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Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny Stick Crochet Rattles by Theodore & Rose

Crochet this adorable Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny lovely, the lovely Alanna from Theodore & Rose is returning, after sharing her wildly popular Bear and Bunny Lovey Blanket previously. I’m absolutely thrilled to share this beautiful pattern with you, this ADORABLE companion pattern for a sweet little stick rattle.

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Alanna says, “I was so delighted to hear from Sarah-Jayne that my Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny Lovey was such hit with you all, that I decided to come up with a pattern that can partner with the loveys for a complete gift set option.

So here it is…my Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny Stick Rattle . I hope you enjoy making these little cuties, just as much as I enjoy creating them for you!

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Table of Contents

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    pattern NOTES

    • Written in UK terms
    • I have chosen to use an X stitch which gives a tighter, neater finish. The standard V stitch can be used, however if used it will result in a slightly larger size
    • When working amigurumi, work in continuous spirals, without closing off the rounds with a slip stitch
    • Use a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. This helps when counting your stitches to compare it with the pattern
    • Stuff the head and stick firmly. Insert small amounts at a time until you get the right shape. Stuffing your toy can be tricky, but it is a very important step in getting the right shape and look for your toy: overstuffing might stretch the fabric too far and show gaps and under stuffing will give your piece a deflated look. Take your time with this step

    GAUGE & SIZE

    • Amigurumi gauge : 5 rounds = 3.7cm across (Note: crochet the first 5 rounds of the head pattern to use as a gauge swatch)
    • The finished stick rattle is approx 14cm tall from the top of the head to the base (not including the ears).

    If you intend to sell your finished item, as the maker of these items, you are responsible for marketing a safe toy. Please make sure they comply with the legal requirements of the respective country in which the toy is going to be sold.

    TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS

    • Back loop only (BLO): Insert hook into back loop of the stitch only.
    • Beginning (beg): Beginning.
    • Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.
    • Double crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
    • Double crochet increase (dc inc): Make two complete double crochets (dc) into the same stitch.
    • Double crochet invisible decrease (dc dec): Insert hook into front loop only of next two stitches, yarn over, pull through, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
    • Magic ring/circle (MR)
    • Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.
    • Space (sp)
    • Stitch(es) (st/s)

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    what is amigurumi

    Amigurumi is a Japanese art form of creating small crocheted or knitted stuffed toys, dolls or figurines. The word “amigurumi” comes from the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll. The art of making amigurumi involves using simple crochet techniques to create small and detailed shapes, which are then stuffed with fiberfill to create cute and often whimsical characters. Amigurumi toys are typically worked in the round and are made with a combination of basic stitches such as single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. Amigurumi has become increasingly popular in recent years, with crafters around the world sharing patterns and designs to create their own unique amigurumi creations.

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    SLEEPY BABY BEAR AND BUNNY STICK RATTLE PATTERN

    The Head

    You will be using a 2.25mm (US B/1) hook and chosen yarn, make a magic ring.

    Before you get started if you need a quick reminder of magic ring/circle you can find a video tutorial below:

    1-6

    • Rnd 1: ch1, dc 6 into ring. Pull the ring tightly closed. (6 sts)
    • Rnd 2: dc inc in all 6 sts (12 sts)
    • Rnd 3: [dc in next st, dc inc in next st] x6 (18 sts)
    • Rnd 4: [dc in next 2 sts, dc inc in next st] x6 (24 sts)
    • Rnd 5: [dc in next 3 sts, dc inc in next st] x6 (30 sts)
    • Rnd 6: dc in next 2 sts, dc inc in next st, [dc in next 4 sts, dc inc in next st] x5, dc in next 2 sts (36 sts)

    Weave in starting yarn tail.

    7- 23

    • Rnd 7: [dc in next 5 sts, dc inc in next st] x6 (42 sts)
    • Rnd 8: dc in next 3 sts, dc inc in next st, [dc in next 6 sts, dc inc in next st] x5, dc in next 3 sts (48 sts)
    • Rnd 9-19: dc in all 48 sts (11 Rnds)
    • Rnd 20: dc in next 3 sts, dc dec, [dc in next 6 sts, dc dec] x5, dc in next 3 sts (42 sts)
    • Rnd 21: [dc in next 5 sts, dc dec] x6 (36 sts)
    • Rnd 22: dc in next 2 sts, dc dec, [dc in next 4 sts, dc dec] x5, dc in next 2 sts (30 sts)
    • Rnd 23: [dc in next 3 sts, dc dec] x6 (24 sts)

    Stuff the head with toy stuffing, placing the noise maker in the middle.

    24-26

    • Rnd 24: [dc in next 2 sts, dc dec] x6 (18 sts)
    • Rnd 25: [dc BLO in next st, dc dec BLO] x6 (12 sts)
    • Rnd 26: dc dec x6 (6 sts)

    Break the yarn and pull through. Weave the yarn tail through the FLO of round 26 and pull firmly to close off the head. Weave in end.

