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How to Crochet a Cute Blue Dog Applique!

Updated: Apr 5, 2022

If you are looking for a cute applique that gives you warm fuzzy feelings from your childhood (or your child's childhood!), then look no further! This cute blue puppy has some features that are in a likeness to a familiar friend that we had as a child, but is not an exact replica.

As you can tell the ears and feet are very different, but there is enough inspiration in certain features to still trigger some lovely memories from childhood.


While I would love to be able to make patterns that are an exact replica of our childhood favorites, legally I can't, and no one has reached out to me from the major networks to hire me to write patterns for their brands lol! One can dream though right haha!


So in the meantime, I can share this pattern that is inspired by our cute little friend, from way back when that will trigger those memories in a similar way.


Several of my pattern testers went all out on this test! They loved this puppy so much they decided to do two in two different color combos. The second one they made had the same color combination as our childhood favorite's best friend.


Jessica W. of JWhiz Crochet submitted this photo from her test run of the pattern. Adorable!

This applique is approximately 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide and can be used in a variety of ways. There are a lot of great ways to decorate with this applique such as on blankets, pillows, tote bags, backpacks, and even shadow boxes to hang on a wall.


This is my youngest child's favorite applique out of all the ones I've made and she asked me right away if she could keep it!

Umm ... of course I said yes! I think I am going to make a second headpiece, set of ears, and tummy, and then sew it to the back and stuff it a little! This way she'll have a little stuffy to play with.


Although, while I was just typing this, she saw her picture on the screen and ran up to me, and asked me if I would make her a blanket with it. How about that timing haha! I guess I'll be making a blanket. We'll do anything for our kids right?!

 
 

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So this is how you make this applique for those special little ones in your life!


Blue Dog”

Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight 4 yarn

  1. Light Blue

  2. Dark Blue

  3. White

  4. Pink

  • Hook - G 4mm, E 3.5mm *optional for inner eyes

  • Scissors

  • Hot Glue - optional for assembly

  • Yarn Needle

  • 2 Small Safety eyes - size of choice - my safety eyes did not have sizes listed but they’re approximately ⅓ inch and ¼ inch - or use E3.5 mm hook and see eye option instructions

Stitches:

  • MR - Magic Ring

  • Ch - chain

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Tr - triple crochet

  • Sc2tog / Hdc2tog/ Dc2tog - single, half double, or double crochet two stitches together to decrease, or do an invisible decrease

  • Sp - space

  • St(s) - stitch(es)

  • #st - complete # number of sts in same space

  • St # - complete stitch in next # number of spaces

  • ( ) - do all in the same stitch

Language:

  • American Standard Terms



Pattern Instructions

Note: work first st of round in same sp as ch

Note: leave long tails if sewing together or weave in ends if gluing together

Note: turning chains do not count as stitches

Note: use G 4mm hook for all parts unless otherwise noted


Head: Light Blue

  • Begin: Ch 6

  • Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, sc, top of head is made, continue around to unworked side of ch, hdc 5, ch 1. (11st)

  • Note: switching to rows to make the bottom portion of the head

  • Row 2: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 3, 2hdc, ch 1, leave the rest of the stitches from round 1 unworked. (7st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 5, 2hdc, ch 1. (9st)

  • Row 4: Turn 2hdc, hdc 7, 2hdc, ch 1. (11st)

  • Row 5: Turn, 2hdc, 2hdc, hdc 7, 2hdc, 2hdc, ch 1. (15st)

  • Row 6: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 11, hdc2tog, ch 1. (13st)

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 9, hdc2tog, ch 1. (11st)

  • Row 8: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, dc, 2dc, dc, hdc 2, hdc2tog, ch 1. (10st)

  • Row 9: Turn, sc a border around edge of headpiece, fasten off.


Inner Eye Option: Black - make 2 - E 3.5mm hook or smaller if desired

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Sc 3 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, fasten off. (3st)

Outer Eye: White - make 2

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Sc 5 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, fasten off. (5st)

Lower Jaw: Light Blue

  • Begin: Ch 7

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 5, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 2: Turn, sc, hdc, 2dc in next two sts, hdc, sc, fasten off. (8st)


Tongue: Pink

  • Begin: Ch 4

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 2, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 2: Hdc, dc, hdc, sl st in same sp, fasten off, (4st)


Nose: Dark Blue

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: (Sc, dc, sc, sl st, sc, dc, sc, sl st) in MR, pull tight to close, do not sl st to join, fasten off. (8st)


Left Ear: Light Blue

  • Begin: Ch 4

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 2, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 2: Turn, hdc 3, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 3: Turn, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 4: Turn, 2hdc, 2hdc, hdc 2, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 5: Turn, hdc 4, 2hdc, 2hdc, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 6: Turn, sl st, sc 3, hdc2tog, dc2tog, ch 2. (6st)

  • Row 7: Turn, dc2tog, hdc, sc 2, sl st, ch 1. (5st)

  • Row 8: Turn, sl st, sc2tog, dc 2, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 9: Turn, sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 10 - 11: Turn, sc 2, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 12: Turn, 2hdc in each st, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 13: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 14: Turn sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc , sc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 15: Turn, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc, continue around the entire edge of the ear and sc a border, sl st to join to the first sc of the row, fasten off.



Right Ear: Light Blue

  • Begin: Ch 4

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 2, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 2: Turn, hdc 3, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 4: Turn, hdc 2, 2hdc, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 5: Turn, 2hdc, 2hdc, hdc 4, ch 2. (8st)

  • Row 6: Turn, dc2tog, hdc2tog, sc 3, sl st, (6st)

  • Row 7: Turn, sl st, sc 2, hdc, dc2tog, ch 2. (5st)

  • Row 8: Turn, dc 2, sc2tog, sl st, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 9: Turn, sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 10 - 11: Turn, sc 2, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 12: Turn, 2hdc in each st, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 13: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 14: Turn sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc , sc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 15: Turn, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc, continue around the entire edge of the ear and sc a border, sl st to join to the first sc of the row, fasten off.


Big Dots on Ear Ends: Dark Blue- make 2

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Sc 3, Dc 3, sc 3, dc 3, in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, fasten off. (12st)


Smaller Dots on Upper Ears: Dark Blue - make 2

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Row 1: (Sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc) in MR, pull tight to close, do not sl st to join, you should have a fan shape as result, fasten off. (6st)


Tummy: Light Blue

  • Begin: Ch 6

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 4, ch 1. (5st)

  • Row 2: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 3, 2hdc, ch 1. (7st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 5, 2hdc, ch 1. (9st)

  • Row 4: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 7, 2hdc, ch 1. (11st)

  • Row 5: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 9, 2hdc, ch 1. (13st)

  • Row 6 - 8: Turn, hdc 13, ch 1. (13st)

  • Row 9: Turn hdc2tog, hdc 9, hdc2tog, ch 1. (11st)

  • Row 10: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 7, hdc2tog, ch 1. (9st)

  • Row 11: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 5, hdc2tog, ch 1. (7st)

  • Row 12: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 3, hdc2tog, ch 1. (5st)

  • Row 13: Turn, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, continue with the sc stitch around the entire edge of the body to make a border, sl st to join, fasten off.


Paws: Light Blue - make 4

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Hdc 10 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, ch 1. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1. (20st)

  • Note: switching to a row

  • Row 3: (Hdc, dc), (dc, hdc, sl st), *(sl st, hdc, dc), (dc, hdc, sl st)*, repeat *to* two more times, fasten off. (4 toes made) *see diagram below for assistance.

Paw Pads: Dark Blue - make 4

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: Sc 10 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Sc in each st around, sl st to join, fasten off. (20st)


Final Assembly:

Note: I assemble my appliques with hot glue, which is a fast and safe method. The glue adheres to the fibers quite well and the applique is very secure. The hot glue packaging that I use says it is non-toxic so it is safe, in my opinion, as well. In addition, you can machine wash on cold, and lay flat to dry or tumble dry/lowest heat setting. You may also use other fabric-safe glue or use the traditional method of sewing your pieces together.

Note: see photos after final step for assembly assistance.


How I assembled my dog:

  1. I laid out all my pieces to get the look I wanted. You can use pins to hold it together if you desire and/or take a picture of your layout with your phone to reference as you are putting it together.

  2. First I attached the Blue dots to my ears. The Big dots in the lower parts of the ears and the smaller dots on the upper parts of the ears.

  3. Next, I attached the eyes to the head about 5 rows from the top of the head.

  4. Then, I attached the nose about 3 rows below the eyes.

  5. I proceeded to the mouth next by attaching the tongue and lower jaw to the bottom, back center, of the head. Row 1 of both the tongue and jaw will not show, you only want row 2 of each piece “peeking out.”

  6. Next, I attached the paw pads to the paws.

  7. Then I attached the tummy to the back of the head and the paw to the top of the tummy.

  8. Last, I attached the ears to the head. You can angle them in any direction desired!

And there you have it! A super cute puppy friend that makes the heart skip a little beat! I hope you enjoyed making this applique!


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