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Cow Lovey: Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Spring is in the air and that means outings and picnics and all the adorable farm animals! After I shared my pattern for Bonnie the Cow, I knew I had to make a lovey version of those cuties too. And I had to make all three! If you’re looking for an easy amigurumi pattern and a simple blanket that’s perfect for taking out, this pattern’s for you!

Loveys are the best of both worlds and they are so easy to make! I’ve been making lovey versions of some of my favorite plushies, and not only are they fun to make and gift, but they’re also great sellers at craft fairs! You can check out all the plushies and lovey patterns here if you’re interested.

For this cow lovey, I made one in each color, but the pattern is the same for all of them. It’s easiest to make the head and the body all in one piece first, and then make the features and sew them on, so that’s how I wrote this pattern out. But you can also start with the smaller pieces first if you prefer. Either way, the head and the blanket are worked as one piece so that you don’t have to worry about the head coming loose over time and it’s fewer ends to weave in!

 

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Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Intermediate – some amigurumi experience is helpful but not necessary
  • Sizing: 12 x 12 inches square
  • Gauge: 1 inch = 2 blocks in blanket

Bonne the Cow Lovey: Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Round 1: With yarn in White and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).

Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).

Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).

Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).

Rounds 8-16: SC around for 9 rounds. Start to add the stuffing.

Round 17: *SC 5, dec* around (36).

Round 18: *SC 4, dec* around (30).

Round 19: *SC 3, dec* around (24).

Round 20: *SC 2, dec* around (18). Finish adding stuffing.

Round 21: *SC, dec* around (12).

Round 22: Decrease around (6). Do not cut the yarn!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Now let’s make the blanket of this crochet baby blanket! Work the blanket from the bottom of the head to keep it all in one piece. This is going to be a basic granny square pattern that’s anchored at the base of the head.

Switch to the larger hook and ch 2.

Round 1: DC twice by going through the opening of the bottom of the head and catching the space on the opposite side. This is to bring the sides together and close the hole. *Ch 2, DC 3 through the next space and the space across it*, twice. Ch 2, and work 3 DC into a space on the head, ch 2 and then slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 that started the round. You’ll have 3 blocks around the 6 stitches from the opening and 1 block just anchored to a stitch.

Round 2: Ch 2 and turn. DC 2 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3. *Ch 2, DC 3 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (8 blocks)

These next 3 pictures are of a hippo lovey but it’s done the exact same way!

Round 3: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (12)

Round 4: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 2 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (16)

Round 5: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 3 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (20)

Round 6: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 4 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (24)

Round 7: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (28)

Round 8: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (32)

Round 9: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 6 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (36)

Round 10: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 7 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (40)

Switch to black yarn for the border.

Round 11: Ch 2 and turn. DC 4 into the middle DC of the block, then SC into the next ch-2 space. DC 5 into the middle of the next block, and SC into the next ch-2 space. Work from * around and bind off at the end of the round. And then use an invisible bind-off for a clean finish.

Snout:

Round 1: With pink yarn and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 8 SC into it.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (16).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (24).

Rounds 4-6: SC around for 3 rounds.

Round 5: *SC, dec* around (16). Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Horns (make 2):

Round 1: With cream yarn (Biscuit) and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 3 SC into it.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (6).

Rounds 3-6: SC around for 4 rounds.

Ears (make 1 in white, 1 in black):

Round 1: with a 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Rounds 3-4: SC around for 2 rounds.

Round 5: *SC, inc* around (18).

Rounds 6-10: SC around for 5 rounds. Bind off and leave a long tail.

Spot 1:

Round 1: With yarn in Black and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: This round is worked by placing stitches in a somewhat random order to create the uneven edge of the spot. Don’t worry about getting all the stitches perfect, it’s meant to be uneven! SC, 2HDC, 3DC, HDC, HDC, SC, (DC, HDC), SC, 2 HDC, HDC, 3DC, HDC, SC, SC, HDC, 2HDC, (DC, HDC), SC to end. BO and leave a long tail for sewing.

Spot 2:

Round 1: With yarn in Black, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: This round is worked by placing stitches in a somewhat random order to create the uneven edge of the spot. Don’t worry about getting all the stitches perfect, it’s meant to be uneven! SC, 2HDC, 2HDC, (DC, HDC), SC, HDC, 2HDC, 2DC, (DC, HDC), SC, SC, HDC, (HDC, SC), SC 5, 3HDC in last space. BO and leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

To finish up, all we have to do now is sew the features onto the cow lovey!

Start adding the features to the head. Use the tail yarn on the horns and a tapestry needle to sew the horns onto the head going through each of the spaces at the base of the horn. Fold the ears in half and sew them to the sides of the head. Use the tail yarn on the snout to sew the snout onto the face, making sure to add a little bit of stuffing inside.

Place the spots on the blanket part where you want them and sew them in place with the tail yarn. Trim the excess yarn to finish and you are done!

I love how these three look together in that last photo! These loveys we really quick and easy to make, and I hope you give them a try. As always, leave me any questions in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

See you soon 🙂


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Franny

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

I have tried the link and the code (20241cm) as stated but not allowing me

Shehla Ahmed

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

its 2024ICM, with an I, not a 1!

Darla

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

The link isn't working for the Free PDF pattern. I've refreshed page and still won't take me to your Ravelry site.

Darla

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Thank you - the link now works and I have successfully downloaded the pdf pattern. Excited to make this for a baby shower gift.

Tam

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Too many ads on this page. Hard to find anything and impossible to read the actual blog.

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