Crochet Labrador: How To Make Your Own Toy Dog

Free pattern to make your very own crochet Labrador puppy

Would you like your very own handmade replica of your Labrador? A cute copy of your adorable pup, to proudly display in your home?

In this article I am going to share with you some simple instructions for how to make or order your very own crochet Labrador.

The pattern below is for the yellow Lab puppy shown in the picture here.


The black and chocolate dogs are slight variants on this pattern to give different looks to the puppy.

These are available to order if you think they better reflect your pup’s appearance, but remember you can always adapt the pattern yourself instead!

If you want to make your own handmade crochet Labrador puppy toy you can find out how to do so with the easy instructions below.

But don’t worry if crochet isn’t your thing, as you can still get your hands on your own unique crochet Labrador puppy toy.

How To Order A Personalised Crochet Labrador Puppy Toy

You can order your own personalised commission through the Lucy Kate Crochet website here. Each order is placed on an individual basis, so you can choose all of the fine details. Making sure that your crochet Labrador looks exactly how you want it to.

threeLooking for a darker shade of chocolate or yellow, or even to reflect your Lab’s larger ears or adorably big puppy feet, then just let me know!

We can put together something which really captures the essence of your Labrador friend.

But the really fun part is making the toy yourself.

So why not give it a go?

Even if you are brand new to crochet, there are instructions to help you get started below.

How To Make A Crochet Labrador

If you are new to crochet, then check out this article to get to grips with the basic techniques before you begin your Crochet Labrador.

For help with reading patterns, you might find this crochet abbreviations information useful as well.

Crochet Labrador Puppy Equipment

To make your own crochet Lab puppy you will need the following equipment.

Main Body Yarn

Your choice of main yarn will depend upon which color crochet Lab you want to create.

Crochet Labrador Yarn - Yellow

Choose only one of the following:

Other Yarn

Crochet Labrador Yarn - Purple

Other Supplies

If you are new to crochet, you might want to buy a complete starter kit to get you going.

Crochet Starter Kit

You can also buy crochet equipment from hobby stores. In the UK Hobby Craft and in the USA Hobby Lobby both have a great range of yarns at reasonable prices.

To follow this pattern it doesn’t matter which colour yarn you choose, as long as the yarn weight is the same.

Chocolate Labrador Yarn

Most equipment can be found online through their websites or through Amazon.

There are also a wealth of independent craft shops to be stumbled upon locally, where the prices are often a little higher, but you can find some fantastic quality unique yarns.

Crochet Labrador Puppy Pattern

Your crochet Lab will be worked in a circular pattern, building from a magic circle. Each section of the Lab will be made individually, then sewn together when complete.

How To Crochet A Lab Puppy Toy. Your Free Crochet Labrador Pattern.

The total number of stitches in each row will be shown in brackets at the end of the instructions.

I recommend using a stitch marker to help you keep count of your stitches as you go. If you don’t have any stitch markers then you can use a small piece of yarn to mark your place instead.

0001-113010529Please note: my crochet patterns are always written using US terminology.

(I learned from American youtube channels, and despite being British this has very much stuck with me).

If you are already keen on crochet but use the UK terminology, just have a quick check with this crochet terminology conversion chart before you begin.

Crochet Lab Head

Row 1 – Make a magic circle of 6 stitches (6)

Row 2 – Make 2 single crochets (2sc) into each stitch (12)

Row 3 – Put 1 single crochet (1sc) into the first stitch, and 2 single crochets (2sc) into the next. (1sc, 2sc) Repeat six times  (18)

Row 4 – Put 1sc into the first two stitches, 2 sc into the next. (1sc x 2, 2sc) Repeat six times  (24)

headRow 5 to 9 – Make 1sc in each stitch (24)

Row 10 – (1sc x 3, 2sc) Repeat six times (30)

Row 11 – (1sc x 4, 2sc) Repeat six times (36)

Row 12 – (1sc x 5, 2sc) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (41)

Row 13 – (1sc x 6, 2sc) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (46)

Row 14 – (1sc x 7, 2sc) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (51)

Row 15 to 17 – Make 1sc in each stitch (51)

Row 18 – Put 1sc into the first seven stitches, then sc the next two stitches together. (1sc x 7, sc2tog) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (46)

Row 19 – (1sc x 6, sc2tog) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (41)

Row 20 – (1sc x 5, sc2tog) Repeat fives times. Then make 1sc in each stitch for the final 6 stitches (36)

Row 21 – Make 1sc in each stitch (36)

Row 22 – (1sc x 4, sc2tog) Repeat six times (30)

Row 23 – (1sc x 3, sc2tog) Repeat six times (24)

Take two safety eyes and attach them just beyond the crochet Labrador puppy’s muzzle.

