Kawaii woolly pancake

I always love pancake day! What a wonderful celebration! I think I enjoyed it more when I wasn’t the Mum and didn’t have to make the pancakes myself, but I still find it is a good time. You probably have your favourite recipe already, but just in case I have a couple I love – these amazing puffy American pancakes from Jamie Oliver, and these vegan and totally amazing little puffs from Deliciously Ella. Oh so yummy!

And here is my offering to help you with your pancake making – little blueberry and cream pancake pal. Not so tasty but a feast for your crochet basket.

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Things to know:

I have used a 3mm crochet hook and DK weight yarn in A. beige (for top and bottom of pancake), B. cream (for the edge), C. white (for the whip of cream) and D. blue (for the blueberries) (my colours are sirdar snuggly DK in A. Rice Pud 446, B. Oatmeal 344, C. Cream 303, D. Twinkle toes 477)

You will also need a very small amount of thin black yarn (I split my DK and used just 2 strands) to embroider his mouth, and 0.5mm safety eyes or black beads.

Abbreviations

(british terminology is used throughout)

ch(s)chain stitch(es)
dcdouble crochet (US single crochet) (insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook and draw through, yarn over hook and draw through both loops.)
dc2tog decrease by crocheting two stitches together (insert hook into first stitch, yarn over hook and pull through, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through, yarn over hook and pull through all three loops.)
reprepeat
rnd(s)round(s)
skskip
trtreble crochet (US double) (yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops (2 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops)
tr/rf treble crochet round front of stitch post below
tr/rb treble crochet round back of stitch post below
(10)numbers in brackets tell you how many stitches you should have at the end of each round

rnd 00: Using your colour A, work 6 dc into a magic ring; pull your end tight to close the ring and continue working in rounds as follows:

rnd 01: 2 dc into each of your 6 sts  (12)

rnd 02: *1 dc into your next st, 2 dc into the next st, rep from * to end of rnd (18)

rnd 03:  1 dc into your next st, * 2 dc into your next st, 1 dc into your next 2 sts, rep from * to last st, 1 dc into last st of the rnd  (24)

rnd 04: *1 dc into each of your next 3 sts, 2 dc into the next st, rep from * to end of rnd (30)

rnd 05: 1 dc into each of your next 2 sts, * 2 dc into your next st, 1 dc into the next 4sts, rep from * to final 2 sts, 1 dc into those last 2 sts. (36)

rnd 06:  *1 dc into each of your next 5 sts, 2 dc into your next st, rep from * to end of rnd. (42)

rnd 07: 1 dc into your next 3 sts *2 dc into your next st, 1 dc into each of your next 6 sts, rep from * to final 3 sts, 1 dc into each of the last 3 sts of the rnd (48)

rnd 08: *1 dc into each of your next 7 sts, 2 dc into the next st, rep from * to end of rnd (54)

rnd 09: 1 dc into each of your next 4 sts, * 2 dc into your next st, 1 dc into each of your next 8 sts, rep from * to last 4 sts, 1 dc into each of final 4 sts (60)

rnd 10: *1 dc into each of your next 9 sts, 2 dc into your next st, rep from * to end of rnd (66)

rnds 11 – 13: change to colour B and work these 3 rounds straight

now is a good time to attach your eyes and embroider a little smile. I have used 5mm safety eyes, and a slip stitch with a fine wool for the mouth

rnd 14: *1 dc into each of your next 9 sts, dc2tog , rep from * to end of rnd (60)

rnd 15: 1 dc into each of your next 4 sts, * dc2tog , 1 dc into each of your next 8 sts, rep from * to last 4 sts, 1 dc into each of final 4 sts (54)

rnd 16: *1 dc into each of your next 7 sts, dc2tog, rep from * to end of rnd (48)

rnd 17: 1 dc into your next 3 sts *dc2tog, 1 dc into each of your next 6 sts, rep from * to final 3 sts, 1 dc into each of the last 3 sts of the rnd (42)

rnd 18:  *1 dc into each of your next 5 sts, dc2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. (36)

rnd 19: 1 dc into each of your next 2 sts, * dc2tog, 1 dc into the next 4sts, rep from * to final 2 sts, 1 dc into those last 2 sts. (30)

rnd 20: *1 dc into each of your next 3 sts, dc2tog, rep from * to end of rnd (24)

rnd 21:  1 dc into your next st, * dc2tog, 1 dc into your next 2 sts, rep from * to last st, 1 dc into last st of the rnd  (18)

now is a good time to insert a little stuffing into your pancake – not too much.

rnd 22:  *1 dc into your next st, dc2tog, rep from * to end of rnd  (12)

rnd 23:  dc2tog 6 times  (6)

break yarn, leaving a tail enough to cast off and pop a couple of stitches into any remaining hole.

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 To make a little whip of cream

row 00: Using your colour C, chain 6

row 01: sk 3 chs, 1 tr into each of your next 3 chs, 2 ch and turn

row 02: work in rib stitch, 1 tr/rf round your next st, 1 tr/rb round your next st, 1 tr/rf round your next st, 2 ch and turn

 repeat this row until your whip measures around 14cm

break yarn and cast off. leave a tail to help sew up. Coil up your whip of cream and sew in place. Sew onto your pancake.

To make some blueberries

rnd 00: Using your colour D, 4 dc into a magic ring

rnd 01: 2 dc into each of your sts (8)

rnd 02: 1 dc into each of your sts (8)

rnd 03: dc2tog 4 times (4)

break yarn leaving a long tail to sew up and sew on to pancake. Make approx 6 for a nice fruity friend.