Monday, November 23, 2015

The Evelyn Hat

A brief history on this hat. My mom asked me to make a brown hat to give to my 92 year old Grandma Evelyn as a Christmas present.  I figured that my Grandma would not want a hat with eyeballs like the majority of the hats I make have so I came up with this design.  It has a few different special stitches which give the hat a neat texture.  The seam is on the back of the hat so it can be worn with the flower on the left or the right side of the hat.

Front of the hat

Back of the hat

Front of the hat with flower


Materials:

One skein of worsted weight yarn in color A and one skein of worsted weight yarn in color B.  (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe as color A and Coffee as color B)
H hook
Tapestry Needle
Button for the center of the flower (probably about 1 inch in diameter)
Embroidery needle
Thread or Embroidery Floss
scissors

Abbreviations:

bpdc= back post double crochet
bpsc= back post single crochet
ch= chain
crdc= crossed double crochet
dc= double crochet
fpdc= front post double crochet
hdc= half double crochet
sc= single crochet
sl st= slip stitch
st= stitch
tc= triple crochet

Special stitches:

Crossed double crochet (crossed dc)
See here for tutorial
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-make-a-crossed-double-crochet-stitch.html

Front and Back post double crochet
See here for tutorial
https://crochetwithpassion.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/front-and-back-post-double-crochet-tutorial/

Back post single crochet
See here for tutorial
http://newstitchaday.com/bpsc-back-post-single-crochet/

Body of the Hat


In Color (A)  Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)

Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)

Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)

Round 4: Ch 2.  In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next st  make 2 dc.  *In the next two stitches make 1 crdc.  In the next st make
2 dc*  Repeat to end of round. Join to first st in round with a sl st.  (44 stitches total)

Round 5: Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next eight stitches make 4 crdc  In the next st make 2 dc.  *In the next ten stitches make 5 crdc.  In the next stitch make
2 dc*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with a sl st  (48 stitches total)

Round 6:  Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next eight stitches make 4 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and
make 2 dc.  *In the next ten stitches make 5 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and make 2 dc.*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with
a sl st  (52 stitches total)

Round 7: Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next ten stitches make 5 crdc  In the next st make 2 dc.  *In the next twelve stitches make 6 crdc.
 In the next stitch make 2 dc*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with a sl st (56 stitches total)

Round 8:  Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next ten stitches make 5 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and
make 2 dc.  *In the next twelve stitches make 6 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and make 2 dc.*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with
a sl st (60 stitches total)

Round 9: Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next twelve stitches make 6 crdc  In the next st make 2 dc.  *In the next fourteen stitches make 7 crdc.
 In the next stitch make 2 dc*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with a sl st  (64 dc)

Round 10:  Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the next twelve stitches make 6 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and
make 2 dc.  *In the next fourteen stitches make 7 crdc.  Skip the next st.  Work 1 dc in the next stitch over.  Now go back to the skipped stitch and make 2 dc.*  Repeat to the end of round. Join to first st in round with
a sl st (68 stitches total)

Rounds 11-13: Ch 2 In the next st make 1 dc now go back to the st with the ch 2 and make 1 dc.  In the remaining sixty-six stitches in the round make 33 crdc. (68 stitches total)
Switch to color (B)
Round 14: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (68 dc).

Round 15: Ch 2 in same st make 1 fpdc.  Make 1 fpdc in the next st.  Make 1 bpdc in each of the next two stitches.  *Make 1 fpdc in each of the next two stitches and then 1 bpdc in each of the next two stitches* Repeat to end of
round.  Join to first st in round  with a sl st (68 stitches total)

Round 16: Ch 2 in same st make 1 bpdc.  Make 1 bpdc in the next st.  Make 1 fpdc in each of the next two stitches.  *Make 1 bpdc in each of the next two stitches and then 1 fpdc in each of the next two stitches* Repeat to end of
round.  Join to first st in round with a sl st (68 stitches total)

Round 17: Ch 2 in same st make 1 fpdc.  Make 1 fpdc in the next st.  Make 1 bpdc in each of the next two stitches.  *Make 1 fpdc in each of the next two stitches and then 1 bpdc in each of the next two stitches* Repeat to end of
round.  Join to first st in round with a sl st (68 stitches total)

