When you’re knitting for babies, it’s important to think of safety and a good idea to make a few small tweaks if the pattern you’re following suggests any small parts such as beads or buttons.

Otherwise these can easily fall off if they’re nibbled or tugged by babies or toddlers.

Safety eyes like the ones on this cute Chihuahua, which are often found on shop-bought toys, are secured tightly at the back of your knitting using metal washers so that they don’t fall off.

Baby toy | Knitted Chihuahua | Woman's Weekly

There are all sorts of shapes and sizes available – you can even buy safety noses. They’re a nifty way to add a professional touch to your finished projects and the washers are more secure than stitched-on buttons.

Crochet cuddly rainbow toys | Woman's Weekly | Baby toys | Knitting and knit for a baby

If you can’t get safety eyes, you can always embroider a face and any other decorative features by hand using leftover yarn from your workbasket. A simple chain or satin stitch can look very pretty.

Knitting For Babies: Make sure knits are easy to wash

Use an easy-care, machine-washable yarn and filling and your toy will last for years, be well-loved and not shrink in the wash!


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