Legacy Mandala – Free Crochet Pattern

Ready to start working on your Legacy Mandala pattern? Here we go!

Below is the pattern using UK terminology. You will be able to get your hands on the US version via a pdf from my Ravelry store or LoveCrafts. I’ll work on an NL translation too, but this will take time.


GET THE YARN

You’ll need two skeins of Scheepjes Legacy No. 6 in off-white (ecru) and a wire hoop. I found my 90cm hoop at Lampenkapmaterialen.com here in Almere, but there are places that you can find them everywhere; have a look to see what’s local.

For the yarn, Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


Materials

Scheepjes Legacy Nr. 6 (100% mercerised cotton, 100g, 240m), colour 089 off-white x2 balls
90cm wire hoop.

Measurements

90cm in diameter when stretched onto hoop

Abbreviations

UK terms

ch chain
ch(1)-sp chain space
dc double crochet
dcblo double crochet back loop only
tr treble crochet
dtrcl double treble crochet cluster
rep repeat
ss slip stitch(es)
ssblo slip stitch back loop only
st(s) stitch(es)

Repeat Format

[(….)] x times Work the instructions between parentheses and brackets the total number of times stated.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in rounds, slip stitching to join. The last ch round is worked around the hoop. You can increase or decrease the diameter by adding or removing a set of repeats between rounds 15-24.

Instructions

Round 1 (tr, ch1) 11 times in a magic ring, ss to join
Round 2 ch1 (does not count as a st), 22dc (in each st and ch-sp), ss to join
Round 3 ch6, dc next, (dc, ch5, dc) 10 times, ss to join
Round 4 ss to top of ch, (ch5, ss to top of next ch) 11 times
Round 5 ch1, (5dc in ch5-sp, miss ss) 11 times, ss to join
Round 6 3ss, (ch6, miss 4, ss) 11 times
Round 7 3ss, (ch6, ss to next ch6-sp) 11 times (ss to first ss of the round to join)
Round 8 4ss (ch7, ss to next ch6-sp) 11 times (ss to first ss of the round to join)
Round 9 ch3, 2dtrcl in the first st, (ch4, ss to middle of ch7-sp, ch4, 3dtrcl in next ss) 10 times, ch4, ss in ch7-sp, ch4, ss to join
Round 10 (ch5, 3dtrcl in next ss, ch5, ss in dtrcl from prev round) 11 times
Round 11 ch3, 2dtrcl in the first st (ch6, ss to 3dtrcl from prev round, ch6, 3dtrcl to next ss), 10 times, ch6, ss in 3dtrcl, ch6, ss to join
Round 12 ch1 (does not count as a st), [dc, ch12, miss (ch6, ss, ch6)], rep 11 times, ss to join
Round 13 ch1, (miss dc, 12dc in ch12-sp) 11 times, ss to join
Round 14 (ch7, 6ssblo) 11 times
Round 15 4ss to top of ch, (ch6, ss to next ch) 11 times, ss to join
Round 16 4ss, (ch7, ss to ch6-sp) 11 times, ss to join
Round 17 4ss, (ch8, ss to ch7-sp) 11 times, ss to join
Round 18 5ss, (ch9, ss to ch8-sp) 11 times, ss to join
Round 19 rep round 9 (ch9-sp instead of ch7-sp, and 21 repeats instead of 10)
Round 20 rep round 10 (22 repeats)
Round 21 rep round 11 (21 repeats)
Round 22 rep round 12 (22 repeats)
Round 23 rep round 13 (22 repeats)
Round 24 rep round 14 (22 repeats)
Round 25-34 rep rounds 15-24
Round 35 rep round 15
Round 36 rep round 16
Round 37 rep round 17
Round 38 rep round 18

Now it’s time to work around the hoop. Each ch10 should loop over the hoop before slip stitching to next ch-sp.

