Crochet club: Animal taggies

Published on March 11, 2017

Skill level
Intermediate
Project time
5 hours
animal taggy tutorial

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

Materials

There’s something very special about a toy that gets carried everywhere by a toddler, and these little animal taggy blankets fit the 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 favorite. 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!

Making the head

1

The head is made in a continuous round and worked with 2 strands of yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

Getting started:

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

Round 2: Work 2 DC into each stitch from the Round 1 (8sts).

Round 3: Work 2 DC into each stitch from Round 2 (16sts).

Round 4: Work a round of DC (16sts).

Round 5: *Work 1 DC into the first stitch, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*.

Repeat from * to *all the way around (24sts).

2

Increasing:

Round 6: Work a round of DC (24sts).

Round 7: *Work 1 DC into each of the first two stitches, followed by 2 DC into the next stitch*.

Repeat from * to *all the way around (32sts).

Round 8: Work a round of DC (32sts)

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

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

3

Decreasing:

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

Round 17: Work a round of DC (32sts).

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

Round 19: Work a round of DC (24sts).

Attach the safety eyes and stuff the head

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

Round 21: Decrease 2 stitches together all the way around (8sts).

Add the final stuffing.

Do not finish off at this point but leave a long tail of yarn to finish off later and sew the head closed.

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 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.

Make the rabbit ears

Make 2

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

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

Round 3: Work a round of DC (9sts).

Round 4: *Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch*.

Repeat from * to * 4 times (13sts).

Work a further 12 rounds of (13sts).

Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing the ears to the head.

How to make a bobble

As your bobbles are worked in a different color, join your bobble color 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 color, 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, then work your 2nd bobble.

Continue all the way along the row.

animal taggy tutorial by kate eastwood

Making the mouse blanket

1

Foundation: 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.

2

animal taggy tutorial by kate eastwood

Row 5 is your first bobble row.

Working a bobble row: Joining your Off White in at the beginning of the row, *5 DC, make a bobble with the cream, 5 DC, make a bobble*

Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

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.

3

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.

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.

4

Finishing the border:

Now join in your Off White yarn and work a further round of DC all the way around the edge of the blanket.

Work 2 to 3 DC into each corner stitch to make sure the blanket keeps it shape.

Making the rabbit blanket

1

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

Getting started:

DC into the 2nd Ch from the hook and DC to the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.  

To create the stripes I worked 3 rows of each color.

Rather than cutting the yarn at the end of each color change, loop the yarn up the side of the blanket - this can then be closed in when working the final border.

2

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.

3

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.

Making the arms

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

Round 2: Work 2 DC into 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 onto the taggy blanket.

Joining the parts together

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

Attaching the blanket to the head

Thread a needle with a double piece of yarn.

Thread this through one of the blanket corners. Now thread the needle up through the bottom of the head, pulling the tip of the blanket corner into 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.

Add the finishing border

Scalloped border (mouse blanket)

*Work a Sl St, HTR into next stitch, 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 into 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.

Small bobbled border (rabbit blanket)

*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 into 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.

Your taggies are finished!

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