One of my closest friends just had a baby boy! I knew I wanted to crochet her something but wasn’t sure what… But after picking up a set of Just One You Made by Carter’s set of lion themed items, I knew exactly what I would make! This Little Lion Lovey blanket is quick and easy! A 21 x 21 C2C (corner-to-corner) project that you can easily crochet in an afternoon. This graph pattern is just slightly bigger than my Christmas Squares! Add a thick border to give it a bit more width, length, and a pretty finished edge.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Toffee, Silver Blue, Beige, and White. Love that these colors matched the Carter’s set perfectly!
– Tapestry Needle
Finished size: approximately 21 x 21 inches including the border. The graph is also 21 x 21 squares. About big enough to be a carseat blanket or just a comfort lovey blanket.
I used the graph from THIS math coloring page but made a few alterations. You can download my edited version HERE.
Here is the written pattern for the color changes:
Row 1: 1 Blue
Row 2: 2 Blue
Row 3: 3 Blue
Row 4: 4 Blue
Row 5: 5 Blue
Row 6: 6 Blue
Row 7: 7 Blue
Row 8: 8 Blue
Row 9: 2 Blue, 1 Beige, 6 Blue
Row 10: 7 Blue, 1 Beige, 2 Blue
Row 11: 2 Blue, 2 Beige, 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 12: 3 Blue, 1 Brown, 2 Blue, 4 Beige, 2 Blue
Row 13: 2 Blue, 5 Beige, 4 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 14: 3 Blue, 3 Brown, 1 Blue, 5 Beige, 2 Blue
Row 15: 2 Blue, 6 Beige, 5 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 16: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 1 Beige, 2 Brown, 5 Beige, 3 Blue
Row 17: 4 Blue, 4 Beige, 2 Brown, 2 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 18: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 2 Beige, 1 White, 2 Brown, 5 Beige, 3 Blue
Row 19: 3 Blue, 2 Beige, 1 Blue, 2 Beige, 2 Brown, 2 White, 2 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 20: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 3 Beige, 2 White, 2 Brown, 4 Blue, 1 Beige, 3 Blue
Row 21: 3 Blue, 1 Beige, 3 Blue, 3 Brown, 3 White, 1 Beige, 1 Brown, 1 Beige, 2 Brown, 3 Blue
Stare Decrease Rows
Row 22: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 2 Beige, 2 Brown, 2 White, 2 Brown, 4 Blue, 1 Beige, 2 Blue
Row 23: 2 Blue, 1 Beige, 2 Blue, 3 Brown, 1 Beige, 2 White, 1 Brown, 2 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 24: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 2 Beige, 1 Brown, 3 Beige, 2 Brown, 2 Blue, 1 Beige, 2 Blue
Row 25: 2 Blue, 1 Brown, 1 Blue, 3 Brown, 5 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 26: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 4 Beige, 2 Brown, 5 Blue
Row 27: 4 Blue, 3 Brown, 1 Beige, 1 Brown, 1 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 28: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 2 Beige, 2 Brown, 5 Blue
Row 29: 4 Blue, 3 Brown, 1 Beige, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 30: 3 Blue, 4 Brown, 5 Blue
Row 31: 4 Blue, 5 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 32: 3 Blue, 2 Brown, 5 Blue
Row 33: 4 Blue, 3 Brown, 2 Blue
Row 34: 8 Blue
Row 35: 7 Blue
Row 36: 6 Blue
Row 37: 5 Blue
Row 38: 4 Blue
Row 39: 3 Blue
Row 40: 2 Blue
Row 41: 1 Blue
Round 1: SC around making 2 SC on the edge of each “pixel square.” In the corners make SC + 2 Chains + SC all in one stitch.
Round 2-3: SC in each stitch around except SC + 2 Chains+ SC in the corners.
Change to Beige
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around except SC + 2 Chains+ SC in the corners.
Round 7: SC in each stitch around except SC + 2 Chains+ SC in the corners.
Round 8: To make the Slanted Scallop Border: *DC + HDC +SC all in stitch, skip one stitch, Slip stitch to next, continue from * around. Except the corners: Make 4 DC in each corner.
