Bunny Blankie crochet pattern


I love making blankies, a combination of my 2 favourites making blankets and amigurami   (making toys and figures by crocheting in the round), babies and children love both soft blankets and squishy toys to bring comfort and this is a combination of both. Ive concocted a few of these over the the last few years- but I think this is my favourite design, the combination of star stitch which has a super squishy texture  and a  cuddly bunny and made in one of the best baby type yarns from Sirdar in my opinion. This is my pattern below so that you can make your own :

You will need 2 balls Sirdar baby crofter snuggly fair isle dk for the main part of the blanket and the bunny ears (there are lots of gorgeous shades to choose from, the one I have used is 0166) and one ball of Sirdar snuggly baby in a plain contrast colour for the bunny and trim- I recommend the cream shade, you can either use dk or as I did use 2 strands of 4 ply crocheted together. You will also need a 4mm crochet hook ( I use clover hooks) a tapestry needle and some brown embroidery thread or wool if you prefer for the eyes and mouth. I recommend the use of a stitch marker for the bunny, for me a stitch marker is a must for amigurami.


(all instructions are using UK crochet terms  ch : chain, dc : double crochet, htr : half treble crochet, ss : slip stitch, sst : star stitch, RS : right side, WS : wrong side, Dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches, dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count)fullsizeoutput_d4f


Star stitch , Chain 66 using your fair isle shade using a 4 mm hook,

 Row 1 (RS) Starting 2nd chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of the next 5 chain, yah, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, ( first star stitch) *draw up loop through eyelet at centre of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in same chain as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in each of the next 2 chain, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, chain 1 ( next star stitch made); repeat from * another 26 times, htr in last chain, turn. (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 2 (WS) Ch 2 ( Counts as htr here and throughout pattern) *2 htr in eyelet of star, repeat in each sst , 27 times, htr in last st and turn, (60 htr.)
Row 3 (RS) Ch 3, starting in second chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of next 2 chain, draw up a loop in each of next 3 htr, yrh, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, (first sst made). * draw up loop through eyelet of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke  of previous star, draw up loop in same st as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in  in each of the next 2 sts, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1 (next sst made), repeat from * another 26 times,  htr in last ch, turn (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 4 (WS) As row 2
Repeat rows 3 and 4 18 more times or depending on your tension your work measures approx 31 cm x 31 cm.
At the end of the last htr row ch 1 , turn and work 60 dc evenly along each side of the square, and 3 dc into each corner, ss to first dc, fasten off.
Border  The border is worked in simple linen stitch, cast on with a slip stitch in the contrast plain colour yarn, ( if your are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) at one corner, work 1 ch, 1 dc in first dc, miss one dc , 1ch, 1 dc in next dc, for this round only the st should be worked in the back loop only, subsequent 3 rounds should be worked in both loops. At each corner work 1 ch, 2dc, 1 ch, then miss a dc and continue with row. Complete 4 rows and ss to fasten off at last corner. Weave in ends.

This is the right side of the star stitch fabric created

Starting at the nose create a magic ring / circle using the contrast yarn, (if you are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) using a 4mm hook ( if your fabric is too gappy reduce the size of your hook to make the tension tighter, if you tend to have loose tension, amigurami requires tighter tension than normal if you have not attempted this before) if you have not attempted a magic ring/ circle  before I would recommend watching this tutorial video on U tube by Bella Coco magic ring/ circle tutorial by Bella Coco
dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc3inc = 3 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count
Round 1 Ch 1 ( does not count as a stitch )  work 6 dc into the ring ( 6 st)
Round 2 (dc2inc) 6 times, pull on the short end of the yarn from the magic circle to close the ring tightly, (12 sts)
Round 3 (dc2inc, 3 dc)  3 times (15 st)
Round 4 (dc2inc, 2dc) 5 times (20st)
Round 5 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 6 (dc2inc, 3dc) 5 times (25st)
Round 7 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 8 (dc2inc,4 dc) 5 times (30st)
Round 9 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 10 (dc2inc, 5 dc) 5 times (35sts)
Rounds 11- 17 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 18 (dc2dec, 2 dc) 7 times (28sts)
Round 19 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 20 (dc2dec, 2dc) 7 times  (21 st)
Round 21 (dc2dec, 1dc) 7 times (14 st)
ss to next dc and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn.
Stuff the head and close off the opening with the yarn tail and tapestry needle and a gathering stitch .
Outer ears (make 2) with contrast yarn and 4mm hook
Chain 24
Row 1 (WS) 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1dc into next 21 ch, 3 dc into next ch, 1dc down reverse side of the chain to the end, turn (47sts)
Row 2 (RS) 1 ch, ( does not count as a st throughout ear) 23 dc, dc3 inc, 23dc, turn (49 st)
Row 3 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc, turn, (51st)
Row 4 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc dc2inc, turn, (55st)
Row 5 1ch, 27dc, dc3inc, 27dc, turn ( 57 st)
Row 6 1ch, 28dc,dc3inc, 28dc, turn (59st)
Row 7 1ch, 29 dc, dc3inc, 29dc, turn (61st)
Row 8 1ch, 30 dc, dc3inc, 30dc (63st)
fasten off with ss
Inner ears make 2 as above in the fair isle yarn
Sew the lower edges of the outer and inner ears together with the contrast yarn. gather the bottom edge of the ear with the same thread to shape the curve of the ear at the base, sew onto head.
Embroider the eye lines with chain stitch and 3 eyelashes in straight stitch on each eye. Embroider the nose with a large cross stitch.
To construct the blankie, take 1 corner of the blankie and place it as shown in the photo below between the ears on the back of the head, sew and secure onto the head, at least 5 cms down each side of the blanket edges and at the corner point.

