baby Cocoon Free Pattern with Organic Cotton Yarn in Green and Cream

Here is a pattern for an uber-soft, ribbed, organic cotton baby cocoon that I made. I chose to make this one differently than most of the patterns you’ll see. Most are made like a very long, upside-down hat. This one is made as a rectangle, sewn together, then crochet the base on at the end. I did it this way so I could create a the ribbed pattern, which gives the cocoon a knit look and such luxurious texture.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Soft, Ribbed Baby Cocoon

I had the privilege of getting to use and review Lion Brand’s Nature’s Choice yarn, which is a 100% organic cotton yarn, dyed with soy-based dyes, and I loved it! Read the review here.

I chose the half double crochet stitch because it’s my favorite stitch – it works up quickly, unlike the single crochet, but it doesn’t have the holes and gaps of the double crochet. And, I just love the way it looks. But, this pattern could easily be worked with a single or double crochet, too.

Crochet Baby Cocoon - Free Pattern Made with Organic Cotton Yarn

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Crochet Organic Cotton Baby Cocoon Pattern

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life, © 2012

Materials

  • Hook: Size J (6 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight – Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Almond and Limeade
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut tails
  • 2 buttons of choice
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

Abbreviations

  • Half double crochet = hdc
  • Chain = chain
  • Half double crochet decrease = hdc dc
  • Back loop only = blo
  • Yarn Over  = yo

Finished Project Measurements

23 inches long, by 10 inches wide (That is from the top of the cocoon, all the way down to the point of the base. Newborns are only 18-22 inches are so, including the head. Remember – the head will not also be inside the cocoon, so this size should last well beyond three and even six months). If your finished measurements aren’t exactly the same as mine, don’t fret! It’s not like a sweater or a hat that needs to fit perfectly.

Half Double Crochet

YO, insert hook into space and pull up a loop. YO, and pull through all three loops.

Half Double Crochet Decrease

YO, insert hook into space and pull up a loop. There are 3 loops on your hook. YO again, and insert hook into the NEXT space and pull up another loop. There are 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops.

The Pattern

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 1

Step #1

Row 1

  • Ch 60 (or however long you want it to be. This size fits a newborn through about 3 to 6 months, maybe even longer)
  • In the 2nd ch from the hook, work a hdc
  • Work 1 hdc in each ch all the way down (58 hdc total)

Row 2 and all remaining rows will be worked in the back loops only to achieve the ribbing:

  • Ch 1
  • Work a hdc in the same stitch in blo (if you forget this step, the rows will continually get smaller. Learn from my mistake!)
  • Work 1 hdc in each stitch all the way down in blo (58 hdc total)
Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 2

Step #2

Repeat row 2, changing colors every 2 rows, for a total of 36 rows. I chose to make all the color changes on the same side so all the tails would be on one side. It was the rougher looking side, so I made that the bottom and crocheted the base onto the rough side, which disguised it very well.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 3

Step #2 cont’d

Now, sew in all your tails first and insert a stitch marker (a piece of contrasting colored yarn will do just fine) to remember which side you cut off all the tails. I wanted all my tails to be cut off on the inside of the cocoon so they wouldn’t show.

You’re going to whip stitch it together inside out, then turn it right-side out before sewing on the base.

Whip stitch it together like so, sewing together the two sides that are not the ends, so that the cocoon will be longer than it is wide.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - How to Do a Whip Stitch

Step #3

Now, in order to be able to close it with a button, I chose to whip stitch it three-fourths of the way up. If you don’t plan to use the buttons, just stitch it all the way up.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 3b


Step #4 – The Base

You’re going to crochet in the round to create a circle on the bottom of the cocoon, on the side where you sewed in all of your tails.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 4

First, attach the yarn anywhere on the bottom with a slip stitch and a ch 1.
(This is the tricky part because you are working on the sides of the rows and not in traditional spaces, so I chose to do 2 hdc’s for each row. )

Work 2 hdc’s for each row (72 hdc total)
Join to beginning ch 1 with a slip stitch, ch 1

Round 2 – work 1 hdc in each stitch around (72 hdc total)
Round 3 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 4 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 5 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 6 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 1 stitch, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *

This is a bit unconventional, but I continue working round 6 (instead of doing just decreasing stitches) until I run out of space and the circle is closed. I find this looks much nicer than the other method because the decreasing stitches are not stretched out.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 5

Step #5 – Sew on the Buttons

Sew one button on each side of the opening. There is enough space and stretch in the yarn that a hole isn’t needed to go over the button. I bought mine at JoAnn’s where they have several varieties of this wooden button that I just love!

