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Published on July 25th, 2015 | by Merion

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Crochet with Kate: Animal Taggy Blankets!

How adorable are these little taggy blankets? Crochet them for the babies in your life and make a couple of extra for gifts!

Crochet with Kate: darling taggies! on the LoveCrochet blog

 

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 there’s even a little ribbon tag added – because, as we all know, the label is the favourite bit!

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!

You will need:

For each blanket you will need two balls of your chosen shade 4ply yarn, and one cream – Kate used:

  • Bergere de France Coton Fifty in shades Coquille (42649), Ficelle (23906) and Nougat (22518)
  • A 3mm hook and tapestry needle for sewing in ends.

The blanket square is worked in double crochet using one strand of 4ply yarn and a 3mm hook for gentle drape, and the head is made from two strands of 4ply yarn and a 4mm hook.

Begin with the blanket:

Using one strand of the 4 ply and a 3mm hook loosely work a chain of 60.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog, making bobbles

 

Double crochet into the 2nd ch from the hook and work in dc to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn.

Work a further 9 rows in dc, remembering to ch 1 at the end of each row and turn.

Row 11 is your first bobble row.

Work as follows: joining your cream in at the beginning of the row dc 11, make a bobble with the cream, dc 11, make a bobble and so on until the end of the row.

Making bobbles

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 11 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. On the 5th tr pull the yarn through all of the loops to close up your bobble.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making bobbles on the LoveCrochet blog

Change back to your main colour and work another 11 dc.

Pull your cream yarn up and make another bobble as before on the 12th st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making bobbles on the LoveCrochet blog

Continue all the way along the row repeating the bobble pattern.

After each bobble row work a further 11 rows of plain dc and each 12th row will be your bobble pattern row.

Work 5 bobble rows in total.

Work 10 further rows of plain dc, with your final row being a RS row.

At the end of the row do not finish off but continue to work all the way around the edge of the blanket in dc. Work 2 dc in to each corner stitch. When you are back at the start of your final row finish off.

Work one further round of dc in the cream, again remembering to work 2 dc into each corner stitch. Cut yarn and finish off.

Stripy Blanket

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets, striped blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

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 row of dc in the same colour.

At the beginning of the third row (RS ) join in the cream and work a further 2 rows of dc remembering to ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Continue working 2 rows of each colour. To save you lots of ends later, rather than cutting your yarn when you change colour, just carefully loop it up the side of your blanket.

In total I worked 18 stripes in the beige and 17 stripes in the cream.

At the end of your last beige row ( RS ) do not finish off but continue to work all the way around the edge of the blanket in DC. Work 2 DC in to each corner stitch. When you are back at the start of your final row, finish off.

Work one further round of DC in the cream, again remembering to work 2 DC into each corner stitch. Cut yarn and finish off.

Making the head

To make the head you will be using 2 strands of the 4ply yarn and a 4mm hook. Begin by making a Magic Ring. Work 8 DC into the ring and pull to tighten.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making a magic ring on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: ch1 ( this counts as a st here and throughout ), then work 1 dc in to the same st as the previous sl st ( below ch1 ), *2 dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch 1 to join. 16 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making the head on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 3: ch 1, 2 dc in to the next st, * 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* Repeat from *to* until end, sl st in ch 1 to join.  24 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets, making the head on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 4:  ch 1, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch 1 to join. 32 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 5: ch 1, 1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, * 1 dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch 1 to join. 40 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets , making the heads on the LoveCrochet blog

Rounds 6 to 13: ch 1, 1 dc in next st and in each st all the way round, sl st in ch 1 to join. 40 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets, making the head on the LoveCrochet blog

At the end of the 13th round the head should look like this:

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 14: CH 1, 1 DC in next 2 STs, DC 2 tog, * 1 DC in next 3 STs, DC 2 tog* repeat from * to * until end, SL ST in CH 1 to join.  32 ST.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 15: ch 1, 1 dc in next st, dc 2 tog, *1 dc in next 2 st, dc 2 tog* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch 1 to join.  24 st.

Round 16: ch 1, dc 2 tog, *1 dc in next st, dc 2 tog* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch 1 to join. 16 st.

Round 17 to 18: ch 1, 1 dc in next st and in each st around, sl st in ch 1 to join. 16 st. Finish off leaving a long tail of yarn.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - crocheting the head on the LoveCrochet blog

The ears!

Make 2.

Using 2 x strands of yarn and a 4mm hook ch 5.

Work 2 dc in to the second st from the hook, work 1 dc in to the next 2 st and 2 dc in to the last stitch.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making the ears on the LoveCrochet blog

Now, continuing on round, and working in to the same chains, work 2 dc in to the 1st ch, 1 dc in to the next 2 ch and 2 dc in to the last ch. 12 ST. You should now an oval shape.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making the ears on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: Do not ch at the beginning or sl st at the end of each round.

Work 1 dc in to the next st and in each st all the way round. 12 st.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making the ears on the LoveCrochet blog

Continue to work 1 dc in to each st all the way around until the ears are the size that you want them to be. I worked a total of approx. 4 rounds for the mouse and approx. 18 rounds for the rabbit.

When the ears are the right size, finish off and use the tail of yarn to sew the ends of the ears together so they lie flat.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - making the ears on the LoveCrochet blog

The next step is to add the ears, eyes and nose to the head. I found this easier to do before the head is stuffed.  Using some black yarn for the eyes and white yarn for the nose, carefully sew the features in the positions you want them.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you are happy with this you are ready to start the stuffing!

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

Begin by stuffing the top half of the head. I stuffed mine quite firmly but if a softer feel is wanted just add a smaller amount of stuffing. Before the stuffing is finished the blanket square needs to be inserted in to the head.

