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The Starburst Ball Crochet Toy

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A crochet toy that bounces? YOU BET! Meet the unique and beautiful “Starburst toy”

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Do you ever have those ideas that wander around in your mind for ages? They might be there for years and you get so used to them being there that they become part of the furniture in your mind? Each of the three toys I have designed were that way for me. They have been with me since I was a kid myself. Oh, but it has been so refreshing to bring them to life and share them!

The Starburst Crochet toy

First the specs!

The “Starburst Toy” is created with 24 individual spikes that are sewn together in a cube. This is really exciting to me because the toy is a ball, but it is constructed like a cube! Which makes it the perfect addition to my cube-shaped toy collection!

My very favorite feature is the BOUNCE. Did you know a crochet toy can be a bouncy ball? Because it can!!! I designed this toy to be crochet tightly and stuffed well. With these two features that bounce is on point. The spikes make it unpredictable on the post bounce direction which will keep kids entertained for hours! Adding a little bell into the center makes it a mild jingle which adds to the fun factor too!

Naming this toy was a little tricky. I had so many ideas in my head and I just couldn’t decide which one fit best. As is often the case it came organically from my tester Leah. I told her I was struggling with the name and listed only a few of the names I had floating around in my brain. She told me she thought they were good ideas, but she had been calling it “Starburst” in her head. And just like that the toy named it’s self!

A starburst is a pattern of rays that radiate from a central object like a star!

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Look at those rays of sunshine!

Isn’t that the perfect name!

Now that the name and design are perfect I’m ready to send it out into the world!

You can find the link for the easy to read PDF that features photo tutorials, written instructions, and schematics to aid in the construction! This pattern is good for the intermediate crocheter or for a beginner level crocheter that is looking to expand their skill set! With nearly 20 photos to go along with written instructions, the pattern is very user friendly and approachable!

The spikes themselves are quick to assemble with easy repeats which makes this great for working on in the evenings while you are watching a show!

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These little spikes work up quickly and area great for evening crochet while you watch a show and drink hot cocoa since its to late for coffee!

These toys are fun for kids of all ages. And I do mean all ages. Because I showed my grown adult sister the toy a couple weeks ago and she squealed and bounced it around just like my little ones do! It is one of those toys you will want to make for everyone in your life with a little or a big who likes to play!

Check out my Ravelry, Etsy, or LoveCrafts to find the PDF and get going on those Christmas gifts! And while you are there see my Intermediate pattern Not a Square and my Beginner friendly pattern Solve for X!

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These crochet blocks are great as rattles, pillows, and quiet toys! The ridges are easy for baby to grab and can be kicked and bounced around!

Lastly, I wanted to offer some yarn options! I know yarn weights can be confusing so I thought I would compile a list of yarns you might like to use for this project that are available for sale through LoveCrafts.com

Paint Box Yarns Simply Aran

StyleCraft Special Aran

Lion Brand Vanna’s Palettes

Lion Brand Vanna’s Style

Tell me in the comments who you think would love this. I am seriously thinking about making some for a couple adults I know who are kids at heart. And I kind of wish my Grandpa was still on earth because I think he would have gotten a kick out of it!

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The Baby Dragon Halloween Costume!

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Is it FINALLY release day?!? Oh, thank goodness. I didn’t think I could hold on any longer!

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A unique and beautifully designed crochet costume.

Read about the history and inspiration behind The Baby Dragon Costume.

Quick disclosure! There are affiliate links in the post below! This means that if you choose to purchase a product from my link I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you! I only link to products I love and use from brands I trust!

I am pleased, proud, and filled with joy as I announce the release of my first costume, the pattern that started my journey to designing my own crochet patterns, and my first pattern with multiple sizes!!!