Round 39 ss5, (ch10, ss to ch9-sp) to end, ss to join
Round 40 dc sets of 10 between each loop over the hoop all the way around the hoop. Ss to join.
Optional to create a loop to hang the legacy mandala: ch7, ss to next, tie off.

Chart

Please note, the chart shows only a segment of the full mandala and rounds 15, 17, 25, 27 and 29 slip stitch backwards on the chart. This is to keep the start and finish of the rounds in roughly the same place on the chart. You can ss forward, as normal.

Also note, the chart shows rounds 1-30, when the written pattern has a repeat of rounds 15-24. Please also repeat rounds 15-24 when working from the chart (unless making a smaller mandala).

The chart key has both UK and US terms (dc/sc)

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The Legacy Mandala is Here


GET THE YARN

You’ll need two skeins of Scheepjes Legacy No. 6 in off-white (ecru) and a wire hoop. I found my 90cm hoop at Lampenkapmaterial.com here in Almere, but there are places that you can find them everywhere; have a look to see what’s local.

For the yarn, Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


At almost a metre in diameter, she’s found her perfect home above my daughter’s bed.

I just love it. The wall above her bed has been waiting for the perfect decoration, and I think this is just what the room needed.

The pattern is in progress. Right now it’s still a colourful chart in my notebook, but I’m going to turn it into a colourful chart on my iPad and a written pattern in the coming days, so it will be ready very soon!

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Legacy Crochet Mandala – WIP

Don’t you just love this curly, lacy mess on my lap?

It’s been perfect crochet weather here in the Netherlands. I look out the window and the beautiful trees on my street are all slowly turning a rich copper. I’m making the most of enjoying this time before the less-romantic phase where I spend a my days clearing leaves from my garden!

I’m really enjoying working with this Scheepjes Legacy yarn. It’s easy to crochet, my project is growing quickly and it holds up magnificently to frogging – which I do a LOT of while designing.


GET THE YARN

Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


I’m nearly done, now I’m on the hunt for the right hoop to be able to stretch it. I think I might have found a stockist local to me which is a huge win. More on that next week!

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Legacy Crochet

I have a brand new crochet project on the go that I can’t wait to share with you!

I’m using the lovely Legacy yarn from Scheepjes which is a nostalgic delight.

close up of legacy yarn hanks

Doesn’t this yarn just trigger memories of years gone by, visiting an older relative, being fascinated by the cabinet filled with precious china and statuettes, all artfully arranged on delicate lace doilies?

Scheepjes has multiple weights of this yarn, mercerised and non-mercerised, in two colours, bright white and off white. I’m going to use the mercerised Nr. 6, with the following specs:

Hook size: 3.5mm
Ball Weight: 100 grams
Length: 240 metres
Gauge: 23 stitches x 30 rows to 10 cm on 3.5mm hooks


Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.

In Europe head to Caro’s Atelier*
In the UK Black Sheep Wools*


close up of legacy yarn

I absolutely love these hanks. The way they’re wound, they way they feel in my hands, I’m transported to another time by this yarn, which I’m sure was the intention of the Scheepjes design team.

With that feeling of a by-gone era in mind, I’m going to use this yarn to make a vintage-inspired lace mandala. I’ve been busy building a chart to work from, it’s going to be quite a challenge to write it all out line by line I’m sure, so this will be a great project to brush off the chart making skills!

Keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for more photos and progress to come!

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Rainbow Ridge Deken – Nederlands Haakpatroon

Hoi hoi!

