Toy storage is one of those things that frustrates me. As an adult, I have shelves for my books, baskets for my yarn, and cupboards for everything else. When it comes to my kids’ toys, they like having lots of things on display — like their stuffies.
My daughter has a whole PILE of stuffies. When she makes her bed, they all have to line up perfectly along the wall, and then she sleeps and they go everywhere and she has to do it all over again.
So, when I got an order from a friend to crochet her daughter a toy hammock, I had to look it up. What was a toy hammock? Basically, all the pictures I saw looked like a crochet triangle shawl, hung in the corner of a wall, filled with stuffies. I didn’t think my daughter needed one until I worked up the order, figuring out a nice stretchy but sturdy pattern. After I wove in the last end, I decided to quickly hang it in my daughter’s room to get an idea of what it would look like and I fell in love!
It works up super quickly and is definitely close to a triangle shawl. The entire hammock is worked up in a netting pattern and then I crocheted around a few times to give it a more polished, finished look, adding some wood rings to make it easy to hang. The whole thing took a couple of hours — if that — to whip up and voila! Now there’s another place to keep stuffed animals.
Once I took the picture of it hanging in my own daughter’s room I realized I had to make one for her. Not only did I now have the command hooks in the wall, but the soft greys and pinks in the yarn matched her room perfectly — and maybe now she won’t be swimming in a sea of stuffies every night.
- The chain 3 at the beginning of rounds counts as a dc+ch 1
- 100% Cotton yarn ( I used Bernat Handicrafter in ‘Granite Pink’)
- 6.0mm (J) crochet hook (Clover hooks are my absolute favourite!)
- 3-3/4″ wood rings
- Darning needle
Start by chaining 4 and slip stitching into the first chain to make a ring.
Round 1: Chain 3, dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring, turn. (3 dc, 2 ch-1)
Round 2: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next space, turn. (5 dc, 4 ch-1)
Round 3: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (7 dc, 6 ch-1)
Round 4: Chain 3, dc in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (8 dc, 7 ch-1)
Round 5: Repeat round 4. (9 dc, 8 ch-1)
Round 6: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (11 dc, 10 ch-1)
Round 7: Repeat round 6. (13 dc, 12 ch-1)
Round 8 – 31: Repeat rounds 4 – 7. (49 dc, 48 ch-1)
Make sure you turn your work after the last round worked.
Chain 1 and sc across the top row, placing one sc in both the dc AND ch-1 spaces, ending with one sc in the last space.
Turn your work 90 degrees.
Place 2 more sc in the same space as your last sc. Continue to work down the side, placing 2 sc in each space.
When you reach the bottom corner, where you first started, place 3 sc in the space.
Turn your work another 90 degrees.
Continue to work up the last side, placing 2 sc in each space until you reach the top. Join with a slip stitch to your first sc. DO NOT TURN.
Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. Continue to work a sc into each stitch. When you reach a corner, you’ll notice there are 3 sc. Sc in the first sc, then in the 2nd sc you’re going to place 3 sc, joining your wooden rings as you sc (or you can join the rings using your own method). Sc in the 3rd sc as normal and continue to work around. When you reach the end, you’ll join your last wooden ring in the last stitch with your 3 sc and slip stitch to the first sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Block, if you like.