Obviously I’m into instant gratification. These little toys are not only quick to knit, but also terribly cute, machine washable, and full of jingle bell goodness. If the baby doesn’t like them, the cats certainly will.
Yarn: scraps of orange, yellow, and lime Lion Brand Microspun.
Needles: US 2.5 (3mm) circs for a tight gauge that I didn’t bother to measure.
Oddities: Cat toy jingle bell ball thingies and fiberfill stuffing.
Mods: Used a DK weight yarn on small needles for a firm fabric and added the dots as suggested using duplicate stitch.
Here’s the mushroom rattle on ravelry
Was totally inspired by the clever cat toy rattle, so made a block too. Also using LB Microspun in yellow, orange, purple, teal, lime, and fuschia, but knit on DK appropriate US4 (3.5mm) needles. The fabric is much floppier and the block is bigger in real life than the 4-1/2 inches square seemed in my head. I may do another in a tighter gauge and with fewer stitches.
Here’s the how to, which is pretty self evident:
Using 6 different colors or whatever you wish.
CO 20 (or whatever number you wish)
k each row until width and height are same.
Crochet blocks together, leaving one side open for stuffing.
1/2 stuff and place cat jingle ball in center.
Finish stuffing and crochet join remaining side.