Friday, January 25, 2013

Owl hats

Charlie - newborn sized hat
When I saw this pattern on Repeat Crafter Me, I immediately knew I wanted to make it. Why on Earth did I not crochet when my kids were babies? Time to find someone to gift it to, because I just HAD to make it. Even though K2's baby, Charlie, looks pretty cute in it, too. Lucky for me, my hairdresser just had a baby.
Crissy - toddler sized hat
Then I decided to increase the pattern slightly to give to a co-worker's/friend's toddler niece.  Darn these cuties are addictive! Of course, wouldn't you know that after I did, Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me posted an update with more sizes. Geesh...well, now I know I can go back for bigger sizes. Better late than never, thanks Sarah!

Want to make your own?


Size: Newborn
Supplies:
• Vanna's Choice® medium worsted weight yarn (I used Barley 
and an accent color such as magenta, turquoise, light pink)
• Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
• Two 3/4" black button for eyes
Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st- slip stitch
SC - Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
HDC Decrease - Half Double Crochet Decrease

Round 1: Magic ring, Chain 2, DC 12 inside ring, joint to 1st DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in same stitch and in each around, chain 2 (24).
Round 3: DC in the same stitch as Chain 2, DC, DC, 2 Dc in next, *DC in next 3, 2 Dc in next, repeat from * around, Join to 1st DC, chain 2. (30)
Round 4: DC in the same stitch as Chain 2, DC, 2 DC in next, *DC in next two, 2 DC in next stitch, repeat from * around, Join to 1st DC, chain 2. (40)
Round 5-7: Beginning in same stitch as Chain 2, DC around, join to 1st DC, chain 2 (40) Note: before joining round 7, change color.
Round 8-9: In new color DC around, join to 1st DC, chain 2 (40) 
Do not fasten off, begin first earflap

Earflap 1:
Row 1: Starting in next stitch, HDC 8, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC decrease, HDC 4, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC 6, chain 2, turn
Row 4: HDC decrease, HDC 2, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: 2 HDC decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HDC decrease, fasten off leaving long tale

Earflap 2:
Count 9 stitches away from seam.
Row 1: Chain 2, starting in next stitch, HDC 8, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC decrease, HDC 4, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC 6, chain 2, turn
Row 4: HDC decrease, HDC 2, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: 2 HDC decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HDC decrease, chain 1 turn (do not fasten off)
Continue to SC around the entire hat, join to first single crochet, fasten off leaving long tail. You should now have a long pieces of yarn hanging from the ends of each earflap. You will use this as a strand in your braid.

Eyes (Make 2):
In first color (this is your accent color):
Magic Ring, Chain 2
Round 1: 10 DC in chain, Change color to white before joining to first DC, chain 2 (10)
Round 2: 2 DC in same stitch and in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (20)
Round 3: SC in same stitch, 2 SC in next, *SC, 2 SC in next, repeat from * around, join to first sc, fasten off leaving long tail to sew on (30)

After sewing crocheted eyes on, sew 3/4" black button in the center for the eyeballs
Nose:
Chain 6
Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, SC, HDC, DC, DC, fasten off leaving long tail to sew on
Ears:
Cut two strands of 12 inch long pieces of yarn in each color (6 strands total). 
Loop through 2 DC's in the crease of the 3rd round.
Knot and trim to approx 1"
Braided Tails:
Cut three 1 yard strands of each color (9 strands total).
Pass through last space in earflap. You should now have 18 strands to braid with.
Make knot and braid approx 5.5 inches long, knot, trim ends.


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