Ik heb de Nederlandstalige versie van mijn Rainbow Ridge Blanket toegevoegd! Het is hieronder, en ook op Ravelry/Lovecrafts te vinden als je liever een PDF printvriendelijke versie willen gebruiken.

styled shot of crochet blanket

Verkooppunten

Kijk op de Scheepjes website, bij je lievelings LYS of:

Caro’s Atelier*
Wool Warehouse* (buiten Europa)


Materialen

6 bollen Scheepjes Softfun in 2622 Latte
1 Scheepjes Softfun minis colour pack in pastel
5 mm haaknaald (deken)
4 mm haaknaald (rand)
6 mm haaknaald (hv toer om de rand te beginnen)

Afmetingen

100 x 70 cm na opspannen (kan iets kleiner uitvallen door spanning in het garen)

Stekenverhouding

18 stn en 19 rijen meten 10 cm in patroon. Houd de stekenverhouding goed in de gaten, want je hebt weinig speling met deze kleine bolletjes.
Afkortingen

(NL termen)
L losse
Hv halve vaste
S(tn) steek/steken
l-open lossen opening
St stokje(s)
SOv sla-over vaste (zie speciale steken)
HK hoofdkleur (2622 Latte)
K(1) kleur (1)
Herh herhalen
VK Voorkant
AK Achterkant

Notities

Je haakt het patroon in rijen heen en weer, met de SOv techniek (zie Speciale steken). Daarna haak je de dubbele rand in toeren.

Elk rij begint met een l1. Dit telt niet als een steek.

Herhalingen

[(…)] herhaal de instructies tussen haakjes het totaal aantal keer aangegeven.

Sorteer de kleuren in deze volgorde:

K1: 2514 Rose
K2: 2513 Light Rose
K3: 2620 Starfish
K4: 2466 Peach
K5: 2518 Canary
K6: 2496 Banana
K7: 2640 Mint
K8: 2639 Green Tea
K9: 2630 Arctic
K10: 2646 Glacial Mist
K11: 2658 Lavender
K12: 2657 Orchid

Speciale steken

SOv (Sla-over vaste) is een techniek waarmee we een steek met twee draden tegelijk haken. Met de eerste kleur, steek naald in steek en sla de draad om de haaknaald. Haal de lus op. Met de tweede kleur, sla draad om van voor naar achter (houd de tweede kleur voor de eerste), met de eerste kleur, sla draad om en haal de eerste kleur door alle lussen.. Zie video instructies hier. Ook op Youtube.

Crochet blanket from above

Instructies

Rij 1 Met HK, 102l, 1v in derde l en alle l tot einde van rij, keer om. (100 stn)
Rij 2 Met K1 als leidende kleur, samen met HK, l1, SOv in alle stn tot rij-eind, keer om.
Rij 3-6 Herh Rij 2.
Rij 7 Met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 8-10 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 11-14 Herh Rij 2, knip draad K1 af.
Rij 15 Wissel naar K2, met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 7.
Rij 16-18 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 19 Met K2 als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 20-22 Herh Rij 2.
Rij 23 Met HK als leidende kleur, herh Rij 7.
Rij 24-26 Herh Rij 7.
Rij 27 Met K2 als leidende kleur, herh Rij 2.
Rij 28-30 Herh Rij 2, knip draad K2 af.
Rij 31-46 Met K3, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 47-62 Met K4, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 63-78 Met K5, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 79-94 Met K6, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 95-111 Met K7, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 112-127 Met K8, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 128-143 Met K9, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 144-159 Met K10, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 160-175 Met K11, herh Rij 15-30.
Rij 176-191 Met K12, herh Rij 15-30. Knip draad K12 af.

Rand

De rand haak je in toeren, eerst met een 6 mm en daarna een 4 mm haaknaald.

Toer 1 Deze toer wordt de VK. Met HK en 6 mm haaknaald, keer om, 2l, 1hv in elke s tot einde van rij (dit is nu de hoek), 2l, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elk rij-eind, zo dichtbij de zijkant als mogelijk, tot de volgende hoek, 1hv in de hoek, 2l, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elke l tot de volgende hoek, roteer 90 graden, 1hv in elk rij-eind tot de laatste hoek, sluit met een hv in eerste s.

Toer 2 Met 4 mm haaknaald, 1l, 1v in de hoek-open [(1l, sla 1 s over, 1v in l-open) tot hoek-open, 2l, 1v in l-open], herh tot einde van toer, sluit toer niet in laatste l-open, maar haak hv in v.

