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Baby Jingle Ball

20 Jun

This baby jingle ball toy is very simple to make and takes very little time to crochet. It uses 2 colours for contrast interest and a slightly textured strip (of htr) around the middle. Jingle bells are optional but fun! This squashy, soft ball makes a great, super-speedy baby gift. :)

You will need 2 colours of DK yarn; I used green and white. Remember turning chains and to close your rounds with a slip stitch!

baby jingle ball

Pattern:

Make a magic loop with 5 stitches, using yarn A (green) and 5 mm (US: 8) hook.

Rnd 1: 2dc into each st [10 dc]
Rnd 2: (2dc, dc1) until end [15 dc]
Rnd 3: (2dc, dc2) until end [20 dc]
Rnd 4: With yarn B (white), (2dc, dc3) until end [25 dc]
Rnd 5: With yarn A, (2dc, dc4) until end [30 dc]
Rnd 6: With yarn B, (2dc, dc5) until end [35 dc]
Rnd 7: With yarn A, dc all sts [35 dc]
Rnd 8: htr all sts
Rnd 9: htr all sts
Rnd 10: dc all sts
Rnd 11: With yarn B, dc all sts
Rnd 12: With yarn A, (dc2tog, dc5) until end [30 dc]
Rnd 13: With yarn B, (dc2tog, dc4) until end [25 dc]
Rnd 14: With yarn A, (dc2tog, dc3) until end [20 dc]

At this point, turn ball to WS and securely knot and/or trim all loose yarn ends. Add jingle bells, if desired. (If ball is for a very young child, make sure bells are fastened securely. For this ball, I’ve actually cloth-bagged the bells and sewn them in place – so they are both cushioned and firmly attached.) Turn ball to RS and stuff to medium firmness. (Ball should be squooshy rather than rock solid!)

Rnd 15: (dc2tog, dc2) until end [15 dc]
Rnd 16: (dc2tog, dc1) until end [10 dc]
Rnd 17: dc2tog to end [5 dc]

At this point, top up the stuffing if necessary. Then fasten off, sew hole closed and your baby jingle ball is complete! :)

Abbreviations:
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
htr = half treble (US: half double crochet)
RS = right side (the outside of the ball)
WS = wrong side (the inside of the ball)

Granny Square Baby Blanket

19 Jun

I’m sure all crochet fans know how to work a basic granny square, so I won’t bother giving a “pattern” as such. However, I wanted to share the small granny square baby blanket that I’ve made for an acquaintance who is expecting her fourth child! It was a bit of a rush job so it’s only about 27 x 27 inches square, excluding the dc joins around the edges.

granny square crochet blanket

I used a 5 mm (US: 8) hook and machine-washable DK yarn. (Got to be machine-washable – you know how babies just looove to throw up on everything! Well… throw up or worse!!) The centres are ch 6 and the shells are a bizarre cross between a tr and a dtr. I can’t recall which stitch I meant to use but I’d gone most of the way around the first square and decided it wasn’t worth frogging it. So, it was ch 3, yo once, then worked as a dtr. I must have subconsciously compensated for the absent second yo by making my sts very loose. The spaces are ch 2 and the corners are ch 3.

About 2/3 through the project, I found out that the mom is on team pink so I added a teeny splash of colour. (I’d originally planned to do it all in yellow as I thought it was team idk but hey-ho.)

folded granny square baby blankie

The joins were done after the granny squares were completed, with simple dc (US: sc), and I went around the outer edge with a row of dc.