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Published on November 25th, 2015 | by Liza

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10 toys to make right now

With the holidays fast approaching, it may be time to whip up some presents for the kids (or kids at heart) in your life. Toys are a great choice, since they’re small and quick, and fun for the little ones to receive. From the classic teddy bear to the mythical unicorn to the can’t-believe-it’s-not-mythical narwhal, we’ve got a toy pattern that will work for almost anyone.

Knit Toys

Toy patterns: Rainflower Unicorn by Amanda Keeys, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Really, there’s never a bad time to make a stuffed unicorn, especially the Rainflower Unicorn by Amanda Keeys. This cute little guy can be made with a subtle mane and tail or one that’s loud and colorful, to suit the tastes of its new human friend.

Toy patterns: R is for Rabbit by YarnMiracle, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

R is for Rabbit by YarnMiracle is a precious floppy bunny that’s just begging to be loved by the little ones in your life. It would be a great companion for an older kid that loves to drag a little friend everywhere.

Toy patterns: Mermaid by Whitney Webster, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Anyone with a love of the mythical will love this Mermaid by Whitney Webster. This can be made to resemble a favorite character, or the skin and hair can be customized to match the recipient.

Toy patterns: Beary Special Baby Lovie by Emily, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

For one of the very young kidlets in your life, the Beary Special Baby Lovie by Emily is a great choice. Part stuffed animal and part security blanket, any baby would love this precious gift.

Toy patterns: Geoffrey Giraffe by Ann Franklin, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Geoffrey Giraffe by Ann Franklin is an adorable stuffed friend that would make a great gift for kids of almost any age. A standing stuffed animal like this can work as a plaything or as a decoration.

Toy patterns: Space Rocket and Astronaut by Amanda Berry, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

This Space Rocket and Astronaut pattern by Amanda Berry would be great for any science fan or NASA enthusiast in your life. The little space person sits in a pocket in her rocket, making this a clever little two-piece gift.

Toy patterns: Knitted Tool Set by Amalia Samios, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

With this Knitted Tool Set by Amalia Samios, the little ones in your life can play construction without damaging the house (or each other). Five pieces make up the set, which would look adorable presented in a plastic case that resembles a toolbox.

Crochet Toys

Toy patterns: Pandora the Poodle by Moji-Moji Design, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Any little animal lover will be thrilled to get Pandora the Poodle by Moji-Moji Design as a present. The loopy stitches emulate a poodle’s curly fur and the glass eyes make an adorably lovable face.

Toy patterns: Walden the Narwhal by Megan Barclay, download on LoveKnitting

Click photo to purchase pattern.

Narwhals seem like they should be the stuff of myth, but they’re real, and you can crochet one. Walden the Narwhal by Megan Barclay is big and cuddly (a smaller version exists, too!), and can be made as a simple whale by leaving off the horn.

Toy patterns: Huggy Bear by Moji-Moji Design, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

No list of stuffed animal patterns would be complete without a classic teddy bear. The Huggy Bear pattern by Moji-Moji Design is adorable, with a heart marking on its tummy (if you’d like to knit a teddy instead of crochet, Big Berry Bear by Laineknits is a good choice).

What Christmas toy patterns are you working on? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.


Last updated: November 23rd, 2015.

4 Responses to 10 toys to make right now

  1. Janie Stock says:

    my hobby is knitting and crocheting and I love these patterns.TY

  2. Glenis Poultney says:

    my friend emailed your details to me and the patterns are what we are looking for next years craft fairs. My sister is retired and knits toys for us to sell.

  3. maralyn chambers says:

    I’m looking for knitted tree ornaments

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