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Rainbow Unicorn Lovey Blanket Preamble

Mini Crochet Along – Free Crochet Pattern

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HOW A FREE CROCHET ALONG WORKS

DATES

Click here for Part 1 – 27 December 2022
Click here for Part 2 – 30 December 2022
Click here for Part 3 – 3 January 2023

WHAT YOU WILL CROCHET

  • A mini blanket referred to as a lovey, attached to an amigurumi soft toy.
  • Every child should get the chance to love one.

FINISHED SIZE

  • Each lovey is 30 cm x 30 cm (12 inches x 12 inches).

CROCHET SKILL

  • Easy to adventurous beginner.
  • You will need a basic knowledge of the amigurumi technique.
  • The pattern has helpful hints along the way which are highlighted in purple/bold or italics.

TERMINOLOGY

  • US with metric sizes

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 2.5 mm hook
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Tailors pen (optional)
  • Makeup blush and makeup brush (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pins

WHAT YOU GET

  • Easy to follow written instructions available on my blog in 3 parts
  • Full pattern support

YARN 

  • Vinnis Colours – Serina 4 Ply Sport 100% bamboo viscose Eco-friendly (50 grams/111 metres)

    • Pastel colourway: 50g Natural, 30g Prince Blue Grey, 30g Baby Pink, 30g Prince Salmon, 30g Prince Buttercup, 30g Mint, 40 g Prince Blue Bell, 40g Violet, 40g Lavender.
    • Bright colourway: 50g Natural, 30g Prince Blue Grey, 30g Crimson, 30g Orange, 30g Sun Ray, 30g New Grass, 40g Sky, 40g Indigo, 40g Deep Purple.

NOTES

  • My pattern uses US terminology.
  • Always read the pattern before you start to familiarise yourself with it.
  • When working in the round, use a stitch marker or a running stitch marker to keep track of the rounds/rows.
  • Colours are for reference only and will vary depending on the light settings of your monitor/devices.
  • Some of the photo tutorials are from other designs or will show more completed parts, so do not worry about the colour or other parts – use them as a guide to check your work looks as it should.
  • If you want to use safety eyes or a safety nose, when gifting to babies and small children please remember safety first – you are welcome to embroider the eyes.
  • The pattern was designed in bamboo but can be made in any yarn. Just remember to use the correct hook size for the yarn you have chosen.
  • If you are working in thicker or thinner yarn your lovey blanket and amigurumi toy size may vary.
  • Tension and hook size could also influence the overall size.
  • And lastly, COUNT your stitches and have loads of FUN.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Secure starting ends as you go along.
  • When changing colours do not finish off the final stitch; add new colour and finish off the last stitch to complete the colour change.
  • The best way to make sure that your tail is long enough to attach the piece to the ragdoll is to run the yarn close to the edge of the piece and cut the yarn 2 ½ times the length.
  • Chain stitches and slip stitches do not count as a stitch unless otherwise indicated.
  • Stitch counts are at the end of each round/row, bold and in parentheses.
  • When joining new yarn (other than for a colour change), use a slip stitch.
  • With my patterns, I usually always start with an increase in the 1st stitch, so if your increase stitch falls in the 1st stitch of the increase stitch from the last round, your stitch count should be correct.

ABBREVIATIONS

TERM ABBREVIATION STITCH INSTRUCTIONS
Back loop only BLO Insert hook into the back loop of the stitch only.
Chain ch Yarn over, pull through.
Double crochet dc Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops.
Four chain picot stitch 4 ch picot Chain four, ss into 1st chain
Half double crochet hdc Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops.
Invisible single crochet two together inv sc2tog Insert hook into the front loop only of the next two stitches, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops.
Magic circle mc Link to how I make a magic circle
Needle join nj When you have finished your last stitch, do not join, instead cut the yarn, and pull it through the last stitch. Using a needle, insert into both loops of the 2nd stitch of the same round/row. Go back into the back loop only of the last stitch of the round/row, and gently tighten the join, and it will form a “loop” on top of the stitch and look just like a regular stitch.
Repeat rep Repeat the stitches between *.* the required number of times.
Single crochet sc Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops.
Skip sk Skip a stitch or space.
Slip stitch ss Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through both the stitch and loop on hook.
Space/s sp/s The space between the stitches.
Stitch/es st/s The stitch itself.
Treble tr Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops.

PATTERN SUPPORT

TEST TEAM

  • A big thank you to my amazing, patient test team – I could not do this without your help, encouragement, and hours of challenging work – you guys’ ROCK!

PURCHASE THE PDF PATTERN

If you would like to purchase the PDF pattern, which includes the step-by-step photo tutorial instructions, a print friendly version and a unique birth certificate, follow the link below to your preferred shop:

  • Click HERE to purchase from my Online Shop
  • Click HERE to purchase from my Ravelry Store
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WHAT YOU GET

  • A PDF pattern with easy-to-follow written instructions.
  • Over 50 clear tutorial photographs.
  • A print friendly version.
  • Full pattern support.

THANK YOU

Thank you for your support and I hope that you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did during the design process.

Hugs xxx

Melanie

COPYRIGHT © 2022

  • The pattern or any portion of it may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the designer.
  • The design, pattern, and all images are the property of M and M Crochet Designs.
  • The purchaser of this pattern may use it for personal use and/or charity.
  • Sales of the finished items (made by you and not commercial in quantity or production) are encouraged, and credit given to the designer would be most appreciated.

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