Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Animal Appliques: Pug Applique Pattern

When I started crocheting, I wanted to do simple things first like appliqués to boost my confidence as well as to practice my pattern-reading skills. Being a practical person (and a bit of a braggart among friends), I thought of making some things I can give to my friends, and at the same time practice my crochet skills. Two birds with one stone!

So what to crochet? As I was making a cat face appliqué the shape of Hello Kitty's head (which I also gave away, to my cousin), I thought maybe I can also give them something animal.

We've always had "animal nicknames" for each other, mainly because we are animal people, among other things. Friend number 1 is a pug, because she has a pug and she has a tiny nose much like that of a pug's (haha!). Friend number 2 is a duck primarily because he has ducks for pets, and also because he has a protruding bottom :D Friend number 3 is a penguin, not because she has a pet penguin (sadly!) but because she looks like Gunther from Adventure Time, and also either because she's a slow walker/waddler or she hates hot weather, or both. :)

So I decided to make some simple and cute animal appliqués for my friends, and I hope they find it funny and cute!

The pattern for the duck can be found here, and the penguin can be found here. And instead of sewing in eyes, I glued googly eyes to them :D They turned out to be cute, and I was able to save time because sewing has always been a challenge for me.

For the pug, I had quite a difficult time looking for a free pattern, and I did fail to find one so I thought of improvising my own.

Pug Applique

Hook: 4mm crochet hook
Creme de la Creme Dark Linen
Creme de la Creme Brown
Other stuff:
a pair of googly eyes


Using the dark linen yarn, make a magic ring.

Row 1: Ch2, 6 dc in the ring, sl st with the first dc (6 st).

Row 2: Ch2, 3 dc in the first st, *2 dc in the next st* 2 times, then 3 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the rest sts. Sl st with the first dc (14 sts).

Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st all around. Sl st with the first dc. FO.

You should get a somewhat slightly oval base.


Using the brown yarn, ch 4. 2 dc in the 3rd st from the hook, then 4 dc in the next st (you should end up turning to the other side when you finish the 4th dc). 2dc in the next st, FO.


Using the brown yarn, ch 3. Hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch1, sl st in the same stitch. You can FO here or keep the yarn in the hook to attach the ear to the base.

Putting them together

Choose one st in the top of the base (the slightly longer side), and sew the ear in that st using a tapestry needle, or sl st through the chosen base st if your yarn is still in your hook. Do this for the other ear - I placed mine with 9 sts between each ear.

You can either sew the nose in, or be lazy like me and just glue it to the base. Then position the eyes so that they are a bit far away from each other, similar to how it is on a pug's face. Glue them in and let it dry.

And voila! You're done with the pug face. Very easy, right?

Pug face! Measures a little less than 3 inches in length.

This was one of the first projects I did without a pattern, so I had a number of trial and errors before I was able to complete it.

If you have any questions or corrections, let me know in the comments below and I will be glad to respond.

Enjoy crocheting AF! \m/

This pattern is free and not for sale. Please credit and link back to this site when sharing, using for business, etc. Thanks! :)

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