A bright sunny day and summer is approaching a perfect day for making some juicy crochet strawberries!

No play food set can be complete without some yummy strawberries! I chose to make three different sizes and they came together in no time at all. I know these will be a big hit as they are one of the recipients favourite fruits.  
I have a few more ideas of some play food items to make, but I don’t think I will get them all made – there are just so many! 
   

 

Pattern for the strawberries 


4mm hook
Red and green wool

Medium;
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from * once more 
Round 3: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from * twice more 
Round 4-5: dc around 
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *three more times, dc
Round 7-8: dc around 
Round 9: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *five more times, dc
Round 10: dc around 
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from * five more times, dc
Put in stuffing 
Round 12: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *three more times, dc
Round 13: dc2tog four times, dc
Fasten off 

Stem
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-3: dc around
Round 4: dc htr trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4times) 

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.

Large:
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: dc around 
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc repeat three times
Round 4: dc around 
Round 5: * 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *3 more times, dc
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *3 more times, dc
Round 7: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *4 more times, 2dc
Round 8-11: dc around
Round 9: *dc2tog 2dc, repeat from * 4 more times, dc2tog
Round 10: dc around 
Put in stuffing
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from * 4 more times, dc
Round 12: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *2more times, dc2tog 
Fasten off 
Stem 
In green:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-4: dc around 
Round 5: dc htr trb dtrb trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4 times)

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.
Small;
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: dc around 
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc repeat two times, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 4: dc around 
Round 5: * 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *3 more times
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *3 more times
Round 7: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *4 more times, dc
Round 8: dc around
Round 9: *dc2tog 2dc, repeat from *four more times, dc
Put in stuffing
Round 10: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *four more times, dc
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *2 more times, dc2tog 
Round 12: dc2tog three times 
Fasten off 

Stem
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-3: dc around
Round 4: dc htr trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4times) 
Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.






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 

A couple of cheeky tomatoes to go in the mix! 

I have now completed crochet play food eggs, sausages and mushrooms. Now I have added some tomatoes to the group! I have done them in two sizes a small and a large another ensigns bit of a mix in sizes as I didn’t want them all the same! I need to have a bit of a think of what to go for next, I have a few ideas in mind but can not quite decide which to go for, I have seen some patterns for some cool looking doughnuts  so might go for those, or I might try and do some biscuits – If I have time I might do both! I think there is going to be quite a lot of food by the time I have finished!!

Tomatoes;

Small tomato pattern; 

In red:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around 
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch 2dc, repeat around 
Round 5: 2dc into into next stitch 3dc, repeat around 
Round 6-8: dc around
Round 7: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around
Round 8: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around 
Round 9: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Put in stuffing and continue to stuff as you go
Round 10: dc2tog, repeat around 
Fasten off, fasten off loose ends

Stem
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-3: dc around
Round 4: dc htr trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4times) 

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato

Attach stem to tomato, fasten off all loose ends 


Large tomato;

Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around 
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch 2dc, repeat around 
Round 5: 2dc into into next stitch 3dc, repeat around 
Round 6: 2dc into next stitch 4dc, repeat around
Round 7: 2dc into next stitch 5dc, repeat around 
Round 8-12:dc around 
Round 13: dc2tog 5dc, repeat around
Put in stuffing and continue to stuff as you go
Round 14: dc2tog 4dc, repeat around
Round 15: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around
Round 16: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around 
Round 17: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Round 18: dc2tog, repeat around 


Stem 
In green:
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-4: dc around 
Round 5: dc htr trb dtrb trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4 times)

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato

Attach stem to tomato, fasten off all loose ends 





Cute as a button…button mushroom that is!

