Saturday, August 20, 2016

Crocheted teething biscuit



Chomp chomp. Nom nom.
 Woohoo for nephews! I love my nieces to pieces! BABIES BABIES everywhere! Can you tell I have a great love for babies? I have worked with infants for 10 years and am now working with infant and toddler caregivers. I have a passion for babies. Whenever I see a baby, I want to hold them, snuggle them, tickle them, smooch them,  play peek-a-boo with them, cuddle them, laugh with them, bounce them, play pat-a-cake with them, you get the picture.....



I love to spoil my nieces and nephews and my close friends' and relatives' babies. Anytime I hear someone is expecting, I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl so I can start crocheting something for them! I’ve been known to make blankets, diaper covers, shoes, boots, stuffed animals, hats, leg warmers, and stuffed beach balls. I love making homemade crocheted gifts for new lil ones.

             
Who can resist those flirtatious eyes and smile? :)

Because I’ve worked with many infants, I know how much the teething process SUCKS. It is so painful! I am so glad we don’t remember the process of our teeth poking through our gums for the first time! I can’t stand the pain of a canker sore, much less a tooth pushing its way through super sore, swollen gums. Anyone who has ever worked with infants (or is a parent of one) knows that when a child is teething, they want to chew on EVERYTHING. Soft squishy toys? Stuffed animals? Blocks? A friend’s elbow? Hard edge of a wooden table? Perfect!


My sweet nephew, RJ, chomping away.


When I came across this crochet pattern for teething biscuits I decided to give it a whirl. If they can help out even one baby get through the horrible process of teething, it’s worth it.


You can store these in the fridge or freezer or just run them under cool water right before giving them to the baby. They are completely washable and made of sturdy cotton thread so they won’t shred like polyester blends.



I found the pattern from this site: http://www.thelavenderchair.com/crochet-teething-biscuit-pattern/


I rewrote the pattern so I could understand it a little bit better. Here is my version: 

Teething Biscuits:
Cotton Yarn (I used Sugar ‘n Cream)
4.25 mm hook

Ch 10.
Row one: 3 hdc in 3rd chain from hook. Hdc in each stitch across until the last stitch. 6 hdc in last chain. Turn work around and work along other side. 6 hdc. 3 hdc in last stitch that already has 3 in it. Join with sl st to first stitch
Row two: Ch 2. Two dc in next 3 stitches. 6 dc along the side. Make 2 dc in next 6 stitches. Dc 6. Make 2 dc in the last 3 stitches. Sl st to first double crochet stitch.
Make 2 of these and slip stitch them together, weaving ends inside.
Put in refrigerator or rinse with cold water and offer to child. Washable. 




In the picture on the left, I have chained 10. The picture above is of 3 hdc in the 3rd chain from the hook.

This is a picture of what it should look like after you have done a row
of hdc across and 6 hdc stitches in the last stitch. As you can see, after 
putting 6 hdc stitches in the last stitch, you have turned your work around 
and are ready to work on the other side.




Slip-stitching to the first stitch, ending round one! 



End of Row two!




I crocheted two separate pieces  using the same pattern and then slip stitched them together. To do this, line them up and go through both stitches at once.



Slip stitching the two pieces together.


What the finished product looks like after the two pieces are stitched together. 

              








To weave in loose ends, I use my crafting needle and push the needle through a stitch near the end and push it all the way through to the middle of the teething biscuit. After pulling the needle through, cut the yarn where it comes through and wiggle the crocheted biscuit so that the loose end gets lost inside. Ta-da! You're done!



"Can I get this whole teether in my mouth? I'm not sure, but I'm gonna try!"


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