Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Crocheted Baby Toys



I started out just wanting to make something for the new grand babies we are having this year and a friends first grand baby. The idea was a ball, block and rattle... well that got changed slightly. There are truly some gorgeous and intricate patterns all over the web and it really made it difficult to find what matched my time and abilities.

So here is what I chose:
"The Yarn Box" posted this cute but simple ball pattern and I just knew it was going to be perfect for what I was wanting. Well the original pattern calls for a E hook and sport weight yarn, not owning any sport weight yarn I opted to go with a F hook and Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. This resulted in my ball being 2x bigger than the intended size of 5" in circumference, now making the ball more appropriate for a toddler than a newborn. I say that is okay! Babies jump into toddler-hood  rather quickly anyway.

The block as just off the top of my head. You can use different colors for each square or all the same, whatever you prefer.

Here is the pattern: Also done with a F hook and Red Heart Soft Baby Steps yarn.
(make 6)
ch 21
sc 20 sts across for 20 rows
sc the square seams together

Simple right?! I like simple!

The rattle was a hard decision...way too many really great ones to choose from. So in the end I opted not to do a rattle cause me liking simple as much as I do, this Loop Baby toy was the winner.
Again I stayed with the F hook even though the pattern called for an E. I wanted the toys to be consistent in size. I also did NOT include the optional bell for noise. I think parents will appreciate the no noise factor! LOL!

For my version of the Loop Baby toy:

3 small rings in different colors
ch 8
sc 8 in the round to desired length
sew ends together

Large ring
ch 14
sc 14 in the round till desired length (changing colors if desired)
slip the 3 smaller rings onto large ring before sewing ends together.


As an extra bonus I decided to throw in a lovey to the set. I chose to do Rachel Choi's cute Teddy Bear Security Blanket . Yes Rachel, I am sorry but I did do some things different. I added a little bit of a body and granny squared the blanket.

To add a body: working in the round
1) sc 6 sts in a magic circle
2) inc in each st (12 sts)
3) *sc, inc* around (18 sts)
4) BLO sc around (18 sts)
5) *sc 2, inc* around (24 sts)
6) sc around (24 sts)
7) BLO *sc 2, dec* around (18 sts)
stuff
8) *sc, dec* around (12 sts)
9) dec around (6 sts) weave closed

Using front loops of round 4, sew to head.
Using front loops of round 7, attach yarn in center of back  for beginning of blanket.
Attached arms inbetween rounds 5 and 6.



As always love to hear y'alls comments!
I hope you enjoy crocheting these items and thanks for stopping by.