Toys make excellent crochet projects, as crocheted fabric can be dense and durable, yet still cuddly. A stuffed helicopter makes an excellent gift for a child of either sex or simply the young at heart. Most patterns will require that you crochet in the round, and some may require a bit of knitting. They are a good project for an advanced beginner and can often be made from yarn you may have on hand. While an experienced crocheter could make a toy like this without a pattern, it's best for beginning and intermediate crocheters to have a pattern.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Crochet Pattern
- Crochet hooks
- Yarn needle
- Knitting needles (if pattern requires knitting)
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Craft wire (optional)
Using the hook and yarn called for by your pattern, make a swatch measuring 4 by 4 inches. Count the number of stitches and rows per inch. If this matches the number called for in your pattern, begin crocheting the toy. If you have fewer stitches than the pattern says to have, change to a smaller hook. If you have more stitches than the pattern says to have, use a bigger hook. Crochet another swatch to make sure you have the proper number of stitches per inch.
Crochet the main body of the helicopter according to the pattern. Start with a small chain of a few stitches. Join the first chain to the last in a ring. Work into the chains around the ring, increasing in subsequent rows. Work even in the middle.
Stuff the body with batting.
Resume crocheting and decrease in the lower rows to the end of the pattern. Sew the body closed with yarn end. Do not weave in any other ends at this point.
Knit or crochet skids and rotors according to pattern, adding craft wire if desired. Sew skids and rotors securely to body. Weave in all ends.
Tips and warnings
- You can add embellishments to imitate a particular model by embroidery or applique.
- Cotton, acrylic, or machine-washable wool make good choices for a crocheted toy.
- You can stuff the helicopter body just before you stitch it closed if you prefer.
- Gauge isn't as important for toys as for garments, but will affect the size of your finished toy. If you have more than enough yarn or you don't need it to be a particular size, you can skip Step 1.
- Toys made with craft wire should be hand washed.
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