Toer 3 1hv in elke s tot hoek-open, 1l, [(1l in l-open, 1l) tot hoek-open, (1v, 2l, 1v) in hoek-open], herh tot einde van toer, 1l, sluit af met hv in v.

Toer 4 Herh Toer 3, maar voeg 1 extra herh van (1l, v, 1l) toe voordat je de toer sluit met een hv.

Toer 5 Herh Toer 4, hecht af.

Omdraaien naar AK Hecht aan in in AK van dezelfde hoek als Toer 1 van de rand, en haak Toer 1 opnieuw, maar nu in de AK van de hv van Toer 1 (VK). Herh daarna Toer 2-5 (deze bevinden zich dus aan AK).

Omdraaien naar VK We sluiten nu de dubbele rand en verbergen alle draadjes daarin als volgt: 1l, 1v in l-open van zowel laatste AK als laatste VK toer, [(1l, 1v in l-open van beide toeren) tot de hoek-open, (1v, 1l, 1v in beide toeren) in hoek l-open], herh tot einde van toer, sluit af met een hv.

Hecht af, weef alle eindjes weg, span op maat op.

close up of crochet blanket rolled

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Rainbow Ridge Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

styled photograph of blanket

It’s pattern day!

I LOVED making this blanket SO much! I mean, you know how few blankets I make, right? I simply struggle with making something so huge, it takes me months! This one however, is perfect for my instant gratification heart. I could smash it out relatively quickly as it’s sized for a baby, and the rhythm of the stitches means you just want to keep doing “one more row.”

The Scheepjes Softfun is a wonderful blanket yarn. It has loads of stretch to make it squishy and a bit of weight to add warmth, plus enough cotton to make sure you can still use it all summer long.

No baby? No problem! It also makes a great lap blanket 😉

There will be US terms available on Ravelry and Lovecrafts, and this free version below uses UK terminology.

Nederlandse versie vind je hier.


Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Love Crafts* (US)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)

You’ll need one colour pack in the colours you like best, plus 6 balls of Softfun in a complementary colourway. I chose 2622 Latte.


Materials

6 balls of Scheepjes Softfun in 2622 Latte
1 Scheepjes Softfun minis colour pack in pastel
5mm hook (body of blanket)
4mm hook (border)
6mm hook (SS round to begin border)

Tension

18sts and 19 rows over 10 cm in pattern. Stick as close to the tension as possible as the mini balls are limited and you may run out if your tension is looser than indicated.

Measurements

100 x 70cm blocked (will contract a little due to the stretch in the yarn)

Abbreviations

(UK terms)

Ch chain
Ss slip stitch
St(s) stitch(es)
Ch chain
Ch(2)-sp chain (2) space
Dc double crochet
YUdc yarn under double crochet
MC main colour (2622 Latte)
CC(1) contrast colour. Number denotes which colour to be used
Rep repeat
RS right side
WS Wrong side

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked back and forth in rows using the yarn under colourwork technique to make the blanket.  The double border is worked in rounds.

Each row begins with a ch1, this does not count as a stitch.

Work instructions inside brackets and parentheses [(…)] the indicated number of times.

Sort the colours into the following order:

CC1: 2514 Rose
CC2: 2513 Light Rose
CC3: 2620 Starfish
CC4: 2466 Peach
CC5: 2518 Canary
CC6: 2496 Banana
CC7: 2640 Mint
CC8: 2639 Green Tea
CC9: 2630 Arctic
CC10: 2646 Glacial Mist
CC11: 2658 Lavendar
CC12: 2657 Orchid

Shot from above of crochet blanket

Special Abbreviation

YUdc (yarn under double crochet) is a colourwork technique using two strands of working yarn. To work the stitch insert hook with mc, yoh, pull up a loop, with cc yoh from front to back (keeping cc in front of mc), with mc yoh, pull through 3 loops. See video instructions here on Instagram, or here for Youtube.

