When your child is very young, all you want to do is shower them with love and attention, but gifts don’t have to be expensive – in fact something homemade can be just as, if not more, special.

Why not make the little one in your life a knitted toy they can play with? Babies can be very inquisitive when it comes to objects they’ve never seen before – and providing them with a new friend is a great way of making them giggle and keeping them occupied at the same time. Below are some of our favourite knitted toy ideas to make for babies and children.

Knitted animals

All young children love soft animals and after giving your young one their new knitted toy, you’re bound to find they won’t leave the house without it!

If they’re old enough to have a favourite animal, find out what it is and base your knitting on their choice. Meanwhile, for toddlers and babies, creatures like bears, cats and dogs would make for lovely presents. 

 Knitted animals - knitting pattern

Another great idea is to make several toys that follow the same theme – such as a collection of farmyard animals – as this will give them hours of fun.

Knitted Dolls

Little girls adore having a dolly and many – particularly those who have yet to start at school – see them as their first real friend.

You could make your daughter’s first doll really unique by knitting it yourself. Not only is it a cost-effective way of treating your child to a lovely new present, you can also feel proud afterwards about what you’ve made.

And why stop there? If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even knit some friends for your child’s doll and rustle her up some new clothes.

knitted dolls clothes - knitting pattern

All these featured patterns and more are available to download from the Woman’s Weekly Shop.