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Newborn Lamb Comfort Toy (Crochet)
August 2018 – In expectation of baby #3’s arrival soon I made this little sheep plush toy! If you’ve ever seen the crocheted octopus toys that people make as a comfort item for premature babies, this is my “adaptation” of it. The toggles that hang down are supposed to be very comforting for the babies to hold on to . . . but I decided I wanted a little lamb instead of an octopus (although, I think it may have turned out looking more like a dog, unfortunately).
The other adaptation I made is that I added a little "rattle" feature by putting some rice in a tiny plastic container and adding that to the stuffing in the lamb's head so it makes a soft little rattling sound when you shake it.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
CROCHET HOOK: I/9 (5.5 mm)
YARN WEIGHT: Medium / Worsted Weight
* Yarn in seven different colors: White, Light Blue, Black, Pastel Pink, Pastel Green, Pastel Yellow, Pastel Purple
* Cotton, Poly-
* Tapestry Needle
* Rattle “noise” Object (optional)
* ch = chain
* sl st = slip stitch
* st = stitch
* sc = single crochet
* hdc = half double crochet
* dc = double crochet
* pc = popcorn stitch
* beg pc = beginning popcorn stitch
* dec sc = decrease single crochet
KEY TO SPECIAL STITCHES:
* Popcorn Stitch (pc): work 3 dc in same space leaving last loop of each on the hook (a total of 4 loops), YO, pull through all 4 loops.
* Beginning Popcorn Stitch (beg pc): ch 2, work 2 dc in same sp leaving last loop of each on the hook (total of 3 loops), YO, pull through all 3 loops.
* Decrease Single Crochet (dec sc): insert hook in next sp, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook in next sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.
To create the rattle noise in the plush toy I simply took a small plastic container (the kind you get from the “quarter machines” in the stores) and filled it 1/3 of the way full with dry rice. Then I used crazy glue to fasten the cover in place to make sure it will hold securely and won’t pop open with use.
This rattle feature is completely optional. You could also substitute the plastic rice container with bells or really anything that makes a soft noise when shaken.
Tip: I find it helps to mark the first sc of each row with a safety pin to help keep track of where one row starts and the other ends!
Rnd 1: With blue, ch 2, 5 sc in 1st ch; join.
Rnd 2: ch 1 (counts as sc), sc in next sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 2 time; join. (8 sc)
Rnd 3: ch 1 (counts as sc), sc in next sc and in each sc around; join. (9 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1 (does NOT counts as sc), sc in same space, sc next sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around; sl st to first sc to join. (14 sc)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
With black yarn, embroider noise and mouth before continuing.
With white, working in back-
Rnd 1 (working back-
Rnd 2 (working in BOTH loops): ch 1, hdc in same sp, (pc in next sc, hdc in next sp), around; sl st in first hdc to join. (8 pc)
Rnd 3: Work beg pc in same sp, hdc in next sp, (pc in next sp, hdc in next sp) around; sl st in top of beg pc to join.
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same sp, pc in next sp, (sc in next sp, pc in next sp) around; join.
Rnd 5: work beg pc in same sp, sl st in next sp, (pc in next sp, sl st in next sp) around; join.
<< Pause to add stuffing and rattle!>>
Rnd 6: sl st in next sp, work beg pc, sk next sp, (pc in next sp, sk next sp) around; join.
Rnd 7: ch 1, work dec sc around.
Finish off. Use end to sew up (or close up) the opening in back of head.
With blue (leave extra long end for sewing to the head when finished), ch 7, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across, make 2 hdc in last st of the row; turn to hdc in each st up the other side of the foundation ch, sl st to join to first st of the round.
Finish off. Connect ears to Rnd 3 of head.
With white (leave extra long end for sewing the neck to the head pieces when finished), ch 18; join to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in each sp around.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same sp, *(hdc, dc) in next sp, (dc, hdc) in next sp, sc in next sp; repeat from * around; join.
Finish off. Connect neck piece to the bottom of the head.
DANGLING TOGGLES (make 5 of different assorted colors):
Leave extra long end to use for connecting the trailer to the head piece.
Ch 30, make 2 hdc in second chain from hook and in each chain across.
Finish off. Connect each of the 5 toggles to the head piece, positioning them around the inside of the neck ring.
Sew in all ends and glue eyes in place using crafter’s fabric glue.