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Free Crochet Pattern: Football Lovey

free crochet pattern football lovey www.thehookingreader.com

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Fall is my favorite season, and it’s not just all about the beautiful colors, cooler temps, and hot beverages. I LOVE me some college football (GO GREEN!). I designed this football crochet lovey with my Spartans in mind, but the blanket portion can be changed to represent your favorite team’s colors. I’ve even had someone suggest making the blanket all yellow so they can throw their own flags during the games.

Materials Needed

  • 4.0mm Crochet Hook (Use 3.5mm if you have a loose tension.)
  • For the football, 80 yards of brown worsted weight yarn and 20 yards of white worsted weight yarn
  • For the blanket, a total of 195 yards of worsted weight yarn (colors may vary)
  • Fiber fill/stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers

Terms & Stitches to Know

CH: Chain
DEC: Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
INC: Increase
INV DEC: Invisible Decrease
MC: Magic Circle
SC: Single Crochet
SK: Skip
SL ST: Slip Stitch

Gauge

15 single crochet x 13 rows = 4″

Notes

  • This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
  • The football is worked in the round.
  • Chain stitches are not included in stitch counts unless otherwise indicated.
  • For the blanket, please be aware that it will not lie flat. It’s part of how the blanket was designed, so keep going!
  • On the blanket portion, the first stitch that you’re skipping is the same stitch into which you made your slip stitch to join the previous round.
  • If you are using different colors than green and white for the blanket, you can use the color changes or ignore them.

Football Pattern

With brown, make a MC.

Round 1: 4 SC in MC (4)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (8)

Round 3: 1 SC in next stitch. INC in next stitch. Repeat 3 more times (12)

Round 4: INC in next stitch. 1 SC in next 2 stitches. Repeat 3 more times. (16)

Round 5: 1 SC in next 3 stitches. INC in net stitch. Repeat 3 more times. (20)

Round 6: INC in next stitch. 1 SC in next 4 stitches. Repeat 3 more times. (24)

Round 7: 1 SC in next 5 stitches. INC in next stitch. Repeat 3 more times. (28)

Round 8: INC in next stitch. 1 SC in next 6 stitches. Repeat 3 more times. (32)

Round 9: 1 SC in next 7 stitches. INC in next stitch. Repeat 3 more times. (36)

Change to white. At this point, you can carry your brown yarn through the white stitches, or drop it, and reattach. Use your preference. I prefer to carry my yarn through.

Round 10: INC in next stitch. 1 SC in next 8 stitches. Repeat 3 more times. (40)

Round 11: 1 SC in next 9 stitches. INC in next stitch. Repeat 3 more times. (44)

Change back to brown. Carry your white yarn through some stitches in order to tighten it down before cutting and weaving in.

Round 12-23: 1 SC in each stitch around (44)

Change to white. Again, you can carry your brown yarn through your white stitches, if you choose to do so.

Round 24: 1 SC in each stitch around (44)

Round 25: 1 SC in the next 9 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (40)

Change back to brown. You can carry your white yarn through some stitches, and then cut and weave in the end.

Round 26: 1 SC in the next 8 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (36)

At this point, I would also recommend pausing to embroider your laces. I find this easier than waiting until it’s stuffed and closed. Take a length of white yarn and embroider laces starting between rows 13 and 14, extending to between rows 22 and 23. Then, add the cross laces, spaced around 3 rows apart. See photo for example.

You can also begin stuffing at this point.

crochet football laces

Round 27: 1 SC in the next 7 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (32)

Round 28: 1 SC in the next 6 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (28)

Round 29: 1 SC in the next 5 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (24)

Round 30: 1 SC in the next 4 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (20)

Round 31: 1 SC in the next 3 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (16)

Round 32: 1 SC in the next 2 stitches. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (12)

Finish stuffing, if necessary.

Round 33: 1 SC in the next stitch. INV DEC. Repeat 3 more times. (8)

Rather than doing the invisible decrease four times for the final round, I suggest stopping at Round 33, then fastening off and closing the hole. Otherwise, the end gets more pointy than you want it.

Weave in ends after fastening off and closing the hole.

Blanket Pattern

Make sure to leave a longer tail here at the beginner. You will use this to attach the football and the blanket together.

With green, make a MC.

Round 1: 10 DC in MC. SL ST to join (10)

Round 2: CH 2. 1 DC in the first stitch. CH 2. * 1 DC in the next 2 stitches. CH 2. * Repeat 3 more times. 1 DC in the last stitch. SL ST into first DC to join (10)

football lovey crochet pattern

Round 3: Ch 2. Sk first stitch. * [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in the ch 2 space. Sk next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. Sl st into first dc to join. (20 dc)

Round 4: Ch 2. Sk the first stitch. * 1 dc in the next stitch. [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in the ch 2 space. 1 dc in the next stitch. Sk the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. Sl st into first dc to join. (30)

Round 5: Ch 2. Sk the first stitch. * 1 dc in the next 2 stitches. [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc]
in the ch 2 space. 1 dc in the next 2 stitches. Sk the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. Sl st into first dc to join. (40)

Round 6: Ch 2. Sk the first stitch. * 1 dc in the next 3 stitches. [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc]
in the ch 2 space. 1 dc in the next 3 stitches. Sk the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. Sl st into first dc to join. (50)

Round 7: Ch 2. Sk the first stitch. * 1 dc in the next 4 stitches. [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc]
in the ch 2 space. 1 dc in the next 4 stitches. Sk the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. Sl st into first dc to join. (60)

Change to white.

Round 8: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 5 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC\ in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 5 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (70)

Change to green. 

Round 9: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 6 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 6 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (80)

Round 10: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 7 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 7 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (90)

Round 11: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 8 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 8 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (100)

Change to white.

Round 12: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 9 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 9 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (110)

Change to green.

Round 13: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (120)

Round 14: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 11 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 11 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (130)

Round 15: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 12 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 12 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (140)

Change to white.

Round 16: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 13 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 13 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (150)

Change to green.

Round 17: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 14 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 14 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (160)

Round 18: CH 2. SK the first stitch. * 1 DC in the next 15 stitches. [2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC] in the CH 2 space. 1 DC in the next 15 stitches. SK the next 2 stitches. * Repeat 4 more times. SL ST into first DC to join. (170)

Fasten off and weave in all ends. At color changes, I like to tie the two colors into a tight knot, then weave in the ends, just to be sure.

Attach the football to the blanket using the long tail you left at the beginning of your blanket. I decided to angle mine as seen in the pattern photo. However, you can attach yours however you’d like!

Thank you to my testers!!

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Happy Crocheting!