Caron® Mama Kangaroo and Joey Toy
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Caron® Mama Kangaroo and Joey Toy

Who wouldn’t love this mama kangaroo with her baby Joey nestled in her pouch? What a perfect gift for any child of any age!

Designed by Mary Pueschner

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Caron International's Simply Soft (100% Acrylic, 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m): 4 oz. Shown in Bone
  • One size H-8 (5mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge (for Mama)
  • One size US F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge (for Joey)
 

Project Instructions

TECHNIQUE USED
Crochet
 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Mama measures approximately 10"/25.5cm tall, including ears; Joey measures approximately 5"/12.5cm tall, including ears. Note: The ears add about 1/2"/1.5cm to height.
 

YARN
Caron International's Simply Soft (100% Acrylic, 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m): 4 oz Shown in: #9703 Bone
 

CROCHET HOOKS
One size H-8 (5mm), or size to obtain gauge (for Mama)
One size US F-5 (3.75mm), or size to obtain gauge (for Joey)
 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Stitch marker
Long sewing pins
Small amount of brown yarn for embroidering eyes, nose, and mouth (shown in Simply Soft Chocolate)
One small, plastic, pull-apart Easter egg (about 3"/7.5cm tall)
2 jingle bells (12mm diameter)
Yarn needle
 

GAUGE
Gauge is not critical for this project.
 

STITCHES USED
Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st)
 

SPECIAL TERM
sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
 

NOTES
1. Pieces are worked in continuous rounds, with RS facing throughout. Do not turn and do not join at the end of rounds. Place a marker to indicate the end of the first round and move the marker up as work progresses.
2. Gauge is not critical. Work tightly, so stuffing will not show through stitches.
3. To reduce finishing time, weave in ends as work progresses.
 

MAMA
Head
Beginning at top of head, with larger hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—6 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Rounds 6–12: Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sc.
 

Neck
Rounds 16–20: Sc in each sc around.
 

Body
Round 21: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Rounds 22–24: Sc in each sc around.
Round 25: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Rounds 26–28: Sc in each sc around.
Round 29: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 30: Sc in each sc around.
Round 31: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—42 sc.
Round 32: Sc in each sc around.
Round 33: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 10 times, sc in next 2 sc—52 sc.
Rounds 34 and 35: Sc in each sc around.
Round 36: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 10 times, sc in next 2 sc—62 sc.
Rounds 37 and 38: Sc in each sc around.
Round 39: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 10 times, sc in next 2 sc—72 sc.
Rounds 40 and 41: Sc in each sc around.
Round 42: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 12 times—60 sc.
Round 43: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 12 times—48 sc.
Stuff head and body. Continue to stuff piece as work progresses.
Round 44: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 12 times—36 sc.
Round 45: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 12 times—24 sc.
Round 46: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 8 times—16 sc.
Round 47: [Sc2tog] 8 times—8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail through stitches of last round. Pull gently, but firmly, to close opening. Tie securely and weave in end.
 

MUZZLE
Beginning at center front of muzzle, with larger hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—6 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Rounds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around.
Round 5: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Rounds 6 and 7: Sc in each sc around.
Round 8: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff muzzle and sew to lower, center front of head.
 

EARS (make 2)
With larger hook, ch 11.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as first dc), hdc in next 3 ch, sc in next 3 ch, 3 sc in last ch; rotate piece to work across opposite side of foundation ch (do not turn piece over, keep same side facing you), sc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in last 2 ch, turn—19 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in first 9 sts, 3 sc in next st (at tip), sc in last 9 sts—21 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew one ear to each side of head, toward the back.
 

ARMS (make 2)
Beginning at top of arm, with larger hook, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—7 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—14 sc.
Rounds 3–8: Sc in each sc around.
Rounds 9 and 10: Sl st in next 4 sc, hdc in next 6 sc, sl st in next 4 sts.
Round 11: Sc in next 4 sl sts, hdc in next 6 hdc, sc in next 4 sl sts.
Round 12: Sc in next 3 sc, [sc2tog] 4 times, sc in next 3 sc—10 sc.
Round 13: Sc in each sc around. Stuff piece. Continue to stuff piece as work progresses.
Round 14: Sc in first 3 sc, [sc2tog] 2 times, sc in last 3 sc—8 sc.
Round 15: Sc in each sc around.
Round 16: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc—10 sc.
Rounds 17 and 18: Sc in each sc around.
Round 19: [Sc2tog] 5 times—5 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail through stitches of last round. Pull gently, but firmly, to close opening. Tie securely. Using remaining long tail, sew one arm to each side of body, below neck.
 

LEGS (make 2)
Beginning at top of leg, with larger hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—8 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—16 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times—24 sc.
Round 4: Sc in each sc around.
Round 5: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times—32 sc.
Rounds 6–10: Sc in each sc around.
Round 11: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 8 times—24 sc.
Round 12: Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 8 times—16 sc.
Rounds 14 and 15: Sc in each sc around.
Round 16: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 4 times—12 sc.
Rounds 17 and 18: Sc in each sc around.
Round 19: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Rounds 20–23: Sc in each sc around. Stuff piece lightly. Continue to stuff piece as work progresses.
Round 24: [Sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—20 sc.
Rounds 25–30: Sc in each sc around.
Round 31: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 5 times—15 sc.
Round 32: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 5 times—10 sc.
Round 33: [Sc2tog] 5 times—5 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a very long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail through stitches of last round. Pull gently, but firmly, to close opening. Tie securely, do not cut tail, use tail to shape and sew one leg to each side of body, as follows: Flatten top of leg (widest end) slightly and pin it to the side of the body, below the arm. Fold the leg slightly so the foot is positioned to the floor and tack the foot to the leg. Sew the leg to the body. With yarn needle and another length of yarn, sew 2 lines into each foot to form toes. Weave in ends.
 

