I do have a few guidelines that I like to follow when making this type of project.
- It cannot be something I've made before.
- It has to be designed or customized just for them.
- It has to be something that will suit the child and the family.
- It MUST be machine washable.
To be honest, I was really at a loss.
I did the only sensible thing I could - I did a knitted toy search on Ravelry, hoping and praying for inspiration to strike.
While scrolling through the search results, I came upon this project and pattern:
It brought mind one of my favorite picture books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. My lightening strike moment had arrived!
I used the Creepy Crawly Caterpillar pattern, but changed the colors to match the character in the book -- green for the body and feet, red for the head, purple for the antennae.
I added three body segments which meant working rows 23-39 a total of four times, got everything stuffed as I went, and sewed all the pieces together.
I then got some felt and cut it (free form) to match the face in the book, securely sewing each piece.
I was so pleased and excited with the way this turned out. Thankfully, this was a book that they didn't yet have, and both Momma and Baby seem happy with it. I hope it will bring enjoyment for years to come.
Pattern: Creepy Crawly Caterpillar
Designer: LaTina Steele
Yarn: Peaches & Cream (100% cotton) in Emerald (green), Red, and Deep Purple
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Other: Stuffed with polyester fiberfill, face cutouts from polyester felt