Round 18 : Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (68 sc)

Flower (in Color B)

Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring

Round 1: Ch 1 and then make 10 sc in the ring, join to first st in round with a slip st (10 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1 and then make 1 sc in the same st ch 3.  Skip next st.  *Sc in next st and ch 3, skip next st* Repeat until you have 5 loops made from your ch 3.  Join to the first ch 1

Round 3: Ch 1.  In the first set of your Ch 3 loops make 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sl st.  Make 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sl st in each remaining set of Ch 3 loops.  Join to ch 1 from the beginning of the round
with a sl st. When you are finished with this round you should have a total of 5 petals

Round 4: Ch 1.  In the first hdc from round 3 make a bpsc and then ch 5.  *Make one bpsc in the first hdc from the next petal and ch 5*  Repeat until you have five ch 5 loops.  Join to the ch 1 from the beginning of the round with a
sl st

Round 5: Ch 1.  In the first set of your Ch 5 loops make 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 tr, 3 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sl st.  Make 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc, and 1 sl st in each remaining set of Ch 5 loops.  Join to ch 1 from the beginning of the round
with a sl st. When you are finished with this round you should have a total of 5 petals.  Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing flower onto hat.

Finishing

Lay the hat down on a flat surface.  Make sure that your seam is on the backside of the hat and is running down the middle of the hat
Sew flower onto one side of the hat.  About half of the flower should be on the color A section of the hat and the other half should be the color B half
Sew button onto the center of the hat
Weave in any remaining loose ends on the hat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gobble Gobble Turkey Hat





Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in brown, orange, yellow, red and in 6 colors of your choice for feathers
H Hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Two small black buttons
Thread for sewing buttons onto eyes
Embroidery needle

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc= single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch


Main Body of hat (in brown with H hook)

0-3 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Rounds 5-10: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1

3-6 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Rounds 6-11: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1



6-9 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Rounds 7-12: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1



9-12 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Rounds 8-13: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1

Toddler/Preschooler
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Rounds 9-14: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1

Child
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Round 9: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Rounds 10-15: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1

Adult
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Round 9: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Round 10:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 15 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Rounds 11-16: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (68 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1)



Ear flaps for Infant to Preschooler sizes

Ear flap 1:
Row 1:  SC in next 10, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (2 SC)
Row 9: SC2TOG, fasten off, weave in ends (1 SC)


Ear flap 2:
For 0-3 months. Holding hat upside count 16 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 16th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 3-6 months. Holding hat upside count 18 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 18th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 6-9 months. Holding hat upside count 20 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 20th  stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 9-12 months. Holding hat upside count 22 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 22nd  stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
 For toddler/preschool. Holding hat upside count 24 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 24th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below

Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn (2 SC)
Row 9:SC2TOG, ch 1 and sc in each st around the hat join to ch 1 with a sl st, fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Ear flaps for Child and Adult sizes

Ear flap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn   (2 SC)
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends 1(1 SC)

Ear flap 2:
For child. Holding hat upside count 26 stitches to the left of ear flap. In the 26th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below.
For adult. Holding hat upside count 28 stitches to the left of ear flap. In the 28th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below

Row 1:Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn (2 SC)
Row 11:SC decrease.ch 1 and sc in each st around the hat join to ch 1 with a sl st, fasten off and weave in loose ends.


Legs

Row 1: In Orange ch 31, in first st from hook make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st (30 sc)
Row 2: ch 7, Make 1 sl st in the first ch from the hook and in each remaining st ( 6 sl st)
Row 3: ch 7 (in the original last st of your 30 sc). Make 1 sl st in the first ch from the hook and in each remaining st ( 6 sl st)
Row 4: ch 7 (in the original last st of your 30 sc).  Make 1 sl st in the first ch from the hook and in each remaining st ( 6 sl st)
Row 5: make 1 sc in each remaining st from row 1 (29 sc).
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat.



Feathers (make 6 each one a different color)

ch16
Make 2hdc in the first ch from the hook, make 2hdc in each remaining st (30 hdc).  Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat.


Beak

In yellow, ch 6
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 2: Sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in remaining sts across. Ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 3: Sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in remaining sts across. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 4: Sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in remaining sts across. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 5: Sc2tog. (1 sc)
Ch 1 and sc along the edges of the beak.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the beak onto the hat.


