Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Fox and the...

The Fox and the ....

This is my first blog post :) 

I have long thought about starting a blog about my crochet endeavours and finally this beautiful Sunday... well I finally started.

and I thought I'd start with goodie; sharing my fox hat pattern. This is also my first pattern ever so there might be mistakes and I would appreciate it if you could point them out or ask for clarifications so I can make the necessary adjustments...


This is the fox hat I made for my son for our road trip to cold Melbourne in July 2013...

Here is the fox hat with a knight at our hotel in Albury, NSW.




Very good photo prop when visiting the BIG MERINO sheep in Goulburn, NSW and it was freezing!





and also with Ned Kelly in Glenrowan, Victoria.







So yes we had fun on our trip. But now the pattern:



The Fox Hat pattern

size 6-12 months roughly (my son has a big head)

I used 8 ply yarn. A little more that half of a 100 g skein of orange and maybe 25g of white and very very little black :)

The stitches

Ch = chain

Sc = single crochet (insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook)

Hdc = half double crochet (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook)

Dc = double crochet (yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull loop through first 2 stitches on hook, 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on hook)

Sc2tog = single crochet two together (insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, 2 loops on hook, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook)

Hdc2tog = half double crochet two together ( yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on hook) 


The Hat

Use a 5.5mm hook (I hook)

Row 1: Start with a magic circle and hdc into circle 8 times, join to first stitch, ch 2 (8).

Row 2: 2Hdc in same stitch as ch, *2Hcd in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to 1st Hdc, ch 2 (16)

Row 3: 2Hdc in same stitch as ch, *Hdc in next stitch, 2Hdc in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to 1 st Hdc, ch 2 (24)

Row 4: 2 Hdc in same stitch as ch, *Hdc in 2next stitches, 2Hdc in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to 1st Hdc, ch2 (32)

Row 5: 2 Hdc in same stitch as ch, *Hdc in 3next stitches, 2Hdc in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to  st Hdc, ch 2 (40)

Row 6: 2 Hdc in same stitch as ch, *Hdc in 4next stitches, 2Hdc in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to  st Hdc, ch 2 (48)

Row 7: 2 Hdc in same stitch as ch, *Hdc in 5next, 2Hdc in next stitch, *repeat all around, join to  st Hdc, ch 2  (56)


Your flat circle should now measure around 5" and this should fit 6-12 month olds, the next rounds will be done without increases.

Row 8-19 ch 2, hdc in same stitch as ch, hdc all around, join to ch (56)

Row 20 ch 1, sc in same stitch as ch, sc all around, bind off and weave in ends.


Earflaps.

Use a 5.5mm hook (I hook)


Use 4 stitch markers or pieces of yarn

From the seam at the back of the hat count to the 6th stitch, place marker and then count to 16th stitch and place a marker.

Earflaps are worked the same on the left and right.

Row 1, attach new year to the 6th stitch, ch2, hdc in next 9 stitches (this should get you to the other stitch marker), ch2, turn

Row 2, hdc2tog, hdd until last two stitches, hdc2tog, ch2, turn (7)

Row3  repeat row 2 (5)

Row 4 repeat row 2 (3)

Row5 hdc in next 3 stitches, bind off and weave in ends.

Remember the other earflap is worked in the exact same way.


Trim

Use a 5.5mm hook (I hook)

With white yarn, Join new colour to the edge of the hat and sc all around.




The Ears.

You will need to make 4 ears (the orange and black back x2 and the white and black front x2).

Use a 4.00 mm hook (F or G hook).

Row 1 with either orange or white ch 13, sc in 2nd stitch from hook, sc across, ch 1 turn (12)

Row 2 -5 repeat row 1

Row 6 sc2tog, sc in next 8 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn. (10)

Row 7 Sc across (10)

Row 8 sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn. (8)

Row 9 sc across (8)

Row 10 sc2tog, sc in next 4 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn. (6)

Row 11 sc across (6)

Row 12 sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog,  join black yarn, ch1, turn, (4)

Row 13 (with black yarn) sc across (4)

Row 14 sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1 turn (2)

Row 15 sc2tog, bind off, weave in ends.


After you made the 4 ears, place the white front on the orange back and join the orange yarn through the front and back ear. Sc all around to crochet both sides together. Repeat for the other ear.


The Eyes

Use a 4.00 mm hook (F or G hook).

Make two of each.

With Black yarn: 

Make a magic circle and do 6 sc into the circle, join to first sc, bind off.

Leave a long tail so you can use it to sew the pupil to the white eye later.



With White yarn:

Row 1 Ch 9, dc in 4th stitch, dc in the next 4 stitches, 6dc in the last stitch. 

Row 2 (this is the bottom row of the row you just worked), dc in the next 4 stitches, 3dc in last stitch. join.

Row3 ch1 and sc all around, join to first ch, bind off


The Snout

Use a 4.00 mm hook (F or G hook).

Make 1 each


With black yarn (the nose)

Row 1 ch5, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, ch1 turn

Row 2 hdc2tog, bind off. 

Leave a long tail so you can use it to sew the nose to the white snout later.


With White yarn

Row 1 ch 11, sc in 1st stitch from ch, sc in next 9 stitches (10)

Row 2 sc2tog, sc in the next 6 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn (8)

Row 3 sc across (8)

Row 4 sc2tog, sc in the next 4 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn (6)

Row 5 sc across (6)

Row 6  sc2tog, sc in the next 2 stitches, sc2tog, ch1, turn (4)

Row 7 sc across (4)

"Row8" for a nice finish sc all around the snout 



Ties 

make 2

Cut 15 (white) and 15 (orange) strands 20" long. Half the strands and use large hook to pull through  middle stitch of the ear flap, secure by pulling strands to the loop you made when you half them (or youtube how to add ties to a hat because I think I am not really that good at explaining)

Assembly :) 




And done :)






Hope you enjoy making this beautiful hat.

You can sell finished items from this pattern but please include a link to this blog in any advertisement or listings. Thanks.

Stay juicy Planet Earth... 

Superfruity



8 comments:

  1. Beautiful baby and cool hat! Thank you for the pattern! =0)

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  2. Such a cute baby and hat! Thank you so much for the pattern! :)

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  3. Oh no thank you very much for giving it a try Beate and Reggie! Hope you like it :)

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  4. Love to know the brand of yarn you used

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    1. Queenie... This was just cheapie yarn from a local discount store. Sorry I can't be of more help. It is 8 ply DK yarn.

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  5. OK you state that in the earflap you would bind off. I'm no litter so I'm not sure what you mean here. Would you fasten off leaving 3 stitches? Or try to get it to one stitch?

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    1. Hi Sweetpeaches... Sorry if that was unclear.
      You should have three stitches left because this will be easier to get the toes through the next to the middle stitch. If you look at the "assembly" photo you can see the three stitches at the end of the earflap before the ties goes on...
      Hope this helps.

      Superfruity

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