I Was Wrong

Now you will have noticed a lot of internet noise surrounding octopus (octopuses is acceptable but I don’t like it). If you don’t know now, there are groups that are organizing crochet and knitted octopus for premature babies as the tentacles (snigger) feel like the umbilical cord.


I don’t have a photo of any octopus so have a nutter in a frog hat instead.

I came at the whole concept with my work head on and assumed that they would need CE testing, as you see, if ItchyCrochet (yes that’s how I spell it, no space. You don’t have to) started donating toys to charity I would have to CE test them, even if the charity weren’t selling them and just gifting them. So caught up in the business I forgot that at the begging of my CE adventure 10000 years ago I read that gifts don’t need testing UNLESS THEY ARE PART OF A BUSINESS, so that would count gifts to charity that are then gifted right?

Well, after procrastination all evening (I do have a pattern to write you know) I found the Government page on CE testing, that I should have remembered about earlier. They say

Many charities are subject to the regulations because they run trading companies or bodies that are similar to businesses that are:

  • money generating
  • have a degree of continuity
  • keep regular business hours

People organizing events such as jumble sales and car boot sales – which are held at infrequent and irregular intervals – are unlikely to be considered as acting in the course of business. However, traders invited to sell toys there would not be exempt from the requirements of the regulations.

Individuals producing toys on an occasional basis to give to charities to sell are also likely to be exempt.

Second-hand toys should be sold in a safe condition, and the General Product Safety Regulations will apply to them.

From how I read this giving to charity, if you are not a business (or not involving your business) does not require testing, but, if the charity is run as a business (charity shop or what have you) then it is up to THEM to enforce CE testing for donations.

Feel free to let me know if I am wrong again.

Saying that I would not be happy personally if I did not test any toy I made, even if I was going to donate it, the process is not hard. Yes you have to pull at the joints, poke holes, pull eyes, and set fire to them, but I have not met a crochet toy that didn’t pass (the only problem would be not using tight enough tension). There are only two problems for the occasional donater that I see


  1. What are the rules? Well you can access the full rules online but quite frankly they are a little hard to plough through and not all of it is relevant. To help with this there are a couple of places that offer kits that break things down for you. (as they sell them I will remain impartial and not recommend one over the other just google “CE testing pack”)and most of the tests can be done at home with little equipment.
  2. This is the really hard bit EN7-3 chemical migration, I call this the “will it kill a child if they suck on it” test, basically it is concerned with the amounts of certain chemicals in the yarn/fabric/what have you, THIS is the one I would really worry about with donated items, you just don’t know what brand of yarn is used. You can not do this at home you need to send samples off to a testing house, well I say “you” some yarn/fabric companies are darlings and have tested their shiz and will even send you copies of the certificates if you ask them (some use it as a money grabbing exercise and try to charge more than the tests cost, don’t pay them)


So, that is my say on that as well as my admission of wrongness, if you know of any reputable groups collecting octopus feel free to post a ling in the comments.




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