Crochet Jungle Animals Blanket

crochet blanket jungle animals

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Embark on an exciting crochet adventure with this free C2C jungle animals blanket pattern.

This captivating pattern features a lively cast of jungle animals, including a mischievous monkey, a majestic tiger, a stealthy jaguar, a fearsome alligator, a playful frog, and a sleek panther.

Whether you’re a crochet enthusiast or a beginner looking for a new challenge, this pattern is perfect for you. Using the popular corner-to-corner technique, you’ll create vibrant squares that depict each animal in intricate detail.

The finished blanket will transport you to the heart of the jungle, making it a wonderful addition to any nursery or a cherished gift for a little explorer.

So gather your crochet hooks, unleash your creativity, and let’s dive into the wild world of crochet jungle animals!

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Skill Level

Advanced beginner. Projects may include involved stitch patterns, color work, and/or shaping.

Finished Size

45 inches by 67  inches

Pattern Notes

  • You can choose to follow the pixel graph or the written instructions.
  • Written instructions are for working from the bottom right corner to the top left.
  • Crochet the pixel graph using the corner-to-corner (c2c) technique. Use the traditional method of making three double crochets for each square.
  • Chain 6 to start each new row and chain 3 at the beginning of each square.
  • If you prefer to purchase a printable PDF of this pattern, visit my Etsy Shop.

Materials

Gauge

Gauge is not very important for this pattern.

4 squares (ch 3 + 3 dc) = 2 inches

Etsy Shop

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C2C Course

If you would like to learn the corner to corner (c2c) crochet method to make this crochet baby blanket pattern, check out my online c2c course.

Abbreviations

  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
crochet blanket jungle animals

Crochet Stitches

Double Crochet (dc)

  1. Yarn over & insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  4. Yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops on your hook.

Single Crochet (sc)

  1. Insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

c2c Crochet Method

Corner to corner (c2c) crochet is a technique where you crochet “squares” in diagonal rows. You start in the bottom right corner and end in the top left corner.

Each row is increased by one square until you reach the width & length. Each square in the graph = chain 3 + 3 double crochet.

c2c Crochet Increases

Increases are made at the end of each row of your crochet baby blanket. Chain 6 and DC in the 4th chain from the hook and in each of the 2 remaining chains.

You will have a chain 3 + 3 DC square. This is your first square for the beginning of the next row. Turn your work and join with a slip stitch to the chain 3 space from the last square made. 

c2c Crochet Decreases

The first decreases for both the width and length of your crochet baby blanket will create corners.

To decrease, turn your work and slip stitch across the 3 DC’s in the last square made. Join with a slip stitch to the chain 3 space and chain 3 + 3 DC.

Be sure to check out my other free crochet blanket patterns before you go!

Step 1: Crochet Jungle Animals Blanket

Firstly, crochet each jungle animal pattern. Click on the title or image below to go to that pattern.

Go to the Monkey Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Monkeys are fascinating creatures that are known for their playful antics and high intelligence.

These primates come in a range of sizes, from the tiny pygmy marmoset, which can fit in a human’s palm, to the larger mandrills, with their distinctive colorful faces and rumps.

Monkeys typically live in trees (arboreal) but some species, like baboons, spend a lot of time on the ground.

They have a highly social nature, living in groups known as troops, and communicate with a complex array of vocalizations, facial expressions, and body postures.

Some monkeys have prehensile tails, which function like a fifth limb, allowing them to grasp branches and swing through trees with ease, which is especially helpful in their forest environments.

Monkeys are also known for their problem-solving abilities and have been observed using tools in the wild.

For example, capuchin monkeys use stones to crack open nuts and some even fashion sticks to dig for insects or to dip into honeycombs, showcasing their cognitive abilities.

Their intelligence, adaptability, and intricate social structures make monkeys a subject of endless interest and a vital component of their ecological communities.

For my crochet monkey pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, Aran, and Cherry Red.

Go to the Tiger Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Tigers are among the most majestic and awe-inspiring creatures on our planet, with their distinctive orange fur and black stripes, each pattern as unique as a fingerprint.

They are the largest of all wild cats, with the Siberian tiger being the largest subspecies, where a mature male can weigh up to 660 pounds and measure over 10 feet in length.

These powerful predators are at the top of the food chain in their natural habitat, primarily found in Asia, from the frozen tundras of Siberia to the tropical forests of Indonesia.

