How to Knit a Toy Hammock

toy hammock

The Spruce / Eileen Casey

You can buy plain white mesh nets for stuffed animals in any baby store—but this one is about half of the price and can be made to coordinate with the playroom decor or in your kid's favorite color!

Gauge

3.33 stitches and 5.33 rows to 1 inch in Lace Mesh Stitch.

Size

Approximately 55 inches wide by 27 inches high, unstretched.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Pair of size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
  • Crochet hook
  • Tape measure
  • Yarn needle

Materials

  • 4 skeins Lily Sugar'n Cream in shade 02741 Playtime (or about 380 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn)

Instructions

  1. Knit the Net

    Cast on 160 stitches.

    Work in Lace Mesh Stitch as follows:

    • Row 1 (WS): Purl.
    • Row 2 (RS): K1, ssk, *yo, K2tog.; Repeat from * to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.
    • Row 3: Purl.
    • Row 4: K1, ssk, * ssk, yo. Repeat from * to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.

    Work these four rows until there are 6 stitches left.

    K1, ssk, K2tog, K1.

    Purl a row.

    Bind off.


  2. Finish the Net

    With a crochet hook, single crochet across the cast-on edge, make a chain 4 loop at the corner, then single crochet along triangle edge, make a chain 4 loop at the apex, single crochet along the third triangle edge and make a chain 4 loop in the bottom corner. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off.

    Weave in all ends—blocking is not necessary as this will stretch on its own.

  3. Hang in the Corner of the Wall

    If you don't crochet, just use the corner holes in the mesh to hang up the hammock, or even thread ribbons through the holes and use those for hanging.

    Attach to the wall via picture hooks or adhesive wall hooks, even thumbtack will work.