Dragon

I printed the pattern a couple days ago and I just stood there looking at it. I feel so proud of the work I have done and the effort I put into this design. I knew it was special from the first time I put it on my baby 8 years ago, and to be ready to share the entire pattern with all of you is filling my heart to overflowing!!! (IMNOTCRYINGOKITOTALLYAM)

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The Baby Dragon Crochet Halloween Costume that is cozy and warm for baby, and endless fun for mom and dad to cuddle!

Lets talk a little about the features of the pattern. I’m not one for plain stitch patterns, but I love a nice close weave. Choosing a textured stitch that was interesting to make, but easy to remember was key to the design.

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And you thought your baby was cute before you put them into a life-size amigurumi Dragon costume!

I also wanted to create the structure of the costume it’s self to be easier for the baby to get in and out of than the costumes I was seeing at the time (lets be honest. This trend is not getting any better). Who came up with the idea of shoving a baby through a hole between a hood and zipper? or worse yet, one covered in scratchy Velcro! Like, do they even know that babies are basically tiny wiggly wolverines with chubby sausage legs and SUPER SENSITIVE SKIN?

I love the idea of invisible finishes. I think it elevates designs so beautifully when functional things are worked in such a way that you don’t notice them. I chose to hide the zipper under two rows of spikes to create a beautiful finished and professional looking garment without the hassle and stress of trying to perfectly hide a zipper.

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The Baby Dragon Costume is a beautifully textured masterpiece. Sure to be a show stopper at any events, this costume will bring squeals of “Your baby is sooooo cute!”

Protecting my baby’s back and making sure he didn’t get caught in the zipper was also forefront in my goals with the design. Enter a zipper guard to save the day! Not only is it easy to slip the baby through the large zipper opening, but it can be closed without worry and won’t scratch their tender skin.

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The softest and sweetest Dragon you will ever get to cuddle! This costume is perfectly comfortable for the baby and perfectly darling for everyone else!

My next concern was that I lived in a very cold climate. The idea of taking my 6 month old out on Halloween night was a huge concern. I chose a thick yarn that created a stable fabric, was great for stitch definition (Gotta show off that texture!!!), would keep the little one cozy warm, and (BONUS ROUND) worked up pretty fast!

Worsted weight yarn is the perfect yarn for this! It was a match made in heaven then and still knocks my socks off now (and I have made 50 of these dragon costumes in the last 8 years)!

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This beautiful Crochet Dragon costume is perfect for keeping baby warm while trick-or-treating and is sure to bring squeals of delight from all! This costume is soft and comfortable for baby, and makes mom and dad feel like they are carrying aroud a giant stuffy!

Let’s talk substitutions real quick. Not everyone has the same set of problems, right? While I needed something to keep my little man toasty warm, it can be a bit much if you live where it’s still 70’s or 80’s (BTW I’m very jealous). The great thing about worsted weight yarns is that there are a LOT of options. I used a soft acrylic (I’m allergic to wool or I would have gone with that!), but there are several brands that offer cotton yarns (this is a particularly good one, IMO) and Bamboo yarns that would work great for this pattern, and will give it a lighter and airier feel! And don’t worry. You will still feel like you are carrying around a giant stuffed dragon.

The pattern has a full list of information on how to alter the design to best fit the little one and your needs. I walk you through all the alterations you can make and when to do them!

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The Baby Dragon Costume is a beautifully textured masterpiece. Sure to be a show stopper at any events, this costume will bring squeals of “Your baby is sooooo cute!”

Make sure you check out the free pattern for a candy basket! Trick or treating or not you definitely want to have this lil’ cutie! The best thing about an Egg Basket is it can be used on Halloween for a trick or treating basket, AND used on Easter!!! And it’s even themed properly for the occasion!!!

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I Lava you

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This design is so special to me. It hangs in my daughters room and I sing this song to her daily. I love having fun little things like that to help my kids stay grounded. She will come up to me and ask me to sing it to her when she is feeling lonely. I stop and hold her and she gets to just rest with mama for a bit.

It has become such a peaceful place in our life, and I am so glad to be sharing it.

Follow the link to make your own, or you can place a special order for me to make it for you!