And you’re done! It’s really an easy pattern to work and I loved working with the organic cotton yarn. It is so soft! Here’s a close-up of the ribbed texture.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 1

Merry crocheting!

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Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket {free crochet pattern}

Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket
Here is a free crochet pattern for a beautiful baby blanket that even a beginner can do using the cluster v-stitch. I know a beginner can do it because it was the first thing I ever crocheted! And despite my total lack of experience and knowledge, it came out beautifully!
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket
I used this amazing quilt, made by one of my mom’s friends, as inspiration for the colors.

I made this when I was eight months pregnant with our precious little Grayson. I was in a car accident where a lady pulled out in front of me and I hit her head on, totaling my car and sending us both to the hospital. It could’ve been very bad, but I came out with minor cuts and bruises and doctor’s orders for bed rest. My mom moved in for two months to take care of Gabriel, and I crocheted my heart out, including Grayson’s baby blanket. It’s made with a simple cluster v-stitch but what makes it so appealing are the color stripes. If I could make this as a total crochet newbie, you can, too!

It’s so sweet because Grayson, who’s now 15 months old, is crazy about this blanket and won’t go anywhere without it. The pictures show the signs of love wear and tear, but it’s still hanging on.
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket Summer Sky
Before we get started on the pattern, I have a cluster v-stitch tutorial for you in case you’ve never worked with that stitch before. As for the yarn, because I didn’t know what I was doing, I used all different brands and weights (some worsted, some baby weight) but I fixed the uneven sides by crocheting a rippled border. I know better now, but if all you have is different everything, you can redeem the blanket with a rippled border as well!
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket for Beginners

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Crochet V-Stitch Summer Baby Blanket

written and designed by Sara from My Merry Messy Life

Finished Size: Approx. 36 inches square (this will different depending on your gauge). This is plenty big enough for a baby and toddler, so you could even make it smaller and it would still be a good size.

Hook: H 5mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight or Baby Sport Weight (if you use this, your blanket will be smaller than mine and you should use a smaller hook – G. But, it’ll be super soft!)

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • YO = yarn over
  • SP = space

Cluster V-Stitch (Photo Tutorial Here)

{YO and insert hook into ch and pull up a loop (3 loops remain). YO and pull yarn through the first 2 loops (2 loops remain). YO and insert hook into the same ch sp again and pull up a loop (4 loops remain). YO and pull through the first 2 loops (3 loops remain). YO and pull through the last 3 loops}. CH 2 and repeat the text in the brackets into the same space.


The Pattern

Row 1

  • CH 90
  • In the 5th CH from the hook (not counting the ch on your hook) work a cluster v-stitch
  • *Skip 2 CH
  • Work another cluster v-stitch*
  • Repeat from * the length of the chain (with 90 stitches, you’ll have 28 v’s)
  • After you finish the last cluster v, you should have 1 CH left. Work a DC in that CH.

Row 2

  • CH 3
  • Work 1 cluster v-stitch in each ch 2 space of the cluster v-stitch below.
  • At the end of your work, work a DC on the beginning ch 5.
  • Repeat row 2 for the remainder of your project. I did 28 rows so the blanket is nearly square.
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket Summer Sky
Here’s what the cluster v-stitch looks like up close.

For the ruffled edge, I took a variegated yarn that included the same solid colors I had in the blanket and worked 2 to 3 double crochets in each space, working 4 double crochets in the corners. This part you may want to eyeball because your gauge may be different than mine.

This edging does a great job in removing any imperfections in the blanket, like uneven sides!

Merry Crocheting!

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