Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Puppy Pal Pocket Applique

Who doesn't love a cute applique!?! I know I sure do! I just love appliqueing sweaters for kids and babies! They just add so much detail and make each piece so unique.

When brainstorming ideas for the sweaters to be included in the Puppy PAL-ooza line, I envisioned a cute little puppy peaking out of a pocket. I could just see a little kid running around the back yard with an adorable dog bouncing in his pocket! My little guy is always stuffing "treasures" into his pockets.

I just love putting pockets on sweaters! It's a great addition, especially for little ones that love pacifiers. I can attest to this since both of mine used them. It was so convenient when their outfit had a pocket! I could either stuff the pacifier in there, or easily clip on the carrier!

This pattern includes the applique for the puppy, paws, and pocket. It works well on almost any baby sweater. If you're feeling super creative, this could even work really well on a fabric sweater!

I really enjoy my Two Tone sweater because it is so versatile for both boys and girls! This pocket applique is a perfect addition to that pattern, as you can see here.

Puppy Pal Pocket Applique
Skill Level - Easy
    ch(s) – chain(s)
    sc – single crochet
    hdc – half double crochet
    sp – space
    ea - each
    st(s) – stitch(es)
    sk - skip
    sl st – slip stitch
    Rnd(s)- round(s)
    FO – Fasten Off
Special Stitches
    Magic Circle – Many tutorials available on line.
    F (3.75mm) crochet hook
    Worsted Yarn – (4W)
    • Puppy Color – 1oz
    • Pocket Color – 1oz
    • Small amount of black for face
    Yarn Needle
Finished Size
    3.25 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall

Ch 13

Row 1 - Sc in 2nd ch from hook and e ach across. (12sc)

Row (2 – 8) – Sc in ea sc acroos. Ch 1, turn. (12sc)

FO after row 8, leaving a 18” tail to attach to sweater.

Puppy Paws (x2)

Rnd 1 – In a magic circle *ch 1, hdc, ch1 and join with a sl st in the ring.* Repeat 2 more times. (You will have three toes.)

Gently pull to tighten. It will not form a complete circle. FO – leave a long tail to attach to pocket.

Puppy Head

Rnd 1 – In a magic circle ch1, 8hdc in circle. Pull tight and join with a sl st in the first hdc. Ch 1. (8hdc)

Rnd 2 – 2hdc in ea hdc around. Join with a sl st in first hdc. (16 hdc)

Do Not FO …

Ear One

Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch. Hdc in last ch. Join with a sl st in next hdc.

Sl st in the next 6 hdc

Turn your puppy head so you are now looking at the back.

Ear Two

Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch. Hdc in last ch. Join with a sl st in sl st BEFORE the ear.

FO, leave a 12” tail to attach puppy to sweater.

Using a 12” piece of black yarn embroider your face as you wish.


  1. Attach paws to the top of the pocket about ¼” apart; with the toes pointing down. FO weave in ends.
  2. Attach puppy head to the sweater above where you want your pocket. FO weave in end.
  3. Place the pocket right below the puppy’s nose. Whip stitch the pocket on both sides and the bottom; leaving the top open for the peeking puppy pal.