Crochet Labrador: How To Make Your Own Toy Dog

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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.

crochetlab

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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Lucy is a writer and blogger, who regularly provides posts for The Labrador Site. She has a BSc in Psychology and lives with her husband, daughter and numerous pets in Surrey.

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