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A pink puppy rattle

If you ask my son what colour he wants of anything, the answer is always “pink!”. Pink milk, pink paint, pink socks. Which is why he thinks this latest little rattle is for him and not someone else!

Pink dog rattle

With the stripes I’m attempting a seamless join, which sort of works – at least it looks less obvious than usual.

The downside to the stripes of course is taking 3 balls of cotton with me and having to untangle them every 5 minutes because I am uncoordinated like that.

I have one more rattle on the horizon, and then there will be a break from them for  a while. Though really I should continue making them in reserve, as even though the actual rattle only takes a few days, I seem to take months on end getting to complete them.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in pinks and grey
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Will the dog rattles ever end?

Friends, stop having babies! Yet another baby was born, this time back in April, so I’m quite late on this rattle.

I don’t think my sanity will let me make too many more of these – if any at all. Currently there are another 2 babies on the way, with another possible 3 lurking in the curtains. By which I mean they’re friends who are likely to have a baby in the next year or two, whether they realise it yet or not!

I did give a pair of booties as a 2nd child present, as the family already had one of my rattles. These booties are awesome, and so ridiculously quick to make. So something to think about.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Hook: 3.00mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in purpley plum

More crochet balls

I have discovered another use for the crochet covered balls – dangle toys for the bouncinette!

Just add a round of double chains using the second last round and then make a chain about 10cm long and rejoin to the base.

If you’re still making the ball, instead of the final row of decreases, just dc each stitch, then start the chain.

Easy!

Reindeer rattle

With only a few hours to go, I finally finished the reindeer rattle! The antlers were the greatest challenge, being so little and also as I couldn’t find a pattern I liked (and because I’m seriously sleep deprived at the moment!).

I’m sharing my antler pattern below, as it’s really not that difficult but sometimes it’s just easier when someone else has already worked out the pattern for you.

Antlers for a reindeer

This reindeer has been hooked in  4 ply cotton with a 3mm hook and I used the Dog Rattle as the base of the rattle.

In an antler appropriate colour, chain 7.
Turn, dc into second chain, dc across (6 dc in total).
Now join the two ends by dc into first chain on other side.
Dc 4 rounds

Now you need to increase to branch out the antlers:
2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc into next, 2 dc into next 2 stitches,1 dc into next, then another 2 dc into the last stitch (10 stitches).

You now divide these into two groups of five for each antler branch. I use my darning needle to show me where the division is, and also because I go a little cross-eyed with small stitches and dark yarn!

For the first antler branch, dc 6 rounds and then tie off. For the second antler branch, dc 4 rounds to get the uneven look, the tie off. I stuffed the bottom part of the antlers before sewing it onto the rattle to help them stand up.

For larger antlers, use a 4mm hook and 8ply yarn, or 5mm hook and 10 ply yarn.

Chain as many as you need for your antler circumference. Turn  and dc into 2nd chain. dc across then join the two ends by dc into first chain on other side.
Dc as many rounds as you need for the height you want for your antlers before they branch off.

  • Just make a note of how many you do, so you can do it the same on the other side.
  • Depending on your antler size, you may want to stuff the bottom now, if if they’re quite large, arrange some wire inside the antlers to keep them standing up

Now you need to increase before branching out for the antlers:

For the little ones I went from 6dc, upto 10dc before then splitting to 5dc for the antler branch. Try to do something similar – increase to almost twice as many stitches, then you’ll halve those stitches to just less than you originally had.

A combination of 2dc in every second or third stitch will get you there, though you will need to do a quick sketch.

You now divide these into two groups for each antler branch. I use my darning needle to show me where the division is, and also because I go a little cross-eyed with small stitches and dark yarn!

For the first antler branch, dc 6 rounds, stuff it, and then tie off. For the second antler branch, dc 4 rounds to get the uneven look, stuff it, then tie off. You can, of course, make them as high as you like.

Pattern: Reindeer Antlers by Erin Douglas
Hook: 3.00mm
Yarn: 4 ply cotton

Crochet balls

Another toy to protect the floor boards (you must all think I’m obsessed by these boards – well, I am, just a little bit). This one in the shape of a ball – very easy to make. Basically it’s to cover a cat toy, which you can buy at junk shops in packs of 4 for about $2. Some of the balls need a little bit of wadding added, others fit perfectly.

Balls in 15 rows

  • 4mm hook
  • 8ply yarn

R1: Cast on 6 chains using the magic ring – 6 stitches
R2: 2 double chains (british stitches) in each stitch  (12)
R3: 1 dc in the first stitch, then 2 dc in the next stitch, repeat all the way around (18)
R4: 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, then 2 dc in the 3rd stitch, repeat all the way around (24)
R5: 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, then 2 dc in the 4th stitch, repeat all the way around (38)
R6: 1 dc in the next 4 stitches, then 2 dc in the 5th stitch, repeat all the way around (42)

R7-10: Then dc in each chain for about 4 rows. The number of rows will depend on how big your balls are. I find you can generally divide the ball into thirds as a guide.

You now need to decrease:

R11: 1 dc in the next 4 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R12: 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around

At this stage you will need to put the cat toy in. You may want to add some wadding around the toy if it’s not quite snug.

R13: 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R14: 1 dc in the next stitch, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R15: c2tog all the way around, tie off

Pattern: Balls in 15 rows by Erin Douglas
Hook: 4.00mm
Yarn: Various 8 ply yarns

Reindeer rattle for bubs

So we were sitting up in a furnished flat and being on maternity leave I had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do. I figured that giving birth 4 weeks before christmas is really not going to leave me with much time to get presents organised. Mostly that’s pretty easy to do now for family friends etc, but what do you get a 4 week old baby for christmas?

A bit of research with friends seems to be that clothes are the way to go, maybe a book or two. I also decided also to make a christmas rattle for him, in the shape of a reindeer. It’s also pretty handy that the junk shop had this really nice warm brown cotton thread!

It’s a pretty standard rattle base, then a nose (complete with a red tip of course!) and some antlers. The antlers are sourced from a Lion Brand pattern, and I used my standard cat’s toy for the bell inside. I like using cat’s toys as I feel there’s an extra protective layer around the little bell that could get swallowed if a kid manages to break through all the crochet.

dog rattle in purple

Over the christmas break, we drove up to Brisbane from Melbourne, which provided ample crochet-ing time and so have now completed 2 of the dog rattles on the list of Everyone’s Having a Baby.

Ran into a bit of trouble with row 6 and 7 of the pattern, where there’s been a typo or miscalculation. This meant a fair bit of revising and unpicking, and a pretty heated maths discussion with my partner at a petrol pump somewhere in New South Wales.

The 2 small corrections I found:

* row 6: 4 x dc then 2 dc into the next stitch (repeat as per pattern)

* row 7: 5 x dc then 2 dc into the next stitch (repeat as per pattern)

instead of 5, 6 x dc respectively. Otherwise the number of stitches at the end of each row don’t match the number required – 36 and 42. This drove me made trying to figure out why I had 1 less stitch (35) for row 6 no matter how many times I redid it when following the pattern!

Having said this, I love this pattern for baby presents!

Am also liking the cotton, it’s a big mercerised, so a little bit shiny, but works quite well for this pattern and hook size. I’ve recently seen the results of 6 months of play with rattles that I’ve previously made from acrylic yarn, and they’re quite fluffy and pilled, so it’s cotton from now on for me.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry, in More Softies – 22 New Friends For You to Sew and Crochet

Yarn: Panda 4ply in purple

Hook: 3.00mm