Hug Me Cow Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve been working on a variety of different crochet farm animal patterns. After creating my cow amigurumi, I thought a cow lovey would make a great addition to this collection!

crochet cow lovey pattern shown in shades of pink

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern available here on my blog! An ad-free, formatted PDF version of this crochet pattern is also available for purchase here:


I would classify this crochet cow lovey pattern as “advanced beginner”. It would be helpful to have had some experience with amigurumi before creating this project.

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Free Crochet Pattern for Hug Me Cow Lovey

Pattern Specifics

Measurements: blanket measures 14”; cow head is approximately 2.5” tall with 6” arm span
Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Hook Size: 4.0mm (G) crochet hook, 5.0mm (H) crochet hook
Other Tools: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight: Medium (4) Worsted Weight
Yarn Used: WeCrochet/Knit Picks Brava Worsted
Yardage: color A (light pink): 54 yds, color B (white): 80 yds, color C (pink): 60 yds
Other Materials: tapestry needle/yarn needle, poly-fil stuffing, 9mm safety eyes

Stitch Abbreviations

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
SC = single crochet
SC2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease is recommended)
DC = double crochet

Special Stitches

SC2tog (using invisible decrease method): Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Draw through the first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Draw through both loops on hook.

Notes

  • Checking your gauge is not required for this pattern. For the cow, use a hook that is smaller than the size recommended for your yarn weight. This will ensure that your stuffing will not show through the stitches.
  • All pieces are worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of each round.
  • Invisible decreases are recommended. Please see “Special Stitches”.
  • Safety eyes and noses pose a choking risk for babies; therefore, if making this toy for a baby, I recommend using yarn, felt, or embroidered details.
  • Head and arms require stuffing. Stuff each piece as you work to ensure the piece is completely filled. Do not add stuffing to the ears.
  • Chain 2 at the beginning of each blanket round does not count as a stitch (unless otherwise specified).
  • See tutorial photos.

Crochet Pattern

Using 4.0mm (G) crochet hook:

Head

Using color A (light pink):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

Using color B (white):

R5-6: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R7: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (21 sts)

R8: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (24 sts)

R9: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (27 sts)

R10: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. Add a st marker to the last worked st. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (30 sts)

The added st marker, and the st marker at the beginning of this round helps to indicate the front of the face. The 9 sts between the two st markers sit flat and indicate the bottom of the head.

Using black yarn, embroider eyelashes over R9, with 9 sts between. If using safety eyes, insert at the beginning end of each eyelash. You can now remove your second st marker.

See tutorial photos.

R11: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

R12-14: 1 SC in each st around. (36 sts)

R15: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R16: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R17: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R18: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R19: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Fill head with stuffing.

R20: *SC2tog. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand. Weave yarn in and out of remaining sts. Pull tight to close. Tie off and weave in ends.

Ear 1

Using color C (shown as pink):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5-6:1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R8: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. Working through both sides, to close the ear, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 2 unworked sts at the end of the fold. (3 sts) See tutorial photos.

Insert hook through the remaining 2 unworked sts, pinch the bottom of the ear to bring each end together, and working through both sides, join the ear with 1 SC. See tutorial photos.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Ear 2

Using color C (shown as pink):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Using color B (shown as white):

R6: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R8: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. Working through both sides, to close the ear, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 2 unworked sts at the end of the fold. (3 sts) See tutorial photos.

Insert hook through the remaining 2 unworked sts, pinch the bottom of the ear to bring each end together, and working through both sides, join the ear with 1 SC. See tutorial photos.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

crochet cow lovey pattern made in light pink, dark pink, and white

Horns (make 2)

Using color A (shown as light pink):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 1 SC in each st around. (4 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Arms (make 2)

Using color A (shown as light pink):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: Work in the back loops only, 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R5: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R6: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Using color B (shown as white):

R7-13: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Fill with stuffing.

R14: Fold the arm closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. See tutorial photos. (5 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Blanket

Using 5.0mm (H) hook:

Using color B (shown as white):

R1: In a magic ring, begin with ch 2, 12 DC. Join with a sl st to beginning. (12 sts)

R2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each st around. Join with a sl st to beginning. (24 sts)

Using color A (shown as light pink):

R3: Ch 2, (DC, ch 2, DC) in first st, skip next st, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in next st, skip next st. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into the ch 2 space. (24 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color C (shown as pink):

R4: Ch 2, *(2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into the next st. (48 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color B (shown as white):

R5: Ch 2, *1 DC (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into the next st. (72 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color A (shown as light pink):

R6: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 2 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 2 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (96 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color C (shown as pink):

R7: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 3 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 3 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (120 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color B (shown as white):

R8: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 4 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 4 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (144 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color A (shown as light pink):

R9: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 5 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 5 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (168 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color C (shown as pink):

R10: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 6 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 6 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (192 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Using color B (shown as white):

R11: Ch 2, *1 DC in each of the next 7 sts, (2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC) in ch 2 space from previous round, 1 DC in each of the next 7 sts, skip next 2 DC sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to beginning, sl st into next st. (216 DC sts + 12 ch 2 spaces)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

crochet cow lovey with blanket spread out

ASSEMBLY & FINISHING

See tutorial photos.

Attach each ear pointing downward, over R14-15, leaving about 10 sts between each ear. Ears will be in line with the eyes.

Attach horns on the inside of each ear, leaving 1 stitch between the ear and horn, over R14-15.

Using color B (shown as white), attach R10-16 of the head to R1-2 of the blanket.

Attach each arm on either side of the head, where the head and blanket meet.

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Tips & Tricks

  • When selecting your yarn for this cow lovey, be sure that you choose a fiber that can withstand frequent washing. I typically lean towards acrylic yarns when making amigurumi toys and loveys. My favorite acrylic yarn is Brava.
  • Using pins while assembly will keep your pieces in place to ensure proper placement.

Alterations

  • Creating a larger blanket on this crochet cow lovey is simple; just add additional rows following the same pattern to the desired length.
  • If creating this cow lovey as a toy for ages 3 and under, be sure to use an alternative for safety eyes. Embroidered sleepy eyes would look so cute!
amigurumi cow lovey crochet pattern made in pink and white colors

Whether you call it a lovey, comforter, snuggler, or security blanket, be sure to check out my other free crochet lovey patterns as well! These make the perfect baby shower gift or new friend for any little one! If you’re looking for a full amigurumi crochet cow pattern, Memphis the Moo-Cow would make the perfect set with this design!

More Free Farm Animal Crochet Patterns

Do you want to create more farm animal amigurumi? Be sure to check out my full list of farm animal crochet patterns! For the full amigurumi cow crochet pattern to pair with this lovey, check out Memphis the Moo-Cow.

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Whether you call it a lovey, comforter, snuggler, or security blanket, if you’re looking for more of these patterns, check out my other lovey designs. These make great gifts for baby showers and first birthdays.


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Nicole

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