Row 24 – (1sc x 2, sc2tog) Repeat six times (18)

Fill the head with toy stuffing. Do not overstuff, make sure you can gently squeeze the head and that stuffing is not separating or poking through the stitches.

Row 25 – (1sc, sc2tog) Repeat six times (12)

Row 26 – sc2tog six times, then thread your yarn needle and sew the head closed. Leave a long string of yarn for attaching the head to the body later.

Crochet Labrador Nose

To make your crochet Labrador a nose you will need to make a small separate circle using your black yarn.

sewingRow 1 – Make a magic circle of three stitches (3)

Row 2 – Put 2sc into each stitch (6)

Row 3 – Put 1sc into the first stitch, then 2sc into the next. Repeat for the round (9)

Using your yarn needle, sew your small black circle onto the end of your muzzle. Place it slightly higher than the centre starting point and between the position of the eyes.

You can also sew on any mouth features you want below the nose, using your threaded yarn needle.

Crochet Labrador Ears

You will need to make two crochet Lab ears for your toy. Using the same colour as their body, and working from a magic circle again in a circular pattern.

Row 1 – Make a magic circle of 3 stitches (3)

Row 2 – Make 2 single crochets (2sc) into each stitch (6)

Row 3 – Put 1sc into the first stitch, and 2sc into the next. (1sc, 2sc) Repeat three times  (9)

earRow 4 – Put 1sc in each stitch (9)

Row 5 – (1sc x 2, 2sc) Repeat three times  (12)

Row 6 – Put 1sc in each stitch (12)

Row 7 – (1sc x 3, 2sc) Repeat three times (15)

Row 8 – Put 1sc in each stitch (15)

Row 9 – (1sc x 4, 2sc) Repeat three times (18)

Row 10 to 17 – 1sc in each stitch (18)

When finished do not stuff, simply sew the bottom of the ear closed in a line.

Crochet Labrador Body

To make the crochet Lab’s body, follow the same circular pattern as the head. Using your 3.5mm crochet hook and yellow yarn.

bodyRow 1 – Make a magic circle of 8 stitches (8)

Row 2 – Make 2 single crochets (2sc) into each stitch (16)

Row 3 – Put 1 single crochet (1sc) into the first stitch, and 2 single crochets (2sc) into the next. (1sc, 2sc) Repeat eight times  (24)

Row 4 – Put 1sc into the first two stitches, 2 sc into the next. (1sc x 2, 2sc) Repeat eight times  (32)

Row 5 – (1sc x 3, 2sc) Repeat eight times (40)

Row 6 to 17 – Make 1sc in each stitch (40)

Row 18 – Now begin to decrease the circles. (1sc x 3, sc2tog) Repeat eight times (32)

Row 19 to 26 – Make 1sc in each stitch (32)

Row 27 – (1sc x 2, sc2tog) Repeat eight times (24)

Fill the body with toy stuffing

Row 28 – (1sc, sc2tog) Repeat eight times (16)

Row 29 – sc2tog eight times, then thread your yarn needle and sew the head closed. Leave a long string of yarn for attaching the body to the head later.

Crochet Labrador Legs

To make your Labrador feet and legs, following the instructions below four times. For this pattern the front and back legs are identical, but they are closed and attached differently.

