I worked on the design for this crochet bantu knots teether a few months back. A Lot of friends were pregnant at the same time and I wanted something fun, meaningful and still fast to whip up to give as part of a gift bundle when I got to meet the tiny humans, so the Bantu knots teether was born, pun intended.
Hair is a really important part of African culture and Bantu knots are among the most common styles. They are small coiled buns secured on your head. The history behind the style varies, as to whether it originated from West or South Africa is still under debate. No matter the origins, it has managed to not only be common among many African countries, but in western and eastern countries as well. I was super jazzed that I was able to design something similar to it.
Crochet bantu knots teether Pattern:
- Worsted weight yarn in the colours brown and dark brown
- 5mm crochet hook
- 70 mm wooden ring
- Darning needle
Stitches and terms used:
- ch (chain)
- sl st (slip stitch)
- sc (single crochet)
- bobble st
- st(s)- stitch(es)
- fo (fasten off)
- Read through the pattern from beginning to end before starting your work just to be sure don’t have any questions that might cause frustration while working on the project.
- Please check your gauge and adjust as needed to achieve correct sizing.
- The pattern is worked in rows.
- Ch 1 at the beginning of each row doesn’t count as a st.
- If you have trouble crochet around a ring, you can see my tutorial on How To Crochet Around a Ring.
- For the bobble stitch, work as you would a normal dc, until you have 2 loops left on hook. Repeat the process 4 more times in the same stitch. You will now have a total of 5 incomplete dcs and 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.
- This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
Row 1: With brown yarn, sc 21 around the ring. Fo and weave in ends. (21 sts)
Row 2: Tun. With dark brown yarn, join with sl st to 1st sc (last sc of row 1). Ch 1 and work bobble st. (sc in next 3 sts, bobble st in the next st) 5 times. Fo and weave in ends. (21 sts, 6 bobbles and 15 sc)
Row 3: DON’T turn. With dark brown yarn, join with ss on top of 1st bobble. Ch 1, sc in same st., sc in next st, (bobble in next st, sc in next 3 sts)4 times. Bobble in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Fo and weave in all your ends.
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