It’s March Break! Time for cartoons in the AM, all-day craft experiments, and luncheons with hot dogs and tater tots! Actually, my mom never bought us tater tots, and I don’t really eat them a lot as an adult. But I think there’s just something really cute and funny about tater tots. Well, the fact that they’re called tater tots. And they’re short and round. And who can forget their 2 minutes of fame in Napoleon Dynamite? Unfortunately, many tots had perished in the making of the film. So! I thought I’d make a tot that one can safely carry in one’s pocket :D
It’s designed with a flat bottom too, so it doesn’t always need to be carried around — it can stand on its own like an independent little tot, on a desk or countertop or whatever.
If you, too, would like to make a tot to carry around in your pocket, here’s what I did.
A bit of worsted weight yarn in yellow
3.5mm crochet hook
Stuffing (I used yarn ends)
Two small black beads for eyes
Embroidery thread and needle for mouth
Edit 08/29/11: Row 1 is to achieve an oval base by working sc’s into both sides of the beginning ch. Apologies for not being very clear before, I added new process photos after a few inquiries specifically regarding this step, hope it helps!
Row 1: ch 5, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next [2 ch], 3 sc in next ch, 1 sc in the remaining loop of each of the next 2 ch (the underside of the same [2 ch], indicated by the arrows in the picture below).
Complete row with sl st in the first sc of round.
Completed row 1 (an oval base):
Row 2: ch 1, in back loop only, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc around, sl st in beginning sc. (10 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in beginning sc. (10 sc)
Row 4 — 5: Repeat row 3 (add or omit rows here to make taller or shorter tots)
Sew on eyes and mouth. Stuff with stuffing.
Row 6: ch 1, 2 sc tog 5 times, sl st in beginning sc, leaving a 6″ tail, tie off.
Weave tail around each sc in the opening, pull tight and tie off. Weave in end.
And here we have it, a tater tot! Almost as quick and easy as making the edible kind. And of course, I had to make more than one…
All lined up!
Circle time with Mrs. Clip (who also works part-time as a chip clip around here).
So what else can we do with the tots, except carrying them around in our pockets?
Well, one could practice juggling…
Or play tater-tot-toss (and say that ten times fast!)…
Or play hot taters with a friend or two…
And when you’re busy with other things, they can hang out on the fridge (on the frozen section, of course). Just put a safety pin on it and stick it on a magnet.
And they never go stale! So in a month’s time just add some wings and they can double as chicks for an Easter display.
What am I going to do with all the tots? Well, I’m afraid I have more plush than I have room for them. So if you like the tots but don’t know how to crochet or don’t have time to crochet, I’ve put three in the shop, they’d love for you to visit!
And I would like to thank Mike for spending the whole afternoon helping me with the photoshoot and putting up with my silly determination to take the perfect tossing pictures. Love you!
And I’d like to thank you for dropping by! I realize that many of us don’t have the luxury of March Break but I hope you enjoyed taking a break and visiting with the tater tots here!