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crochet project: travel toy

I read somewhere that if you’re travelling with a baby, it’s a good idea to get them a new toy for the trip.

On Sunday, I am flying to Toronto with my 10 month old son. Naturally, he needs a new toy; the Internet says so!

Not that long ago, I saw an adorable crochet toy on Pinterest. I followed the pin to a lovely blog with a well-written and super easy to follow pattern. Unlike the teething ring, this toy took me less than a week to finish – all the while chasing a baby who’s desperately trying to walk on his own but can’t quite do it yet, and packing for our move back to Indiana. In one sitting, it would have taken less than 3 hours.

Crochet Little Monster by JaKiGu

Even though I have been crocheting as long as I can remember, this is the first finished crochet item that I made by following someone else’s instructions, to the letter, without any changes, improvisations, shortcuts, or modifications. Well… except for the ears; I decided to stop increasing after round 7. Other than that – stitch for stitch.

I love how it turned out.

Crochet Little Monster by JaKiGu

I love the chubby legs the creature has, and its cute facial expression.

Crochet Little Monster by JaKiGu

But most importantly, I love that baby Bubba will have plenty of surface area to bite and chew on – his two favourite activities at the time.

Crochet Little Monster by JaKiGu

I think we are ready for the trip!

Crochet Little Monster by JaKiGu

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free crochet pattern: black-and-white crochet teething ring

Ever since our little Bubba was born in September, I have been on the lookout for toys for him. Sadly, almost everything commercially available and marketed to ages 0 months+ is not necessarily age-appropriate for clumsy newborns and their tiny hands. Toys I found were either too thick to grasp; too heavy for the accidental, yet inevitable drops on the little one’s face; or overly stimulating with way too many colours, textures, and sounds in a single item.

I knew if I wanted him to play with something different, I’d have to create it myself.

{What I didn’t know was how hard it’d be to find a minute here and there to finish the project. What would have normally taken me less than a single afternoon took me almost three weeks with a brand-new newborn at home!}

As I suspected, this simple high-contrast black and white squeeze-and-suck ring has become one of Bubba’s favourite toys.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

If you’d like to make a one just like that, you can follow these simple instructions. Or, let this pattern spark your imagination and create something truly unique for that special little person in your life.

{materials needed}

  • size 5 DMC Coton Perle thread in black and white
  • 2mm crochet hook
  • fiberfill

{pattern}

Note: do NOT join rounds. Instead, work in a spiral. You may want to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of a round.

With the white thread, chain 14 and use a slip stitch to form a circle.

{round 1; white}

single crochets around

{round 2; white}

3 single crochets – 8 half-double crochets – 3 single crochets

{round 3; black}

single crochet around

{round 4; black}

3 single crochets – 8 half-double crochets – 3 single crochets

{rounds 5-32}

repeat rounds 1 to 4 15 more times

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

{finishing}

After completing the last round, leave a 4-5 inch tail. Stuff the crocheted tube firmly with fiberfill, shaping it into a doughnut as necessary. When it’s stuffed to your liking, begin sewing the ends together. About two-thirds of the way, pause and stuff some more fiberfill in to ensure a firm join, and then finish sewing the ends together. Weave the end in and trim the excess.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu