PROJECT #016: CROCHET AROUND ANY TEETHING RING | FREE CROCHET PATTERN

This is one of those “recipe”-type patterns that you can alter to fit any size of teething ring; plastic or wooden. If you’re new to amigurumi, you might find these tips useful.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

This specific pattern has a sloth’s face, but you can easily change the features to be a bear or some other animal. I made this one for my little nephew, along with a pile of other baby toys for him, which are the reason there have been soo many crochet posts around here! And yes, there are still many more to come.


 

SUPPLIES

2.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn in 4 colours (I used white, blue, light grey and dark grey)

Scissors

Yarn sewing needle

Safety eyes

Felt (Optional, dark grey)

Teething ring

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!


 

 

CROCHET PATTERN INFORMATION

  • Written in US terminology
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Necessary Skills: Basic sewing, the magic ring, working in the round, and the crochet stitches mentioned below in abbreviations.
  • Yarn Weight: Double Knit (Light Worsted / 8ply/ 11wpi)
  • Gauge: Not critical.
  • Yardage: Honestly, I didn’t measure, but it can be done with stash pieces.

 


 

ABBREVIATIONS

  • R = Row/ Round
  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • SS = Slip stitch
  • SC = Single crochet

 

 


 

CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS

 


CROCHET AROUND THE TEETHING RING


 

1.) Start with a chain. It should be long enough to fit loosely around your teething ring. (I started with 10 chains.)

2.) Working into the back of the 1st chain, SS to join.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

3.) Ch1. Working into front of chain as usual, SC in each ch around. (I worked 10 SCs around.)

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

4.) Working the round (in a spiral), continue working rounds of SC’s until your teething ring is covered.How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

The crocheted piece will be able to move freely at first, and you can twist it around the teething ring as you work, making your stitches easy to access.

If your teething ring is rubbery and sticky like mine, it will soon be unable to twist around any more. In this case, unwind a few meters of yarn from  your ball and make a new, small ball that you can push through the hole every time you go around the ring. You will also have to remove your hook, and re-insert it as you crochet through the center of the ring.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

5.) Once the ring is sufficiently covered, SS in the next 2 sts for a neat finish, and tie off. Weave in the loose ends.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!


SLOTH HEAD & FACE


 

START WITH THE FACE

 

R1: 6 SC in magic ring. (6)

R2: Continue working in the round. 2SC in each st around. (12)

R3: SC in next st. 2SC in next st. HDC in next st. 2HDC in next st. SC in next st. 2SC in next 2 sts. SC in next st. 2HDC in next st. HDC in next st. 2SC in next st. SC in next st. (18)

R4: SC in next 2 sts. 2SC in next st. HDC in next st. 2HDC in next st. HDC in next st. SC in next st. 2SC in next st. SC in next 2 sts. 2SC in next st. SC in next st. HDC in next st. 2HDC on next st. HDC in next st. 2SC in next st. SC in next 2 sts. (24)

R5: *SC in next 3 sts. 2SC in next st.* Repeat all around. (30)

Now remove your hook from the Face, leaving the working-loop intact. Cut the tail, leaving a length of  +/-1 m.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

 

 

NOSE

 

R1: 6 SC in a magic ring. (6)

Remove your hook, leaving the working-loop intact. Cut the tail, leaving a length of  +/-20 cm.

Working into the 1st stitch on R1 of the Face, insert hook into the Wrong Side and pull the tail through. Put the working-loop back on your hook.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

Working into each st on Nose, and into each st of R1 on Face (through both layers), SS all around Nose. (6)

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

The Nose is now attached to the Face.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

Weave in the ends.

 

 

EYES

 

R1: Skip 1st 3 sts on face. Working into Front Loops Only (FLO), join new colour with a SS. Ch1, SC in same st. In FLO, SC in next 4 sts. Ch1, turn. (5)

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

R2: SC 1st 2 sts together. SC in next st. SC last 2 sts togther. Ch1, turn. (3)

R3: SC all 3 sts together. Tie off, leaving a tail for securing to Face.

 

 

OPPOSITE EYE

 

R1: Counting backwards from last st, skip 7 sts on Face. Insert hook at 8th st in FLO. Join new colour with a SS. Ch1, SC in same st. SC in next 4 sts. Ch1, turn. (5)

R2: SC 1st 2 sts together. SC in next st. SC last 2 sts togther. Ch1, turn. (3)

R3: SC all 3 sts together. Tie off, leaving a tail for securing to Face.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

You can now attach safety eyes, and use the loose ends to sew everything in place. I added a small disk of dark grey felt behind each eye.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

 

NOW MAKE THE HEAD

 

R1-5: Follow the Face pattern.

R6: *SC in next 4 sts. 2SC in next st.* Repeat all around. (36)

Now remove your hook from the Head, leaving the working-loop and yarn intact so you can continue crocheting here later.

 

 

ATTACHING THE FACE TO THE HEAD

 

Lay the Face on top of the Head.

Working into the 1st stitch on R5 of the Head, insert hook into the Wrong Side and pull the Face’s tail through. Put the working-loop back on your hook.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

Working into each st on Face, and into each st of R5 on Head (through both layers), SS all around Face. (30)

The Face is now attached to the Head.

Weave in the tail left on the Face, keeping the working-loop on the Head still intact.

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

 

CONTINUE WITH THE HEAD

 

R7: Picking up where you left off, *SC in next 4 sts. SC next 2 sts together.* Repeat all around. (30)

R8: *SC in next 3 sts. SC next 2 sts together.* Repeat all around. (24)

R9: SC in next 2 sts. SC next 2 sts together. HDC in next st. HDC next 2 sts together. HDC in next st. SC in next st. SC next 2 sts together. SC in next 2 sts. SC next 2 sts together. SC in next st. HDC in next st.HDC next 2 sts together. HDC in next st. SC next 2 sts together. SC in next 2 sts. (18)

R10: SC in next st. SC next 2 sts together. HDC in next st. HDC next 2 sts together. SC in next st. SC next 2 sts together. SC in next st. HDC next 2 sts together. HDC in next st. SC next 2 sts together. SC in next st. (12)

R11: SC next 2 sts together. (16)

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

Tie off, sew the hole closed, then sew the head to the teething ring. I have attached mine so that the ring is aligned with the center of the head, horizontally.

 


PAWS


Make 2

The claws are made with a Puff Stitch in a contrasting colour. How to make a Puff Stitch: *YO. Insert hook into st. Draw up a loop.* Twice. YO, draw through all 5 loops on hook. Ch1 to complete st.

To change colour, the last loop you draw through your stitch to complete the stitch should be done with the new colour. The next stitch is then worked in the new colour, now on your hook.

R1: 6SC in a magic ring. (6)

R2: Continue working in the round. SC in next 2 sts. Change to new colour, Puff Stitch in next st. Change colour, SC in next st. Change colour, Puff Stitch in next st. SC in next 3 sts. (8)

R3-4: SC in each st around. (8)

 

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

For a neat edge, SS in next 2 sts. Tie off. Sew the foot closed along the open end, then sew the foot to the teething ring.

Weave in any loose ends, and you’re done!

How to crochet around any teething ring for a baby. Free crochet pattern, with a cute sloth face!

Did you enjoy the pattern? Let me know in the comments!

~ Jessie


 

 

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