    Bunny Ears (make 2)

    For this section you’ll be using a 2.25mm (US B/1) hook and chosen yarn, make a magic ring.

    • Rnd 1: ch1, dc 6 into ring. Pull the ring tightly closed. (6 sts)
    • Rnd 2: [dc in next st, dc inc in next st] x3 (9 sts)
    • Rnd 3: [dc in next 2 sts, dc inc in next st] x3 (12 sts)
    • Rnd 4: [dc in next 3 sts, dc inc in next st] x3 (15 sts)
    • Rnd 5: [dc in next 4 sts, dc inc in next st] x3 (18 sts)

    Weave in starting yarn tail.

    • Rnd 6-23: dc in all 18 sts (18 sts) (18 Rnds)
    • Leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing the ears to the head, break the yarn and pull through. Pinch the base of the ears together and secure with a few stitches. Next, sew the ears centered on the top of the head between rounds 4 and 6 either side. Sew around the ears a few times until very secure. Weave in yarn tail.

    Bear Ears (make 2)

    Keep hold of the same hook as you’ll be using a 2.25mm (US B/1) hook and chosen yarn, make a magic ring.

    • Rnd 1: ch1, dc 6 into ring. Pull the ring tightly closed. (6 sts)
    • Rnd 2: dc inc in all 6 sts (12 sts)
    • Rnd 3: [dc in next st, dc inc in next st] x6 (18 sts)
    • Rnd 4: dc in all 18 sts (18 sts)
    • Weave in starting yarn tail.
    • Rnd 5: [dc in next st, dc dec] x6 (12 sts)
    • Rnd 6: dc in all 12 sts (12 sts)

    Again leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing the ears to the head, break the yarn and pull through. Sew the ears centered on the top of the head between rounds 6-10 either side. Sew around the ears a few times until very secure. weave in yarn tail.

    Crochet Sleepy Baby Bunny and Bear Heads by Theodore & Rose

    Embroidery Work

    Embroider the eyes, nose and eyebrows on to the head with black thread. I placed the eyes and the top of the nose between rounds 16 and 17 with 9 stitches between the eyes. Use pink yarn to add little pink cheeks under the eyes.

    TIP: Bring the yarn up from the base of the head and return thread to the base when finished. Here you now can easily secure the yarn tails and the stick will hide it all later.

    Stick

    Note: If you want to add stripes to your stick rattle, just alternate colours with each round as you please

    • Attach yarn with a ch1 to the first loop left exposed in round 25 of the head pattern.
    • Rnd 1-2: dc in all 18 sts (18 sts) (2 Rnds)
    • Weave in starting yarn tail.
    • Rnd 3: [dc in next 2 sts, dc inc in next st] x6 (24 sts)
    • Rnd 4-10: dc in all 24 sts (24 sts) (7 Rnds)
    • Rnd 11: [dc in next 3 sts, dc inc in next st] x6 (30 sts)
    • Rnd 12-21: dc in all 30 sts (30 sts) (10 Rnds)
    • Rnd 22: [dc in next 3 sts, dc dec in next st] x6 (24 sts)
    • Rnd 23: [dc in next 2 sts, dc dec in next st] x6 (18 sts)

    Stuff the stick firmly with toy stuffing.

    • Rnd 24: [dc in next st, dc dec in next st] x6 (12 sts)
    • Rnd 25: dc dec x6 (6 sts)

    Break the yarn and pull through. Weave the yarn tail through the FLO of round 25 and pull firmly to close off the end. Weave in yarn tail.

    And there you have it you have completed your sleepy baby rattle is finished. I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.

    Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny Lovey by Alanna O’Dea

    Sleepy Baby Bear & Bunny Lovey

    If you’ve loved making these adorable rattle sticks we have another beautiful design available on the blog by the same guest designer Alanna: The Sleepy Baby Bear and Bunny Lovey.

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    5 Comments

    • Becky
      May 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Hey,

      I can’t wait to make these for my friend who is having a baby.

      Where did you get your “noise maker” from please?

      Thanks,
      Becky

      Reply
      • BellaCocoTeam
        May 19, 2020 at 9:16 am

        Hi Becky this was a guest post from Alanna at Theodore and Rose, you may want to message her direct to see if she can help you 🙂

        Reply
    • Joanna Worthington
      November 27, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Hello! I am just considering making a rattle and notice you say an x stitch is better when making this and other amigurami. Can you please explain how to do this? I tried to Google it but just got videos for cross stitch!
      Thank you.

      Reply
      • BellaCocoTeam
        November 27, 2020 at 9:20 pm

        Hi Joanna as this was a guest post you will need to contact the designer direct 🙂

        Reply
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