I’ve been busy making Christmas gifts for loved-ones. And there is nothing better than being able to surprise kids with their favourite cartoon characters that YOU made.
The neighbourhood kids just love Paw Patrol, so I decided to make a few pups to surprise them for Christmas. But luckily, I didn’t have to start the pattern from scratch. There is already a wonderful and free Labrador Puppy crochet pattern by Lucy Kate Easton. So these lovely pups were made using that pattern, with a few modifications that I have detailed below:
You will need:
- Lucy Kate Easton’s Crochet Labrador Pattern
- 50g Cream/Light Brown yarn: For his face and paws
- 50g Dark Brown yarn: For his head, ears, legs, tail and facial embroidery
- 10g Navy Blue yarn: For his shirt and hat
- 5g White yarn: For the paw motif on his hat
- 5g Yellow yarn: for the details on his chest, shoulders and hat
- Brown safety eyes
- Size 3.5mm (E, 4) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Chain (CH)
- Single Crochet (SC)
- Slip Stitch
- Back-Post Single Crochet (BPSC)
- Long Single Crochet (long SC)
- Spike Stitch (Spike ST)
- Use the cream/light brown yarn for rounds 1-16.
- Switch to the dark brown yarn for the remainder of the head.
- In round 17: SC in first 10 STs, make 3 long SCs in the same ST in round 10 (it will be in between the eyes), skip the 3 STs behind the long SCs, SC in each remaining ST in the round.
- At round 23, place the safety eyes between rounds 10 and 11
- Use the dark-brown yarn to stitch-on a nose. I did this by threading my yarn into the starting ring of the magic circle, and made a V shape with the yarn. I then repeatedly stitched into the magic circle and the stitches above it to make a triangle nose.
- Use the same yarn to back-stitch a smile onto Chase
- Finally, use the same yarn, to give Chase some eyebrows
Ears (make 2)
- Use the dark brown yarn and follow the ear pattern from round 1-14
- Round 15: *2 SC, SC2TOG* 6 times (12)
- Round 16: * 1 SC, SC2TOG* 6 times (6)
- Close the bottom of the ear, finish off and leave a long tail for sewing
- Now you will create the inside of the ear. Take your light brown yarn and a needle, thread the yarn through one of the middle 5 stitches on the front of the ear. Then insert your needle in the middle stitch of round 4 (all your threads will go into this same stitch). Repeat the process until you have a triangle of light-brown yarn (similar to what you did for the nose)
- Stitch the ears to the back of the head so they are upright (about 4cm apart)
- Using the blue yarn, create a magic circle with 6 SCs (6)
- *2 SC* 6 times (12)
- *1 SC, 2 SC* 6 times (18)
- *SC in next 2 STs, 2 SC* 6 times (24)
- *SC in next 3 STs, 2 SC* 6 times (30)
- BPSC in each ST (30)
- *SC in next 3 STs, SC2TOG* 6 times (24)
- *SC in next 2 STs, SC2TOG* 6 times (18)
- Switch to yellow yarn. SC in each ST (18)
- To create the brim: Switch back to blue yarn. SC in first 4 STs, HDC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST, 2 TR in next 3 STs, 2 DC in next ST, HDC in next ST, SC in last 4 STs. (8 SC, 2 HDC, 4 DC, 6 TR)
- Finally, embroider on a white paw print above the brim and sew to the head in between the ears.
- Use the dark-brown yarn for rounds 1-10
- Switch to blue for rounds 11-27. In round 12, use BPSC instead of normal SC. This will create a “border” for the bottom of the t-shirt
- Switch to black for rounds 28-29
- Do one extra round of SC to create a neck (8 SC) then finish off.
- Embroider on a yellow star to the front of the body, just below the neck.
- Sew the head onto the body
Front Legs (make 2)
- Use the light-brown yarn for rounds 1-11
- Change to dark-brown yarn and complete the 12th round alternating spike ST and SC
- Use dark-brown yarn for rounds 12-20
- Use blue yarn for rounds 21-23
- Stuff leg, then use SC to close the leg in the direction from heel to toe
- With the blue yarn, do a round of surface crochet in round 21 to give the t-shirt arms a “border”
- Embroider on 3 arrows to the top of each arm in the blue section
- Sew to the top-sides of the body
Back Legs (make 2)
- Use the light-brown yarn for rounds 1-11
- Change to dark-brown yarn and complete the 12th round alternating spike stitch and SC
- Use dark-brown yarn for rounds 12-23
- Stuff leg, then use SC to close the leg from side to side
- Sew to the bottom of the body
- Use the dark-brown yarn and follow instructions
- Attach to the back of Chase, below the t-shirt
Now your Chase is finished! I hope you love the way he turns out.
If you use Instagram or Facebook, please do tag me in pictures of your creations! I would love to see them.