Bunny & Bear Soother Strap: Free Pattern
I never knew how to crochet with my previous two pregnancies, so this time around, I just want to crochet EVERYTHING baby! After I finished up the Baby Bunting Sack pattern, I knew I had to make some matching items to go along with it! Both of my other kids loved their soothers. Those little rubber binkies were a lifeline in this house for the first year of their lives, but they were constantly getting lost or dropped. I had purchased the clip on soother straps you buy from Walmart, but I found them tacky and the velcro eventually wore, and never really bothered with them much. After completing the bunting sack, I thought a matching bear and bunny soother strap would make the perfect addition to the piece! They whip up super quick, require next to no yarn, and make the perfect last minute shower gift too!
Here is the free pattern for the Bear & Bunny Soother Strap to go along with your adorable bunting sack! Enjoy!
Required Materials: *3 weight/DK yarn (Bernat Softee Baby recommended): MC (main colour) yarn for strap Animal head (brown-bear, white-bunny) Light brown (bear snout), pink (bunny nose), black (eyes & bear nose) *Black thread for facial details *Small amount of polyester stuffing *1.5 x 1.5 inch felt square (white/brown-bear, pink-bunny) *Hot glue gun *Pacifier clip (I ordered mine from Amazon)
Required Hook: 3.5mm Hook
Abbreviations: sc – single crochet Dc- double crochet ch - chain sc2tog – single crochet two together/invisible decrease slst – slip stitch Rnd – round st(s) - stitch(es) BLO – back loop only FLO – front loop only FO - Fasten off by slip stitching in the following stitch and tying off YO - yarn over
Strap Using MC yarn, working around the chain
Ch47, starting in 2nd ch from hook: 4slst, (skip 1 st, 5dc in next st, skip 1 st, 3slst, ch2, work 1hdc in back post of 2nd ch from hook, Slst into same st as ch1, 2slst) x5, 2slst, ch30. Join back onto last Slst and continue working up other side of Ch: 2slst (3slst, ch2, work 1hdc in back post of 2ch from hook, Slst into same st as ch1, 2slst, skip 1 st, 5dc in next st, skip 1 st) x5, 4slst & FO.
Animal head Using Animal yarn colour, working in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd from hook (6) Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12) Rnd 3: (1sc, 2sc in next st) x6 (18) Rnd 4: (2sc, 2sc in next st) x6 (24) Rnd 5: (11sc, 2sc in next st) x2 (26) Rnd 6-9: sc in each st around (26) Rnd 10: (11sc, sc2tog) x2 (24) Rnd 11: (2sc, sc2tog) x6 (18) Rnd 12: (1sc, sc2tog) x6 (12) *LIGHTLY stuff head* Rnd 13: (4sc, sc2tog) x2 (10) *Flatten opening, slst through both sides across, ch2 and turn. Working in slst:* Row 14: 1dc, 2trb in next st, ch2 and slst in same st, 1slst, ch2, 2trb in next st, 1dc, ch2, slst in same st. FO leaving a 6-8 inch tail for sewing.
Bunny ears (Make 2) Working in Animal yarn colour, working around the chain
Ch9, starting in 2nd ch from hook: 1sc, 3hdc, 2sc, 2slst, ch2, continue working along other side of Ch: 2slst, 2sc, 3hdc, 1sc (16+2ch) FO, leaving a 4-6 inch tail for sewing *Position base of ears on backside of Rnds 3 of head, approximately ½ apart. Sew along base of ears to fasten into place*
Bear Ears (Make 2) Working in Animal yarn colour, working in joined rounds
Rnd 1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6) slst to join and ch1 Rnd 2: 2sc in the next 5 sts, 1slst in last st (11) FO, leaving 4-6 inch tail for sewing. Slst from Rnd 2 acts as base of ear. *Position base of ears on backside of Rnds 2-4 of head, angled slightly. Sew along base of ears to fasten into place*
Bear Snout Working in Light Brown yarn, working in joined rounds
Rnd 1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6) Slst to join and ch1 Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12) Slst to join and FO, leaving a 6 inch tail for sewing. *Attach snout on the front of face between Rnds 7-13 of head. Sew along Rnd 2 of snout to fasten into place*
After sewing ears and snout into place, use thread and yarn to embroider nose, eyes and facial features. Use pictures below as guideline:
Step 1: Sew strap to backside of animal head so the the first 4 slst’s are centered between Rnds 10-13 of Head. Use tail left over from strap to sew along slst’s into head to secure into place.
Step 2: Cut out Circle from felt piece. Use hot glue gun to apply glue thoroughly and evenly to back of felt and place on back of head (it will cover the top 4 slst’s of strap).
Step 3: Apply hot glue to back of clamp and place in center of felt circle. Hold firmly into place until dry. Remove any excess glue that leaked out sides.
And now your Bear and Bunny Strap is complete!
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