Easy TARDIS Baby Cuddle Blanket Crochet Pattern

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I love all kinds of crafts, but crochet is very close to my heart. I used to crochet professionally and had my own online store that sold baby booties and hats that I designed and made myself. What I really want to do with this segment of the blog is find some awesomely geeky patterns to try, but during my research I became totally inspired to make the following item for you all – there is SO MUCH great Doctor Who crochet/knit stuff out there that I will definitely devote an entire post to it, but for now, let’s start with a cute baby cuddle blanket that features the TARDIS. Since I whipped this one up myself, I’m sharing the pattern below. I was going to post a video demonstrating part of this pattern, but alas I had technical difficulties – hopefully I will be able to add one to this post soon.

TARDIS Baby Cuddle Blanket
1 skein Police Box blue (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in “Royal”) ***Please note, my photos did not capture this color well, lol. Oh well, you get the idea;)
1 skein white
Pillow stuffing (I used Poly-Fil)
size H crochet hook
Yarn needle
Embroidery Floss (for the “POLICE BOX” lettering)
Stitches: slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)

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BLANKET
We are making a quick granny square here – working from the middle outward.

BASE/ROUND 1 – chain 3, 3 double crochets in the 1st chain you made, 2 ch, 3 dc in same chain as the other dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in same chain as the other dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in same chain as the other dc, slip stitch into the first dc you made to end the round (you should have created a square).

R2 – ch 2, dc in each stitch across, [2dc, 2 ch, 2 dc] in the 2 ch space, dc in ea st across, [2dc, 2 ch, 2dc] in the 2 ch space… repeat around, ending with a [2dc, 2 ch, 2dc], then slip stitch into the first dc you made to finish this round.

R3-R14 – ch 2, repeat same pattern from previous row.

R15 – ch 1, sc in each stitch across, 3 sc in the 2 ch space, sc in each stitch across, 3 sc in the 2 ch space… repeat around, then sl st into the first sc to close the round.

Fasten off and weave in the yarn ends.

***If you want a larger blanket, just keep repeating R2 until you reach your desired length, then finish off using the instructions for the R15 here.

TARDIS
We are starting with the roof, and then working our way down the sides. We will be using a quick color change to add the white windows, and finishing it off with a bit of embroidery to add paneling to the windows and the “POLICE BOX” lettering, if desired (I used a bit of thread because I didn’t have anything else on hand, and you can see it’s a bit too thin – I would recommend using embroidery floss).

R1 – Make 2 chains, 4 sc into the first chain, sl st into first sc to close round.

R2 – ch 1, 3 sc into first st, 3 sc into each of the next 3 sc, sl st into first sc to close round. 12 stitches total.

R3 – ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 3 sc into next stitch (the center st of the clump of 3 stitches in the corner of the prior round), 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into next st, then sl st into the first sc to close round. 20 stitches total.

R4 – ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into next st, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, sl st into first sc to close the round. 28 stitches total.

R5 – ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 6 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 6 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 6 sts, 3 sc into the next stitch, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, sl st into the first sc to close round. 36 stitches total.

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R6 – ch 1, working in the back loop only, sc into the first st and into each stitch around, sl st into first sc to close round. Still 36 stitches, and will remain so for the rest of the piece.

R7 – ch 1, working in both loops again, sc into the first st and into each stitch around, sl st into first sc to close round.

R8 – Repeat R7.

R9 – ch 1, sc into first 10 stitches, change to white yarn, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, change back to blue, 1 sc into next stitch, change to white yarn, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, change back to blue and leave the white yarn hanging at the back of the work, 1 sc into each remaining st, sl st into first sc to close round.

R10-11 – Repeat R9. Note – after the last white stitch, cut off yarn and leave a 6 inch tail – take both white tails (the beginning and end) and tie them together, then weave in ends.

R12-14 – Repeat R7.

***Pause here and do any of the embroidery if you wish to include it – once the box gets too large, it may be more difficult to add the embellishments later.

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R15-21 Repeat R7. At the end of R21, fasten off.

Leave a long tail when you fasten off – you will be using this to sew the TARDIS to the blanket. You could slip stitch it to the blanket using a crochet hook if you wish; I prefer a yarn needle. I suggest sewing down 3 sides, stuff the TARDIS with stuffing/batting, then finish sewing it down.

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You’re done!

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