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Crochet Club Kate Eastwood's Taggy Animals

Published on March 11th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Animal Taggies (with arms!) by Kate Eastwood

This week, Kate’s step by step tutorial will show you how to create a very special first baby toy!

There’s something very special about that a toy that gets carried everywhere by a toddler and these little animal taggy blankets fit that bill perfectly.  The blanket part is soft and light enough to be gripped by the very smallest of hands and the head adds the character needed to make this taggy blanket become a firm favourite. There are lots of different textures to each toy and the little soft arms are perfect for wrapping tiny fingers around.

It’s also fully washable – and heaven forbid it should ever get lost – another one can very quickly be hooked up before bedtime should the need arise!

Animal Taggies by Kate Eastwood

I have made mine in two different colourways and patterns but both are made with the same basic pattern.  For my yarn I used Millamia Naturally Soft Cotton. For the rabbit I used 2 x balls of Mid Grey 301 and 1 x ball of Off White 311 and for the mouse I used 2 x balls of Candy Pink 340 and 1 x ball of Off White 311. This tutorial is written in UK Crochet terminology.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton

You will also need some toy stuffing and two 6 mm safety eyes, or black thread to embroider the eyes.

To give a soft drape the blanket square is worked in simple DC, using 1 strand of the yarn and a 3mm hook. The head and ears are worked using 2 strands of the yarn and a 3.5 mm hook.

To make the head:  The head is made in a continuous round and worked with 2 strands of the coloured yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

Round 1: Work a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the Round 1, 8 sts.

Round 3: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 2, 16 sts.

Round 4: Work a round of DC, 16 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to *all the way around, 24 sts.

Crochet Club Taggy animals

Round 6: Work a round of DC, 24 sts.

Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first two stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to *all the way around, 32 sts.

Round 8: Work a round of DC, 32sts.

Round 9: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first three stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to *all the way around, 40 sts.

Rounds 10 to 15: Work a round of DC, 40sts.

taggy animals

You are now going to start working some decreasing rounds to form the shape of the head.

Round 16: *Decrease 2 stitches by working the first two DC stitches together, work a DC in to each of the next 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 32 sts.

taggy animals

Round 17: Work a round of DC, 32 sts.

Round 18: *Decrease 2 stitches by working the first two DC stitches together, work a DC in to each of the next 2 stitches*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 24 sts.

Round 19: Work a round of DC, 24 sts.

At this stage attach the two safety eyes and stuff the majority of the head.

Round 20: *Decrease 2 stitches by working the first two DC stitches together, work a DC in to the next  stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 16sts.

Round 21: Decrease 2 stitches together all the way around, 8 sts. Add the final stuffing as required. Do not finish off at this point but leave a long tail of yarn to finish off later and sew the head closed.

taggy animals

To make the Mouse ears:  Make 4

Work as for the head up to and including Round 5. For each ear lace two of the circles together, WS together, and DC all the way around the edge. Finish off leaving a long tail of yarn to sew the ears to the head.

To make the Bunny Ears: Make 2

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch , followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 9 sts.

Round 3: Work a round of DC, 9 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch , followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * 4 times, 13 sts.

Work a further 12 rounds of 13 sts. Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing the ears to the head.

To make the Mouse Blanket:

Using 1 strand of the yarn and a 3mm hook loosely work a chain of 46.

DC in to the 2nd CH from the hook and work in DC to the end of the row. CH 1 and turn.

Work a further 4 rows in DC, remembering to CH 1 at the end of each row and turn.

Row 5 is your first bobble row.

Work as follows: Joining your Off White in at the beginning of the row DC5, make a bobble with the cream, DC 5, make a bobble and so on until the end of the row.

To make a bobble:

As your bobbles are worked in a different colour join your bobble colour in at the beginning of the bobble row by laying it along the top of the row and holding it in place as you crochet.

DC 5 in your main colour, bring the cream yarn up and work 5 TR in to the next ST, leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook. You will then have 6 loops on your hook. After the 5th TR yarn over with the pink yarn and pull through all of the loops to close up your bobble. Work 5 DC in pink and then work your 2 nd bobble. Continue all the way along the row.

taggy animals

taggy animals

At the end of each bobble row, cut your off white yarn, leaving a long tail to sew in the ends.

