Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week Five: Wrist Rattle

This will not go down in my personal history as my most exciting or innovative design. But it might be my daughter's new favorite toy. Good enough for me.

Wrist Rattle

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The Wrist Rattle is a simple toy for a baby. The bells are stitched between two layers of knitted fabric, so there is no choking hazard. The pattern uses a provisional cast on and kitchener stitch (instructions for both are included in the pattern), and is a great way for beginners to master these two techniques.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 40 yards of a sock yarn for best results. (Pictured: Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo & Ewe in Purple – light fingering, 1 skein / 60g / 262 yards, 55% wool/30% nylon/15% rayon from bamboo)

  • 6 US size 2 double-pointed needles
  • 4 ¼-inch jingle bells
  • tapestry needle
  • Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
  • Scrap yarn in a contrasting color (optional; for embroidery)
Gauge: 1 inches = 7 sts / 11 rows in stockinette Sizing: Maximum wrist circumference: Approximately 5 inches. Circumference may be adjusted by adding or subtracting from the # of sts cast on in multiples of 4.


  1. I think this is pretty innovative! Great idea! If I had a kid I would have already cast on.

  2. Thanks! I can't claim too much originality--she has a store-bought wrist rattle, with a little elephant on it, that velcros on. But she's figured out how to undo the velcro. Necessity, mother, et cetera.

  3. Well, this Becky thinks you are very smart! And so is your baby!!!!!