This project is great for a beginner - you get to practice the basic stitches, then practice using a single crochet stitch to connect them all into a block shape. This project is also perfect for babies to play with - soft and cuddly, lightweight yet big and brightly colored. Little fingers can hold on easily and if you like, add a bell or two to the middle of the stuffing (make sure it's secured well so it won't fall out - bells are a big choking hazard!).
Skill Level: Easy Finished Size: 4" x 4" x 4" Materials: size I/5.50 mm hook, worsted weight yarn in 3 colors for the block sides and 1 color for connecting the blocks Side with Color A (make 2): ch 11. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (10 sc). Turn. Rows 2- 11: ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. Tie off at the end of row 11. (photo 1)
Side with Color B (make 2): ch 12. Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook. hdc in each st across. Turn. Rows 2 - 7: ch 2 (does not count as a st, only a turning ch), hdc in each st across. Turn. Tie off at the end of row 7. (photo 2)
Side with Color C (make 2): ch 11. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch* repeated across. Turn. Rows 2-8: ch 1. *sc, dc* repeated across. Turn.
To assemble block: Attach Color D to any corner (photo 4). Work a sc stitch through both layers of two pieces, lining up evenly (photo 5). Add another piece, lining up sides (photo 6).
Continue adding in pieces, working sc around the outside edges. work 3 sc in each corner stitch (photo 7). Add stuffing when you near the end (photo 8). Add a bell to center of stuffing if you like. After all pieces are connected, tie off and weave in all loose ends (photo 9).