I found the easiest way to do this was to run a gathering thread across one of the corners and then to pull the thread to create soft gathers. Using the same thread, stitch up from the centre of the gathers to the top corner.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - securing the blanket on the LoveCrochet blog

Now carefully pass your needle and thread right up through the centre of the head and the stuffing and gently pull the blanket up in to the head so that it is securely in place.

Hold the blanket in place by stitching the end of the yarn around the original magic ring.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets- attaching the head on the LoveCrochet blog

Once the blanket is stitched into position finish stuffing the head and using the long tail of yarn work a gathering thread about the bottom of the head. Carefully pull the yarn to close the head up and work a further round of stitches to secure the head firmly to the blanket.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets - attaching the head on the LoveCrochet blog

Finish off around the back of the head and sew in the end of the yarn!

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

And now for the finishing touches! For the mouse I worked a bobble border and for the rabbit I added a ruffly edge.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets! LoveCrochet blog

For the bobbly border:

Starting at the top left side of the blanket and working with 1 strand of the cream and a 3mm hook, sl st 5, make a bobble by working 5 tr in to the same stitch and leaving the last loop of each tr on the hook. On the fifth tr pull the yarn through all 6 loops, work another 5 sl st, make a bobble and so on all the way around the edge. Finish off and sew in the end of the yarn.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets! Edgings on the LoveCrochet blog

For the ruffly edge:

Starting at the top left side of the blanket and working with 1 strand of the cream and a 3mm hook work 3 TR in to each stitch all the way around the edge. Finish off and sew in the end of the yarn.

For each border I then made a separate short strip of the same border and carefully stitched this around the neck.  My final touch was to add two little ribbons, one sewn tightly to the ear and another sewn behind the border  in the bottom right hand corner.

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets final touches on the LoveCrochet blog

And there we are! Animal taggy blankets that will delight babies and toddlers everywhere!

Crochet with Kate: animal taggy blankets on the LoveCrochet blog

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




37 Responses to Crochet with Kate: Animal Taggy Blankets!

  1. Sandie says:

    These taggy blankets look so sweet, I am tempted to have a go….mmmm!

  2. Štecherová says:

    Ráda bych koupila 2 kusy. Bylo by to možné?
    Děkuji

    • Merion says:

      Hi Štecherová
      Výukové programy jsou zdarma, takže si můžete vytvořit svůj vlastní deky! Vše, co potřebujete k vytvoření těchto krásných taggies je na naší stránce! Děkujeme vám za váš komentář!
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  3. Gail says:

    Absolutely love these patterns of yours. I make many of these various taggies, comforters, dudu’s- call them what you want to. Thanks for sharing.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Gail! so glad to hear that you like our tutorial patterns on the LoveCrochet blog!
      Lovely to hear that you make these taggies too!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  4. Carol says:

    These are adorable!! Thank you for sharing this pattern..

    • Merion says:

      Hi Carol,

      So glad you like Kate’s tutorial for taggy blankets! Thank you for letting us know!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  5. Lynda says:

    Beautiful pattern’s, : )

  6. dilma henrikse says:

    These are adorable!!

  7. Ruthann says:

    Just to confirm, pattern is written in UK or US terms?

  8. Julie says:

    These are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and for the wonderfully clear tutorial. I shall definitely be making one for my new grandchild who will be arriving next Spring.

  9. Slavi says:

    How adorable! Thank you for sharing!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Slavi,

      Thanks for your comment – so glad you like Kate’s Taggy Blanket tutorial! We love her patterns, it’s fantastic to have them here on our blog!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  10. Sandy L says:

    These are adorable. Thank you. I will be making these this winter. LOL

    • Merion says:

      Hi Sandy!
      So glad you like Kate’s tutorial for Taggy blankets!
      I hope you enjoy making them!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  11. Gwen says:

    The blankets are adorable. I will try this. Thank you.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Gwen!
      So glad you like Kate’s taggy blankets! I hope you enjoy making them!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  12. Lynne says:

    Beautiful! And such clear, well illustrated instructions – just wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to do such great details, and for sharing your patterns!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Lynne!

      Kate writes wonderful patterns and we’re delighted to have them here on our blog! Thank you for your kind comment!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  13. I, too, am wondering if this is in US terms. I just started the first row when I went back to my computer to check directions when I noticed someone posted this question. I love the pattern and the wonderful descriptions of how to complete the blanket. Thank you.

  14. Anita Schaller says:

    these are such magnificent cuddly cloths

  15. Beatrice ONeill says:

    Is there anyway to get the just written pattern?????????????TIA

    • Merion says:

      Hi Beatrice,

      We’re working on getting all our brilliant tutorials reduced into printable files but at the moment, we only have these gorgeous picture tutorials to offer!
      Thanks for suggesting an optional written pattern too, we’ll definitely look into it!
      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  16. Jenny says:

    For those wondering if the pattern is in UK or US terms, I just came across this info …

    Getting UK and US abbreviations muddled
    UK and US stitch abbreviations differ, so make sure you know which set of abbreviations your pattern is using. A good tip is to look out for ‘single crochet’ as this term is only used in American patterns. Here’s a handy list of differing terms to guide you. (US) SC = (UK) DC; (US) HDC = (UK) HTR; (US) DC = (UK) TR; (US) TR = (UK) DTR.

    This information is from…
    http://www.topcrochetpatterns.com/blog/5-crochet-mistakes-to-avoid

  17. Anne says:

    I love these and would like to make them without having to have the computer in front of me. A print option would be perfect.

  18. kristina says:

    Wow ? thanks for the pattern xx

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