Welcome to the November Challenge!
We have had our first snowfall here in Eastern Canada, and it won’t be long before shopping centres are full with Christmas decorations and all sorts of toys and games. What better time to put our crafting creativity into fun, toy-themed squares for our children!
Classic toys and games like these might be a good start.
Do you have a special memory of a favourite toy or game from your childhood? That could be a wonderful inspiration for squares!
And, don’t forget our favourite toy – crayons. Why you ask?
Why, to make crayon-coloured Plain Janes, like these beauties from Anne P., of course!
After you have had fun and games with your toy and game squares, why not try a Teddy Bear?
Our Pattern of the Month is the wonderful Teddy Hand Puppet designed in knit by Shelley Pearson and in crochet by Andrea Palmatier.
I have never made a knit toy, but I am going to give it a try this month. Won’t you join me?
You will be able to visit our Square Art Galleries here:
Don't forget to follow our wonderful new challenge and add your square totals there:
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Laurie, this challenge will be great fun for the child in us ... I can't wait to see what wonderful and amazing things this talented group will create.
I'm going to start off with two yarn balls. The first one looks complicated but is actually very easy knitting - just lengths of stocking stitch. Mine came out about 4.5 inches across.
You can find the pattern here:
This pattern has very good instructions on how to assemble the ball, but there is also a video on YouTube if you prefer:
The 2nd ball is slightly larger, about 6 inches across. I used scraps of leftover yarn to make it, and stuffed it with even more scraps, so it is very soft and squishy. When it was done, I thought it looked boring, so I picked up the brightest neon yarn I could find and made surface crochet sections in lime green, and now it looks like a grapefruit. LOL!
Here's the link for this pattern:
Bringing these fabulous teddies over from the photo page.
This is what Phillipa Green has to say:
"I know it's a little early for the November Challenge but the knitted teddy was a UFO for a long time so I finished him for the October Un-Challenge. The green teddy was a little experimental as he's made from the off-cuts of jumper that weren't big enough for squares. Watch this space for some patch-worked versions!"
Look what Joan Howe just did, replacing the beans in the Beanie Baby teddies with stuffing just like Anne Powell started us off doing.
I went looking for mermaid patterns when The Little Mermaid statue was the goal in the KAS Reaches New Heights for Children discussion, thinking I would make a mermaid square. But then I found patterns for mermaid toys, and decided to try that instead... I combined elements from a couple of different patterns for this little mermaid. I hope you like her.
Hmn... well, I'm not totally sure about this square. It didn't work out quite as I wanted, but this is my first attempt at a teddy-bear square for the November challenge. I might have to practice or maybe not try to squeeze so many bears in! The colours don't show very well, but it's a pale yellow background with light and dark brown bears.
I just had to make this Wee Scots Lamb as a slip in, once I saw the pattern. The scarf is a piece of MacLean of Duart Ancient tartan my daughter in law unearthed that had been left over from fabric used in the kilt we got made for our son for their wedding. There were three generations of MacLeans (my husband, our son the bridegroom, and my daughter's little boy) all wearing kilts in the same tartan on the day, which made quite a photo. So now I hope it will bring a little bit of happiness into someone's life in SA.