Row 1 – Make a magic circle of 6 stitches (6)

Row 2 – Make 2 single crochets (2sc) into each stitch (12)

Row 3 – 1sc into the first stitch, and sc into the next. (1sc, 2sc) Repeat six times  (18)

legRow 4 – (1sc x 2, 2sc) Repeat six times  (24)

Row 5 to 6 – Make 1sc in each stitch (24)

Row 7 – Make 1sc in the first 12 stitches (sc x 12), then (1sc x 2, sc2tog) three times (21)

Row 8 – (1sc x 12), then (1sc, sc2tog) three times (18)

Row 9 – (1sc x 12), then sc2tog three times (15)

Row 10 to 23 – Make 1sc in each stitch (15)

To close – for the front legs sew closed in the direction of heel to toe. For the back legs, sew closed at a right angle to the front legs, from side to side.

Leave a long strand of yarn from each finished leg for sewing together later.

Crochet Labrador Tail

Row 1 – Make a magic circle of 3 stitches (3)

Row 2 – Make 2 single crochets (2sc) into each stitch (6)


Row 3 – Put 1sc into the first stitch, and 2sc into the next. (1sc, 2sc) Repeat three times  (9)

Row 4 – (1sc x 2, 2sc) Repeat three times  (12)

Row 5 – (1sc x 3, 2sc) Repeat three times  (15)

Row 6 to 19 – Make 1sc into each stitch (15)

Row 20 – Make 1sc in the first seven stitches, then 2sc in each of the last 8 (22)

Free Crochet Lab Puppy Pattern. How to crochet your own toy Lab puppy, with simple instructions. By Lucy Kate Crochet.

Sewing Your Crochet Labrador Together

To sew your crochet Labrador together use the yarn threads you left when you closed each section.

Make sure to use fine stitches, weaving through each corresponding crochet stitch to firmly attach the segments together.

Position the front legs at either side of the chest, and the back legs under the bottom. This will give your puppy a canine style seated position when you put him down.

Crochet Labrador Puppy Collar

I have given my Labrador puppies collars. To make them you will need to use your purple yarn to begin with.

collarMake a chain of twenty one stitches.

Starting from the third stitch from the hook, make a single crochet into each stitch.

At the end of the row tie off.

To make the collar tag, make a magic circle of four stitches, and put two single crochets into each stitch of the circle.

Tie off and sew the tag onto the collar using the loose thread of yarn.

You can then sew the first initial of your Lab’s name onto the collar to make it even more your own!

Your Personalised Crochet Labrador Puppy

When you make your own crochet Lab puppy using the instructions above, you will find that he looks like the yellow Lab pup in the pictures.

To have a different look you can either order the pup from me, and we will have a chat about how you would like to individualise him, or you can personalise the pattern yourself.

I am a big fan of taking an existing pattern and giving it a unique twist.

The easiest way to adapt the pattern is to add or remove rows.

Think your Labrador has longer legs? No problem, just add a few rows to the length.

Want to give him shorter ears? Then just take a row off the length there instead.

You can also use different coloured yarns to reflect his shade, although I highly recommend staying with the same yarn type. Different types or ‘weights’ of yarn give different stitch sizes and finishes to the toy.

If you have any questions about ways you would like to adapt the pattern then feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Free Crochet Puppy Pattern. How To Crochet Your Own Labrador Toy. Original Pattern, by Lucy Kate Crochet

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  1. Hi Lucy, I was wondering if you can tell me the dimensions of the basic pattern (height and depth/width), I’m making a wedding present for a friend, who is an avid lab lover, I have a specific sized box picture frame to work with and the pattern looks perfect. Thank you

    • Hi Michelle, Row 5 to 9 should extend the muzzle. It is possible that if you are using a fine yarn or have very tight stitches you could end up with a less pronouced nose, so just add in a couple more rows at this point to give his face more definition. Hope this helps! Lucy

  2. Thank you for making this a free pattern. My mother’s belived golden retriever passed away a year ago. We have her three daughters still but it still makes her sad. I will be making this for her. Thank you so much. This will make her cry tears of joy

  3. There are 8 stitches in last row of the tail that are doubled crocheted. When sewing the tail, is the tail with the double crocheted section faces up or down? Thanks.

  4. Hi Lucy!

    My aunt wants me to make this dog for her however she wants it to sort of look like a beagle lab mix kind of dog, so for example she wants the ears a darker color and maybe a brown patch on its back and then brown like around the eyes. I was wondering if you could help me figure out where to do the color changes and how long to make them?

