MyCowla Moolove Baby Rattle

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I wasn't planning to make cow rattles but I don't think the Moolove Family would be complete without at least one or two toys for the babies. Don't you think? I think the little ones should also be let in on the fun we've been having. So here is MyCowla. She's very easy and fast to make, and would be a great addition to any barnyard theme baby shower. If you make an afghan with barnyard animals or a mommy tote would farm animals, don't forget to include one of these!
Materials-
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Aran (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Bright Yellow (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Pale Yellow (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn White (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Petal Pink (scraps)
Pins
Measuring tape (if needed to center things)
1 Cat Ball (you find them in the Pet Aisle of your supermarket or WalMart, etc.)
1 piece of plastic canvas 6-1/2” W x 3-1/4” L (you will be rolling it to create a firm base for the rattle’s handle, you can cut a narrower piece if you want to, but the firmer the “stick” the better.)
Optional:
2 Jingle Bells (you will find them in crafts stores)
2 or 3 plastic beads
Another cat ball (you will be breaking the ball with a pair of pliers to get the bell to drop into the tube of the handle)
Blunt needle
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Fiberfill



Side #1 (Make 2)- With Aran, ch 9.
Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 11- Rep row 2. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 12- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Side #2 (Make 2)-
With Bright Yellow, ch 9.
Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 5- Rep row 2. (8 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 6- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off Bright Yellow, leaving long tail to sew with. (8 sc)
Row 7- Join Pale Yellow. Work 1 sc in each sc across. (8 sc)
Rows 8 to 11- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
12- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Thread a blunt needle and sew one Side # 1 piece to a Side #2 piece for Front and repeat for Back.
If you want to you can make them match exactly, I chose not to do that. Different colors increase the feel of spots on the cow. Sew Front and Back together, leaving bottom and top open.




Muzzle-
With Petal Pink, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Center muzzle on lower part of Front and pin in place. Sew. Fasten off and weave in tail. Thread blunt needle with Black and embroider nostrils in place as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Eyes (Make 2)
With Black, ch 2.
Row 1- 5 sc in second ch from hook. DO NOT JOIN! Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Pins eyes above muzzle as you see in photos, sew in place, adding eyelashes. Fasten off and weave in tails.



Ears-

Ear # 1-
With Pale Yellow, ch 4.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 1 sc in last ch. (4 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Rows 3 to 4- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 5- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 6- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 7- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc. Fasten off. Weave in tail.

Ear # 2-
With Aran, ch 4.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 1 sc in last ch. (4 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Rows 3 to 4- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 5- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 6- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, 1 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 7- 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc. Fasten off. Weave in tail.

Sew ears in place on top of MyCowla’s head as seen in photos, fasten off and weave in ends.



Note- You can sew MyCowla’s ears to match the Front sides of head or you can put the opposite color ear in place, it is up to your own taste.

Horns (Make 2)
MyCowla’s a very young cow, and she’s beginning to grow her hors, but they are barely coming out of her head.
With Aran, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 5 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. (5 sc)
Rnd 2- 1 sc in each sc around. (5 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in each sc around. (5 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each sc around. (5 sc) Fasten off Aran, leaving tail long enough to sew with.

Stuff very lightly with fiberfill. Sew horns in place as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tails.

Spots-
Spot #1-
With Black, ch 2.
Row 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. (Do not join!) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 2 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Spot # 2
With Black, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd.
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Sew spots as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tails.

Tail-
Measure 1 strand each of Aran, Pale Yellow and Bright Yellow 20” long, fold in half so that you will half
6 strands, divide into 3 groups of 2 strands and braid into a 3-strand braid. Make a knot at the end of your braid, leaving the rest unworked, when your braid is 3” long. Cut ends leaving like a small tassel. Thread blunt needle with one of the colors of yarn used and sew tail to center lower back of MyCowla’s body.

Handle-
Thread blunt needle with yarn. Fold the plastic canvas around bottle and sew it in place. Fasten off, Set aside for now, while we crochet a cover for it. (You can, just for added fun for the baby, add something that will rattle, such as a couple of jingle bells or another cat ball, before you cover the tube.) When you roll the tube, it ought to be 1” in circumference, but you can make it wider if you like.
Handle Cover-
With Bright Yellow, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep twice, 1 sc in each sc till end of rnd. (14 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each sc around. (14 sc)
Rnds 5 to 15- 1 sc in each sc around. (14 sc)
Rnd 15- 1 sc in each sc around. (14 sc) Fasten off Bright Yellow, leaving long tail to sew with.

Cap of Handle-
With Bright Yellow, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep twice, 1 sc in each sc till end of rnd. (14 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each sc around. (14 sc) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Insert jingle bell or beads if you like, into tube, put cap on top of opening at the top of tube, sew tube closed, leaving other tail to attach tube to the rattle’s head. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Insert cat ball into MyCowla and stuff with fiberfill, sew bottom using leftover tails. Fasten off, weave in ends.

You’re done!



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