Drake the Dog Crochet Pattern

Happy Friday!

I can’t believe it’s already the last Friday in September. Seriously, where is the year going?! I feel like time passes so much more quickly now that I’m a parent, it’s crazy.

But I digress.

Since it’s the last Friday in September, it means this will be the last entry in animal month! So sad!

So it’s good that we’re going out with an old standby. I mean what boy doesn’t love puppies? What PERSON doesn’t love puppies?

Meet Drake the dog! He’s such a good boy that he sits on command. Okay, he sits all the time, but that’s only because he’s so good!

I’ve seen so many puppy/dog patterns where the dog stands on two legs, sometimes four, or sits on his bottom but his legs stick out and he has arms instead of front legs.

That’s not to say these patterns are bad! I love me a cute puppy no matter how it sits or stands!

But I did want to try something different. I got inspired by how my dog, Daisy sits. Her legs are so long that it looks really funny when she sits or lays with her legs bent up.

And I realized that I haven’t seen a crochet dog pattern that looked like that before. So why not make one?

Of course, that’s easier said than done. I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about making those sitting back legs at first. Luckily as I worked on some of the other parts, the ideas started flowing.

Plus, long car rides are always a good time for focusing. Well, long car rides where the kids are asleep, anyway.

The rest of him came together pretty quickly! I did end up using some safety eyes this time (my first time using them! I do enjoy the look they give), but that’s because this was made with the intention of going to C, who is 3, almost 4. If I had made it for B, it would definitely have been made with an embroidered eye option.

Anyway, enough about the making of the pattern. Now it’s your turn!

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Drake the Dog Crochet Pattern

Every little boy needs a best friend! Why not man's best friend? Come meet Drake the Dog and find the pattern to make your own!

Skill Level

Easy

Yarn and Hook Size

187 yards            I Love This Yarn in Cream (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (4) yarn

4.5 mm crochet hook

Notions

Measurements and Gauge

Finished dimensions measure 9 inches by 9 inches by 9 inches. Gauges measures at 9 stitches and 9.5 rows is 2 inches.

Abbreviations

ch           chain rep         repeat
dec         decrease rd            round
inc          increase sc            single crochet
MR         magic ring

[] denote a group of stitches that repeats as many times as directed

Instructions

Head

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 5: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 6: [sc 4, inc], rep [] five more times (36)

Rd 7: [sc 5, inc] rep [] five more times (42)

Rds 8-12: sc 42 (42)

Rd 13: [sc 5, dec], rep [] five more times (36)

Rds 14-16: sc 36 In Rd 15, place safety eyes at any point, three stitches apart (if using safety eyes).

Rd 17: [sc 4, dec], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 18: sc 30 (30)

Rd 19: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 20: sc 24 (24). Stuff with fiber fill.

Rd 21: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 22: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12). Add any more fiber fill necessary.

Rd 23: dec 6 (6)

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Using your tapestry needle, sew through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight.

Body

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: [inc], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 5: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 6: [sc 4, inc], rep [] five more times (36)

Rd 7: [sc 5, inc], rep [] five more times (42)

Rd 8: [sc 6, inc], rep [] five more times (48)

Rd 9: [sc 7, inc], rep [] five more times (54)

Rd 10: [sc 8, inc], rep [] five more times (60)

Rds 11-16: sc 60 (60)

Rds 17-20: sc 60 (60)

Rd 21: [sc 8, dec], rep [] five more times (54)

Rd 22: [sc 7, dec], rep [] five more times (48)

Rd 23: [sc 6, dec], rep [] five more times (42)

Rd 24: [sc 5, dec], rep [] five more times (36)

Rds 25 and 26: sc 36 (36)

Rd 27: [sc 4, dec], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 28: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 29 and 30: sc 24 (24)

Stuff with fiber fill, adding more as necessary

Rd 31: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 32: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Fasten off and leave a 12” tail to sew head on. Add any more fiber fill necessary.

Front Legs

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 4-6: sc 18 (18)

Rd 7: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rds 8-15: sc 12 (12)

Fasten off, leaving an 8-10 inch tail to sew onto body. Stuff with fiber fill.

Back Legs

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 4-6: sc 18 (18)

Rd 7: sc 6, inc 6, sc 6 (24)

Rd 8: sc 9, inc 6, sc 9 (30)

Rds 9-10: sc 30 (30)

Rd 11: sc 13, inc 6, sc 11 (36)

Rds 12-13: sc 36 (36)

Rd 14: [sc 4, dec], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 15: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 16: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18). Stuff with fiber fill.

Rd 17: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 18: dec 6 (6)

Fasten off, leaving a 10-12 inch tail. Sew through the front loop of the remaining six stitches and pull tight, leaving the remaining end to sew legs onto body.

Muzzle

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 5 (5)

Rd 2: inc 5 (10)

Rd 3: sc 2, inc 4, sc 4 (14)

Rd 4: sc 5, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 5 (16)

Rds 5-7: sc 16 (16)

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail to sew onto head.

Ears

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 5-6: sc 24 (24)

Rd 7: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 8-9: sc 18 (18)

Rd 10: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rds 11-12: sc 12 (12)

Rd 13 dec 6 (6)

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail to sew onto head.

Tail

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rds 2-12: sc 6

Fasten off. Leave a 6-8 inch tail to sew onto body.

Note: The tail can be made as long or as short as you desire. Just work more or less rows.

Assembly

Sew muzzle to head, from row 8 to row 15, between the eyes, placing a small amount of fiber fill inside as you sew to fill it out. Flatten ears and sew to head on sixth row (counting from top down).

Sew head to body, running stitches in the third row of the head.

Run the yarn on the back legs through the leg to the side that you will need it to stitch onto the body. Stitch onto the sides from row 12 to row 15 (counted from the start of the body on the bottom).

Sew front legs onto body in the twelfth row down from the top.

Sew tail onto the middle of the back from row 13 to row 15 (counted from the start of the body on the bottom). I did not use any fiber fill in the tail, but you could use some if you want a stiffer tail.

Embroider a nose on the end of the muzzle, and a mouth if you prefer.

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