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Amapola is a "sockie" monkeyroo, in other words, a sock-monkey-style rattle. Hope you like her!

Amapolas are "poppies" in Spanish. The most common are huge red ones. This baby rattle is red and I thought Amapola was a great name for a monkey. Don't you think? It is a fun name and this is a fun toy. It is also very easy to make. I thought to name it "LoudLee" because it "rattles" really well while it bobs its head back and forth, but thought better of it when I ran into Amapola again.

Materials:
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Hot Red
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pumpkin (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Cherry Red (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Turqua (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Bright Yellow (scraps)
Fiberfill
Crochet hook size H
Blunt needle
2 cat balls (found at most stores in the pet isle. They're plastic, with a bell inside)
4 jingle bells (found at craft stores and even at WalMart during Holiday season. I used 16 mm ones, they come in a pack of 45 pieces.)


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Project Cost
Cheap

  1. 1

    Head (Make 2)- With Hot Red, ch 16.
    Row 1- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (15 sc) Ch 1, turn.
    Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn (15 sc)
    Rows 3 to 12- Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
    With both Right Sides facing, sew both pieces together. Fasten off. Sew top. Fasten off. weave in tails. Leave bottom opened.
    Round 13- Join Cherry Red. Work 1 sc in each of first 4 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, *1 sc in each of next 4 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc.
    Round 14- 1 sc in each of first 6 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc,
    Round 15- 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc,
    1 sc in each sc till end of rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew.

  2. 2

    Muzzle- With Black, ch 7.
    Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch till last ch, 2 sc inlast ch. Turn around and make 1 sc in each loop of foundation chain till you reach the last one. 2 sc in that last loop, sl st to join rnd. Fasten off Black. Weave in tails.
    Rnd 2- Join Hot Red. Ch 1, 1 sc in same spot as ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc,
    1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 2 sc in last 2 sc. sl st to join rnd (bypass ch 1 at beg of rnd.) (Mouth Made)
    Rnd 3- Join Bright Yellow. 1 sc in each of first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. End rnd with 1 sc in each of last 2 sc.
    Rnd 4- 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each sc till end of rnd.
    Rnd 5- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. 1 sc in last sc.
    Rnd 6- 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 7- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, rep from * around.
    End round by working 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off bright Yellow. Thread a blunt needle with Black. Stitch two nostrils and fasten off.
    Pin muzzle to front of Head, thread blunt needle with tail and sew. Fasten off. Weave in tail.

  3. 3

    Eyes (Make 2)- With Black Ch 2. Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
    Pin eyes on top of euzzle and sew. Fasten off. Weave in tails.
    Ears (Make 2)- With Cherry Red, ch 2. Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around.
    Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around.
    Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
    Sew to sides of "Head" making sure they are at the same height. Fasten off. Weave in tails.




  4. 4

    Base of Handle- (crocheted Covering)-With Pumpkin, ch 2. Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, weave in tail.
    Rnd 2- Join Cherry Red. Make 2 sc in each sc acround. Rnd 3- 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
    Rnds 4 to 6- 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 7- Insert cat toy into crocheted covering. Work sc 2 tog over first 2 sc, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc,
    rep from * around. Rnd 8- Sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in last sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with (yes, you leave it "open.") Weave in tail.
    Rnd 9- Join Turqua. Work 2 sc in first 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of last 5 sc. Rnd 10- Make 1 sc in each sc around.
    Rnd 11- 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 12- Insert 2 jingle bells. Sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. Insert 2 more jingle bells on top of previous two.
    Rnd 13- 1 sc, sc2tog all around until hole is closed. Rattle's handle is made. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

  5. 5

    Optional- Thread a blunt needle with Cherry red and make loops at the top of Amapola's head, simply by going in and out sc loops and fasten off on the inside of Head.
    How to finish toy: Insert second cat toy ball into Head. Stuff with Fiberfill. Insert handle into bottom of head. Weave red tail in an out of remaining stitches in head and pull to close around edge of handle.
    Sew them all together really well so handle will not come off! Fasten off. Weave in tail.
    If you would like the toy to be "stiffer" (not to have a funny wobby head as you rattle it for baby) you may insert a small craft stick that will go from the head to the top of the base cat ball (and you will not use the jingle bells.) The toy will have less sound though.
    Sew them all together really well so handle will not come off! Fasten off. Weave in tail.
    You're done!

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