Wattle

In red, ch 6
Make 2 hdc in the first ch from hook.  Make 2 hdc in each remaining st (10 hdc).
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat.


Eyes (Make 2)

In white, Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: ch 2, in center of ring make 11 hdc. Join to first stitch with with sl st. (11 hdc)
Round 2: ch 2, in same st make 2 hdc. Make 2 hdc in each remaining st in round. Join to first st with a sl st. (22 hdc)

Finishing


Using your tapestry needle sew your feathers around the top of the hat (on round 1)
Using your tapestry needle sew the eyes onto your hat. 
Using your tapestry needle sew the wattle just below one of the eyes (pick your favorite side)
Using your tapestry needle sew the beak onto the hat having a portion of the beak covering the wattle
Using your tapestry needle sew on the legs to the bottom of the earflaps
Using your embroidery needle and black thread, sew the black buttons onto the eyes
Weave in any remaining loose ends




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sleepy Rhinoceros Baby Hat

Sleepy Rhinoceros Baby Hat

At my son's preschool I am in charge of celebrations.  Part of this job entails organizing class gifts for new babies.  One of the mom's in my son's class is very pregnant with a baby boy.  My husband suggested that I make a rhinoceros hat, this is what I came up with.






Materials:
worsted weight yarn in main color, accent color, and small amount of black yarn (for eyes)
H hook
needle for sewing parts onto hat
scissors

Abbreviations:
ch= chain
dc= double crochet
sc= single crochet
sc2tog= single crochet two together
sl st= slip stitch
st= stitch

 Main Body of hat (in main color with H hook)


0-3 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Rounds 5-10: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 11
Round 11: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (44 sc)

3-6 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Rounds 6-11: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 12
Round 12: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (48 sc)


6-9 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Rounds 7-12: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 13
Round 13: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (52 sc)


9-12 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Rounds 8-13: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 14
Round 14: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (56 sc)

Ear flaps 


Ear flap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC2TOG, fasten off, weave in ends

Ear flap 2:
For 0-3 months. Holding hat upside count 19 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 20th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 3-6 months. Holding hat upside count 21 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 22nd stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 6-12 months. Holding hat upside count 22 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 24th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC2TOG,
ch 41 make 3 sc in the first chain from hook, then make a sl st in each remaining stitch in chain. When you get back to the earflap continue to make one sc around the brim of the hat.  When you get to the tip of the other earflap  ch 41 make 3 sc in the first chain from hook,
 then make a sl st in each remaining stitch in chain.  When you get back to the earflap continue to make one sc around to the brim of the hat. Join with a sl st to where you began your ch 41 . Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

 Ears (Make 2)

in main color ch 5
Row 1: skip the ch nearest to the hook sc in each remaining st. Turn and ch 1 (4 sc).
Row  2: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2, 2 sc in last st. turn and ch 1 (6 sc)
Row  3: sc in each st, turn and ch 1 (6 sc)
Row  4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4, 2 sc in last stitch. turn and ch 1 (8 sc)
Rows 5 : sc in each st. turn and ch 1 (8 sc)
Row  6: sc2tog, sc in next 4, sc2tog last 2 sts. (6 sc)
Row  7: sc2tog, Ssc in next 2, sc2tog last 2 sts. (4sc)
Row  8: sc2tog, sc2tog. (2sc)
Row 9: sc2tog (1sc) and ch 1 continue to sc around ear  (do 2 rounds  of sc around the ear to make it cup).   Join to ch 1  with a sl st and  fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing ear onto the hat)


Horn 1 ( in accent color )

ch 4 join with a sl st to form a circle
round 1: make 6 sc inside the circle, join with the first sc with a sl st, ch 1 (6)
rounds 2-5: ch 1, in same st make 1 sc. make 1 sc in each  reamaining st .  Join to first st with a sl st (6 sc)
round 6: ch 1, in the first st  make  2 sc in the next st.  * make 1 sc in the next st and 2 sc in the next*  *repeat* ch 1 (9 sc)
rounds 7-8:  ch 1, in same st make 1 sc. make 1 sc in each  reamaining st .  Join to first st with a sl st(9 sc)
round 9:  ch 1, in first st make 2 sc.  Make 2 sc in each remaining  st .  Join to ch 1 with a sl st.  (18 sc)  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat

