Whilst looking for inspiration for this week’s Free Pattern Friday, I decided I wanted something that could use up some stash left overs, and also something a bit quirky. I think you’ll agree that I’ve succeeded with these ‘toys’ for all kids great and small. A quick note on safety: please don’t use buttons/beads/bits/beans on these items if they are to be given to a small child; instead embroider the details with contrasting yarn and use polyfil stuffing.
The Shark Time Pouch by Tamara Kelly is actually a cute crochet carryall, but you could stuff it and use it as a toy. The pattern calls for about 100 metres of 5ply/sports to 10ply/worsted weight yarn for the main colour, a few metres of a contrast yarn, and a suitably sized crochet hook. You’ll also need a zip (if you’re making the pouch), a couple of buttons or toy eyes (see safety note above), and a scrap of felt for the teeth. The pattern is written using US crochet terms; see here for a conversion table to Australian/UK terms. Also, just in case you can read Portugese, here is the Shark Time Pouch, em Portugues.
These Tumbling Bunnies by Julie Tarsha are irresistible: I can see a whole warren of them breeding in my stash! The knitting pattern calls for about 30/40 metres of 8ply/DK weight yarn for the body, a few metres for the contrast feet, a scrap of ribbon for the nose, toy eyes (see safety note above), and stuffing. Just about any weight of yarn could be used, and needles of a suitable size. The knitted fabric will need to be a bit firm so that your stuffing doesn’t show! BTW, this is one instance where double pointed needles would be advantageous.
So have fun with these quick and quirky projects, and don’t forget to share pictures of any of your Free Pattern Friday projects!