Kinder Egg Cat Rattle Toy

Recently I started working on some cat toys for  Knit4Charities as well as my own kitties. They are one their list of most needed items and I can get several done in an afternoon without really having to think. Using plastic Kinder Eggs are a great way of making toys with sounds that are not bells. 

 

When making cat toys you need to ensure that they can take a beating, quite literally. I reccomend using a decent quality acrylic yarn for durability and washability. Be careful with cheap yarns as I have found some shed little bits of plastic that could be swallowed by kitty cats.

I used an 8ply yarn (dk weight for non-Aussies) and made some using a 5mm hook (left in photo above) and some using a 4mm (right). There are advantages and disadvantages to both. A 5mm hook  is faster, but not as dense and you can see the plas if Egg through the stitches. A 4mm hook obviously takes longer, but you get a lot denser finish. 

Make sure you put something inside that makes a fun noise. Suggestions include bells, dried rice or beans, small stones or beads.

I have included both patterns below, as well as a basic guide to the process for if you want to develop your own ‘pattern’ for a different weight or hook size (these would be great done in a fancy yarn, like feathers).

The General process is very simple. 

  1. Start with six stitches in a loop, then do a graduated increase (see rounds 2-3 of patten below, if continuing increas, round 4 would be [sc 2, 2 sc in next stitch]  until the bottom of the capsule is covered like so:

2. Work a sc in each stitch around until you reach the poin Ep where the capsule starts to taper off.

3. Work increase rows as decreases in reverse.

4. Fasten off, draw tail through loops of final round to close and weave in end.

If you want to add a tail (which my kitties LOVE), leave a long yarn tail (1 -1.5m), draw through to create several loops, knot at base, then cut loops. 
  

Have a go at making some yourself for your cats, Knit4Charities or local animal shelter. Also,  you will have to excuse my less than professional photography. Photos were taken on my iPad while holding a baby.

I am also using the WordPress app on my iPad and having a little trouble getting things to look exactly as I would like, particularly photo alignment.

Pattern notes:

Pattern written using US terminology.

So: single crochet 

Inc: 2 sc in one stitch

 Sc2tog: sc 2 together 

4mm Hook

Rnd 1:Start with 6 stitches using your preferred method (chain loop or magic loop). (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] around. (18)

Rnd 4 – 13: sc in each stitch around. (18)

Rnd 14: [sc, sc2tog] around (12)

Rnd 15: sc2tog around (6)

Fasten off, draw tail through loops of final round to close and weave in end.

5mm Hook

Rnd 1:Start with 6 stitches using your preferred method (chain loop or magic loop). (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, inc] around (15)

Rnd 4-11: sc in each stitch around (15)

Rnd 12: [3 sc, sc2tog] around (12)

Rnd 13: sc2tog around (6)

Fasten off, draw tail through loops of final round to close and weave in end.


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