Day 10 of the 31 Days of Candy is in full swing, and we’re headed to the Wild West with my Jolly Ranger Free crochet pattern. This pattern is inspired by the delicious fruity candies: Jolly Ranchers. Man, I loved those things as a kid, and always enjoyed seeing my mouth change color as I ate the sweet candy goodness that was a Jolly Rancher. My favorite flavor would have to be blue raspberry, hence this design being blue. I also enjoyed watching shows that took place on the prairie like Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Daniel Boone, and The Lone Ranger. There was something about the Wild West that drew me in while I was growing up. Maybe it was the swashbuckling heroes that would conquer the bad guys and save the town, or the fact that everyone rode horses. It also could have been that I loved how the people made all of their own garments, blankets, and other things they needed, which appealed to my creative maker sensibilities. Either way I was constantly drawn in to watch the Wild West life, which combined with one of my favorite candies, inspired this design.
Since I love puns, I decided to seize the opportunity here to make a cute and punny design. I took the Caramel pattern I designed the other day, used some bright Paintbox Yarns colors to capture the blue raspberry color, and added a cute little hat to give this design a Wild West ranger flare. The white cowboy hat is reminiscent of the Lone Ranger, which adds a fun touch to the candy and truly makes it The Jolly Ranger. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about this candy. Better start crocheting before I eat too much candy!
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- Main color: 1 skein Paintbox Yarns Simply DK Washed Teal (Yarn Weight 3, DK) or Lion Brand Baby Soft in Pastel Blue or Bluebell. Could also use any color you’d like.
- Secondary color: 1 skein Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Buttercup Yellow (Yarn Weight 3, DK). You can also substitute Lion Brand Baby Soft in Pastel Yellow, Lemonade, or other DK weight yarn
- Hat Color: Lion Brand Baby Soft in White or other DK weight yarn
- 4.00 mm crochet hook
- Black, red, and pink felt
- Black and pink embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- yarn needle
- stitch marker
- st = stitch
- sc = single crochet (UK Double Crochet)
- dec = decrease
- The Jolly Ranger is crocheted in continuous rounds. Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
- Pattern uses US crochet terminology, but the UK terminology conversion is listed in the stitches used list above
- Face is made of felt pieces that are cut out and sewn on to the crocheted piece. Download my Felt Pieces for Plushies PDF Printout for the face pieces you’ll cut out of felt. Cut out two eyes from black felt, the mouth from pink, and the tongue from red. If you don’t know how to sew on felt pieces, check out my Youtube Video Below that shows how to do it.
Jolly Ranger (Using Main Color)
Rnd 1: sc 5 in magic circle
Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around
Rnd 3-9: sc 10
Sew on face and stuff
Rnd 10: dec 5
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sides: (make 2 using secondary color)
Rnd 1: ch 4, starting in second ch from hook, sc 3 in each ch till end
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing, and sew one end to each end of the caramel. Weave in ends once each end is sewn on.
Rnd 1: sc 5 in magic ring
Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around
Rnd 3-4: sc 10
Rnd 5: (blo) *sc 1, sc 2 in next st *repeat around (15)
Rnd 6: *sc 2, sc 2 in next st *repeat around (20)
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing to the Jolly Ranger.
To sew the hat onto the Jolly Ranger, first flip up one of the sides of the hat and hold it in place.
Then, once you’ve threaded your yarn needle, sew that flipped side of the hat in place.
After the hat side is secured, position it on top of the Jolly Ranger, in the middle, and sew on. Fasten off and weave in ends after sewing on the hat. Once that is completed, you’re all done!
I hope you like your new Wild West candy, the Jolly Ranger! It’s officially joined the candy family, and is ready to have lots of adventures with you. Seeing all of the candies together, it looks like this week has been all about candy in wrappers. I’m looking forward to sharing more candies with you! If you’d like to receive the 31 Days of Candy free crochet patterns delivered directly to your inbox throughout the month of October, sign up for my newsletter here and receive a new one each day. If you missed any of the other free crochet patterns you can get them in the 31 Days of Candy section on my website. If you’d like to share your makes, make sure to tag @eclairemakery and use the hashtag #31daysofcandy to share your makes with everyone. See you tomorrow for day 9 of the 31 days of candy!
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