Creature Comfort-ghan

Babies love texture and interesting pattern designs – this blanket has both! With cute little animals all over, this blanket is perfect for a baby’s room.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 30” x 50”

Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 1” square in sc

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Red Heart Soft (100% Acrylic; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams):

#9700 Baby Pink, 3 skeins; #4600 White, 1 skeins; #4614 Black, 61skeins, #4412 Tangerine, 1 skeins, #9518 Teal, 1 skeins; #9528 Lilac, 1 skein; #4420 Guacamole, 1 skein; #9344 Chocolate, 1 skein; #4601 Off White, 1 skein

Medium Weight Yarn Red Heart Soft Baby Steps (100% Acrylic; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams): #9401 Elephant, 4 skeins

Hook: US size J/10 (6 mm): straight and 24” circular

Notions: Removable markers; tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

The blanket and each animal will be made separately. The animals will be stitched on to complete. Tip: Using stitch markers to anchor head to blanket while sewing is very helpful.

The Penguin’s head is made from the bottom up. You will start with the white and trim in black. The eyes, nose and bow will all be made separately and added to the head with a yarn needle to finish.

The Elephant’s ears and nose will be made directly onto the head for a seamless design.

The Owl’s head and eyes will be made separately and then sewn together. The sprigs and nose will be added last to finish.

The Frog’s head and eyes will be made separately and then sewn together.

Special Stitches

Single Crochet Decrease (sc dec)
Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull back through (2 loops on hook). Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull back through (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook to complete decrease.

Double Crochet Decrease (dc dec)

Yarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull back through (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull back through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook to complete decrease.

Pattern

Blanket

Using Elephant, ch 86.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each across – 85 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 3, dc in each stitch – 85 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 85 sts.
Rows 4-18: Repeat Rows 2-3, ending on Row 2.
Join Baby Pink, fasten off Elephant.
Row 19: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 85 sts.
Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 85 sts.
Rows 21-36: Repeat Rows 19-20.
Join Elephant, fasten off Baby Pink.
Rows 37-54: Repeat Rows 19-20.
Join Baby Pink, fasten off Elephant.
Rows 55-72: Repeat Rows 19-20.
Join Elephant, fasten off Baby Pink.
Rows 73-89: Repeat Rows 19-20, ending on Row 19.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Penguin

Head

Using White, ch 16.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each across – 15 sts.
Rows 2-11: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch.
Row 12: Turn, ch 1, sc, dc 4, hdc, sc, sl st, sc, hdc, dc 4, sc.

Edging: Turn, sc down side of panel using ends of rows as stitches.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Join yarn at sc on Row 12, sc down side, sl st to last stitch to finish – 10 sts.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Black Edging

Row 1: Join Black yarn at bottom right stitch of face, ch 2, dc in each stitch – 39 sts.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Row 2: Join Black yarn in stitch 1 of Row 1, ch 1, sc 11, 2 sc in the next 3 stitches, sc 11, 2 sc, in next 3 stitches, sc 11.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using Black, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to first stitch to join.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Nose

Using Tangerine, ch 2.
Row 1: 2 Sc in first chain – 2 sts.
Row 2: Turn, 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next – 3 sts.
Fasten off.

Bow

Using Teal, ch 11

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each across – 10 sts.
Rows 2-5: Turn, ch1, sc in each stitch – 10 sts.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Wrap yarn around center of strip to cinch.

Assembly

Using the yarn needle, sew the eyes, nose and bow onto the penguin head.

Sew the head onto the blanket.

Elephant

Head

Using Lilac, ch 9.

Row 1: 2 Sc in second chain from hook, sc 6, 2 sc in last chain – 10 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 8, 2 sc – 12 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 10, 2 sc – 14 sts.
Place a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of row.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 12, 2 sc – 16 sts.
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 14, 2 sc – 18 sts.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 16, 2 sc – 20 sts.
Row 7: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 18, 2 sc – 22 sts.
Rows 8-16: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 22 sts.
Row 17: Turn, sc dec, sc 18, sc dec – 20 sts.
Row 18: Turn, sc dec, sc 16, sc dec – 18 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sc dec, sc 14, sc dec – 16 sts.

Edging: Using ends of rows as stitches, sc around head, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Left Ear

Row 1: Join Lilac at stitch marker in Row 3, ch 3 (first dc), dc, sc 13, dc 3 – 18 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc 14, dc 4 – 18 sts.
Row 3: Turn, sc dec, sc 14, sc dec – 16 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc 16 – 16 sts.
Row 5: Turn, sc dec, sc 12, sc dec – 14 sts.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, dc in same stitch, dc 4, sl st 2, dc 6, ch 1, sl st to last stitch.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Right Ear

Row 1: Join Lilac at bottom stitch, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 2, sc 13, dc 2 – 18 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 3, sc 14 – 18 sts.
Row 3: Turn, sc dec, sc 14, sc dec – 16 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc 16 – 16 sts.
Row 5: Turn, sc dec, sc 12, sc dec – 14 sts.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, dc in same stitch, dc 5, sl st 2, dc 5, ch 1, sl st to last stitch.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Trim

Using Round 1 of ears for Left and Right, sl st over the stitches of where Round 1 joins to head to trim.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Trunk

Row 1: Locate center stitch of bottom of head, count 3 stitches to right and join Lilac, ch 1, sc 6.
Rows 2-10: Turn, ch 1, sc 6 – 6 sts.
Row 11: Turn, sc dec, sc 3, 2 sc in last stitch – 6 sts.
Row 12: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 3, dc dec – 6 sts.
Row 13: Turn, sc dec, sc 3, 2 sc – 6 sts.
Rows 14-18: Repeat Rows 12-13, ending on Row 12.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Flower

Using White, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 Sc in first chain – 6 sts.
Round 2: (Sl st, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sl st) in each stitch, sl st to the first sl st to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Using Tangerine, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Eyes

Using Elephant, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Hair Sprigs

Cut 10-15 pieces of yarn approximately 4” long. Loop through the top middle stitches like fringe. Trim evenly.

