Ana Paula Rimoli's books were the ones that first got me started on amigurumi, and back then, I simply skipped past the patterns that were aimed at babies (e.g. mobiles). As I was flipping through “Amigurumi Two!”, I came across some rattle toys that Ana Paula designed, and I knew that Myla would love them since she was grabbing everything and loved items that made noise! I loved the amigurumi addition to these rattles, and there were options such as a cat, bunny and panda. I thought the duck rattle was particularly cute, and it was very fun to crochet!
I liked the clean design of the rattle since the whole circumference was chained first, joined and then the rounds were added. The inner edges were then sewn together, making the seam pretty much invisible (vs. joining the edges of the loop at the end like this toy here). We added jingle bells to the duck before closing him up, but the fiberfill muted how much sound they made. And so, we put the jingle bells in a little container and then inserted the container into the duck so that the bells had a hard surface to rattle against! We were so excited to present Myla with this new toy, and she loved it! It was very sweet to see her grabbing the loop and shaking the toy to hear the bells jingling! I love how you can do so much with crocheting, including making your own baby toys! If you’re interested in this particular pattern, you can buy Ana Paula’s book HERE or look for it at your local library too!
Check out this “Loop Baby Rattle Grab Toy" I crocheted using this free pattern HERE by Amy of Herbst Handmade. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to give it a try since it simply consisted of crocheting two small loops and one big loop, all in a round!
I had some soft green and yellow cotton yarn leftover from my “Peas in a Pod" amigurumi from long ago, so I thought I would use them for this project! I thought the cotton yarn would provide great texture and grip for the baby to grasp. I picked up some jingle bells from my local dollar store and spaced them in the larger tube between the stuffing. I also used my 2 mm crochet hook to get very tight stitches to ensure that there would be no gaps in the stitching so that no stuffing or bells would accidentally come out! This toy rattles nicely and would make a great gift! You can have fun choosing different colour combinations, even matching the baby’s nursery or blanket :)