Tigers are solitary hunters, relying on stealth and strength to take down prey, which can range from deer and wild boar to even bears.

They have a special adaptation in their eyes; extra rods in their retinas allow them to see six times better at night than humans, giving them a significant advantage in the dark.

Despite their fearsome reputation, tigers are actually strong swimmers and love water, unlike most other big cats, and they can often be found cooling off in lakes and streams during the heat of the day.

Another remarkable fact about tigers is their territorial nature. They mark their domain with a mixture of urine and musk, signaling to others their presence.

A single tiger can patrol a territory of up to 100 square miles. These territories are crucial, as a single tiger needs a large amount of space to find enough food to survive.

Unfortunately, tigers are also a highly endangered species. It’s estimated that there are only around 3,900 wild tigers left in the world due to habitat loss and poaching.

This is a stark contrast to the beginning of the 20th century when it was believed there were over 100,000 tigers roaming the wilds of Asia.

Efforts to conserve and protect tigers are ongoing, with various sanctuaries and reserves established to provide safe havens for these majestic animals.

Tiger conservation also helps preserve their habitats, which are vital for the health of many other species and local ecosystems.

In the cultural realm, tigers hold a place of honor in many traditions and mythologies, symbolizing strength, courage, and the power of nature.

For my crochet tiger pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, and Pumpkin.

Go to the Jaguar Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Jaguars are captivating creatures with a myriad of interesting attributes that distinguish them in the wild.

With their robust build and stunning spotted coats, these animals are the largest big cats found in the Americas and the third-largest in the world, following tigers and lions.

Their rosette-patterned fur serves as excellent camouflage in the dense forests and wetlands they inhabit.

Unlike many other cats, jaguars are not averse to water; in fact, they are adept swimmers. Rivers and lakes are no obstacle for these felines—they often swim, hunt, and play in the water.

Their diet is diverse, including fish, reptiles, and other mammals. Jaguars have incredibly powerful jaws and a unique hunting method: they pierce the skulls of their prey with their sharp teeth, demonstrating a killing technique that is different from other big cats, which typically go for the neck.

Another remarkable aspect of jaguars is their cultural significance, especially in the indigenous cultures of Central and South America.

They have been revered as gods and symbols of power and ferocity. The jaguar’s stealth and strength have made it a symbol of the mysterious and untamed aspects of nature.

Their territory once extended from the southern United States down to the tip of South America.

However, now they are mainly found in remote regions of South and Central America, particularly in the Amazon basin, where they play a critical role as apex predators, helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem by controlling other species’ populations.

Despite their fearsome abilities, jaguars face the threat of habitat destruction and are listed as a Near Threatened species. Conservation efforts are essential to ensure these majestic animals continue to thrive and maintain their rightful place in the wild.

For my crochet jaguar pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, and Saffron.

Go to the Alligator Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Alligators are a fascinating species, remnants of a prehistoric era that continue to thrive in modern times.

Primarily found in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, especially in Florida and Louisiana, they are reptiles known for their formidable size and powerful jaws.

What distinguishes alligators from their crocodile cousins are their wider, U-shaped snouts, and when their mouths are closed, only their upper teeth are visible—unlike crocodiles, which display both upper and lower teeth.

Alligators are often seen basking in the sun. This is not just for relaxation; as cold-blooded creatures, they rely on external heat sources to regulate their body temperature.

But don’t let their lethargic sunbathing fool you—they can exhibit surprising speed in short bursts, especially in the water.

Their diet is quite varied, including fish, birds, and small mammals, and they have a special hunting technique called the “death roll,” where they spin their bodies rapidly to break off pieces of larger prey.

An alligator’s lifespan can be lengthy, with some living up to 50 years in the wild. Interestingly, the sex of their offspring is determined by the temperature in the nest; higher temperatures tend to produce males, while lower temperatures produce females.

Moreover, alligators are attentive parents; mothers guard their nests fiercely and will carry their young in their mouths to protect them.

A lesser-known fact about alligators is that they play a crucial role in their ecosystem. They create “alligator holes” that retain water during dry periods, providing vital habitat for other animals and plants.

Unfortunately, despite their resilience and adaptability, habitat loss and pollution pose significant threats to alligator populations. Conservation efforts have been successful in many areas, but continued vigilance is needed to ensure these ancient reptiles remain an integral part of their ecosystems.

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, Paddy Green, Spring Green, and Bright Yellow.

