Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hat donation deadline

The first group of hats will be sent the first week in April. So please have your donations to me by Easter (3/31).

If you can't make this round, no worries there will be more!

Thank you all for your support!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Crochet Cupcake Earflap Hat

Inspired by the cupcake blanket I made I wanted to continue the theme and make a cupcake hat for my 3 year old.


Basically what I did was follow a basic pattern for a earflap hat, and I sewed on the cupcake applique.

I think it came out really cute, the only thing I will do differently next time is make the applique smaller so it doesn't take up so much of the hat.
But besides that, I love it.

The entire hat is made out of 100% cotton yarn, now that spring is approaching (YAY!) I didn't want her to sweat wearing it. And of course, it's washable, so what's better than that with a 3 year old.

Here's what I did: (This pattern is from Repeat Crafter Me, I use this base for all of my hats.)

Hat in toddler/preschool size:

Magic Ring, Chain 2, 9 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: DC around (54 DC)
Change color, join and ch 2
Round 8-12: DC around (54 DC) fasten off and find a point to make your earflaps (i like to do mine on the sides so the seam is in the back)

Earflap 1:
Row 1: Chain 2, HDC 12, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC decrease, HDC in next 8, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (10 HDC)
Row 4: HDC decrease, HDC in next 6, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 6: HDC decrease, HDC in next 4, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 7: HDC across, chain 2, turn (6 HDC)
Row 8: HDC decrease, HDC in next 2, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 9: 2 HDC decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 10: HDC decrease, fasten off leaving long tail.

Earflap 2:
Leaving 23 stitches along the front for child size hat, 25 stitches along the front for adult size hat...
Row 1: Chain 2, HDC 12, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC decrease, HDC in next 8, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (10 HDC)
Row 4: HDC decrease, HDC in next 6, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 6: HDC decrease, HDC in next 4, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 7: HDC across, chain 2, turn (6 HDC)
Row 8: HDC decrease, HDC in next 2, HDC decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 9: 2 HDC decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 10: HDC decrease, chain 1, turn
Continue to SC around the entire hat. Join to first SC and fasten off, leaving long tail.
 
Cupcake Applique: (I fould this pattern on Louie's Loops and it's supposed to be for coasters, but I adapted it for the hat and made some changes to the frosting part, it was confusing and didn't look right to me)
 
Materials:
(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with
Abbreviations:
-SL.ST = Slip Stitch
-SC = Single Crochet
-HDC = Half Double Crochet
-DC = Double Crochet
-Ch = Chain
-Rnd = Round
In color A (brown) Ch 10
Rnd 1: Sc 8, turn.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc 8 in back stitches
Rnd 3 – 14: Repeat x 12 (14 total)
Change to color B
Rnd 15: ch 1, Sc 1 in the sides of each row 14, turn. [Don’t cut, Leave color B attached] (14)
Change to color C
Rnd 16: ch 1, sc 2 in first, sc 1 in next 12, sc 2 in next, turn. (16)
Rnd 17: Don’t ch, skip first st, sc 1 in next 14, stop one early, turn. (14)
Rnd 18: ch 1, sc 1 in each, turn. (14)
Rnd 19: Don’t ch, skip first st, sc 1 in next 12, stop one early, turn. (12)
Rnd 20: ch 1, sc 1 in each, turn. (12)
Rnd 21: Repeat (12)
Rnd 22: Don’t ch, skip first st, sc 1 in each, turn. (11)
Rnd 23: Repeat (10)
Rnd 24: Repeat, cut and tie off. (9)
*For Cherry, count in three stitches from top, pull through in the fourth st from end on Rnd 24…
Rnd 25: sc 1 in fourth from the end and next two, turn. (3)
Rnd 26: Don’t ch, skip first st, sc 1 in next 2, turn. (2)
Rnd 27: Don’t ch, skip first st, sc 1 in the last st, cut and tie off. (1)
*For lining
Rnd 28: Using the color B left off and uncut from Rnd 15, pull one through the end of Rnd 15 and sc 1 in each Rnd and st around the piece, cut and tie off, sew the remainders into the piece. (≈59)
So that is how I did this hat. I've found that you can make a basic hat shape and do anything with it, animal faces, appliques, bows, pom poms, anything at all. I'm having lots of fun coming up with different combinations!

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