Free Finding Dory Inspired Beginner Crochet Pattern – Dory!

Hi folks!

Finding Dory DVD

Finding Nemo was a big part of my kids’ movie watching as they were growing up.  My oldest was about 5 or 6 years old when it came out and all of my girls loved it.  We even all went as a family to watch Finding Dory at the movies when it came out, so when I was asked to create some Finding Dory themed projects, I jumped at the chance!

The Finding Dory DVD is due out here in Australia next week and to celebrate, I have come up with a series of 3 mini lap blankets inspired by the characters of Finding Dory, perfect for little ones to snuggle under while watching the DVD. Each one teaches you a little more, so if you’re a beginner crocheter, these projects are for you!

The first up is inspired by the irrepressible Dory. It’s aimed at beginner crocheters, and because it’s small, it won’t take long to whip up for your little Dory lover.

FINDING DORY - DORY (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) is a bright blue tang with a sunny personality. She suffers from short-term memory loss, which normally doesn’t upset her upbeat attitude—until she realizes she’s forgotten something big: her family. She’s found a new family in Marlin and Nemo, but she’s haunted by the belief that someone out there is looking for her. Dory may have trouble recalling exactly what—or who—she’s searching for, but she won’t give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
FINDING DORY – DORY (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) is a bright blue tang with a sunny personality. She suffers from short-term memory loss, which normally doesn’t upset her upbeat attitude—until she realizes she’s forgotten something big: her family. She’s found a new family in Marlin and Nemo, but she’s haunted by the belief that someone out there is looking for her. Dory may have trouble recalling exactly what—or who—she’s searching for, but she won’t give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Dory Inspired Beginner Crochet Pattern

This Dory inspired beginner crochet pattern makes a small, child sized lap blanket about 90 cm x 90 cm, but you could easily make it bigger by adding more stitches and rows.

Dory inspired beginner crochet pattern

You will need

Tools

  • crochet hook – 4 mm if using 8 ply yarn.  If you’re using a different yarn, check the label and see what hook size is recommended.
  • yarn needle – this is a large eyed needle, usually a little blunt, we use to sew the ends away with
  • scissors
dory-inspired-blanket-tools-by-shelley-husband

Yarn

To make the same sized blanket I have, you will need ;

  • 880 metres of bright blue 8 ply yarn
  • 280 metres of navy blue 8 ply yarn
  • 180 metres of yellow 8 ply yarn

I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply Luxury Wool to make my Dory inspired blanket.  You can use any yarn brand and fibre you like, but be aware if you use a thicker yarn, you will need a little more and your blanket will be bigger. The opposite is true if you use a thinner yarn.

Pattern

You can download a PDF instruction sheet that includes step by step photos by clicking on one of the buttons below. If you’re in Australia, the UK terms is what we usually use here, but if you’ve learned to crochet from YouTube, you may have learned the US terms, so click that one instead.


If you don’t really understand how to read crochet patterns, I’ve created a video tutorial showing you all the steps.  I suggest that you have the written pattern next to you anyway so you can learn a bit about reading patterns. It’s really not that hard once you understand the abbreviations, I promise.

Video Tutorial

HELP

Here are some hints and tips for you to help you make your Dory inspired blanket.

ch 3 (st ch) at the beginning of thick rows

You’ll see that each normal row begins with “ch 3 (st ch)”.  These 3 ch take the place of our first stitch and they count as one stitch.  You’ll see each row should have the same number of stitches. This ch 3 is included as 1 stitch in that count. Why? Well a treble crochet stitch is worked from the top to the bottom, and when we start a new row, we are at the bottom and need to work up to the top before we can being working the stitches. The stitch is called a treble crochet (UK Terms)/double crochet (US Terms). You can watch my YouTube video of that stitch here.

