Author:
Erin Greene

Erin Greene's love for all things crochet, bizarrely began in college with her career ending basketball injury, and her desire to remain productive and continue challenging herself. She is now the crochet artist and owner behind ekayg, in Buffalo, New York, specializing in designing unique toy patterns for babies and children, thanks to the constant inspiration from her four young children. Among the crochet patterns, and the occasional craft or recipe, she also blogs weekly, sharing her faith, in the hopes of sharing the love of Jesus with her love handmade goodness!

Bat Hand Puppet Crochet Pattern

Maker
10/14/2020

I am Erin of ekaygdesigns, and I have a small confession. I do not like Halloween. Please still be my friend! I don't like scary things, spiders, skeletons, or ghost stories. I'm pretty sure the Winnie the Pooh Halloween Special was responsible for my childhood nightmares, but I digress. It is October, after all, and I'm not one to turn down all the fun. I do happen to kind of have a fondness for bats. Weird, right? I have memories of them flying above, amidst the lightning bugs, hearing their wings on a clear and quiet, country night, knowing their presence meant fewer bug bites for me! Plus, they're kinda cute, right? I'm so happy to bring this festive bat hand puppet pattern to you just in time for your Halloween festivities, because I certainly don't begrudge you your fun. ;)

Materials:

Bulky Weight 5 Yarn:

THE HOOK NOOK, YUMMY: Charcoal Toothpaste (A) approximately 92 yds

THE HOOK NOOK, YUMMY: Cherry Blossom (B) approximately 8 yds

THE HOOK NOOK, YUMMY: Like a Dove (C) approximately 4 yds

DK Weight 3 Yarn:

THE HOOK NOOK, SMALL STUFF: Minimalist

THE HOOK NOOK CROCHET HOOK, size H - 5mm (I used The Hook Nook Interchangeable Hook Set)

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Scissors 

Terms and abbreviations to know:

Magic ring

Rnd, rnds - round, rounds

St, sts - stitch, stitches

Sl st - slip stitch

Sk - skip

Sc - single crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - double crochet

Tr - triple crochet

Inc - increase, 2 sts in same st

Dec - decrease, combine 2 sts to make 1 st

BLO - back loop only

Invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable. 

  1. Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, DO NOT yarn over.
  2. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. 
  3. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops. 
  4. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Notes: The body is worked from the top down, in the rnd, with no joining. The arms, wings, ears, nose, and eyes, are made separately and sewn on. With any turning rows on the ears and wings, the chs never count as stitches. The fangs are sewn on with white worsted weight or dk yarn.

Size: This is one size, fitting child through adult, but if you wish to make it smaller for a smaller child to play with, simply tighten the gauge or go down a hook size. 

Gauge: 6 sts across and 7 rnds down = approximately 2 inches

Body - beginning at the head, with A

Begin with a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts

Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnd 5: (3 inc, sc in next 9 sts)2x; 30 sts

Rnds 6-12: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 13: (3 invsc2tog, sc in next 9 sts)2x; 24 sts

Rnd 14: (3 invsc2tog, sc in next 6 sts)2x; 18 sts

Rnd 15: sc in each st around; 18 sts

Rnd 16: (3 inc, sc in next 6 sts)2x; 24 sts

Rnd 17: (ch 7, sk next 4 sts, sc in next 8 sts)2x; 30 sts, counting the chs

Rnd 18: (sc into each of the 7 chs, sc in next 8 sts)2x; 30 sts

Rnds 19-24: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 25: (invsc2tog, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnds 26-32: sc in each st around; 24 sts 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Arms - Make 2 in A

Begin with magic ring. 

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnds 2-10: sc in each st around; 6 sts

Rnd 11: 3 inc, sc in next st, invsc2tog; 8 sts

Rnd 12: sc in next 2 sts, inc in next 2, sc in next 2 sts, invsc2tog; 9 sts, 

Rnds 13-18: sc in each st around; 9 sts

Rnd 19: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)3x; 12 sts

Rnd 20: sc in each st around; 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the arm holes in the body. Sew them so that the bend at rnd 11, is bending downward. Weave in ends.

Wings - Make 2 in A

Ch 12

Row 1: turn and sl st into 3rd st from hook, sc in next 3 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next 3 chs; 10 sts

Row 2: ch 3 and turn, tr in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st; 9 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, sk sl st and sl st in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in last st; 8 sts

Row 4: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 4 sts, leaving the rest unworked, and ch 6; 4 sts, 6 chs

Row 5: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next ch and hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, tr in last st; 8 sts

Row 6: ch 3, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next st; 7 sts

Row 7: ch 1 and turn, sk sl st, and sl st into next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st,  dc in next 2 sts, tr in last st; 6 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the bottom side of the arm, with the largest point closest to the body. Weave in ends. 

Ears with A and B, Make 2

Begin with B (pink).

Ch 5

Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; 4 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, 2 dec; 2 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, dec; 1 sts

Do NOT turn, continue to sc around the triangle you just made with 3 sc down the side, 2 sc in the corner, 2 sc across the bottom, 2 sc in the opposite corner, 3 sc up the other side, 1 sc in the top, and fasten off; 13 sts

With color A, repeat all the steps you just made with color B.

After working sc around the black triangle, do NOT fasten off. Place your black triangle behind the pink one, and sc in each st around through both triangles, making sure they line up properly with each corner. When you get to the top, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the top st. Sl st in the next st, and fasten off, leaving a long black tail for sewing. Weave all other ends in. Sew to the top of the head, about rnds 2 to 4 on either side. 

Nose, in B

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 3 sc in magic ring; 3 sts

Rnd 2: (sc, ch 1, sc)3x; 6 sts, 3 chs

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Nose should form a triangle. Using a small amount of black yarn, weave small nostrils into place, at about the 3rd and 6th sts of rnd 2. Knot the black off behind the nose, and then sew the nose to the face, with the point (the first ch-1) of the triangle pointed upward. Placement is approximately around rnds 10-13 of the head. 

Eyes, Make 2 in C 

In white

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Sl st into first st of rnd 2 and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Use black yarn to sew over the center of the eyes 3 times. Knot off in the back, and sew the eyes onto the head at approximately rnds 8 and 9 to the sides and above the nose. 

Fangs, in dk (3) white. Worsted would work as well.

Sts the white yarn below the nose in two spots, about rnds 14 and 15, making small triangles. Knot them inside the puppet and weave in ends.

I hope you have enjoyed this festive, batty puppet design! Follow me on my social media accounts for more creative toy designs! If you make one, don't forget to tag @ekaygdesignsso I can see your beautiful work! 

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