Horn 2 ( in accent color)

 ch 4 join with a sl st to form a circle
round 1: make 6 sc inside the circle, join with the first sc with a sl st, ch 1 (6 sc)
rounds 2-3: make 1 sc in each st, join to first st with a sl st and ch 1 (6sc)
round 4: make 1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next st.  *repeat*.  Join to first st with a sl st and ch 1 (9 sc)
round 5 : make 1 sc in each st.  Join to first st with a sl st (9 sc) Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat


Eyes- make 2 (in black)

Round 1: Chain 9,  sl st in 2nd ch from hook.  sl st in each remaining st in ch (8 sl st).  Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing on to hat.
When sewing onto to hat, form your slip stitched chain into a "U" shape use the tail to make the eye lashes.


If you want your rhino to be awake you can sew on black buttons on for eyes instead.

Finishing:

Sew on ears (I attached mine on rounds 2 and 3)
Stuff horns with yarn scraps (doesn't take very much)
Sew on horns putting the larger horn on the bottom.
Sew on eyes
Weave in any remaining loose ends




Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quick and Easy Harry Potter Gryffindor Style Scarf

One of my sister-in-law's friends had a crochet order with a tight deadline.  She wanted not one but two Gryffindor style scarves.  So I came up with this pattern.  It is very easy and would make a great beginning crochet project.



Materials:
  • K Hook
  • Bulky yarn in gold and burgundy or 2 strands of worsted weight yarn (I used two strands of red heart super saver in gold and burgundy)
  • Needle for weaving in loose ends
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:
  • ch= chain
  • dc= double crochet
  • st= stitch

In Burgundy ch 17
Row 1: In 3rd ch from hook make 1 dc, make 1 dc in each remaining st in row.   turn (15 dc)
Rows 2-5: Ch 2 and make 1 dc in each st in row.  Turn.  (15 dc)
switch to gold
Rows 6-10: Ch 2 and make 1 dc in each st in row.  Turn.  (15 dc)
switch to burgundy
Rows 11-15: Ch 2 and make 1 dc in each st in row.  Turn.  (15 dc)
*Repeat rows 6-10 and 11-15 until you have 10 burgundy rectangles or until scarf is at  your desired length (ending with a burgundy rectangle). 
Weave in loose ends and add fringe to scarf (if desired)

Half and Half Minion Beanie Style Hat

Half and Half Minion Beanie


As an aunt I get frequent requests from my niece and nephews.  My niece requested a minion hat.  I thought "great, minions aren't difficult".  I asked her if she wanted a yellow or a purple minion, she said "both".  I then said "so you want two hats?".  She told me that she wanted one hat with half of the hat being a good minion and half of the hat being an evil minion.  Here's what I came up with.  It's a lot of color changes but I think the end result is nice.

Materials:

I hook (feel free to use a larger or smaller hook to change the size of the beanie). 
worsted weight yarn in light purple (a), bright yellow (b), black, blue, brown, medium purple, white, and gray.
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch- chain
dc- double crochet
hdc- half double crochet
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
tc- triple crochet

Main Part of Hat:


With  COLOR A, Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a dc) and make 5 dc in the ring, switch to COLOR B and make 5 more dc in the ring.  Switch back to COLOR A and join to first st with a sl st (10 dc)

Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in the next 5 stitches.  Switch to COLOR B and make 2 dc in each remaining st in round.  Switch to COLOR A and join to first st in round with a sl st (20 dc)

Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st followed by 2 dc in the next stitch *repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches*.  Switch to COLOR B and continue the pattern but with color B (making 15 more stitches).  Switch to COLOR A and  join to first st in round with a sl st (30 dc)

Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 1 dc in next st and followed by 2 dc in the next stitch *repeat until you have a total of 20 stitches*.  Switch to COLOR B and continue the pattern but with color B (making 20 more stitches).  Switch to COLOR A and  join to first st in round with a sl st (40 dc)

Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 1 dc in the next 2 stitches and followed by 2 dc in the next stitch *repeat until you have a total of 25 stitches*.  Switch to COLOR B and continue the pattern but with color B (making 25 more stitches).  Switch to COLOR A and  join to first st in round with a sl st (50 dc)

Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 1 dc in the next 3 stitches and followed by 2 dc in the next stitch *repeat until you have a total of 30 stitches*.  Switch to COLOR B and continue the pattern but with color B (making 30 more stitches).  Switch to COLOR A and  join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)

Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 29 stitches. Switch COLOR B and make 1 dc in each of the remaining 30 stitches. Switch to BLACK and join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)

Round 8-9:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining stitch in round.  At the end of round 9 switch to COLOR A and join to first st in round with a sl st.   

Rounds 10-15: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 29 stitches. Switch COLOR B and make 1 dc in each of the remaining 30 stitches. Switch to COLOR A and  join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc).

 **** At the end of round 15 switch to BLACK.

Round 16: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 29 stitches. Switch to BLUE and make 1 dc in each of the remaining 30 stitches. Switch to BLACK and  join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)

Round 17: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make one dc in next 29 stitches. Switch to BLUE and make 1 sc in each of the remaining 30 stitches. Join to first st in round with a sl st (60 sc).  Weave in all loose ends (there will be a lot of them).

Eyes:

With Black Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: make 6 hdc inside the ring.  Switch to BROWN, join to first st with a sl st (6 hdc)

Round 2: ch 2, in same st make 2 hdc.  Make 2 hdc in each remaining st in round.  Switch to WHITE and join to first st with a sl st (12 hdc).

Round 3: ch 2, in same st make 2 hdc.  Make 2 hdc in each remaining st in round. Join to first st with a sl st (24 hdc).

Round 4: ch 2, in same st make 1 hdc. Make 2 hdc the next st. *repeat until end of round).  Switch to GRAY and join to first st with a sl st (36 hdc).  (leave a long tail for sewing the eye onto the hat)

Round 5: ch 2, in same st make 1 hdc.  Make 1 hdc in each remaining st in round.  Join to first st with a sl st (36 hdc)

Round 6: Ch 2, repeat round 5 but make stitches directly on top of those made in round 5.  This will make the rims of your minion's goggles thicker.

Make one more eye but switch to MEDIUM PURPLE at the end of round one. I left a long gray tail on my so I could sew the two eyes together before sewing the eyes onto the hat.

When eyes are finished sew onto hat.

Mouth:

Using BLACK surface sl st a mouth onto your hat. The mouth on the yellow side should be slightly going upwards to make a smile while on the purple side the mouth should either be flat or going slightly downwards to make a frowny face.

Teeth:

With WHITE ch 5, sc in second ch from  hook, hdc in the next chain, dc in the next, and tc in the final chain.  Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the tooth on top of your minions mouth (on the purple side of the minions face)

Make as many teeth as you'd like/ your minion's mouth will allow.  Feel free to use different hook sizes to make your minion's teeth larger or smaller.

Hair for the YELLOW half:

Using BLACK cut 3 strands of yarn about 6 inches long.  Using your hook attach each strand individually

to the top of the yellow half of your minion's head.  Trim to desired length.

Hair for the PURPLE half:

Using MEDIUM cut 30 strands (cut more if you'd like your minion to have more hair) of yarn about 10 inches in length.  Use your hook to attach two strands at a time to the tops of your stitches from rounds 1 and 2 (purple half only).  Fray the yarn and trim to desired length. 





Sunday, November 2, 2014

Llama / Alpaca hat- Free Crochet Pattern

 One of my friends decided to dress up her baby girl as a llama for her first Halloween.  I was given the task of making her daughter a llama hat for her costume.  I couldn't find any free llama hat patterns so I created my own.  This is what I came up with.  





