One thing I was able to get completed is the hat I'm showing you today! I love it because of it's silliness! (I'll chalk up the inspiration to post surgical drugs.)
Begin with any beanie pattern you wish as long as it isn't an open weave pattern. This is a Jack 'o Lantern with a twist. I like to imagine he's just gotten back from holiday in the Big Easy and is showing everyone how much he loved Mardi Gras! (I know, Halloween and Mardi Gras aren't even close but we're pretending here.) SO - get that beanie ready and lets have some fun!
- crochet or knit beanie in orange
- size H/5MM and a size G/4.25MM crochet hook
- black worsted weight yarn for the "face"
- purple yarn worsted weight for the hat
- yellow worsted weight yarn for hat band and eyeballs
- glue, beads, ribbon, feathers, jewels and other notions for blinging out the hat
- tapestry/embroidery/yarn needle for weaving in ends and sewing
Stitches Used: (American Terminology)
- Chain (ch)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
Eye Triangles (Make 2)
Row 1: Chain 3. 2 DC in second ch from hook. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 2: 1DC in same as the turning chain. 1 DC in next stitch. 2 DC in last stitch. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 3: 1 DC in each stitch across. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 4: 1 DC in same stitch as turning chain, 1 DC in the next 5 stitches, 2 DC in last stitch. Leaving a long tail (~5 to 7") for sewing, tie off.
Eyeballs (Make 2)
Magic Circle method: Make a Magic Circle, ch 2, HDC in center 8 times. Join to top of first HDC. Tie off leaving approximately 5" for sewing.
Chain method: Ch 3, HDC in 2nd chain from hook 7 times. Join to top of chain. Tie off leaving approximately 5" for sewing.
Chain 25 somewhat loosely.
(We'll be working in the front and back sides of this chain so we don't want it too tight.)
Sl St in 2nd ch from hook
SC in next stitch
HDC in next stitch
DC in next stitch and in the next 17 stitches (total of 18 DC stitches)
HDC in the next stitch
SC in the next stitch
Sl St in the next stitch AND Ch 1
Working on the backside of the original Chain
Sl St in next stitch
DC in next stitch and in the next 3 stitches (4 DC here)
Ch 2 and Sl St in the same space as the last DC
** alternate method: You can do a "Ch 3, Sl St in next stitch" in place of the last DC if you wish. Personally I found this left a gap where I didn't want one **
Sl St across the next 4 stitches AND Ch 2, 1 DC in same space as Ch 2
1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches, Ch 2, Sl St in same space as last DC
Sl St across next 4 stitches, Ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as Ch 2
(You've just made the Jack 'o Lantern's teeth)
1 DC in next 2 stitches
SC in next st
Sl St in last stitch
Tie off and leave approximately a 12" tail for sewing
For the Top Hat:
There are patterns online for Mini Top Hats and those will probably work for this project. I just winged it when I made mine because I didn't feel like sitting at the computer looking for a pattern at the time.
Dimensions: about 3" wide at the top (not counting the brim) and about 3" tall.
Here's how I made mine: using purple, with a G/4.25MM hook and without turning your work
- Magic Circle with 8 HDC. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- 2 HDC in each stitch around, join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- 1 HDC in same stitch as Ch 1, 2 HDC in next. Repeat pattern of 1 HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch around. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- 1 HDC in same stitch as Ch 1, 1 HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch. Repeat pattern of 1, 1, 2 around. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- IN BACK LOOP ONLY for this row: 1 HDC around. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- Repeat Row 6 until hat measures about 3" tall.
- When you have about a 3" tall hat the next row will be 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join to top of first HDC. Ch 1
- 1 HDC in same stitch as Ch 1, 2 HDC in next. Repeat pattern of 1 HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch around. Join to top of first HDC. Tie off and weave in this tail.
Using the G hook, chain a number that will let you wrap around the hat snugly with only a 1 or 2 ch overlap. Then SC in second ch from hook and across. Tie off and leave a tail of about 12" for sewing it to the hat. Sew it to the hat BEFORE putting the hat onto the beanie.
After the band has been secured to the hat, roll up the sides and secure. Now is the time to embellish the top hat to your liking. Go all out and make it as unique as you are!
The only thing left is attaching the other elements where they belong!
Sew the Eyeballs onto the Eye Triangles then attach the triangles to the beanie. I put mine between rows 6 and 10 and tilted them out a bit to make him seem like he was happy.
Attach the mouth with the top starting about 5 or 6 rows below the lowest portion of the eyes. I put my "teeth" on top and angled the corners of the mouth upward, again, to make him happy!
Now attach that fantastic hat you've created! Here's the point where IF you want to stuff the hat with pillow stuffing then please do so, just don't stuff it too full. I left mine empty; my stitches were tight enough to give the hat sufficient body to stand alone. Plus, I like making it bend and lurch in all different directions. LoL! Sew the hat directly on top of the beanie or off to the side for a more cavalier look.
I hope you have enjoyed this project, even if you didn't make one but enjoyed the photos, I am pleased.
Be sure to add any photos of this project to my Facebook page at Crochet2002! I'd be so excited to see what you've made!
Until next week, Peace and blessings,