Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dino Earflap Hat

(Can you tell I like earflaps?)




Super cool, no? I was actually inspired by my partner - who correctly pointed out that my crochet shop was completely lacking in boy-friendly apparel! I thought to myself "Well, dinosaurs are pretty awesome, and boys like those - right? Well I'm sure girls can too!"



I browsed Ravelry for some inspiration and stumbled across this, which is exactly what I envisioned when I thought of a "Dino Hat":
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dino-dinosaur-spike-beanie-and-earflap

Thinking I could give it a pretty good stab by myself, I set to work with leftover yarn from Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.

Current sizes available are 3-6 months, and 6-9 months (which would probably stretch to 12 months if I'm honest). As I work on it, I will add more sizes, but anyone with a bit of experience in crocheting basic beanie hats should be able to figure out the increases! There is only an additional row of work to change the size of the hat to 6-9 months and depending on the baby, an additional row of double crochet at the end might be needed to come far enough down on the forehead.

Don't forget to "Hook It" on Ravelry, or add it to your queue!

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/alisha-finnegan



Materials:



  • 1 skein of any DK wool of your choice in orange, yellow, black and green. 
  • Size 5mm hook. 
  • Darning needle. 
  • Scissors. 

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain 
Dc - double crochet
St(s) stitch(es)
Sl st - slip stitch
Dc2tog - double crochet two together
Sc - single crochet


Instructions:


Row 1: Ch 2, Dc 11 into 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first Dc

Row 2: 2 Dc in each st around, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

Row 3: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next st, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, ch 2, turn

Row 4: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 2 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 5: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 3 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

Row 6: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 10 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

Row 7: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 11 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

6-9 months Row: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 12 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

Row 8-14: Dc in each st around, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn



Now it's time to add the earflaps!


Fastening your yarn to the left and right of the centre of the hat -

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 7 (9) sts, Ch 2, turn

Row 2: Dc in all 8 (10) sts, Ch 2, turn

Row 3: Dc2tog, Dc in next 4 (6) sts, Dc2tog, Ch 2, turn

Row 4: Dc2tog, Dc in next 2 (4) sts, Dc2tog, Ch 2, turn

6-9 month Row: Dc2tog, Dc in next 2 sts, Dc2tog, Ch 2, turn

Row 5: Dc2tog twice, fasten off and weave in ends.


To tidy the hat edges, simply attach alternating colour to the centre of the hat, and single crochet in each stitch around. I worked with two strands for this (of course, using chunkier wool would have the same effect) and just do your best to add an even number of scs around the earflaps.


For the spots, simply work the beginning of the hat all over again, stopping when you have your desired size (I worked the first 2 and 3 rows for each of my spots) and leave a tail of suitable length for stitching the spot to the hat.


For the spikes, simply work two earflaps per spike and stitch them together (using two makes them stiffer, you can also stuff them!). You can work them in the 3-6 or 6-9 month size, and add as few or many as you prefer! When you have stitched them together, make sure to leave a tail of yarn long enough to attach them to the hat! Fix a row of them along the centre of the hat moving backwards. This is easily done by lying the hat flat on a surface, with the earflaps meeting up exactly.






And lastly, the braids (if desired) - Using your yarn, measure how far down you would like your braids to drop, and cut exactly twice that amount of yarn. Cut 12 more pieces of the same length (you will have one left over, which you will use to measure out the alternating colour). Take two strands, fold them in half and attach them to one of the three centre-most scs on each earflap. Repeat this until you have filled 3 scs with a total of 12 strands doubled over. Using the leftover strand, measure out 6 strands in your alternating colour, and double them up as before. Attach them in the same way between the two "strands" of your other colour in each sc. For example, I have two sets of green in each of the three scs, and I attached my red set between each set of green. This means the colours will blend properly when you braid them. Cut your leftover strand in half, and braid down each earflap, using the two strands to bind them tightly. Trim the edges for neatness and you are done!