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Bat Shape Crochet Pattern
for Applique or Stuffed Decoration
Designed by Sandi Marshall

This bat shape could be used for an applique to sew on hats or clothing or to glue on a backpack; also great for a Halloween party accent. It could be made with either yarn or with thread, depending on the use and the finished size that you have in mind for it (thread for appliques or for scrapbooking accents; yarn for larger appliques or for stuffed decorations).

Materials
For smaller applique use thread, such as size 10 crochet thread, with US size 7 or 8 steel hook
For larger applique or for stuffed decoration, use yarn weight of your choice, such as US size H crochet hook with worsted weight yarn or US size G crochet hook with sport weight yarn
Colors: any color of your choice for the main piece. Some possibilities are black, purple or hot pink
small amount of white for eyes and teeth,
small amount of color of choice for wing accents: such as neons; or bright yellow, orange, purple, red
Optional 1/2" or 1" plastic ring

Size: When made with worsted weight yarn, apprx. 8" high x 8" wide

Abbreviations: beg = beginning, ch = chain, chs = chains, ea = each, sc = single crochet, sc dec = single crochet decrease, sl st = slip stitch

sc dec over 2 sc - Instructions link, with photos: sc decrease how-to

Main Piece: Make 1 for an applique or make 2 for a stuffed decoration
Chain 15.
Row 1: (center of bat) Working in back loop only, sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc in ea back loop across. (14 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, (working in both loops from now on, unless indicated otherwise) sc in ea sc across.
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sl st in each of first 3 sc, ch 1, sc in each of next 11 sc.
Row 4: ch 2, turn, working in ch-2 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next 10 sc, leaving the rest of the row unworked.
Row 5: ch 3, turn, working in ch-3 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, then sc in ea of next 11 sc across the row.
Row 6: ch 3, turn, working in ch-3 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, then sc in ea of next 11 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 7: ch 5, turn, working in ch-5 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 ch, then sc in ea of next 12 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 8: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea sc across until 2 sc remain in the row, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 13 sc.
Row 10: ch 9, turn, working across ch-9 just made, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 7 chs, then sc in ea of next 12 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 11: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 17 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 15 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 13 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 14: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 11 sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea of next 5 sc, sl st in next sc. End off, leaving the rest of this row unworked.
Next: Attach yarn at remaining loop of 14th sc of row 1 of crocheted piece (center of bat). (Locate the original yarn end where you started; you are attaching yarn on the opposite end from where you originally made your first starting chain.)
Row 16: ch 1, sc in ea remaining loop of ea sc across. (14 sc)
Row 17: Repeat row 2.
Rows 18 - 30: Repeat rows 3 - 15.

Ears: At top of bat, attach yarn in either side row of top of head.
Row 1: ch 6, skip next sc, sl st in next two sc, ch 6, sl st in end row. End off. Weave in ends.

Adding Center Point: On bottom of bat (side with four points, which is the feet and bottom of wings), attach yarn in end of row 3.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in same st; working in end of ea row, work 1 sc in ea end of next 5 rows.
Row 2: ch 1, sc 1st two sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc last two sc tog.
Row 3: ch 1, sc first two sc tog, sc last two sc tog.
Row 4: ch 1, sc the two remaining sc tog.
Row 5: ch 1, sc in the one remaining sc. End off.

If you prefer, you could use sew-on or glue-on purchased wiggly eyes instead of making these cartoon style of crocheted eyes.
Eyes - if made with worsted weight yarn: (Make 2)
Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st in beg sc. End off. Leave an ending strand to use for sewing the eye to the bat. Weave in the other yarn end.
Embroider black spot in center of eye.

Eyes - if made with crochet thread, such as size 10 cotton thread and a size 7 or 8 steel crochet hook: (Make 2)
Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st in beg sc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around, sl st in beg ch 1. (8 sc) End off. Leave an ending strand to use for sewing the eye to the bat. Weave in the other thread end.
Embroider black spot in center of eye.

With yarn and yarn needle, embroider mouth and teeth on head of bat (see example in the photo and on the drawing).

Sew eyes in place on head, with edges of eyes slightly extending beyond edge of head.

With yarn needle and your choice of brightly colored yarn, embroider the straight stitch accents on the wings (see example in the photo and on the drawing above).

Assembling Stuffed Decoration - uses 2 bat pieces
Holding wrong sides together, attach black in any edge stitch. Working through both thicknesses, sc around outside edge of bat. At pointed edges, work a sc, ch 1, sc. On the tight inside corners, use a single slip stitch.
(Optional) You may wish to slightly stuff the inside of the bat before you have crocheted all the way around to close the opening.

Sew eyes in place on head, with edges of eyes slightly extending beyond edge of head.

With yarn needle and your choice of brightly colored yarn, embroider the straight stitch accents on the wings.

If desired, sc around a plastic ring to cover, then sew this ring to the back of the head, positioned so that it does not show from the front.

Pattern Designed by Sandi Marshall
Designed 10/11/1997, Some revisions by Sandi to wording of the pattern July 2008

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