How to make a Narwhal Granny-Inspired Security Blanket

A Crochet Pattern by: Christina Ryan

Pattern Inspiration

Today, I am excited to release to you my narwhal security blanket. I love using granny squares! When I use granny squares in my designs, I don’t have to use much brain power because they are so easy, fun, and quick to do.

I decided to use my small narwhal from my previous pattern and turn it into a lovey. I decided on the variegated yarn with I Love This Yarn because of the ocean colors! I hope you love this pattern as much as I do.

Today is my youngest daughter Bella’s 8th birthday. What better to celebrate than to release a new pattern!

This pattern will remain free on my blog forever! You can get the PDF pattern upgrade later on in the post at no cost today, August 9, 2021 as part of the Granny Square Celebration Blog Hop hosted by Madame Stitch!

Materials:

150 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Print 5 oz/142 grams, 252 yards/230 meters in Surf’s Up
65 yards, Worsted Size 4, I love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Soft Blue.
20 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in White.
10 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Medium Blue.
HOOKS: US J/10 6 mm; US G/6 4.0 mm
Polyfil
Yarn needle to weave in ends.
Stitch markers
Safety eyes (optional)
Scissors

Experience Level: Beginner

Gauge:

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

Pattern used for gauge:  DC

Size:

13” x 13” x 2” Approximately

Pattern Key:

SC – single crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Sc2tog – single crochet decrease

Sl st – slip stitch

FO – finish off

St/sts – stitch/stitches

Ch – chain

Rnd(s) – round(s)

MC – magic circle

Notes:

  •   Read through the entire pattern first.

●        Lovey blanket is made in joined rounds as a traditional granny square.

●        Narwhal head/body, fins, horn, and tail are done in continuous rounds.  Do NOT join while making each of them.  Use stitch markers to know where your first stitch in the round is.

●        Sl St does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

●        Repeat stitches between * and * around.

●        Alternative to MC – Ch 2; work number of  SC specified in the 2nd chain from the hook.

●        Ch 3 counts as a DC throughout the pattern.

Pattern Instructions:

Lovey Blanket:

Using J Hook and Color A, Ch 4; sl st to the 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as 1st DC in each round throughout the pattern); 2 DC into the ring; Ch 2; *3 DC into the ring; Ch 2.*  Repeat from *-* 2 more times; 1 sl st in the top of Ch 3 to Join.  (12 DC)

Rnd 2:  Sl st in the next 2 sts and in the Ch 2 space; Ch 3; (2 DC; Ch 2; 3 DC) in the same ch space; *Ch 1; (3 DC, Ch 2; 3 DC) in the next Ch 2 space*  Repeat from *-* 2 more times; ch 1; sl st in the top of Ch 3 to join.   (24 DC)

Rnd 3:  Sl st in the next 2 sts and in the Ch 2 space; Ch 3; (2 DC; Ch 2; 3 DC) in the same ch space;  ; *Ch 1; (3 DC  in Ch 1 space, Ch 1) in each ch 1 space to the corner; (3 DC; Ch 2; 3 DC) in Ch 2 space at the corner.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Ch 1; (3 DC in Ch 1 space; Ch 1) in each Ch 1 space to the beginning of the round.  Sl st to the top of Ch 3 to join.  (36 DC)

Rnd 4:  Repeat round 3.  (48 DC)

Rnd 5:  Repeat round 3.  (60 DC)

Rnd 6:  Repeat round 3.  (72 DC)

Rnd 7:  Repeat round 3.  (84 DC)

Rnd 8:  Repeat round 3.  (96 DC)

Rnd 9:  Repeat round 3.  (108 DC)

Rnd 10:  Repeat round 3.  (120 DC)

Sl st in the next 2 DC sts and FO.  Weave in your ends.

Head/Body:

Rnd 1:  Using Color B and G Hook, Create MC;  6 SC in the MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:   2 SC in the 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 7-10:  SC in each st around.  FO Color B and join Color C in the last stitch of round 10 (36 sts)  (4 rounds total)

Rnd 11-12:  SC in each stitch around.  (36 sts)  (2 rounds total)

****Insert safety eyes between Rnds 8 and 9 with 4 stitches between each eye.****

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

****Start stuffing Narwhal****

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)

****Stuff Narwhal****

Rnd 17:  Sc2tog around.  FO with 4” tail to weave in and out of the front loops to close the hole.  Weave in tail.  (6 sts)

Horn:

Rnd 1:  Using Color D, create MC;  4 SC in MC.  (4 sts)

Rnd 2:  SC in each st around.  (4 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat once.  (6 sts)

Rnds 4-7:  SC in each st around.  FO with a 6” tail to sew to Narwhal Head.  (6 sts)  (4 total rounds)

****Stuff Horn****

Fins: Make 2

Rnd 1:  Using Color B, create a MC;  6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  SC in each st around.  (6 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (9 sts)

Rnds 4-6:  SC in each st around.  FO with a 8” tail to sew to Narwhal.  (9 sts)  (3 total rounds)

DO NOT stuff and fold flat sewing the ends closed.

Tail:

Rnd 1:  Using Color B, create a MC;  6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  SC in each st around.  (6 sts)

Rnd 3:  2 SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 4:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 5 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (14 sts)

Rnds 6-10:  SC in each st around.  FO with a 8” tail to sew to Narwhal.  (14 sts)   (5 rounds total)

DO NOT stuff and fold flat sewing the ends closed.

Assembly:

Sew horn between the eyes with 1 st between the eyes and horn.  It will be sewn between rounds 8-11. (Can be tricky! You can purchase the Upgrade PDF with photo tutorial by clicking here!)

  • Sew each fin on each side of Narwhal where the change in color is Rounds 10-11.
  • Sew tail to the back center of Narwhal where the change in color is Rounds 10-11.
  • Sew the Narwhal to the center of the blanket.  I sewed mine facing a corner.

I want to thank my tester Debra Gibson! I just love the colors she used! I always enjoy working with her on these patterns!

Original Design by Christina Ryan

Thank you for choosing Creative Snugglies Designs.  You are welcome to use this pattern to create and sell items created by you. If you sell your items online, please include a link back to my shop.  This pattern and the photographs, that I provided for your convenience, are my intellectual property.  They are protected by copyright and may not be used in any form.  You may not share, copy, reproduce, sell, or alter this pattern and claim it as your own.  

I would LOVE to see your creations so please share your finished work!  I have included links to my social media and store pages.  When you share your creations, please hashtag with #CreativeSnuggliesDesigns or #CreativeSnugglies and tag me so I can find your work!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at CreativeSnugglies@gmail.com and I will help you with the pattern.

Granny Square Celebration Blog Hop

I am so blessed and excited to be part of the Granny Square Celebration Blog Hop hosted by Debbie Field at Madame Stitch! Thank you for letting me be a part of this.

Today, August 9, 2021 you can purchase the PDF upgrade at no cost. Click the button below to head over to Debbie’s blog to get the coupon code. Then head back over to my blog to head to Ravelry to purchase!

Continue to follow Madame Stitch each day through August 15th for the Granny Square Celebration Blog Hop where she features a different designer each day!

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy our pattern! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, join our Facebook group and join our email list!

Happy Crocheting!

Christina

Leave a Comment