    • Hi Michelle, I love Beagles! Unfortunately, working out the color changes would be very time consuming. I do intend to make a Beagle at some point in the future however, and when I do the pattern will go on or – so keep your eyes peeled! Best wishes, Lucy

  5. Fantastic and cute pattern thank you. I am hoping to make one for a gift for my daughters friend. Can you tell me how big it ends up being please? Hope it is big enough to cuddle! I am in the uk and will be using DK wool. Thanks for the help

  6. Hey lucy quick question. I am on row 18 of the head and stuck with the mast bit everything has met my stitch marker but this row. I did the final 6 and im left with 3 stitches. How do i fix this?

    • I just finished a black lab. Our grand daughter is obsessed with our dog Jake. Thanks for the pattern, it is really cute! Wish I could have posted a pic.

  7. Lucy these are adorable, onto number three!!

    Thank you for the creativity, time, effort and the sharing.

    Love from Downunder

  8. This is such a cute pattern! I am working on one right now, and unless I missed something,,I am supposed to stuff the legs, right?

  9. Hello Lucy,

    I have a question for the pattern. I am translating this pattern to Dutch for my mom. She has a little facebook group with some other Dutch people that crochet. Can she share the translated version there? I will have all your info in the document and it will be absolutely free of course so we will make no profit from it.

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Desiree,
      Thank you for asking permission. If you make this pattern into a post on Facebook, please link to my original pattern on The Labrador Site as the first link at the beginning of the post.
      Best wishes, Lucy

      • It will be in pdf and then I will post the link of that on Facebook. In the pdf will be your info. I will send you the first version in the e-mail.

  10. Love this pattern! It’s incredibly adorable. I’m just finishing up making my first one, and I’m working on the tail. Either I’m not doing something correctly or there is an error in the directions… I get to row 5 where is calls for (1sc x2 -2sc) the same as row 4. Row 4 I get 12 SC around, but then row 5 I end up with 16 stitches going around, and the pattern also says times 3 which wouldn’t bring me back to the start… I just finished the round with 3 SC at the end to get my 15 stitches. I didn’t see any other comments about it, so I’m I doing something wrong??

  11. I love this pattern so very much but I’m not sure what u mean by sewing front legs heel to toe and back legs right angle from side to side , please help I want to finish this for a gift. ( is there a video)

    • Hi Lynda, I don’t have a video I’m afraid. It’s to give the feet the correct direction when they’re placed. As the front legs go on the sides, for the feet to face forward they need to be sewn heel to toe. The back legs are sewn underneath, so for the feet to face forward they need to be sewn side to side. I hope this helps to clarify. Best wishes, Lucy

  12. hi love this pattern thank you, can you please tell me on what number row do i place the eyes and how many stitches apart please ?

  13. I am apparently doing the head wrong. All I end up with is a round head with no muzzle. Can someone tell me what row the muzzle is supposed to start?

    • Hi Stefanie, Row 20 is the last for the tail. The slight widening is to make it easier to sew it onto the body later. The tail is sewn on open with the stuffing exposed. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Lucy.

  14. HI , just wondering how tall is this lil cute puppy ? Thanks for the sweet pattern, i plan on making one for my niece 🙂

  15. Hi , I am just wondering what is the finished size in inches of the dog , how tall is he ? My Niece , Reagan just loves dogs !! 🙂 she would love one of these cuties 🙂 . thanks for the pattern !

  16. Hi, your pattern I’d amazing. I plan to make my granddaughter one for Easter instead of candy. Do ypou know where I could find a Chihuahua and hunting dog pattern. It would make my other 2 grandchildren happy. Thank you in advance.

  17. Hi there. I’d like to make this pattern for a friend’s baby shower. I see it says you need 100g of the main color yarn. Do you use the entire 100g for the pattern?

  18. I was wondering do you sew the tail shut before you attach or leave it open? I have made this and it is so easy and so cute but don’t know how the tail should go.
    Thank you for this cute cute pattern

  19. Do you not chain 1 or 2 at the beginning of each row? I’ve never made anything circular and not chained at the beginning. Also, does the first sc of each round go into the same as your slip stitch or does it go into the next? I’m assuming you slip stitch into the first chain of each round? It doesn’t state to do so.