Instructions

Row 1 With MC, ch102, dc in the third ch and in all ch sts to end (100sts), turn
Row 2 With CC1 as the lead, carrying MC, ch1, YUDC in all sts to end, turn
Row 3-6 Rep row 2
Row 7 With MC as the lead and rep row 2
Row 8-10 Rep row 7
Row 11-14 Rep row 2, cut CC1
Row 15 Switch to CC2, with MC as the lead, rep row 7
Row 16-18 Rep row 7
Row 19 With CC2 as the lead, rep row 2
Row 20-22 Rep row 2
Row 23 With MC as the lead, rep row 7
Row 24-26 Rep row 7
Row 27 With CC2 as the lead, rep row 2
Row 28-30 Rep row 2, cut CC2
Row 31-46 With CC3 rep rows 15-30
Row 47-62 With CC4 rep rows 15-30
Row 63-78 With CC5 rep rows 15-30
Row 79-94 With CC6 rep rows 15-30
Row 95-111 With CC7 rep rows 15-30
Row 112-127 With CC8 rep rows 15-30
Row 128-143 With CC9 rep rows 15-30
Row 144-159 With CC10 rep rows 15-30
Row 160-175 With CC11 rep rows 15-30
Row 176-191 With CC12 rep rows 15-30, cut yarn

close up of crochet blanket

Border

Working in rounds with 6 and 4mm hooks

Round 1 This now becomes the RS. With MC and a 6mm hook, turn, ch2, ss to end (now corner), ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each row as close to the edge as possible to next corner, ss in corner, ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each st across, ch2, rotate 90 degrees, ss in each row to next corner, ss to ch1 to join.

Round 2 With 4mm hook ch1, dc in ch-sp [(ch1, miss 1, dc in ch-sp) rep to corner ch2-sp, ch 2, dc in ch2-sp], rep on all four sides to end, don’t work last dc in final corner ch2-sp, ss to dc instead.

Round 3 Ss to ch2-sp, ch1 [(dc in ch2-sp, ch1) rep to corner, (dc, ch2, dc) in corner] rep to end, ch1, ss to dc to join.

Round 4 Rep round 3, but ad 1 (ch1, dc, ch1) at the end before ss to join.

Round 5 Rep round 4, tie off.

Flip to WS, Starting in the same corner as R1 from the RS instructions, and working in the back of the SS from round 1, rep rounds 1-5.

Flip to RS Close the double border. Ch1, dc into ch-sp of both layers, [(ch1,dc in ch-sp of both layers) to corner, (dc, ch1, dc in both layers) in corner ch2-sp], rep to end, ss to join, hiding all the ends inside the border. Cut yarn, weave in the end, block to size.

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The Big Reveal – Rainbow Ridge Blanket

We’re finally here, it’s REVEAL DAY!

I’ve been bursting to share this with you for weeks and weeks (in case my instagram posts didn’t give it away), this one is absolutely beautiful!

picture of crochet blanket draped over couch

The colours, the texture, all of it. I love it.


Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (UK)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)

You’ll need one colour pack in the colours you like best, plus 6 balls of Softfun in a complementary colourway. I chose 2622 Latte.


close up of crochet blanket

I’ve used the same yarn under technique to make the Rainbow Ridge blanket that I used in Reti the Koala Lovey from a few months ago, with a moss (linen) stitch double border.

The softfun colour pack coupled with a few 50g balls of softfun make the perfect baby/cot sized blanket. The cotton blend makes it great for warmer months, and the weight of the blanket thanks to the ridge texture means that it’s also snuggly. The durability of the acrylic means that you can wash and wash and wash this one and it will keep looking beautiful.

crochet blanket hanging in the sun
Black dog posing with crochet blanket on outdoor couch

Of course the dog couldn’t be left out, she inserted herself into most of the photos!

I’m getting ready to convert the pattern from UK to US terms so I can upload it within the next week. Stay tuned!

