Pattern for Crocheting a Rattle


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This tiny rattle consists of a wooden ring (2.5″), a rattle box (1.5″) and a couple of different colors of plain cotton yarn. It is quick to make and I think it would make a great gift for a new mom.

I will stress though – as with all things intended for small children – that you need to keep an eye on the child as it is playing with the rattle. It can be very dangerous to swallow yarn.

Pattern

Abbreviations

st: stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: Single Crochet
sl st: slip stitch
j: join with slip stitch
t: turn
2sc tog: 2 single crochet together
sc in fl: single crochet in front loop only

Start
ch 2

Round 1
ch 1, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, j (6 sts)

Round 2
ch 1, 2 sc in each st, j (12 sts)

Round 3
ch 1, (1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat 6 times, j (18 sts)

Round 4 – 10
1 sc in each st

Round 11
ch 1, (1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat 6 times, j (24 sts)

Round 12
ch 1, (1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat 6 times, j (30 sts)

Round 13
ch 1, (1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat 6 times, j (36 sts)

Round 14
ch 1, 1 sc in fl in each st, j

Round 15 – 17
1 sc in each st

Round 18
ch 1, (1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc tog) repeat 6 times, j (30 sts)

Round 19
ch 1, (1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc tog) repeat 6 times, j (24 sts)

Round 20
ch 1, (1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc tog) repeat 6 times, j (18 sts)

Round 21

ch 1, (1 sc in next st, 2 sc tog) repeat 6 times, j (12 sts)

Round 22

ch 1, (2 sc tog) repeat 6 times, j (6 sts)
Cut the yarn and sow together the remaining sts


Dots (make 5)

Start
ch 2

Round 1
ch 1, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, j (6 sts)

Round 2
ch 1, 2 sc in each st, j (12 sts)

Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail


Ground (make 2)

Start
ch 7, ch 1, t

All rows
ch1, 1 sc in each st, t (7 sts)

Keep crocheting back and forth until the rectangle fits snugly around the ring. Cut the yarn and leave a long tail for sowing.

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Assembly

The easiest way to do this, is to sow things together in this order:
Sow the dots to the mushroom.
Sow the ground pieces to the ring (opposite each other)
Sow the mushroom to the ground.

Now you can add the grass pieces, if you wish:


Grass

Create a knot on the green yarn and attach it underneath the mushroom AND the ground. Sow back and forth in the ground a few times, to make sure the yarn is secure.

Start
ch 5 – 15

finish
3 sc in each st on the chain

cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Sow the tail into the mushroom and the grass. Bury the tail in the stuffing.

Add as much or as little grass as you want (I added 3 pieces – two with a beginning chain of 10 and one with a beginning chain of 15)

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