Moving on from breakfast food play items to something a bit more adventurous 

I was looking in the supermarket the other day for some inspiration for some more play food ideas, even though I already have more than enough, but I just can’t help looking for more! Something caught my eye in the sandwich counter and I just knew I had to do it – sushi! 

I wasn’t too sure which item to start with first, do I choose what I thought would be the easiest – a basic salmon sushi maki roll! These came together very quickly and you could put in any fillings you want by just changing the colours.  So far I have done salmon, salmon and cucumber and cucumber! 




Next came a reverse maki roll (California roll) with salmon in, I did this bigger than the previous sushi rolls as these tend to have much more rice around the edges than what is in a sushi roll.  

After I had finished all these rolls I moved on to wrapped sushi, the pattern for the wrap and the rice base was the same for each and I just changed the topping items on them, I chose salmon, shrimp, and cooked egg custard.  




For my final items I choose to do a salmon roe sushi, to achieve the bumpy roe effect I used a bobble stitch on the top.  Finally a salmon wrapped maki roll, which is made in the same way as the previous maki rolls but with a few extra inside layers. 




I am so happy with these items, they look great (even better than I was expecting) and are the perfect size for little hands to play with.  The patterns were really quick to put together to, so these can be really quick and simple makes to do. 
Patterns for the sushi

4mm hook used for all items and I used bits of wool I had left in my stash


Salmon wrapped sushi roll
Starting in green for the cucumber centre:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc 
Change to pink;
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch 2dc
Change to white; 
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch 3dc
Change to salmon pink:
Round 6: dc around into back loops only
Round 7-10: dc around 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon and white
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog 3dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to black;
Round 12: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink;
Round 13: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Change to green;
Round 14: dc2tog, repeat around 
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 


Salmon roe sushi
To do a bobble stitch (from Simply Crochet magazine, issue 24: *insert hook into stitch, yarn round hook and pull back through, yarn round hook and pull back through 2 loops on hook.  Repeat from *four times into the same stitch, then yarn around hook and pull through all 5 loops.  
For the salmon roe, starting in salmon pink;
ch4
Row 1: dc in second chain from hook, dc along
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, bobble stitch, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc, bobble stitch, 3dc, bobble stitch, dc
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 3dc, bobble stitch, 3dc
Row 7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc, bobble stitch, 3dc, bobble stitch, dc
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc, bobble stitch, 2dc
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc, dc2tog 
Change to black and now starting working in rounds around the edge of the pink section.
Rounds 1-5: dc around 
Fasten off loose ends and stuff sushi
Change to salmon pink and make base;
ch4
Row 1: dc in second chain from hook, dc along
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 4-8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along 
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc, dc2tog 
Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew base onto sushi
Sew on base and fasten off all loose ends 



Wrapped egg custard sushi: 
For the egg custard, start in yellow; 
Ch6
Row 1: dc in second ch from hook, dc along row
Rows 2-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row 
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 

To make the rice base, starting in white; 
Ch7
Row 1: dc in second ch from hook, dc along rest of row
Rows 2-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of row 
Now working in rounds go around the edge of the rectangle to make the sides of the rice 
Rounds 1-3: dc around 
Do not fasten off, but turn so can now work back along the row on this short side, now to make a rectangular flap which will be sewn down to create the bottom. 
Rows 1-8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 6dc
Put stuffing into rice rectangle
Then fasten off leaving a long thread to see closed the flap
Fasten off all loose ends 

For the nori, starting in black 
Ch5
Row 1: dc in second ch from the hook, dc along rest of the row 
Rows 2-30: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of row 
Fasten off 
Fasten off all loose ends 

Place egg custard on top of the rice, the wrap the nori around both and stitch together the ends 


Wrapped shrimp 
For the shrimp, starting in salmon pink;
Ch5
Row2: dc into second stitch from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc twice 
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice 
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Rows 7-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of the row 
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog 
Row 12: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice 
Row 13: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 

Rice and nori wrap – same as the egg custard wrap pattern 


Wrapped salmon sushi
For the salmon, starting in salmon pink;
Ch6
Row2: dc into second stitch from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 3-11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of the row 
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 
Rice and nori wrap – same as the egg custard wrap pattern 


Salmon sushi maki roll
Starting in salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc 
Change to white;
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black; 
Round 4: dc around in back loops only 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon and white
Round 5-10: dc around 
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink
Round 12: dc2tog, repeat around 
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 

To do a cucumber one, use green wool instead of salmon pink 


Salmon and cucumber sushi maki roll 
In salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch, repeat around – 5 times in total, for the first 2 repeats do in salmon pink, the final 3 do in green 
Change to white; 
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black; 
Round 4: dc around in back loops only 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon, green and white
Round 5-10: dc around 
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to green;
Round 12: dc2tog three times, change to salmon pink dc2tog twice
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 

Inside out prawn sushi California roll 
Starting in salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 3: 2dc into each stitch dc, repeat around
Change to white;
Round 4: 2dc into each stitch 2dc, repeat around 
Round 5: 2dc into each stitch 3dc, repeat around 
Round 6: dc around into back loops only 
Finish off loose ends of pink, and back 
Round 7-11: dc around 
Round 12: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around into back loops only
Put stuffing into sushi 
Round 13: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 14: dc2tog dc, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink;
Round 15: dc2tog, repeat around
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 

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