Work 8 bobble rows.

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View from the reverse of the bobbles…

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View from the front of the bobbles!

Work 4 further rows of DC.

At the end of your final row ( RS) continue on at the end of the row , working 2 to 3 stitches in the corner, and then carry on working a round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket. Sl St to join when you get back to the beginning. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Now join in your Off White yarn and work a further round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket, working 2 to 3 DC in to each corner stitch to make sure the blanket keeps it shape.

Animal taggies

To make the Rabbit blanket:

Using 1 strand of the yarn and a 3mm hook loosely work a chain of 46.

DC in to the 2nd CH from the hook and work in DC to the end of the row. CH 1 and turn.  To create the stripes I worked 3 stripes of each colour. Rather than cutting the yarn at the end of each colour change I looped the yarn up the side of the blanket, as this can then be closed in when working the final border.

Work a total of 54 rows.

At the end of your final row ( RS) continue on at the end of the row, working 2 to 3 stitches in the corner, and then carry on working a round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket. Sl St to join when you get back to the beginning. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Now join in your Off White yarn and work a further round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket, working 2 to 3 DC in to each corner stitch to make sure the blanket keeps it shape.

taggy animals

To make the arms: Make 2 (Using 2 strands of yarn and a 3.5mm hook)

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 12 sts.

Work a further 29 rounds of 12 DC. Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn top sew the arms on to the taggy blanket.

Joining all the parts of the Taggy together

For each taggy you should now have a head, a blanket, two arms and two ears.

To attach the blanket to the head thread a needle with a double piece of yarn and thread this through one of the blanket corners as detailed in the picture below. Now thread the needle up through the bottom of the head, pulling the tip of the blanket corner in to the hole at the bottom of the head. Secure the yarn tightly at the top of the head and sew in the ends. Now finish off the bottom of the head , pulling the left over yarn tail up tightly to close the hole. Sew in the ends and then stitch the two ears firmly in place.

taggy animals

taggy animals

To complete your Taggy you just need to add your finishing border.

For my mouse I worked a scalloped border as follows: *Work a SL ST, into the next stitch work a HTR, TR and HTR, SL ST in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of the round work a chain long enough to make an edge under the head. Work scallops in to the chain, stitch in place. Finish off and sew in the ends. Once your border is complete sew the arms in place by attaching them to the back of the head and blanket.

taggy animals

For my rabbit border I worked a small bobbled edge as follows: *With the WS facing SL ST, yarn over and pull up the loop five times, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook, SL ST in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of the round work a chain long enough to make an edge under the head. Work bobbles in to the chain, stitch in place. Finish off and sew in the ends. Once your border is complete sew the arms in place by attaching them to the back of the head and blanket.

taggy animals

taggy animals

Your finished little Taggy Animals!

Kate Eastwood's Taggy Animals

Kate Eastwood's Taggy Animals

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




6 Responses to Crochet Club: Animal Taggies (with arms!) by Kate Eastwood

  1. barb vedder says:

    these are adorable!! thanks for sharing the pattern and all the great photos.

  2. Lorraine McCarthy says:

    Are you UK or USA? Just learning to crochet and getting confused between the dc and tc differences between the two countries

    • Eric says:

      Hi Lorraine, this pattern was written with UK terminology, so in the US double crochet would be referred to as single crochet… confusing, I know! I hope you upload your pattern to your profile here on LoveCrochet so we can see it when you’re done!

  3. Nancy Timmermans says:

    Just love these. They look so easy as well. Thank you for sharing your work.

  4. Lucy Wynne says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns.
    My Goddaughter was born Feb 21st which was my 60th Birthday!
    These will be adorable for her.

  5. Andrea says:

    You are amazingly talented and even more kind to share these patterns that are, in my opinion, better than those that you pay for….not that I begrudge anyone from making a profit, but all too often they don’t share at least a small freebie. Being a labor of love artist myself, that just bugs me! So, I wanted to give you a sincere thank you and let you know how very much appreciated your kindness is. I will pay it forward by doing something equally generous. One person can really make a difference!!!!!

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