Can you see the ch 3 on the right is different to the stitches for the rest of the row?
Can you see the ch 3 on the right is different to the stitches for the rest of the row?

ss to top of last st of previous row

Now this is a method I developed to help account for the difference caused at the start of rows by having to do “ch 3 (st ch)” instead of a normal stitch. There’s no denying it looks different from the rest of the stitches in those thick rows. Doing this slip stitch at the beginning helps disguise that difference a bit.  There are other ways to hide the difference, but for beginners, I think this is the best and easiest solution. If you want to get fancy and tricky, you can substitute the ch 3 (st ch) with a false stitch.  I have a YouTube video if your interested in trying it here. But, in my Dory blanket, I just used the ch 3 and I think you’ll be fine with that too.

Where to work the slip stitch
Where to work the slip stitch

ch 1, turn at the beginning of thin rows

You’ll see that each of the yellow rows uses a different stitch and it’s much thinner.  We do a ch 1 at the start of these rows, but we don’t include that ch 1 in the stitch count.  Why not?  Well that’s because we work an actual stitch from the very beginning of these yellow rows and that ch 1 is what’s called a “turning chain”.  It allows us to turn the work and begin a new row right away.  There is no need to work up to the height like the thicker rows, as the stitch we use is very small.  It’s called a double crochet in UK terms and a single crochet in US terms.  You can watch my YouTube video of that stitch here.

first-after-ch-1
Where to work the first stitch after ch 1

Where to place last st of each row

You need to be a bit careful where you place your last stitch of each row.  If you don’t, you’ll end up with one less stitch each row and will soon have a very oddly shaped blanket.

Remember how you start each thick row with “ch 3 (st ch)”?  Well, the top of that ch 3 is where you need to work your last stitch of the next row.  It can be hard to spot, so have a look at the following picture or watch my Dory Inspired Blanket Tutorial video to make sure you see where to work that last stitch.

where-to-work-last-st-front-and-back-view
View front font and back of where to work the last st

Dealing with the ends from changing colour as you go

As the blanket is made up of solid stitches, it’s fine to crochet over the ends as you go.  If you do this, you’ll only have to sew in the ends from the very beginning and end of the blanket.  Much less work, even if it is a little fiddly at the start of a new colour row.  Watch my Dory inspired Blanket Tutorial Video to see how I did it.

Any other questions?

Need some help?  If anything is unclear, please feel free to contact me.  There are lots of ways to do that.  Simply add a comment here, email me, join my Facebook Group and ask there, or post a question via my Facebook page.

Dory inspired beginner crochet pattern

So there you go!  A great first crochet project to try your hand at. I hope you have some fun with it and that your little ones love snuggling under their Dory inspired blanket.

Is Nemo more of a favourite to your kids? Well, next week, I’ll have a Nemo inspired blanket to extend your new skills a little more.  The following week, I’ll have a Destiny inspired blanket to take you from making rows to making squares to make into a blanket.

Dory inspired beginner crochet pattern

See you soon with more!

xx Shelley

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6 Comments

  1. Shirla Ghadaki

    Love the colors!

    Reply
    • Shelley Husband

      Thanks Shirla – I think they match Dory pretty well!

      Reply
  2. Debbie

    Shelley! This is brilliant! And such an absolutely wonderful project to come up with and share. I’m so happy, this is a project I can pass on to my Granddaughter to learn at a stage not far away, as she has just started asking me about crochet, she is 8. I will show this to her at our next visit, she loves Nemo and Dori. I am also very excited to see the next 2 blankets! I also have a Grandson who is a big fan of the movies as well and would love for him to choose one for me to make for him as well. Both of them will be thrilled with any of them, I’m sure! Their names are Abigail and Micah. You’re a genius I’ve always known! Love Debbie7476

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    • Shelley Husband

      Ahh that is so awesome Debbie! How perfect for your grandies! I hope your little Abigail and Micah love them!

      Reply
  3. Alison

    What a great pattern and would work well in other colour combinations.

    Reply
    • Shelley Husband

      Thanks Alison! It sure would – there are lots of fun colours it could work with 🙂

      Reply

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