Well, it’s baby season.

Time for baby showers, gender reveal parties, and birth announcements. And like all yarn enthusiasts, I am drawn to create gifts for the new babies, usually a large blanket for floor time and a lovey.

Over the next few weeks, I will be making several of my loveys free web-only patterns to my readers. The Premium Patterns for them will still be available as well.


Moose Lovey baby blanket amigurumi free crochet pattern | Hooked by Kati
A Moose Lovey and matching Continuous Granny Square Blanket

A popular theme this year is “Woodland” or “Forest.” The Moose Lovey is the perfect addition to the Woodland nursery.

A lovey is a small baby blanket, usually only 18″ x 18″, with a small stuffed animal attached at the center. They are great for car seat blankets because they cover just enough without being bulky, and the amigurumi in the center is right in reach of the little one. I loved them for my boys when they were babies because I could tuck them in and then know that their entertainment (aka, the amigurumi) would stay in place. It would not get thrown around the car and need to be retrieved at the next stop light.


The Moose Lovey pattern has a Granny Square blanket as its base. Instructions are written, but here is a tutorial on how to start a Continuous Granny Square blanket.

The moose in the center is an adorable moose head, with big giant nostrils and round antlers. He has two hoofed arms attached under the head. For the safety of the baby, there are no safety eyes, but instead, the eyes are a simple half-circle embroidered on the face.

This pattern can also be purchased as a Premium Pattern for only $2.50 (printable, ad-free, downloadable .pdf file) here.  It can also be found on Etsy or Ravelry.

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Moose Lovey

All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Intermediate pattern.  You need to have knowledge of single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), and both increases and decreases.

Easy.  Need to have knowledge of single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), increase and decreases, and some experience with amigurumi part attachment.

Gauge

Gauge is not important for this project.

Size

Blanket measures 18″ x 18″. Moose is 5″ x 5″.

Supplies

  • H (5.0 mm) hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 364 yds/7 oz/198 g, Pink Camo (CAMO) 1 ball; Café Latte (CAF), 1 ball; Buff (BUF), < 1 ball; Black (BLK), < 1 ball.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Poly-fil stuffing

Measurements

6″ in diameter. Blanket is 18″ x 18″

Gauge

Gauge is not important for amigurumi. Be sure to use the same hook throughout to ensure proportional size.

Pattern Notes

  • Work in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch unless otherwise specified by the pattern.
  • For best results, assemble parts in order as directed.
  • Weave in attachment ends at very end of project in case pieces require repositioning.

Instructions

Blanket

(Continuous Granny Square)

Video Tutorial also available here.

With CAMO, Ch 4.

Rnd 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3] in same st.  Sl st in next st.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, [2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, repeat from * two more times, sl st in top of 1st st to join. Sl st in next st.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, [2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, repeat from * two more times, sl st in 1st st to join. Sl st in next st.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, [2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch sp, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 4 dc, ch 3, repeat from * two more times, sl st in 1st st to join. Sl st in next st.

Rnds 5-15: Repeat pattern with [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in each corner and [3 dc, ch 3] on the straight sections.

Bind off and weave in all ends.

Moose Lovey baby blanket amigurumi free crochet pattern | Hooked by Kati

Head

With CAF, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnds 6-9: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 10: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 11: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 12: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 13: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 15: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (36)

Rnds 16-20: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 21: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)

Begin stuffing.

Rnd 22: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 23: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 24: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Finish stuffing.

Rnd 25: Dec 6 times. (6)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Leave long tail for sewing.

Nose

With CAF, ch 2, leaving long tail at beginning.

Row 1: Sc 3 in second ch from hook, turn. (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc evenly across, turn. (3)

Row 3: Ch 1, inc in first st, sc, inc in last st, turn. (5)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc evenly across, turn. (5)

Row 5: Ch 1, inc in first st, 3 sc, inc in last st, turn. (7)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc evenly across, turn. (7)

Row 7: Ch 1, inc in first st, 5 sc, inc in last st, turn. (9)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc evenly across, turn. (9)

Row 9: Ch 1, inc in first st, 7 sc, inc in last st, turn. (11)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc evenly across. (11)

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing. 

Using beginning tail, sew point of nose to center of small end of head. Lay triangle flat up head and use ending tail to sew flat along row 9.

Ears

(make 2)

With CAF, ch 2, leaving long tail at beginning.

Row 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook, turn. (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, inc, 2 sc, inc, turn. (6)

Row 3-6: Ch 1, sc evenly across, turn. (6)

Row 7: Ch 1, dec, 2 sc, dec, turn. (4)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc evenly across. turn. (4)

Row 9: Ch 1, 2 dec, turn. (2)

Row 10: Ch 1, dec. (1)

Using beginning tail, sew to head, low and directly across from each other.

Antlers

(make 2)

Work holding two strands together.

With BUF, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: 3 sc, ch 4, [sc in second ch from hook, hdc, dc] down ch, sc in same st as ch, [2 sc, ch 5 [sc in second ch from hook, sc, hdc, dc] down ch, sc in same st as ch] 4 times, 2 sc, ch 4, [sc in second ch from hook, hdc, dc] down ch, sc in same st as ch, 5 sc. Sl st to round edge. (24 sc, 6 horns) Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew to head above ears, flat side of antlers to head, positioned so the horns curve up like bowl.

Legs

(make 2)

With BLK, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around.  (12)

Rnd 3: Working in BLO, sc evenly around. (12)

Rnds 4-6: Working in both loops, sc evenly around. (12)

Change to CAF.

Rnds 7-18: Sc evenly around. (12)

 Stuff. Pinch top closed and sew to bottom of head, angled outward so they show from either side of the nose.

Thread needle with long strand of BLK. Sew half circles on face in three stitches, evenly spaced over nose and between antlers.

Attach whole moose piece to center of blanket by sewing in a circle around center of blanket and bottom of head.


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