How to Make a Quick & Easy Gingerbread Security Blanket

Looking for a fun Christmas in July crochet pattern that is fun and easy to make? Then meet my Gingerbread Security Blanket. I am releasing it in July and hosting my first crochet along by taking over my friends Helen and Sarah’s Facebook group. This event will be a 3 day event from July 13-July 15, 2021.

Each day of the event, there will be a link in Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook Community to come to the blog for each day’s instructions. I will pop on sometime that afternoon to show you my progress live and ask any questions you may have. Plus, I would love to see your pictures. You can of course purchase the pattern ahead of time through Ravelry.

The blog will only have the updated instructions. All of the fun will happen in the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook Community each day of the CAL. We will have a contest at the end. More details to come inside the Facebook Community!

Sign up for email updates about the CAL. You can do so with the form below!

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So start gathering your supplies, so you can be ready on Wednesday July 14, 2021 to join me.

Materials:

170 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Brown.

65 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Antique White.

65 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in              Red.

HOOK:  J/10 6.0 mm; G/6 4.0 mm 

Polyfil

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Stitch markers 

Scissors

Safety eyes – optional

Experience Level:  Easy

Gauge:

11.5 stitches x 6.5 rows = 4” x 4” square blocked.

Pattern used for gauge:  DC

Size:

15” x 14 ½” x 4 ½” Approximately

Pattern Key:

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Ch – chain

Sc2tog – single crochet decrease

V-Stitch – (DC, Ch 2, DC) all in the same stitch/space.

Sl st – slip stitch

FO – Finish off

St(s) – stitch/stitches

Rnd(s) – Round/rounds

MC – Magic Circle

Shell St – 5 DC in the same stitch.

Sk st – skip stitch

Special Stitches:

Single Crochet Decrease (sc2tog)

  • Insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.  (2 loops on the hook)  Insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop.  (You should have 3 loops on your hook now.)  Yarn over, and pull yarn through all 3 loops.
  • V-Stitch – (DC, ch 2, DC) all in the same stitch/space.
  • Shell Stitch – 5 DC in the same stitch.

Day 1 of Gingerbread Mini CAL

Day 1 of the Mini CAL. I am so excited to be here with you! Today, we are working on the blanket part of the pattern! I will be going live at 1 pm PST today in Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group to answer any questions.

Pattern Instructions:

Blanket:

Use J 6.0 mm hook and Color A, Ch 4.  Sl st to 1st chain to create a circle.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as DC throughout); DC inside circle.  *Ch 2; 2 DC inside circle* 5 times.  Ch 2.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (12 DC, 6 ch 2 spaces)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3; DC in the next stitch.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 2 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (24 DC)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3; DC in the next 2 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 4 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (36 DC)

Rnd 4:  Ch 3; DC in the next 3 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 6 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 2 stitches.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (48 DC)

Rnd 5:  Ch 3; DC in the next 4 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 8 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 3 stitches switching to Color B in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (60 DC)

Rnd 6:  Ch 3; DC in the next 5 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 10 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 4 stitches switching to Color A in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (72 DC)

Rnd 7:  Ch 3; DC in the next 6 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 12 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 5 stitches switching to Color B in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (84 DC)

Rnd 8:  Ch 3; DC in the next 7 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 14 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 6 stitches, switching to Color A in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (96 DC)

Rnd 9:  Ch 3; DC in the next 8 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 16 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 7 stitches.  FO Color A and switch to Color B in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (108 DC) 

Rnd 10:  Ch 3; DC in the next 9 stitches.  *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 18 stitches* 5 times.  V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space.  DC in the next 8 stitches.  FO Color B, and join Color C in the last stitch.  Sl st in the top of ch 3.  (120 DC)

Rnd 11:  Ch 1; SC in the same stitch as the chain, *SC in each st till Ch 2 space; 2 SC in Ch 2 space.*  Repeat around until the last 9 stitches.  SC in each of the last 9 stitches; sl st to the first SC.  (132 sts)

Rnd 12:  Ch 1; SC in the same st; *sk st; Shell in the next st; sk st; SC in next st.*  Repeat around until 3 sts remain.  Sk the next st; Shell in the next st; sk the next st; sl st to the first SC.  FO.  Weave in ends.  (33 Shells; 33 SC)

See you tomorrow to make the head, arms, and bow!

Day 2 of the Mini CAL

I am so excited! I can’t believe it is Day 2 of the Mini CAL. Head over to Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group to show us your WIP from yesterday. Mine isn’t quite done yet. I got distracted. If you haven’t started yet, it’s ok there is still time to join us! It is easy to catch up!

Today we will be making the head, arms, and bow. I will try to demonstrate the bow on the live. I will be going live 1 pm PST to answer any questions there in the group! Come join me!

Head:

Worked in continuous rounds.  Use Stitch marker to mark your place.

Rnd 1:  Using G hook and Brown, create MC; 6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  2 SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 3 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

Rnd 6:  *SC in the next 4 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnds 7-12:  SC in each st around.  (36 sts)  (6 total rounds)

****INSERT SAFETY EYES BETWEEN ROUNDS 7 & 8 WITH 5 STS BETWEEN THE EYES.****

Rnd 13:  *SC in the next 4 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

****START STUFFING HEAD.****

Rnd 14:  *SC in the next 3 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 15:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 16:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

****FINISH STUFFING.****

Rnd 17:  Sc2tog around.  (6 sts)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to the blanket.  Using the tail, weave in and out the front loops of the last round to close the hole.

With Antique White yarn, embroider smile between Rnds 10-12.  (Tricky part, there’s a photo tutorial to help in the Premium PDF pattern upgrade.) You can purchase the upgrade by clicking here!

Arms:  (Make 2)

Worked in continuous rounds.

Rnd 1:  Using G hook and Brown, create MC; 6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  2 SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  SC in each st around switching to Antique White in the last st.  (18 sts)

Rnd 5:  SC in each st around.  FO Antique White and switch back to brown in the last stitch.  (18 sts)

Rnds 6-9:  SC in each st around.  (18 sts)  (4 total rounds)

Rnd 10:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

****START STUFFING.****

Rnds 11-18:  SC in each st around.  Sl st to the next st to FO with a 6” tail to sew to blanket.  (12 sts)  (8 total rounds)

Finish stuffing.  Fold ends flat and sew them closed.

Bow:

Row 1:  Ch 11; HDC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each remaining chains.  Turn.  (10 sts)

Rows 2-3:  Ch 1; HDC in the same st and in each st across.  Turn.  (10 sts)

FO with 8 inch tail to sew.  Finish bow and sew to head.  Weave in beginning tail.  Weave other tail through the back stitches to get to the center.

Pinch center of bow and wrap tail around center or secure it in the back. (This can be tricky! There are photo tutorials in the Premium PDF upgrade! Click here to purchase!)

See you tomorrow for the final day of putting it altogether!

Day 3 – Final day Gingerbread mini cal

Welcome back for Day 3 where we piece everything together. It’s a fairly easy day. Come into the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook Group and share with me your WIP. I would love to see it and the final part of it altogether. I will be doing a contest for those that finish to win a copy of the pattern and a copy of another pattern sent to your Ravelry – a surprise pattern!

Join me at 1 pm PST over in Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group where I can answer any questions you may have. I plan to finish mine today and upload some pictures! I would love to see your pictures!

Assembly:

Sew bow onto the top center of the head.  

Sew Head to center of the blanket.

Sew arms on either side of head (under the head).  Mine is attached to blanket and head.  

Thank you for joining me for this CAL. I hope you have enjoyed it! You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. You can also join our Facebook group and our email list!

Happy Friday!

Christina

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