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WIP Wednesday – Crochet Baby Blanket

I already shared my love for the Scheepjes Softfun colour packs, and if you follow me on Instagram (please do if you don’t, I share a bit more often there), you’ll have seen my progress pics already.

I love the colours of the pastel pack so much!


Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (UK)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)

You’ll need one colour pack in the colours you like best, plus 6 balls of Softfun in a complementary colourway. I chose 2622 Latte.


I’m working the YUDC stitch that I used in my Reti Koala pattern, so these two projects together might almost be called a collection!

Stay tuned, the colours just fly off the hook, so The Big Reveal is coming very soon!

Softfun Colour Pack – New Crochet Design

Hello Lovely!

After the release of my free baby pattern for Reti Koala, I’m on a baby kick! No, there’s still nothing to announce in that department, but now that my kid is a tween, I had forgotten just how much I love making baby projects, so this probably won’t be the last one I make…

close up of Scheepjes softfun colour pack in the pastel set, including 12 20g balls of yarn

Get the Yarn

There are five different Softfun colour packs to choose from including Pastel (which I have), Jewel, Rich, Rainbow and Cloud. There are a full list of stockists on the Scheepjes website, but you can also find the packs at your favourite LYS or online retailer including:
Wool Warehouse* (global)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)
Black Sheep Wools* (UK)
Dot’s Yarn Den (US)
Belle Mae Yarns (AU)


close up of yarn balls

I shared a little IGTV video sharing my love for this yarn, I’m a huge fan. It has the durability of acrylic and the softness of cotton and makes a fantastic blanket!

close up of yarn balls

Aren’t they amazing? I just love this colour pack, it’s my favourite. Plus, it’s all so squishy!

Keep an eye out, I have loads of pics to come, I can’t stop taking photos!

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Koala Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s Pattern Day!

Are you ready, do you have your yarn?

close up of koala lovey

GET THE YARN

Scheepjes Cahlista is an aran weight yarn, made with 100% cotton. I’m using two balls of colour 074 Mercury, and you will also need a single ball of the complementary colour. Have a look at the Scheepjes Website for colour inspiration and stockists, there are more than 100 colours to choose from!

You can order the yarn online from my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier*.

Internationally there’s Wool Warehouse* (global shipping) and if in the US check out Dot’s Yarn Den.

Note: this version of the pattern uses UK terms. If you would like to access US terms or printable PDFs in both UK and US terms, you can purchase the patterns from either Ravelry or Lovecrafts.com for a small fee.

Please share your projects using #KoalaLovey in the socials and tag me everywhere!

Let’s go!

Materials

MC: Scheepjes Cahlista in 074 Mercury – 2 balls (100% cotton, aran weight, 50g, 85m)
CC: Scheepjes Cahlista in your choice – 1 ball (100% cotton, aran weight, 50g, 85m)
Scrap black, preferably Scheepjes Cahlista – about 2 metres
I used 385 Chrystalline and 256 Cornelia Rose in my samples.
4mm hook (amigurumi parts)
6mm hook (mini-blanket)
5mm hook (border of mini-blanket)
Toy filling (or you can stuff the head with scrap yarn or anything you have at home that will be a bit squishy)

Tension

Mini-blanket: 16 rows and 17sts over 10 cm in YUdc

Head: not important, but stitches should be tight, so use at least a hook size down from what the yarn recommends.

Measurements

Mini-blanket – 30 x 30cm blocked

Abbreviations

(UK terms)
Ch chain
MR magic ring
Ss slip stitch
St(s) stitch(es)
Ch chain
Dc double crochet
DcInc double crochet increase (2 sts increased in 1 st)
Dec double crochet decrease (1 st worked decreased over 2 sts)
HtrInc half treble crochet increase (2 sts increased in 1 st)
Tr treble crochet
YUdc yarn under double crochet
MC main colour
CC contrast colour.
Rep repeat
Pm place marker
Rm remove marker
Flo front loop only
Blo back loop only

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked both amigurumi style in continuous rounds (with no joining) and sewn together to make the koala’s head, and also back and forth in rows using the yarn under colourwork technique to make the mini-blanket.