    • You crochet in the round so there’s no slip stitch and the end of each row, you just carry on going round into the next stitch, it’s best to place a stitch marker in the last stitch of each round so you don’t loose your place ????

  20. Hi Lucy,

    I love this pattern and I’m making one for my mum who has a Labrador obsession!
    I was wondering where you got the yarn and what the colour name is. I live in the UK as well so I have access to the shops that you do.

    Ethan ????

  21. Thank you from the USA. I am going to make a few of these up for the grand kids. I am also going to make a donation to my local shelter in appreciation. ????

  22. Would love to know what you did differently with the rust colored puppy. His head seems to have a different shape. And maybe shorter ears. So cute! Thank you

  23. Hi,
    I am from Australia and was wondering what ply the yarn is that you use for this?
    I can’t wait to try this pattern out 🙂


  24. Do you have a link on how to sew everything together? This is my first project beyond blankets and scarves and I’m only finding videos on how to sew open pieces together. Thanks.

  25. hi there lve the pattern haven’t made it as of yet though but I will be 🙂 I was wondering though if we are allowed to make them to sell I know some people don’t allow sales of their patterns so just asking TIA

    • Hi Romana, I am pleased you like the pattern. You are welcome to sell toys you have made using any of my patterns. (Just please do not sell or duplicate the written pattern itself!) Best wishes, Lucy.


  27. My grand daughter was so delighted with this puppy whose name is Biscuit. She has a couple of story books about Biscuit and this puppy looks just like the one on the cover of the book. Thank you soooo much!

  28. What a sweet toy! Do you mind if I post a link on Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland’s Facebook page? I think they would make great fundraisers.

  29. Hi! Great pattern – thanks for sharing!! Just wondering… About how long does it take you to make each dog? I’d like to make one to give as a gift next week but I’m wondering if I’ll have the time. Thanks!!

  30. Hi i love the pattern, I was wonder what size safety eyes are used for the head just so that I don’t over/under estimate the size

    • Hi McKenna, I am pleased to hear you like the pattern. The safety eyes I used came from Hobbycraft and have a diameter of 10mm. I hope this helps! Best wishes, Lucy.

  31. Hi, thank you for posting this pattern it is wonderful. I would like to know if there is a way I can adapt this pattern to make golf club covers for my husband’s clubs. We are proud owners of a Black Lab named Buddy. He is the mascot for my husband’s golf team. I have been looking for a pattern to make a plush lab head.
    Thank you,

    • Hi April, I am so pleased to hear that you like the pattern.

      To adapt a plush toy to fit onto something in this way, I make the head, legs and top half of the torso. I would then extend the length of the body by continuing in circular rows to form a sock which will slip over the gold clubs.

      Buddy sounds like an excellent mascot. If you decide to use the pattern to make the covers, please do share a picture or two on the Lucy Kate Crochet Facebook page – I would love to see what you come up with! x

  32. this pattern is mor than great, easy to understand,
    i’ve got a Question, Do you also have Patterns for cats, “HUsky”?

  33. I really like this pattern. It seems very straight forward. I am just curious if I adapt it using hdc or dc what it will turn out like. Is it even possible to 2tog using those stitches?

    • Hi Ashley, I think you would be okay with an hdc, but with a dc it might look a little loose and not enclose the stuffing enough.

      If you want to give it a go though, I’d recommend just starting with making one of the limbs and seeing how it looks, so you don’t waste too much yarn (or time) if it’s not a success.

      You can absolutely 2tog those stitches, the principal is the same as sc-ing two together. To dc2tog yarn over your hook, hook through the stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through the first two loops, then yarn over and put the hook through the next stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through the last three.

      I don’t have a hook with me right now, but going through it in my head I think this is correct – I will check when I get home and amend if necessary 🙂

      Do let me know how you get along with your pattern alterations! You can share photos to the Lucy Kate Crochet Facebook page if you like as well.

  34. I would love one of these. I am from pa and can not for the life of me crochet. How much in us dollars. Please advise