I have seen some lovely patterns for baby toys as I was getting a little bored with constantly knitting and crocheting clothes. I thought maybe it would be nice to make some toys? I had a quick glance through patterns on Ravelry and Google, but settled on a mix of things I had seen. This rattle is easy to make and hopefully the instructions are easy to follow.
You need –
A round ring of some sort, roughly 3″ by 3″. I used these kind of links. They are a bit wonky but you see how they work out later. I bought these from an ASDA store (I’m in the UK) but as you can see, these can be bought in the US too.
Crochet hook size 4mm.
DK yarn x 2 colours. I’m just using acrylic, but I’m sure anything will work.
Strips of wadding, about an inch thick.
Strips of cotton or fleece, about an inch thick.
Needle and thread. I use invisible thread.
Wool or tapestry needle.
A rattling noise! I use craft bells to make a nice tinkly rattling sound, but you can use anything.
Here is an example of what you need first. As you can see the fleece and wadding are just scrappy bits, but they work well.
Start wrapping the wadding around the link. This make it soft and squeezy, rather than hard. It does not matter if the ends are lifting up slightly, this will get covered by the fleece.
And this is what it will look like when finished.
Start the same again using the cotton. Wrap it all the way round making sure to cover up all the wadding.
There we go! Looks like a doughnut. Use your needle and thread to sew down the last flap of cotton. This should only need a few stitches, it’s just to hold it down.
Using your crochet hook you are going to make the cover for the rattle. Remember you may need to use a few more or few less stitches than me according to how big your link is.
Make a chain of 15 stitches.
Turn and SC(US)/DC(UK) back down the line. – 14 stitches.
Continue going back and forth alternating the colours every four rows. Keep checking against your loop to make sure it is long enough. It should be able to go all the way round the link and meet in the middle too.
I did ten colour changes. Make sure to do the last colour different from your first!
Right, now we are ready! I would advise that you sew in the ends of the piece first as they tend to get in the way.
Use a wool needle to start to slowly sew the crochet piece onto the ring. It’s fairly straightforward at the start but as you continue it gets a bit tricky! I didn’t sew up the pieces to meet right until the end. I sewed the piece in the middle as much as possible to try and keep the stitches hidden.
And voila! One starter rattle handle. I’m really pleased with it.
The next part will be showing the top of the rattle and how to put the noise maker (or whatever you have chosen) into it. I will try and put that up today.
Here is the link to the next part – Crochet Baby Rattle Tutorial – Part 2
Happy Rattle Making!
xXx Love Kais xXx