Work instructions inside parentheses (…) the indicated number of times.

Special Abbreviation

YUdc (yarn under double crochet) is a colourwork technique using two strands of working yarn. To work the stitch insert hook with mc, yoh, pull up a loop, with cc yoh from front to back (keeping cc in front of mc), with mc yoh, pull through 3 loops.

Check out the short instruction vid here.

Instructions

Koala head

Working in rounds, with MC and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (mark first st and move marker up each round to keep track of starting point) (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (inc, dc) six times (18)
Round 4 (inc, 2dc) six times (24)
Round 5 (inc, 3dc) six times (30)
Round 6 (inc, 4dc) six times (36)
Round 7-17 36dc (36)
Round 18 dec twice, pm second dec, 14dc, dec twice, pm second dec, 13dc, dec, rm. (32)
Round 19 dec, pm, 12dc, dec twice, rm, pm second dec, 11dc, dec, ss. (28)

Cut yarn, leave tail long enough to sew top shut when assembling.

Ear

(make 2)
Working in rounds, with MC and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (inc, dc) six times (18)
Round 4 inc, pm in second st of inc, 8dc, inc, pm in second st of inc, 9dc (20) (starting point is moved by 1st )
Round 5 20dc
Round 6 inc, pm in second st of inc, 9dc, inc, pm in second st of inc, 10dc (22) (starting point is moved by 1 st)
Round 7-10 22dc. Ss (22)

Cut yarn and leave tail to sew to head when assembling.

close up of koala lovey head ready for assembly

Nose

Working in rounds, with black and 4mm hook

Round 1 6dc in MR (6)
Round 2 6dcinc (12)
Round 3 (3htrinc, 3dc) twice, ss to join (18)

Cut yarn, leave long tail to sew to head and make eyes.

Mini Blanket

Working back and forth in rows using both MC and CC, 6mm hook

See short video tutorial here.

Row 1 MC, ch42
Row 2 YUdc in third loop and each ch across to end (40)
Row 3 ch1 (does not count as a st), YUDC to end (40)
Row 4-42 rep row 3 (40)

Cut MC and continue working the border in CC.

Border

Working in rounds 5 and 6mm hooks

Round 1 turn, with 6mm hook, work 40ss loosely across to corner, ch1, 40ss across the rows (note, there are two more rows than border sts, so you will need to “lose” two sts). Continue around to end and ch1 and ss to 1st st of the round.
Round 2 change to 5mm hook, ch2, working into the ss, [tr to corner ch (tr, ch1 tr) in flo of corner ch], rep around to end, ss to join. Cut yarn.
Round 3 flip your work so the back is facing you, ss to join at a corner, ch2, tr in the back of the ss from round 1, rep round 2.
Round 4 now we’ll join the two rounds. Ch1, dc in the flo of round 3 sts and the corresponding blo from round 2 sts to join the two rounds together. Rep to corner, 3dc in the corner ch, then rep all the way round to end. Ss to join, cut yarn, weave in ends and block.

Assembly

pieces of koala lovey head to be assembled

Position nose 7 rounds below opening at mid-point between markers, sew to head.  Make eyes 1 st to the side of the nose, 3 sts wide and slightly angled (1 round) upwards at the outer side. Fasten the eye loop on row below to fix it in place.

close up of koala lovey nose for assembly
close up of koala lovey eye and nose for assembly

Stuff the head with toy filling and sew shut. Attach ears to side of head on an angle, 3 sts in from the sides of the sewn shut head.

close up of koala lovey eye, ear and nose for assembly

Sew the head to the middle of the blanket, either using the leftover yarn tails, or a new length of yarn, using round 3 of the head as your guide.

close up of koala lovey head
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed
Koala lovey crochet toy lying on a bed

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