Red Heart Cutie Pie Cutie Elephant Blankie

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by Michele Wilcox, Red Heart

Red Heart Cutie Pie Cutie Elephant Blankie

Remember how Linus from the Peanuts cartoons felt better when he had his trusted blanket with him? A crocheted, wave stitch blankie with a sewn-on elephant gives an infant that same warm fuzzy feeling of being hugged and comforted. Red Heart Cutie Pie yarn is soft, machine washable and lightweight, making it perfect for baby shower gifts, garments and accessories.

Use a gauge of 1 ripple (4-1/2" from peak to peak); 8 rows (4" in ripple pattern; 5 sc (1-1/2") and 4 rows (1") in single crochet to crochet a blanket that measures about measures 17-1/2" x 17-1/2" square. Be sure to check your gauge. If it takes you fewer stitches to match the gauge, try using a smaller size hook; if it takes you more stitches, try a larger size hook.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:several hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Notes:
    •Blanket is made in a ripple pattern which consists of rows of double crochet “peaks” and “valleys” alternating with rows of single crochet. You may need to work several rows before the ripple is clearly visible.
    •Elephant’s head and trunk are made in continuous rounds with right side facing. Do not join at end of round until instructed.
    •To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Do not cut color not in use; carry it on wrong side until next needed.
  • 2
    Blankie:
    With A, ch 71.
    Row 1 (right side): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as first dc), 2 dc in next 2 ch, [skip next ch, dc in next ch] 5 times, *skip next ch, 2 dc in next 6 ch, [skip next ch, dc in next ch] 5 times; repeat from * to last 4 ch, skip next ch, 2 dc in last 3 ch, turn —68 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each dc, sc in top of beginning ch; change to B, turn.
    Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in first sc, 2 dc in next 2 sc, [skip next sc, dc in next sc] 5 times, *skip next sc, 2 dc in next 6 dc, [skip next sc, dc in next sc] 5 times; repeat from * to last 4 sc, skip next sc, 2 dc in last 3 sc, turn.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each dc, sc in top of beginning ch; change to A, turn.
    Rows 5– through 38: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 seventeen times, changing color at the end of every Row 4. Cut B.
    Last Round (right side): With A, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
  • 3
    Elephant:
    Place marker for beginning of rounds and move marker up as each round is completed.
  • 4
    Head: Beginning at top of head, with B, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join —6 sc.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around— 12 sc.
    Round 3: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times - —18 sc.
    Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times - —24 sc.
    Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times - —30 sc.
    Round 6: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 7: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times —- 36 sc.
    Rounds 8 through 14: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 15: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 6 times —- 30 sc.
    Round 16: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times —- 24 sc.
    Round 17: Working in back loops only, *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around— 18 sc.
    Round 18: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times - —12 sc. Stuff head lightly with Poly-fil.
    Round 19: [Sc2tog] 6 times; join with slip st in first sc— 6 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through last round and pull stitches closed. Do not cut tail.
  • 5
    Trunk:
    Beginning at tip of trunk, with B, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join —6 sc.
    Round 2: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
    Rounds 3 through 6: Sc in each sc around. Stuff trunk lightly with Poly-fil as you go.
    Round 7: Work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc - —7 sc.
    Rounds 8 and 9: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 10: Work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc— - 8 sc.
    Round 11: Work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc - —9 sc.
    Round 12:Work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc - —10 sc.
    Round 13: Work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc - —11 sc.
    Round 14: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, [sc2tog] 3 times —12 sc.
    Round 15: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc; join with slip st in first sc —14 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Finish stuffing lightly.
  • 6
    Ear (make 2 each with A and B):
    Ch 6.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn —5 sc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, turn—10 sc.
    Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc, turn.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in last 4 sc, turn —12 sc.
    Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc, turn.
    Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, sc in last sc— 10 sc. Fasten off.
  • 7
    Finishing:
    Trunk:
    Using photograph as a guide, sew trunk to head through last round. Do not cut yarn. Ease needle through trunk and pull tail out through first round. Sew over one stitch at lower end of first round. Ease needle back through trunk and pull tail out at last round. Pull gently to force trunk to curl under to desired curve; secure and cut the tail. With embroidery floss, satin stitch eyes.
  • 8
    Ears (work twice):
    Row 1:
    With wrong sides of A and B ear held together, working through both thicknesses, join B with sc in opposite side of last foundation ch, sc in end of each row of first side, 3 sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc, 3 sc in last sc, sc in end of each row of other side, sc in opposite side of first ch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Whipstitch remaining foundation ch together and sew this edge to side of head. Working through unworked front loops only of Round 17, sew head to center of blanket.
    Weave in ends.
  • 9
    Abbreviations:
    A = Splash
    B = Koala
    Ch = Chain
    Join with sc = Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook
    Sc = Single crochet
    Sc2tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook
    St(s) = Stitch(es)
    [ ] = Work directions in brackets the number of times specified
    * = Repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:several hours

Project Supplies

  • •Red Heart Cutie Pie Yarn in Splash & Koala
  • •Susan Bates Aluminum Silvalume Crochet Hook 4 mm G6 US, Susan Bates Heart Shaped Stitch Markers 5-9 mm 8-13 US
  • •Yarn Needle, Fairfield Processing Poly-fil Fiber 12 oz. & DMC #117 Six-Strand Embroidery Floss 310 Black