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Crocheted Toddler Toy

Crocheted Toddler Toy

Crocheted Toddler Toy

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My friend Emily gave me this really fun super bulky yarn, so I got to playing with it to try and make something cool.  At first, I had a TOTAL FAIL.  I gathered all the random bulky and super bulky yarns I had, and made the ugliest bag I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Oops.

 

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Kinda burns the eyes, doesn’t it?

 

I gave it some more thought, and since Emily’s son’s birthday was coming up, why not make some fun toys to (literally) toss into the bag along with his gift?  Quincy was a fan of the end products.

 

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I first used a Q-hook, but the gaps were too wide between the stitches.  I found my M-hook worked a lot better.

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Q-hook used to make the orange ball, M-hook used to make the grey.

 

Here’s how to make them!

 

Crocheted Tossable Ball for Toddlers

Materials

  • Super Bulky Yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Martha Stewart Super Bulky Lofty Wool Blend)
  • Crochet Hook Size M
  • Darning Needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Poly-fill Stuffing, yarn scraps, or fabric scraps to stuff the inside

Abbreviations

  • r = row
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • *instructions* = repeat around

Directions

R1: ch 2, 4 sc’s in 2nd ch from hook (4).

R2: (do not ch but continue in the round), 2 sc’s in ea st around (8).

R3: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc’s in second* (12).

R4: * sc in first and second st’s, 2 sc* (16)

R5-R7: 1 sc in ea st around. Begin filling ball with stuffing – continue stuffing as you close the ball.

R8: *1 sc in first and second st’s, sc2tog* (12).

R9: *1 sc in first st, sc2tog* (8)

R9: sc2tog all the way around (4). You may want to sc2tog one last time to get the bottom tight enough to close.  Finish and weave ends into center of ball.

 

Variation

For a smaller ball, skip rows 4, 5, and 8.

 

Permission to Use this Pattern

You may use this pattern for personal or commercial use, but please reference this website as its creator and link back to this pattern page.  The pattern (including any photos associated with it) may not be reproduced or posted elsewhere in any capacity.  Thank you!

 

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If you make them as gifts, be sure to make an extra one that stays home!

~M

 

 

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