Roll it up and tie with a ribbon! A “[Hand]Made with Love” tag completes the package.
I found the one pictured at Michaels Craft Store.
Nervous about starting a C2C project? Not sure where to begin or how to read the graph? Stay tuned for a detailed tutorial on how to make a C2C blanket coming next week! Featuring this cute Owl design which will be available on the Lion Brand Yarn Blog 🙂
Add it to your to-do list!
This is such a lovely little blanket! One of the mum’s from our homeschool co-op is pregnant with her 9th child, I can’t wait to make this for her! Did you use just one skein of each color? Thank you for sharing this with us!
this is lemonade says
Oh this is absolutely adorable! I’m in the middle of your baby lamb crochet hat and am rediscovering my crochet skills. Started following you on FB and saw this blanket today. I hope I will have time to make it!I haven’t tried c2c or even done that much beyond booties in terms of crochet, so this is really exciting!
I’m just waiting for more info for the lion brand owl now! Baby #2 is due on Christmas Day but my 18mth old loves lions. I’m wondering if I have time to make one each.
Currently almost done making matching lamb hats and the plan is for toddler to have one and to give one to baby.
Thank you for the lovely patterns. You are so talented! I may just get *hooked* on crochet again….!
This is really cool!
I’m doing a C2C for a coworker, but I have to have it done by the 17th.
I’m cool with the C2C process in general, but would love tips on how to minimize ends to weave in and other color change tricks’n’tips! (Sadly I cannot wait an entire week to start, oh the timing 🙁 ).
Thank you so much for always sharing all your patterns for free!! You are such a blessing!
I have never tried a C2C project so I look forward to your tutorial so I can get this started.
Yuhuuu! I’ve been checking your web 2 or 3 times a day waiting for the owl blanket pattern. Now I know I have to wait only one more week.
The lion one is very beautiful. Thank you for making and sharing your patterns.
What a cute lion blanket. I have never made a CRC blanket before. I am looking forward to giving this one a try. Did you make this using DC or HDC stitches?
You might want to check out Sarah’s YouTube video:
It’s just under 10 minutes and covers all the basic mechanics.
That is si cuutteee!!! She will be sooo happy! I actually also have a gift to do for a baby boy co;ing this christmas! I was thinking of a blanket.
I succeded to do a whale in C2C for a try…. but i wonder…. how do you manage all the threads left at the end. Could you please explain it in the future pattern?I think it is named “wave the ends”?? Sorry, iam french! haha
Love your blog!
Laura Hartman says
This is adorable! After the Christmas knitting/crocheting is done I am going to make one of your awesome designs. 🙂
I am just in awe of the crochet work you do and how you are so generous with your patterns! this lion is wonderful!! I have not yet tried one of these c2c designs blocks but i do enjoy c2c as a general way to make many kitchen items. i m going to make this one!!
it is also wonderful that you seem to have such a lovely family!!
Tina Gauley says
Love your work. I am so looking forward to making this for baby boy shower at my Church. I was wondering if you have a pattern for a baby girl?
Tina Gauley says
ove this and lve yur work. I will make this for a baby boy shower at my Church. I was wondering if you have a baby girl pattern?
Tina Gauley says
Hi! I just finished this today and I LOVE how it turned out!! It’s SOOOO cute! Thanks so much!!! <3
Hi! Thanks for so lovely pattern! Could you tell me how many skeins did you needed for each colour?
I think there may be a bit of an error in row 26…shouldn’t it be 2 beige and not 4? 🙂
Nope. Nevermind. I was on the wrong row. Oops. Thanks for such an adorable and easy to follow pattern. 😀
I just adore your work! I would love to make a jungle theme afghan for an infant in the style similar to the Crochet Christmas Character Afghan you made. Possible patterns in the near future? Or recommendations on where to find them? A lion, giraffe, monkey, elephant, tiger, hippo, alligator, etc.
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How many yarn do you used for this project?
Norma Trevenna says
Hi, I was looking for a blanket pattern for my grandson and would love to do this lion blanket. Can you tell me how much yarn was used please?