Go to the Frog Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Frogs are some of the most versatile and fascinating amphibians on the planet, inhabiting a wide range of environments from tropical rainforests to subarctic regions.

These creatures are known for their powerful legs, which allow them to make incredible leaps, some species jumping over 20 times their own body length.

Frogs are also famous for their vocalizations; the croaking sounds you hear are often males calling to attract females during mating season, and each frog species has a unique call.

One of the most remarkable things about frogs is their life cycle. They undergo an astonishing transformation in a process known as metamorphosis.

Starting life as aquatic tadpoles, they gradually develop legs, lose their tails, and grow lungs to become the hopping amphibians we’re familiar with.

Their skin is also quite extraordinary; it absorbs water and oxygen, which allows many frogs to breathe both through their lungs and their skin.

However, this feature makes them highly sensitive to pollution and changes in their environment, making them good indicators of ecological health.

Frogs exhibit a dazzling variety of survival strategies. Some species have vibrant colors that warn predators of their toxicity, while others can camouflage themselves perfectly with their surroundings.

And when it comes to survival, not many can top the Wood Frog of North America, which can actually freeze during winter and thaw out come springtime!

With over 6,000 species, frogs have adapted to a vast array of niches and environments. Their global presence and diverse range make them a critical part of the world’s ecosystems, playing key roles in food webs both as predators and as prey.

Their presence or absence can tell scientists a lot about the health of an environment, making the conservation of their habitats critical for maintaining biodiversity.

For my crochet frog pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, Light Blue, and Royal.

Go to the Panther Crochet Jungle Animal Pattern.

Panthers, often shrouded in mystery and myth, are not a distinct species but rather a term generally used to refer to black colored big cats, particularly leopards (Panthera pardus) in Asia and Africa, and jaguars (Panthera onca) in the Americas.

Their iconic black coat is the result of a genetic trait known as melanism, which gives them an increased level of dark pigmentation.

Despite their dark fur, panthers still have spots. They are just harder to see because the melanism masks them, but in certain lights, the familiar rosettes or spots of the leopard or jaguar are often visible.

This shadowy camouflage allows them to blend into the dark forests and jungles they often inhabit, making them formidable nocturnal hunters.

Incredibly adaptable, panthers can live in a variety of habitats, including forests, marshland, woodlands, and even deserts.

Their powerful bodies, keen senses, and stealthy movements make them top predators in their environments. These solitary animals are territorial and often roam large distances in search of food, which includes a wide diet ranging from small insects to large ungulates.

One of the most fascinating aspects of panthers is their cultural significance. They are featured prominently in the folklore and mythology of many cultures around the world, symbolizing power, beauty, and the wild, untamed nature of the wilderness.

In fact, their elusiveness and strength have earned them a revered and sometimes feared status among humans.

Conservation efforts for panthers are complicated because they are spread across multiple continents and habitats. Protecting them involves conserving their prey and the vast, interconnected landscapes they require to thrive.

Through global conservation efforts, these majestic and elusive creatures continue to inspire and intrigue wildlife enthusiasts around the world.

For my crochet panther pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White, Black, Amethyst, and Bright Yellow.

Step 2: Crochet Jungle Animals Blanket

After you crochet each C2C jungle animal, decide how you to arrange them. I decided to make my jungle animals blanket two squares wide and three squares long.

Make sure all of your jungle animals are facing the right way!

Line up the single crochet stitches from the borders. You can use locking stitch markers to keep them lined up.

Sew the two squares in each row together, then sew the three rows together.

Weave in all of your loose ends.

Step 3: Crochet Jungle Animals Blanket

Now it’s time to add a border.

I made a “Jungle Vines” border.

Crochet Blanket Border Instructions

Choose a starting point. Join the Paddy Green yarn and ch 4. Join the Spring Green yarn in the next stitch and ch 4.

Insert your hook back into the Paddy Green and sc in the next open stitch. Ch 4. You are working IN FRONT of the Spring Green.

Insert your hook back into the Spring Green and sc in the next open stitch. Ch 4. You are working IN FRONT of the Paddy Green.

Repeat the above steps all the way around your blanket. In each corner square you will work 2 of these stitches in each side and two in the chain 2 space from the white sc border (6 stitches total).

When you get to the end, slip stitch to join the Paddy Green to the bottom of the beginning chain of the Paddy Green. Do the same for the Spring Green.

Weave in all of your ends.

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