Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fishing, Anyone?

When my son was less than 5 months old, we moved to a basement apartment that would need a bit of work to keep everything organized. His room theme was "under the sea," so we found an old waterbed headboard, sawed off the supports and refinished them, then hung it up on the wall filled with antique toys, a fishtank, sea shells, and pictures. There was a giant stuffed shark hanging from the ceiling, and various other little details that tied in. But my favorite item was the one I made.
As any new parent is aware, you become inundated with stuffed animals. And as your child's life progresses, the collection is ever expanding. We had a rocking chair FULL of stuffed animals, stuffed animals on shelves, in hanging baskets, in bins, and EVERYWHERE!

So, we discussed toy nets that you can purchase in stores, but I didn't like any of them that much.
Instead, I went out and bought a large ball of cotton and started coming up with a net of my own. I used natural, unbleached, undyed cotton so it would better mimic a fisherman's net.
And of course, tried my hand again at writing a cohesive pattern to share.

Little Fisherman's Toy Net

Pattern no longer available...sorry!


Theresa said...

Hi :)
I found your toy net pattern the other day! I decided to try making it and I've completed step/row 39. I'm stuck on the next part though and am wondering if you can clarify the last few steps?
So far the pattern is great though, so thanks for posting!


Candice said...

It looks as if I made a slight type-o in the final steps...
If you've gotten as far as 39, then you're almost there :) You've probably noticed that you're building a meshwork foundation with decreases in every row to narrow the shape. DON'T CUT YOUR YARN YET!
After 39, the pattern SHOULD follow like this:

40. Ch 20, join with sl st to 5th ch from hook, sc in each ch (15 sc)
EDGING: *3 sc in dc space, sc in sc* repeat around all 3 edges, skipping the hanging loops, fasten off


Hanging instructions do not change - the loops made from the 5 sc joined with sl st are still your hangers, and measurements should be the same for hanging.

I hope that clarifies for you, and I will be changing this post to reflect the correct pattern instructions at the end. If you have any more problems, let me know, and I'll do my best :)

Theresa said...

Crap, I cut my yarn already, haha. Oh well, I will remedy that as best I can and finish up the net :)
That all makes much more sense -- thank you!

Theresa said...

I just finished the net -- Thx for helping me with the last part of your pattern :)
Now to buy hooks/wall anchors & try it out!

AmyLynn said...

I know you posted this on Craftster in 2008, but I just recently came across it. A friend of mine "needed" one of these for herself. She knits and I crochet, so she gave me the yarn to make her one.

Thanks for posting this!

Candice said...

thanks for sharing, AmyLynn! I just checked out yours, and it looks
great :)

Kari said...

I've been looking for a sturdy crochet net pattern for my daughter's mega load of stuffed animals! I hope to have it finished by summer's end (with all my other crafty projects!) Thanks!

Candice said...

No problem :) I hope it works out for you!
Come back and show your finished project.

Kari said...

I finally finished the toy hammock! After some adjustments (since I used some unmarked HUGE hook) I actually got it hung up today! Check it out and let me know what you think: THANK YOU for the pattern!!!

Candice said...

thanks for sharing, Kari! Yours looks great, and I love the little flowers on the trim :)

Diana Jiron Graff said...

hi I am stuck... from the very beginning ...
6. Ch 3, dc in 1st ch 1 space *ch 1, dc in ch 1 space* 22 times, ch 1, dc2tog **ch 1, dc in ch 1 space** repeat until row complete
7. Repeat Row 6.

When you say on R7 repeat R6.. i can't because there aren't that many dc there since I already decreased.. that is what you mean when you say dc2tog right? decrease 2 double crochets? so would I just make R6 a single row of dc ?

Marquisha Reed said...

I'm on row 6 but even with my decrease my rows appear to end at the same spot if i crochet to the end of the row. Should it be one less? I don't think I'm understanding fully

Wendy said...

I would love to have a copy of your pattern. Is there any way I could get it from you?

Candice said...

Hi, Wendy. Yes, the pattern is available for sale on my page over on facebook.

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