Wesley the Pony is the strong one of the On the Farm crew. He is always willing to lend a hoof and will go out of his way to help a friend. He loves to lift up his friends and support them in any way he can. His favorite afternoon activity is napping in the shade! He would make a great addition to any crew!
The whole On the Farm set has been super fun to design but I was really pleased with how Wesley turned out. His construction is pretty simple but I think the frayed mane and tail make it look more involved than it is. And it is easy to customize the look of the whole project by making small changes. Overall, I think it’s a perfect blend of amigurumi and snuggle blanket.
I chose to not use safety eyes on these loveys for a couple of reasons. For speed and cost, thinking about these as being gifts or sellable products, I wanted them to be quick and profitable. For safety, safety eyes aren’t exactly as safe as their name implies, especially for really little ones. But as with ALL things that you hand over to a baby, they should always be supervised while playing and the items should be inspected thoroughly before and after each use. Even with the best intentions and diligence, babies inevitably find the one weak point. This doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy great handmade gifts, just that caution is always warranted!
I hope that you also love this lovey and that he brings some joy and snuggles to someone in your life!
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Wesley the Pony Lovey
- Big Twist Value Yarn, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 371 yds, 6 oz) Taupe, 1 skein- approx. 200 yds, Cream, 1 skein- approx. 20 yds
- G/6 4.25mm hook
- J/10 6.0mm hook
- Polyfil Stuffing
- Needle, for weaving ends
Stitches/Terminology Used (US):
- Ch- Chain
- Sl st- Slip Stitch
- SC- Single Crochet
- DEC- Single Crochet Decrease, Using the Invisible Decrease method, insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through to finish decrease
- 2SC- Single Crochet Increase- 2 SC in same stitch to increase
- DC- Double Crochet
- 2DC- Double Crochet Increase- 2 DC in same stitch to increase
- BLO- Back Loop Only
- FPSC- Front Post Single Crochet
- HDC- Half Double Crochet
- Head pattern is worked in joined rounds. Each round will begin with a Ch 1 and end with a sl st to the first SC of the round. If you need help with this technique, you can find my tutorial HERE.
- Lovey pattern is a half circle worked in rows. Each row will begin with a Ch 2 and turn.
- Throughout the pattern, Chains do NOT count as stitches.
- I chose to embroider eyes onto this Lovey. If you would prefer to use safety eyes, you absolutely could. You will just need to remember to place them before you finish off the head.
- Gauge for the head isn’t terribly important but you do want to make sure that your stitches are tight enough that the stuffing won’t show. You can go down a hook size if needed. Changing the hook size will change the finished size some as well. As written, the finished heads will have a circumference of about 11” and the lovey blankets will be about 19” across and 9” tall (not counting the tail). You can check the gauge on the lovey after Row 4, it should be about 4.5” in diameter. Although, if you need to go up or down a hook for the lovey, you may also want to go up or down a size for the head to keep them proportionate.
Using G Hook
1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring), SC 8 into ring. (8)
2) 2SC in each st around. (16)
3) *SC in next, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (24)
4) In BLO, SC in each st around. (24)
5-7) SC in each st around. (24)
8) FPSC in each st around. (24)
Round 9 will continue in the tops of your FPSC.
9) *SC in next 2, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (32)
10) SC in each st around. (32)
11) *SC in next 3, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (40)
12-21) SC in each st around. (40)
22) *SC in next 3, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (32)
23) SC in each st around. (32)
24) *SC in next 2, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (24)
25) *SC in next, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (16)
26) DEC around. (8)
Finish off. Leave a long tail to close the opening as well as to attach the Head to the Lovey Blanket.
Using J Hook
1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring), DC 6 into ring. DO NOT JOIN. (6) (Leave the starting tail to help attach the head to the lovey.)
2) 2DC in each st across. (12)
3) *DC in next, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (18)
4) *DC in next 2, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (24)
5) *DC in next 3, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (30)
6) *DC in next 4, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (36)
7) *DC in next 5, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (42)
8) *DC in next 6, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (48)
9) *DC in next 7, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (54)
10) *DC in next 8, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (60)
11) *DC in next 9, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (66)
12) *DC in next 10, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (72)
13) *DC in next 11, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (78)
14) *DC in next 12, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (84)
15) *DC in next 13, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (90)
After Row 15, you’ll continue around for the border. Ch 1, turn. SC in next 90 sts, 2SC in the corner, then continuing around the straight edge, SC evenly across. (Don’t crochet over the starting tail, leave it to help attach the head to the lovey.) End with a SC in the same as the first of the border round.
Using G Hook
Leave a long starting tail to sew onto head.
1) Starting in 2nd from hook, SC in each chain. Ch 1, turn. (3)
2-3) SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (3)
3) SC in first, Skip 1, SC in last. Ch 1, turn. (2)
4) SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (2)
5) DEC. (1)
You’ll continue around to border and create the left and right ears. SC in each st around, you’ll place an (HDC, DC, HDC) in the first bottom corner to create the right ear and in the second bottom corner to create the left ear. You’ll end with 2SC into the top stitch and sl st to the first stitch to join. Finish off, weave in end.
Assembly Pt 1
Start with sewing your ears on. I use T-pins to place the ears to make sure that they are centered. Aim for sewing them down on Round 19.
I stitched on basic closed eyes and nostrils with a small amount of cream yarn. You can make your eyes sleepy, or open, or closed, or you can use safety eyes if you do so before closing the head section.
For the mane and tail, I tied on lengths of yarn then trimmed and frayed them. For the mane, I cut about 12 lengths of 20-24”, folded in half then tied on. I started by going around a stitch centered between the ears and then followed that straight down and forward a few rows. I placed one tie on each round. You can do more or less of these. You could also do two strands per section to give your mane more fullness. Alternately, you could crochet a thin strip with a loop stitch or a series of curls then sew them down. Use your best judgement and comfort level.
For the tail, I took 6 lengths of about 24-28”, folded in half and tied on all together. I made sure to center the tie and placed it in a round from the edge. Again, you can do this differently if you’d prefer.
Assembly Pt 2
Attaching the head to the lovey securely is very important. I use the starting tail from the Blanket part and the ending tail from the head to attach. Place the blanket on the underside of the head and sew down in a half circle at the start of Row 2 of the Lovey. Go around and through the center as many times as your yarn will allow. Use both tails for this. (The ending tail from the head will be higher than where the blanket meets, just thread it through the head until it reaches.)
And there he is! Wesley the Pony is finished and ready for some snuggling! 🙂