Materials needed:
H hook 
Worsted weight yarn (#4 weight) in the color of your choice with a contrasting accent color and a small amount of black yarn for the eyes (total of three different colors of worsted weight yarn)
Darning needle for sewing on parts
scissors


Abbreviations
ch= chain
dc= double crochet
hdc= half double crochet
sc= single crochet
sc2tog= single crochet two together 
dc2tog= double crochet two together
sl st= slip stitch
st= stitch

Main Body of hat (in main color with H hook)
0-3 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Rounds 6-11: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 12
Round 12: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (48 sc)


3-6 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Rounds 7-12: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 13
Round 13: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (52 sc)


6-12 months
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Rounds 8-13: Ch 2 in same st do 1 dc, do one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 14
Round 14: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (56 sc)

Toddler/Preschooler
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Rounds 9-14: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 15
Round 15: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (60 sc)


Child
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Round 9: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Rounds 10-15: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 16
Round 16: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (64 sc)

Adult
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make 2 dc in next st and 1 dc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next  st, make 2 dc in the next  stitch *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (44 dc)
Round 5: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 10 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (48 dc)
Round 6:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 11 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (52 dc)
Round 7: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 12 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (56 dc)
Round 8:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 13 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (60 dc)
Round 9: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Round 10:  Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in the next st, and 1 dc in each of the next 15 stitches *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (64 dc)
Rounds 11-16: Ch 2 in same st make 1 dc, make one dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (68 dc). Do not fasten off.
Continue onto Ear flap #1 if desired, if you do not want earflaps continue onto round 17
Round 17: Ch 1 in same st make 1 sc, make 1 sc in each remaining st in round, join to the first st in the round with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in loose ends (68 sc)

Ear flaps for Infant to Preschooler sizes
Ear flap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC2TOG, fasten off, weave in ends

Ear flap 2:
For 0-3 months. Holding hat upside count 19 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 20th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 3-6 months. Holding hat upside count 21 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 22nd stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For 6-12 month. Holding hat upside count 22 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 23rd stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
For toddler/preschool. Holding hat upside count 23 stitches to the left of earflap. In the 24th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC2TOG, SC in next 6, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 4, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 2, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: SC2TOG, SC2TOG, chain 1, turn
Row 9:SC2TOG, ch 1 and sc in each st around the hat join to ch 1 with a sl st, fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Ear flaps for Child and Adult sizes
Ear flap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn   (2 st total)
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends 1(1 st total)

Ear flap 2:
For child. Holding hat upside count 25 stitches to the left of ear flap. In the 26th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below.
For adult. Holding hat upside count 26 stitches to the left of ear flap. In the 27th stitch join yarn with a sl st and continue below
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11:SC decrease.
ch 1 and sc in each st around the hat join to ch 1 with a sl st, fasten off and weave in loose ends.


Eyes- make 2 (in black)
Round 1:Chain 4, join to first ch with a sl st to form a ring.  Ch 1 in the ring make the following stitches 1 sc, 3 hdc, 2 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc. Join to first st with a sl st.  Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the eyes on to the hat

Inner Ears- make 2 (in accent color )
Row 1: Ch 7. Make1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook and make 1 dc in each of the following 5 ch. Ch 2 and turn.  (5 dc)
Rows 2-7: Make 1 dc in 1st st and each of the following 4 st. Ch 2 and turn. (5 dc)
Row 8: sc2tog , make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (4 sc)
Row 9:sc2tog
, make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (3 sc)

Row 10: sc2tog , make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (2 sc)
Row 11:sc2tog, ch 1 and sc in each st around the ear.  Join to ch 1 with a sl st, fasten off and weave in loose ends



Outer Ears- make 2 (in main color)
Row 1: Leave a long tail for sewing the ear onto the hat and Ch 7. Make1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook and make 1 dc in each of the following 5 ch. Ch 2 and turn.  (5 dc)
Rows 2-7: Make 1 dc in 1st st and each of the following 4 st. Ch 2 and turn. (5 dc)
Row 8: sc2tog , make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (4 sc)
Row 9:sc2tog
, make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (3 sc)

Row 10: sc2tog , make 1 sc in each remaining st in row.  Ch 1 and turn (2 sc)
Row 11:sc2tog, ch 1 and sc in each st around the ear.  Join to ch 1 with a sl st.  Do not fasten off.
Now place the inner ear on top of the outer ear and make 1 round of sc around the perimeter of both ear pieces.

Mouth Circle Area (in accent color)
Infant & Toddler sizes
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc).  Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the mouth area onto the hat.

Using your black yarn,  sew a nose and mouth onto the mouth circle area.  I've found that the mouth and nose show up better if you use two strands of black yarn. 