After completing my eggs and sausages I have started on another food item to go with them – button mushrooms! Can’t have a fry up without some mushrooms with it, also mushrooms seem to sneak into most meals I make so thought they would be perfect for a child’s play food.  Both the pattern and the mushrooms themselves were really easy to make and I had them all finished in an evening.  Now to get cracking on the next food item! Think I might do some tomatoes!!
Mushrooms 

Starting in cream; 

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into next stitch, repeat around 
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch 1dc repeat around
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: 2dc into into next stitch 2dc, repeat around 
Round 6: dc around
Round 7: dc2tog dc, repeat 4 times around, 2dc
Change to brown:
Round 8: dc around in back loops only 
Put stuffing into head of mushroom 
Round 9: dc2tog dc, repeat 4 times around, dc

Change back to cream
Round 10: dc2tog dc, repeat 3 times around, dc2tog in back loops only
Round 11-13: dc around 
Fasten off

Fasten in all loose ends 




5 fat sausages sizzling in a pan, luckily none of these will go pop or bang!

I am on a cooking theme with my crochet at he moment to get all the food items I am wanting made.  Now finished to join the eggs are two links of sausages, one with two sausages and one with three sausages. I decided to do them as links to make them a bit different and a bit easier for little hands to keep a hold of when cooking! Think I might try some mushrooms next! Beans might be a little bit too fiddly!!

I used a brown wool and a 4mm hook. 
Sausage pattern;

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into next dc, dc. repeat around
Round 4-16: dc around 
Stuff sausage and continue to stuff over the last few rounds
Round 17: dc2tog, dc, repeat around
Round 18: dc2tog around 

For link join:
Round 19-20: dc around 
For a three link sausage:
Repeat rows 2-20 then repeat rows 2-18, fasten off and fasten in all loose ends 

For a two link sausage:
Repeat rows 2-18, fasten off and fasten in all loose ends 


Tap, crack, splat and sizzle….

A friend of mine has two little ones who are needing some more play food for their play kitchen, so decided I would crochet some up for them as a gift for Easter to go with their chocolate eggs, they will last a lot longer than the chocolate which will be gone in minutes!

I wasn’t too sure what to make to start, so made a list of some foods to try and have started with what thought would be the easiest to make a pattern for – a egg for frying! Or a splattered cream egg since its Easter!

I cracked two of these up in no time and had them done in one evening, I am happy they have come out so well, and am glad I choose to put a stuffed dome on for the yolk at it makes them look even more realistic!

Not too sure what I will make next..I will keep you posted as soon as I have done something else!

I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in Tournesol N16 (yellow) and Ibiza N01 (white).

Fried egg pattern;

4mm hook

In yellow;

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch, 1dc
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch, 2dc
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch, 3dc

Change to white;

Round 6: dc around
Round 7: 2dc into next stitch, 4dc
Round 8: 2dc into next stitch, 5dc
Round 9: 2dc into next stitch, 6dc

Row 1: 10dc, turn
Row 2: ch1, 10dc, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 6dc dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1 dc2tog 4dc dc2tog, turn
Row 5: ch1 dc2tog 2dc dc2tog, turn
Row 6: ch1 dc2tog twice, turn

Ch1, 2dc, then Dc down edge of rows 1-6, 18dc, turn

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Picture 1: dc down edge of rows 1-6

Row 1: ch1, 16dc, turn
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 12dc dc2tog, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 10dc dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1, dc2tog 8dc dc2tog, turn
Row 5: ch1, dc2tog 6dc dc2tog, turn
Row 6: ch1, dc2tog 4dc dc2tog, turn
Row 7: ch1, dc2tog, 2dc dc2tog, turn

Ch1, 4dc, then dc down edge of rows 1-7, 12dc, turn

Row 1: ch1, dc2tog 6dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 3: ch1, dc2tog 2dc, dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch1, dc2tog twice

dc down edge of rows 1-4, 11dc, turn

Row 1: ch1, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog
Row 2: ch1, dc2tog 2dc, dc2tog

Dc down edge of rows 1-2, this takes you back to the start of the egg edge waves.

Dc around the whole of the edge of the egg, slip stitch into dc at the start.
Fasten off

Fasten off all loose ends </em>

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For yolk dome:
In yellow make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc
Round 3: 2dc into each dc
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: dc around
Round 6: dc around
Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to egg base

Place stuffing into yolk dome, then sew onto the egg base in the same location as the yolk area crocheted previously. Fasten off all loose ends.

Finished!!

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