happy snuggles!


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Santa baby cocoon!

Well I couldn’t help it, I know its still October but inspiration hit me for a Santa inspired baby cocoon, I’m making a few baby cocoons at the moment  by popular demand, instead of helping babies come into the world as a midwife I’m now retired and crocheting them something warm and cosy these days! I had some gorgeous merino wool skeins to use up from my stash in off white and red so this idea popped into my head and before I knew it this flew off my hook in a day. It also gave me the chance to try out my new pom pom makers which came free with my latest yarn order from Love Crochet.com in 4 different sizes, a very useful free gift in time for Christmas makes, this will definitely get some use in making some Christmas decorations 🙂

I’m going to write up a pattern for this baby cocoon, when I’ve completed it I will post the link to Ravelry and my patterns on the love crochet indie designers section in case any of you are interested in making it, I used 2 50g skeins of off/ or creamy white and 1 50g red skein, this was using a 4.5mm hook and merino super wash DK yarn but you could use any DK wool or acrylic yarn.

Right now I am also inspired to produce some more Christmassy makes- what about you ?


Cute pixie baby hat

Found a very cute pattern for a pixie style baby hat called “Mixie Pixie” by Theresa Grant, the pattern can be purchased here www.unravelme.etsy.com , I would point out that this pattern is in American crochet terms but as it only uses 2 stitches – triple crochet and front and back post triple crochet it is very easy to read from the american terms – which call the stitch we know as a triple as a double crochet. The hat starts with a foundation triple crochet row which gives the hat a nice chunky border with plenty of stretch to allow for variation in head size. you can leave off the tail if you don’t want it but personally I think it makes the hat, there is also a pattern for a flower to attach if required. This is a lovely quick and easy pattern which I would recommend and  can be made with a variety of dk yarns to produce an individual style.


This one above is made with the gorgeously soft and pretty fairisle Sirdar Baby Snuggly Crofter which is available in plenty of gorgeous colorways, this is my go to yarn for baby items as it is incredibly soft and always works up well both in the variegated and plain colour ways available in the “Snuggly” range, I used a 4.00mm clover hook.

The one below I made from some super wash Merino dk by Artesano I have in my stash, Artesano unfortunately went out of business after Brexit, but you could use any Merino dk, preferably one that is machine washable like this one for obvious reasons, for this slightly chunkier dk I used a 4.5 mm clover hook.


Cute aren’t they?

If anyone wants to buy one of these ready made they are available in my Etsy shop here : Pogle’s Cottage Crafts, various colours / size can be made to order.


Baby Cocoon – mermaid style


This weeks make whilst finishing the last squares on my two last dance on the beach blankets is a baby cocoon mermaid style –  with a pretty headband to match,  the large adult versions of mermaid blankets are very popular at the moment – my daughter keeps nagging me for one, I will make her one for christmas when I can find the chunky yarn I want actually in stock somewhere. However for now this a baby version from a pattern by Deborah O’Leary available to download on the Craftsy site. I have bought another one which is peapod cocoon- waiting for my yarn to arrive for that one. For this mermaid cocoon I used a lovel Sidar yarn in my stash – Snuggly Tiny Tots dk x 2 50g balls (shade 0994), the cotton flecking through the lovely soft acrylic yarn is so pretty and has worked very effectively for this project. Its a lovely yarn to crochet with as most Sirdar baby yarns are and worked up really quickly using a 3.00mm clover hook. I used some stash dk yarn leftovers for the flowers in pale pink, fushia pink and baby blue.

I’m pleased with the result and will be popping this in my Etsy shop to sell- cocoons can be quite popular for photo props for babies, or it can make a cute alternative for a blanket.