Assembly

Using yarn needle, sew the eyes and flower onto head.

Add eyelashes and mini pupils to the eyes.

Sew Elephant head onto blanket.

Owl

Head

Using White, ch 16.

Row 1: 2 Sc in second chain from hook, sc 13, 2 sc in last chain – 17 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc 17 – 17 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 15, 2 sc – 19 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 17, 2 sc – 21 sts.
Rows 5-17: Turn, ch 1, sc 21 – 21 sts.
Row 18: Turn, sc dec, sc 17, sc dec – 19 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sc dec, sc 15, sc dec – 17 sts.

Edging: Using ends of rows as stitches, sc around head but leave the bottom unworked, sl st to the first stitch of bottom row to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes (make 2)

Using White, ch 2.

Round 1: 8 Sc in first chain, do not join – 8 sts.
Round 2: Working in the round, 2 sc in each stitch – 16 sts.
Round 3: *Sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round – 24 sts.
Round 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to the first stitch of round to join – 32 sts.

Fasten off White.

Round 5: Join Teal in last stitch of Round 3, ch 1, *sc 3, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to the first stitch of round to join – 40 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Pupils

Using Black, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Sprigs

Cut 3 pieces of yarn approximately 4” long in 3 different colors. Loop through the sides like fringe. Trim evenly.

Assembly

Using the yarn needle, sew the pupils onto the eyes and then the eyes onto the head. Next, use Tangerine and stitch on a triangle nose. Sew head to blanket.

Frog

Head

Using White, ch 16.

Row 1: 2 Sc in second chain from hook, sc 13, 2 sc in last chain – 17 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc 17 – 17 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 15, 2 sc – 19 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 17, 2 sc – 21 sts.
Rows 5-17: Turn, ch 1, sc 21 – 21 sts.
Row 18: Turn, sc dec, sc 17, sc dec – 19 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sc dec, sc 15, sc dec – 17 sts.

Edging: Using ends of rows as stitches, sc around head but leave the bottom unworked, sl st to the first stitch of bottom row to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes

Back (make 2)

Using Guacamole, ch 4.

Round 1: 8 Dc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join – 8 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join – 16 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to first stitch to join – 24 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes

Middle (make 2)

Using White, ch 2.

Row 1: 4 Sc in first chain – 4 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch – 8 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next stitch – 12 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes

Front Pupil (make 2)

Using Black, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Mouth

Using Soft Pink, ch 13, fasten off.

Assembly

Using the yarn needle, sew the eyes together from front to back and then sew completed eyes onto the head. Sew mouth in place. Sew head to blanket.

Monkey

Using Chocolate, ch 12.

Row 1: 2 Sc in second chain from hook, sc 9, 2 sc in last chain – 13 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 11, 2 sc – 15 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 13, 2 sc – 17 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc 17 – 17 sts.
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 15, 2 sc – 19 sts.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 17, 2 sc – 21 sts.
Rows 7-18: Turn, ch 1, sc 21 – 21 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sc dec, sc 17, sc dec – 19 sts.
Row 20: Turn, sc dec, sc 15, sc dec – 17 sts.

Edging: Using ends of rows as stitches, sc around head, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Ears

Back (make 2)

Using Chocolate, ch 4.

Round 1: 12 Dc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join – 12 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round – 18 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Ears

Front (make 2)

Using Off White, ch 2.

Round 1: 8 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Mouth

Using Off White, ch 17.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each across – 16 sts.
Rows 2-7: Turn, ch 1, sc 16 – 16 sts.
Row 8: Turn, sc dec, sc 12, sc dec – 14 sts.
Row 9: Turn, sc dec, sc 10, sc dec – 12 sts.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Edging: Join Off White at right bottom stitch, using ends of rows as stitches, sc to top row, sc dec, sc 8, sc dec, sc down opposite edge.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Eyes

Back (make 2)

Using Off White, ch 2.

Round 1: 8 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join – 8 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join – 16 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join – 24 sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join – 32 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes

Pupil (make 2)

Using Black, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Nose

Using Chocolate, ch 3.

Row 1: 2 Sc in second chain from hook, 4 sc in last stitch, working on opposite side of chain, sl st to the last stitch.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Assembly

Using the yarn needle, sew the nose onto the mouth and stitch the line down the center. Sew the pupil to the back eyes and then the sewn set onto the face. Next, sew the ears onto the side of the head. Sew the head onto the blanket.

Caterpillar

Full Circle (make 5)

Using White, ch 4.

Round 1: 12 Dc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join – 12 sts.
Round 2: Ch 2 (count as a stitch), 2 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch to complete round, sl st to the first stitch to join – 24 sts.
Round 3: Ch 2, *dc, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to the first stitch to join – 36 sts.
Fasten off White.
Round 4: Join trim color, ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to the first stitch to join.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Half Circle (make 2)

Using White, ch 4.

Row 1: 6 Dc in first chain – 6 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (first dc), dc in the same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch to complete row – 12 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete row – 18 sts.
Fasten off White.
Row 4: Join trim color, ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete row – 24 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Eyes

Pupil (make 2)

Using Black, ch 2.

Round 1: 4 Sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Mouth

Using Soft Pink, ch 11, fasten off.

Assembly

Head

Using yarn needle, sew the pupils and mouth to a full circle piece.

Sew the pieces onto blanket.yarn ball

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