Mouth Circle Area (in accent color)
Child & Adult sizes
Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form a ring
Round 1: Ch 2 and make 11 dc in the ring, join to first st with a sl st (11 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 in same st make 2 dc, make 2 dc in each remaining st in round, join to first st in round with a sl st (22 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2 in same st make 1 hdc, make 2 hdc in next st and 1 hdc in the next st *repeat* join to first st in round with a sl st (33 hdc).   Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the mouth area onto the hat. 

Using your black yarn,  sew a nose and mouth onto the mouth circle area.  I've found that the mouth and nose show up better if you use two strands of black yarn.   



Finishing
Sew the eyes, ears, an mouth onto your hat




Hair (optional)
In your accent color cut about one hundred and thirty six,  6 inch strips of yarn. Fold yarn in half and attach 2-3 strands of yarn around each double crochet along the first three rounds of front side of the hat and the first two rounds of the back of the hat.  You may need to add more yarn to the top of the hat so your llama does not have a bald spot.  Once all of the yarn is attached, fray the yarn and give your llama a hair cut.

Braids (optional)
For each ear flap cut eight 32 inch long strips of yarn in the accent color and four 32 inch long strips of yarn in your main color.  Fold yarn in half and attach to the bottom of the ear flap. You should now have a total of 24 strands of yarn.  Divide the yarn into three sections (8 strands each). Braid the yarn to desired length, knot, and trim the ends.



 



 * Please do not sell this pattern, publish it, or claim it to be your own pattern.  Feel to do whatever you'd like with the items that you have made from this pattern.  If you decide to sell a finished llama hat I'd appreciate it if you gave me credit for the design and included a link to my blog.  Thanks!


 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Battle of the Plastic Flutes- Guo versus Nuvo

I recently made a youtube video comparing two plastic flutes of mine.  A Nuvo Student Flute and Guo New Voice Flute.  Both flutes are pretty new to the flute scene.  Both flutes are either entirely or mostly made out of plastic.  Both flutes also have very good intonation and come in a variety of colors.

The video can be found here:
http://youtu.be/ew3Vog5w_lw

 The first flute in the video is a Nuvo Student Flute. I am playing it with the curved headjoint instead of the straight headjoint.  The reason for doing this is sheer laziness on my part.  The Nuvo flute comes with interchangeable lip plates.  One of these lip plates is called "first note", this lip plate allows you to blow air directly into the flute like you would with a recorder.  This is a great feature for little kids (like my son) who want to try to play a real flute but can't get a sound out with a traditional lip plate.  Changing the lip plates is a little bit of pain so I decided to just use the curved headjoint. 



The Nuvo student flute retails around $200-$250 USD. This flute is completely waterproof. What I like most about this flute is the low register. The low register speaks very well. The high register doesn't speak as clearly and notes above the 3rd octave G are difficult to get out, granted I haven't played on this flute all that much. The mechanism on this flute feels a bit spongy, though I must say that the key placement is very comfortable. This is seriously the most comfortable flute I have ever played. All in all this is a great flute for those of you wanting a flute that you can take out into the elements. I wish I had this flute when I was in high school marching band. To learn more about Nuvo Flutes click here http://www.nuvo-instrumental.com/

The second flute is a New Voice flute by Guo. This flute currently retails for about $1,250 USD. The mechanism on this flute feels a lot nicer than the Nuvo but it should considering the big price difference. The high register on this flute speaks pretty easy. I have a harder time getting the lowest couple of notes to come out on this flute than I do on others. This flute doesn't project as well as a silver flute but I think it would a great flute for playing in a small ensemble.  A few months ago, I made a video doing a blind comparison of the Guo New Voice and some of my more traditional silver flutes.  The Guo flute was the hands down favorite of my friends and family.   Guo also makes a student level plastic flute called the Tocco flute, which currently retails for about $700 USD.  To learn more about Guo Flutes click here http://www.guoflute.com/



Out of the two flutes I prefer the Guo.  It is a lot more refined than the Nuvo, but like I said before it should be since it costs $1,000 more.  I consider the Nuvo flute to strictly be an entry level student flute while I'll can see using the Guo in a more professional setting where you might not to take your expensive flute.