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Along with my cute (even if I do say so myself) polymer clay creations, I have been brainstorming other crafty goodies to make to raise some money for the bushfire relief effort in my home country of Australia. It needed to be something relatively small, affordable, and quick to make so that the cost I could sell it for would outway the cost of my time and materials. Now, I also have to admit I had had my eye on some cute crochet teething rings and might have been looking for an excuse to try and make one! But when I saw some wooden rings at Pipoos here in the Netherlands (I swear I was buying craft supplies for my craft group), I couldn’t resist.
If you haven’t seen the plethora of amazing crochet teething rings out there, here are a couple I think are adorable!
There are so many amazing crochet teething rings you can buy but I found that they are also pretty simple to make! If you have had a go at amigurumi crochet before or would like to try, these are a simple starter project that I would definitely recommend for the bubs in your life.
There are plenty of patterns for these cuties and I recommend having a good browse of Etsy and Ravelry if you fancy trying some for yourself. Don’t forget to check amigurumi and other toy patterns which might give you some ideas for the head portion of your project (hint: this is exactly what I did)!
As I wanted to create something specific, this is a Frankenstein pattern made from a combination of awesome existing crochet patterns! If you make and share this please try to reference all three makers Michele Wilcox, Kj Hay, and Kirsti M. Testroote (and myself if you like) as each deserves credit for their great work.
- 100% cotton crochet yarn (I bought mine from Pipoos here in the Netherlands) in grey and white, some pink for cheeks if wanted
- Appropriately sized crochet hook, mine was 3mm
- Black felt
- Sewing thread in black and white
- Wooden or silicone teething ring, I bought mine from Pipoos but have seen these in other craft stores or on Amazon
- Yarn needle
Please note: As this project is for a baby, keep in mind what materials you are using. I tried to pick natural materials where possible and chose flat, felt eyes rather than plastic ones or buttons that could become a choking hazard.
Head [from Red Heart Cutie Elephant Blankie, pattern here]:
Head Beginning at top of head, with B, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join—6 sc.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times —36 sc.
Rounds 8–14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 6 times —30 sc.
Round 16: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times —24 sc.
Round 17: Working in back loops only, *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 18: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times—12 sc. Stuff head lightly.
Round 19: [Sc2tog] 6 times; join with slip st in first sc—6 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through last round and pull stitches closed. Do not cut tail.
Ears [inspired by Red Heart Love Monkey pattern here]:
Row 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join, work back and forth in rows, turn—5 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc across, turn— 10 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times, turn—15 sc. Join colour.
Edging: *( sc1, [sc1, ch2, sc1 into first chain], sc1 in next stitch to join)* repeat
Piece for teething ring [from Bunny Teeth Rattle pattern by Kirsti M Testroote, here]
Row 1: 1sc in the 2. ch from the hook, 12sc (13sts)
Row 2: turn with 1ch, 1sc in each sts from the previous row (13sts)
Repeat Row 2 until the piece is the length you want.
Stitch ears to each side of the head.
Use black felt to create eyes and nose, stitched on with coordinating cotton.
Use yarn or cottons to add eyelids, rosy cheeks, eye highlights, mouth and eyebrows.
Stitch wooden ring piece together around the teething ring then stitch the head securely onto this piece.
And you’re done!
If you make this project, please send me photograph or tag me on instagram at @kats_crafternoon_delight_ as I’d love to see your creations!