TAIL
Beginning at tip of tail, with larger hook, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 2–6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—8 sc.
Rounds 8–10: Sc in each sc around.
Round 11: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—10 sc.
Rounds 12–15: Sc in each sc around.
Round 16: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—12 sc.
Rounds 17 and 18: Sc in each sc around.
Round 19: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—14 sc.
Stuff piece. Continue to stuff piece as work progresses.
Rounds 20 and 21: Sc in each sc around.
Round 22: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—16 sc.
Round 23: Sc in each sc around.
Round 24: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in next sc—19 sc.
Rounds 25 and 26: Sc in each sc around.
Round 27: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in next sc—22 sc.
Round 28: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. With yarn needle, sew tail to bottom back, centered between legs. Weave in end.
 

POUCH
Beginning at lower edge, with larger hook, ch 29.
Row 1: Working in back bars only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—28 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—30 sc.
Rows 3–19: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Fasten off, leaving a very long tail for sewing. With yarn needle, sew sides and bottom of pouch to front of body between legs, gather bottom of pouch to fit.
 

FINISHING (Mama)
With yarn needle and brown yarn, using photograph as a guide, embroider straight st eyes on face about 1/2"/1.5cm tall and about 3/4"/2cm apart, above muzzle. Embroider straight st nostrils about 1/4"/0.5cm apart and about 1"/2.5cm from end of muzzle. Embroider straight st mouth at end of muzzle.
 

JOEY
Head
Beginning at top of head, with smaller hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—6 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—16 sc.
Rounds 4–6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 4 times—12 sc.
Round 8: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 4 times—8 sc.
 

Neck
Rounds 9–10: Sc in each sc around. Stuff head and neck. Do not continue to stuff.
 

Body
Round 11: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—12 sc.
Round 12: Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—16 sc.
Round 14: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—20 sc.
Rounds 15 and 16: Sc in each sc around.
Round 17: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—24 sc.
Rounds 18–27: Sc in each sc around.
Place two jingle bells inside Easter egg. Insert egg into body.
Round 28: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 29: [Sc2tog] 9 times—9 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail through stitches of last round. Pull gently, but firmly, to close opening. Tie securely, and weave in end.
 

MUZZLE
Beginning at center front of muzzle, with smaller hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—4 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—8 sc.
Rounds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff muzzle and sew to lower front of head.
 

EAR (make 2)
With smaller hook, ch 5.
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch; rotate piece to work across opposite side of foundation ch (do not turn piece over, keep same side facing you), sc in next ch, hdc in last 2 ch—9 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew one ear to each side of head, toward the back.
 

ARMS (make 2)
Beginning at top of arm, with smaller hook, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—6 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 2–4: Sc in each sc around.
Round 5: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times—8 sc.
Rounds 6–8: Sc in each sc around. Stuff piece lightly.
Round 9: [Sc2tog] 4 times—4 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle and long tail, sew one arm to each side of body, below neck.
 

LEGS (make 2)
Beginning at top of leg, with smaller hook, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join and do not turn—8 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—16 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—20 sc.
Stuff piece lightly. Continue to stuff piece as work progresses.
Rounds 4–6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times, sc in next 2 sc—14 sc.
Round 8: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 4 times, sc in next 2 sc—10 sc.
Round 9: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 2 times—8 sc.
Rounds 10 and 11: Sc in each sc around.
Round 12: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times, sc in next 2 sc—10 sc.
Rounds 13 and 14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: [Sc2tog] 5 times—5 sc.
Round 16: [Sc2tog] 2 times, sc in next sc—3 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a very long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail through stitches of last round. Pull gently, but firmly, to close opening. Tie securely, do not cut tail, use tail to shape and sew one leg to each side of body, as follows: Flatten top of leg (widest end) slightly and pin it to the side of the body, below the arm. Fold the leg slightly so the foot is positioned to the floor and tack the foot to the leg. Sew the leg to the body. With yarn needle and another length of yarn, sew 2 lines into each foot to form toes. Weave in ends.
 

TAIL
Beginning at tip of tail, with smaller hook, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook—5 sc. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round and move the marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 2–8: Sc in each sc around.
Round 9: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc—6 sc.
Rounds 10–12: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff piece. With yarn needle, sew tail to bottom back, centered between legs. Weave in end.
 

FINISHING (Joey)
With yarn needle and brown yarn, using photograph as a guide, embroider straight st eyes on face, above muzzle. Embroider straight st mouth at end of muzzle. Embroider straight st nostrils on muzzle, above mouth. Weave in any remaining ends. Place Joey inside Mama's pouch.

Tips

Make this project in Simply Soft’s Soft Pink for the perfect baby girl present or in Soft Blue for a baby boy present.