By: Keturah Ariel
· Yarn Needle and matching thread for your main yarn and accent yarn colors
· Stuffing for pillow
· Hook Size: 10 US/ 6.0 mm size
· TOTAL skeins used for entire project including left-over yarn: 7 skeins.
(For my project I used Light blue, dark blue and white skeins to create the Koala Bear and Infant mini-travel/receiving blanket.)
Pillow: 2 skeins of medium worsted yarn, 1 skein fluffy or fun yarn for ears, 1 skein of different color for eyes, nose and accents
Infant Mini-travel/receiving blanket: 2 skeins of the same colors used for the pillow, 1 skein fluffy or fun yarn for the border
Pillow: Crochet in the round. Blanket: Grannysquare
Pillow measured about 12 inches in height and width. Blanket was around 30 inches square.
Bear Instructions : (make 2) : Note that ch 3 at beg. of each rnd counts as first stitch. Rnd 1: With off-white, ch 4, 11 dc in 4 th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (12 dc). Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in ech st around, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (24). Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around, join (36). Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join (48). Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join (60). Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join (72). Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st ) around join (84). Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st) around, join (96). Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st) around, join, fasten off (108). Holding wrong sides of body together and matching sts. work sc in each stitch, stuffing as you go.
Pillow: You will create 2 separate circles for each side of the pillow. Start with one circle and then repeat the process below for the second circle.
Chain 4 stitches. Work slip stitch into 1st chain. You have created a small foundation circle. Work 10 SC stitches through the middle loop around these 4 stitches creating 10 stitches on the foundation loop. Join row by slip stitching into the first and last stitches closing the foundation row. (In this project, you will join each new row with a slip stitch)
ROW 1: DC 2 times in each of the 10 stitches for a total of 20 stitches.
ROW 2. DC entire row.
ROW 3: DC in the next 3 stitches, DC 2x in the next 2 stitches. Repeat until end of row. (produces a gradual increase).
ROW 4. DC entire row.
Continue to gradually increase every other row until you reach about 12 inches in both width and height. SC around the last row and fasten off. Cut yarn.
Repeat the above steps for the 2nd side of pillow.
EARS: The ears are made of half moon shapes.
Using the same color as the pillow sides:
Row 1: Chain 10 stitches. Turn work.
ROW 2. DC in each of the 10 stitches for a total of 20 stitches. Turn work.
ROW 3: DC entire row.
Row 4: DC 2x in each of the stitches (produces a somewhat floppy ear). Fasten off and cut yarn.
Repeat entire process to make another ear.
FACE accents (eyes, nose- there is no mouth)
EYES: Using accent color, thread yarn needle and create circles for eyes as big or small as you like. For the Happy side, create circles by sewing in and out of each stitch making circles. Fasten off on the wrong side of the face and cut yarn.
To create sleepy eyes, sew half moons that are upside down. Fasten off on the wrong side of the face and cut yarn.
One side is sleepy and the other side is happy.
NOSE: Thread yarn needle with accent color same as eyes and sew in an oval shape. The nose for the Koala is huge and will take up most of the face on both sides. When finished, Fasten off on the wrong side of the face and cut yarn.
EYES: SC small circles for the eyes by creating a foundation row just like before when we made the larger circles for the face. Chain 4 stitches and connect them by slip stitching the first and last chain.
ROW 1: SC next row. Join row by slip stitching once again.
ROW 2: SC the last row once more. Fasten off and cut.
Create one more circle for the next eye. To sew the sleepy eyes on to the side, you will thread the yarn needle and sew the eyes on to the side. (TIP- pin the eyes into place so that they are even)
To create the sleepy eyes. You will simply Chain 6 or 8 and then SC the first row. To sew the sleepy eyes on to the side, you will thread the yarn needle and sew the eyes on to the side slightly bending them to create half moons that are upside down. J (TIP- pin the eyes into place so that they are even)
NOSE: Chain 10 stitches.
Row 1: DC into each stitch. At the end of the row, DC 3x into the last stitch and DO NOT TURN WORK, continue to DC on the bottom of the foundation row, thus creating an oval shape and crocheting in the round. When you get to the beginning of the row, DC 3x into the last stitch, then join row with a slip stitch.
ROW 2: DC 2x into each stitch. When you arrive at the end of the row, DC 3x into that last stitch. DO NOT TURN WORK, continue to DC 2x into each stitch at the bottom, thus creating a larger oval shape. Join row with a slip stitch.
(If nose is big enough, stop there. Fasten off and cut yarn. IF not, create one more row DC in each stitch, DC 3x at the end of the rows.)
PUTTING THE PILLOW TOGETHER:
After attaching the nose and eyes to each side of the pillow, we turn the work on the wrong side and pin together.
Making a note of where you would like the ears to go, take the yarn and yarn needle and whip stitch or sew along the entire edge from the bottom of where one ear will be attached to the bottom of the where the other ear will be attached. This creates a half sewn pillow with the entire top left open for stuffing and adding the ears.
Flip the pillow back to the right side and stuff with pillow stuffing. Pin ears in place, right side up and then sew the rest of the pillow closed. You now have an almost completed pillow. All that we need to do now is add the fluffy to the ears.
ADDING THE FLUFF TO THE EARS:
Fill ears with any kind of yarn you like. I choose a fluffy yarn for texture. Thread the yarn needle with the fluffy yarn and sew through the entire middle part of each ear, weaving through the front and back of the ear in each stitch so that both the front and back of the ear has fuzz. Leave some of the outer ear plain. Fasten off and cut yarn. Weave in the end. Finish.
TIP: When stuffing, I added a circle pillowcase or fabric to hold the stuffing so that it does not leak out. Then I took the entire circle pillow and placed that inside of the crocheted pillow for added security.
Infant mini-travel/receiving blanket- Blanket was made in same color scheme in a big Granny square about the size of a mini travel blanket for baby that can fit in the car seat or stroller, etc.
Using the accent color from the pillow, create a large granny square. There are various different kinds of granny squares that you can make. Online are many great videos to show you how. Here is a favorite of mine!
When the blanket is a good size for an infant, create the next row with the main color from the pillow and make two rows using that color. This will be our new accent color for the blanket to contrast with the pillow.
Lastly, using the fluffy or textured yarn from the ears, create a textured border for the blanket. Fasten off, weave in tail and you are finished.
Now give your Mr. Koala and blanket a new home. Cheers!
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