One of the very 1st Loveys that I ever made when I started crocheting was a granny square lovey with a bunny in the middle. I found it here a couple weeks ago in my yarn cabinet when I was hunting a certain crochet piece. When I saw it, I decided to recreate the lovey, write up the pattern and to see how much my skills have improved.
My skills have most definitely improved! And, so has my choice of yarn. I probably didn’t realize that different brands of yarn feel different when I 1st started crocheting, lol. The 1st lovey is made with yarn that is a tad bit…..well, scratchy…..😂
This lovey is made with a much softer and cuddlier yarn than the 1st one I made. Isn’t it crazy what experience does?!
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Things you will need:
- I Love This Yarn – in White, Tropical Pink & Keylime
- H / 5.0mm Crochet Hook
- E / 3.5mm Crochet Hook
- Poly Fil
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
- Lovey measures approx. 16” x 16”.
- Mc = magic circle / ring
- Sc = single crochet
- Sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Dc = double crochet
- T = turn
- Sk = skip
- Sp = space
- Sl st = slip stitch
- Ch = chain
- St = stitch (es)
with tropical pink & 5.00mm hook
Round 1: Begin by making 4 ch st, sl st in the 4th ch from hook to join into a circle. Ch 3, (This counts as a dc.) work 2 dc into ring, ch 3, * 3 dc, ch 3 into ring* repeat * to * 2 more times, sl st into top of 1st dc ( ch 3)
Round 2: Chain 4. (This counts as 1 dc plus 1 ch), In the next 3-chain space (aka the corner space), work *(3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc, 1 ch) * Repeat * to * 2 more times, in the last ch 3 sp, work ( 3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc), sl st into top of 1st dc
Round 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), into same sp work 2 dc, ch 1, * in next ch 3 corner, work ( 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until you reach last corner ( 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in last corner ch 1, sl st into 1st dc
Round 4: ch 4 ( counts as dc & ch 1) * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until you reach corner ( 3 dc, ch 3. 3 dc) in corner, [ * ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp, repeat * to * until corner, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner] repeat [ to ] 2 more times. ch 1, * 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat * to * until you reach final ch 1 sp where you began with ch 4, 2 dc into ch 1 sp, sl st into 3rd ch of ch 4
Change to white yarn
Round 5: ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same sp, [ * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp* repeat * to * until corner, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner] repeat [ to ] 3 more times * ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp* repeat * to * until you reach beginning of round, ch 1, sl st into 1st dc
Continue repeating rows 4 & 5 alternating yarn colors every 2 rows.
after white comes keylime, tropical pink and white again.
Starting anywhere around the edge, sl st
To create the crab stitch border, also known as the reverse single crochet, you will work a single crochet stitch in each stitch BUT you will go in reverse (to the right) instead of to the left. By simply working a single crochet in each stitch, it will create this rolled texture
If you need any help with this stitch, Find my full video and picture tutorial HERE
With 3.50mm hook
Round 1: 6 sc in mc (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12)
Round 3: * sc in 1 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat * to * around (18)
Round 4: * sc in 2 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (24)
Round 5: * sc in 3 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (30)
Round 6: * sc in 4 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (36)
Round 7: * sc in 5 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (42)
Round 8 – 16: sc in each st around (42)
Round 17: * sc in 5 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (36)
Round 18: * sc in 4 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (30)
Round 19: * sc in 3 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (24)
Round 20: * sc in 2 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (18)
Work this next round in the back loop only of each stitch.
Round 21: * sc in 1st st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (12)
Round 22: sc2tog around (6)
close hole and cut yarn leaving a long tail to attach to blanket.
Ears – Make 2
Round 1: 6 sc in mc (6)
Round 2: * sc in 1 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (9)
Round 3: sc in each st around (9)
Round 4: * sc in 2 st, 2 sc* repeat * to * around (12)
Round 5 – 11: sc in each st around (12)
Round 12: * sc in 2 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (9)
Round 13 – 16: sc in each st around (9)
Round 17: * sc in 1 st, sc2tog* repeat * to * around (6)
sc 3 stitches across top. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to attach to head.
with tropical pink
Row 1: ch 9, t, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch st across (7)
Row 2 – 3: ch 2, t, hdc in every st across (7)
evenly sc around the edges of the bow, placing 2 sc in each corner
Evenly sc around the edges of the bow, placing 2 sc in each corner.
Pinch and squeeze the middle of the bow and wrap the same color of yarn around the middle. Leave a long tail to attach to the top fo the bunny.
I go ahead and assemble my bunny before I sew it to the blanket.
Start by attaching the ears, then the bow. I stitch on my eyes and nose on last with a little scrap yarn (see pic to see what it looks like)
Weave all ends on the blanket.
Now, attach the bunny to the blanket. You can use the front loops from row 21 as a guide to stitch around the bunny.
I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful! I love to see what everyone makes using inspiration from my blog! So, whether you make this Bunny Lovey or another one of my patterns, Be sure to tag me @okiegirlblingnthings on Instagram so I can see!