Nautical Lovey – Free Preemie Crochet Pattern

The Nautical Lovey is an easy crochet project that is perfect for preemies.

Preemies will always have a special place in my heart and the Preemie Challenge that Helen over at Sunflower Cottage Crochet is my go to event for preemies.

I love the opportunity to bless new moms that are probably struggling with the new life of hospital visits and a prolonged stay for their sweet, little new baby.

The Nautical Lovey has an anchor to symbolize life and stability. It’s there to remind the new parents they have strength for this new chapter of their life. The Nautical Lovey is part of the Nautical Preemie set.

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Finished Size: 11″ x 11″

Yarn:  #5 bulky weight – 5oz/445 yds
Sample used: Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (a good alternative is Bernat Softee Chunky)

  • Navy (A) – 1.5 oz/60 yds 
  • White (B) – 1 oz/40 yds

Crochet Hook: Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 14 sts and 14 rows = 4” in pattern

Difficulty: Beginner: Uses easy stitches with no shaping.


ch – chain
rsc – reverse single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
yo – yarn over

For a full list of abbreviations, please see my List of Abbreviations.


  • Blanket can be adjusted by adding, or subtracting, in multiples of 2. 
  • When adjusting the size be sure to consider yarn requirements.

Special Stitches: 

rsc (reverse single crochet) – insert hook in stitch to the right, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook. CLICK HERE for tutorial.

The Nautical Lovey was created for the Annual Preemie Challenge hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.



With A, ch 32.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across, turn. (16 sc, 15 ch-1 sps)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * across to last st, sc in last sc, turn. (17 sc, 14 ch-1 sps)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc, turn. (16 sc, 15 ch-1 sps)

Rows 4 – 34: Repeat Rows 2 & 3. Change to color B at end of Row 34.


Round 1: 3 sc in corner, *work 1 sc in each row-end across side of blanket**, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each ch across bottom, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * to **, sc in each st across top, dc in same st as first 2 sc, sk st in first sc to join, do not turn. 

Round 2: ch 1, rsc in each st around, sl st in 1st rsc to join.
Fasten off.


Step 1: Ch 5, sl st to form ring, work 7 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Step 2: Ch 4, working in back ridges of ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.

Step 3: Ch 14, working in back ridges of ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 chs.

Step 4: Work (sc, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc) in back ridge of next ch. 

Step 5: Ch 7, working in back ridge of ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, sl st in next ch (from step 4).

Step 6: Sc in back ridge of each ch (leftover from step 3) up to magic ring.

Step 7: Ch 4, working in back ridge of ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, sl st in sc to join. Fasten off, leaving approx 12” for sewing onto lovey.

The downloadable ad-free PDF is available for purchase in my shops:


If you’d like all the patterns from the Nautical Preemie set, which includes the lovey, preemie blanket, and bonding squares, you can get the ebook in my shops:


Happy Crocheting!

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