Red Heart Toy Duo | Crochet Along
skill level: Easy crochet
Join us for the Tuna and Bones Toy Duo Crochet Along, designed and hosted by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me! Get your yarn and hooks ready to stitch up these adorable handmade stuffed toys.
Over the course of three weeks, we’ll be stitching up this crochet cat and dog stuffie set in the super-versatile Red Heart Super Saver yarn. This simple project is easy to customize and perfect for gifting. It features both a bright and neutral version to suit your taste. Work your feline-canine bestie duo in the suggested shades or create a combo that's uniquely yours.
Follow each week as we bring this adorable toy together in separate parts. Make sure to share your progress along the way on the Yarnspirations Stitch Squad Group, tag @Yarnspirations on Instagram and tag your posts with #TunaBonesCAL22 or #YARNSPO. We're excited to see how you customize your duo!
lesson by week
lesson 1: Head and Body
Welcome to Lesson 1 of the Tuna & Bones Toy Duo Crochet Along, hosted by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me! This week we're building the base of our new furry friends by creating their head and body, plus adding some character to their little faces.
The head / body is worked in one piece from the bottom up, beginning with a magic loop. You'll build the shape upward through a series of increases and decreases in the round. Now is a great time to start adding your polyfill to the form to give the bottom some structure. Our animals start to take shape as we learn to create the snout, add whiskers, and attach the safety eyes and nose before closing the top
Add a bit of your polyfill stuffing underneath the snout before you've closed it to give your stuffie some additional shaping.
lesson 2: Ears, arms, feet and tail
We are PAWS-itively delighted to bring you our second lesson! This week Sarah will be teaching us how to create all the cute little components for our furry friends. Learn to work up the ears, arms, feet and tail in the round using single crochet increases and decreases. Complete the same steps for both the cat and dog stuffies, the only difference between the two will be your colors and ear shape. Adding your stuffing gradually to the appendages while you work helps to fill narrow corners and keep the fullness distributed equally without lumps. Don’t attach your components just yet, as we’ll be putting them all together in Week 3!
For pieces that include a color change, you can save yourself some weaving time by knotting your ends and stuffing them into the appendage, along with the filling. Make sure to keep the tail end of the working yarn to assemble in our next lesson.
lesson 3: Assembly
Grab your tapestry needle, it's assembly time! This week we're bringing all our components together and creating some fun accessories to finish our adorable amigurumi set. Learn to attach the ears, arms, feet and tail to your base and work up a cute collar tag to personalize your project. Don't forget to follow along with the video tutorial for directions on attaching both the cat and dog ears, as they secure a little differently. Use your crochet rows on the animal's head/body as a guide to make sure your pieces are perfectly aligned. Positioning the feet and tail outward helps balance the stuffie in a sitting position. Add a personal touch to your duo with an easy collar in the color of your choice and a key tag to give your new pet a name.
Have another creative personalization idea? We love to see it! Make sure to post your project photos on the Yarnspirations Stitch Squad Group. You can also share your work on Instagram by tagging @Yarnspirations and using the hashtags #TunaBonesCAL22 or #YARNSPO.
When attaching the arms, you can hide the seam by positioning it towards the stuffie's body.