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Friday, March 21, 2014

Free Pattern - Baby Butterfly Texture Toy

So, I'll explain this first since it was the first question that I got from my mother when I told her what this was.

What's a "texture toy"?
I don't know if the term has already been coined or not, so if I'm stepping on toes by calling it that, my bad. I call it that because that's exactly what it is. It's a toy that a baby can touch and feel and experience different textures. It's important for a baby's development to be able to feel different sensations of touch.

Another note, I know it's a bit plain. I'm adding some different things before I call this a finished product. The pattern I'm giving you will get you to this point, and from there you can customize. It's just like the New Born Beanie Pattern I did a couple of weeks ago.

Materials:
  • 2 colors of ww yarn
  • Size 7/4.5mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Abbreviations Used:
  • sc - Single Crochet
  • st - Stitch
  • sl st - Slip Stitch
  • FLO - Front Loop Only
  • BLO - Back Loop Only
  • sc2tog - Single Crochet Two Together

Notes:
  • Do not turn your work
  • Ch 1 between each row unless otherwise specified
  • Join each row unless otherwise specified
  • Numbers in () are the number of stitches you should expect to have at the end of each row
  • If using stitch markers, be sure to move it along with the pattern to keep your place

Pattern:

Body:

Row 1: Ch 2. sc 7 into 2nd ch from the hook (7)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (14)
*work in the round for the rest of the body, moving stitch markers if used*
3. sc in each st around for four more rounds (14)

4. sc 2 tog seven times (7)
5. sc in each st around (7)
6. sc in each st around BLO (7)
7. 2 sc in each st around (14)
8. sc in each st around for five rounds (14)
9. *sc2tg, 3sc* five times (9)
10. sc in each st around (9)
11. sc in each st around FLO (9)
12. sc in each st around for 3 more rounds
13. sc2tog until you are left with 1 st and tie off

Wings:
*you are no longer working in the round*
Connect the wing at the middle section just above the third section of the body and ch 1. (not a working st)
1. sc in same st and sc in each round of the body toward the head keeping in a straight line as much as possible. (8sc) ch 1 and turn
2. *2 sc in first st, sc in all but last st, 2 sc in last st* (10) Continue * until you have reached 14 st
3. sc in each st across (14)
4. *2 sc in first st, sc in all but last stitch, 2 sc in last st* (16) Continue * until you have reached 18 st.
5. sc in each st across.
6. sc in 9 st, ch 1 and turn
7. *sc2tog, sc across, ch 1 and turn, sc across, sc2tog* repeat * until you have reached 1 st, then sc down your decrease side until you have reached the very first sc.
8. sc in 9 st, ch 1 and turn
9. *sc2tog, sc across, ch 1 and turn, sc across, sc2tog* repeat * until you have reached 1 st, sl st and tie off.

--Repeat this portion of the pattern on the other side to complete your  butterfly--


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Kat


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