Here is the final part of the Crochet Baby Rattle Tutorial. Hope this one is just as helpful as the first. 🙂
You can find the first part of the tutorial here – Crochet Baby Rattle Tutorial – Part 1
So, you will have the completed doughnut ring from the last session. This one concentrates on lots of crochet.
Instead of putting the little bells into the head of the rattle, I have created a teeny tiny ball in which they can go. This is then put inside the bigger head of the rattle.
Using magic loop, SC (US)/DC (UK) 4 sts into the middle.
Ch1, Sc2 into each stitch around. (8)
Ch1, *Sc1, Sc2* all around (12)
Ch1, Sc into each st for three rows (12)
Push the little bells/noise makers into the middle of the ball. Bit tricky as you have to crochet it closed now.
Ch1, *Sc1, Sc2tog* around (8)
Ch1, *Sc2tog* all around. (4)
Cut yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, binding tightly. Sew ends in.
Now to start on the head of the rattle.
Magic loop and sc4.
Ch1, 2Sc into each stitch. (8)
Ch1, *1sc, 2sc* all around (12)
Ch 1, *1sc, 1sc, 2sc* all around (16)
Ch1, *1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc* all around (20)
Ch1, *1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc* all around (24)
Ch1, SC across each stitch for 8 rounds.
Now you are going to stuff the bottom with whatever stuffing you have available, or some wadding. I used stuffing. Stuff the bottom, and around the sides, leaving a gap in the middle. Put the first little ball into the middle of this stuffing, like so –
Now to crochet it closed again, just like before. We are working backwards from the previous instructions.
Ch1, *sc1, sc1, sc1, sc1, sc2tog* all around. (20)
Ch1, *sc1, sc1, sc1, sc2tog* all around (16)
Ch1, *sc2tog* all around. (8)
Make sure it is stuffed to the top.
Now, instead of finishing it off we are going to sew it straight onto the ring. Cut a long enough yarn to sew all around it.
Make sure you go all the way round, leaving no gaps!
And voila! Very pleased with this. Now to add some features. You can do any you like, but this is what I have done.
I added some ears using Tunisian Crochet. There are lots of good links to do this online. I liked this because it meant I did not have to make ears and then sew them on later. You basically pick up six stitches (just like knitting) where you want the ear. You loop the yarn over once and pull it through the first stitch. Yarn over again, and over the next two stitches. Continue this way until you have finished. (Yo, pull through 2). Check picture below.
I did this three times, and then put an SC on either side to make the ears rounder. Repeat for other ear.
You can then add a little colour to the face to give it a personality.
I long stitched into the first ear, threaded the needle through the head, and then out the other side. Repeat this.
Add a little nose! I stitched a small triangle and then filled this in.
And then there you have it! A little, fully working baby rattle. I hope that you enjoy it and would love to see some photos if you decide to make it. I plan on making lots more in different colours and different noises.
Perhaps try with crinkly plastic? Seeds? Lots of possibilities. The only thing I would say is to make sure it is very securely sewn in so nothing can escape.
Have fun everyone!
xXx Love Kais xXx