Sunday, 28 August 2016

A CUTE LITTLE SHELLED HAT & A HEADBAND

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A CUTE LITTLE SHELLED HAT & A HEADBAND

I made a cute dress with a shelled pattern of sorts, and then added on a pair of booties and a cap.  

.. and here we’re going to work on the hat & headband . 

As usual, this blog has a lot of links and instructions - so please read through it all first so you have an idea of what we're doing here. Thanks.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 50 gms of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium 4-ply yarn  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                      rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                  sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only

  
Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chain-less dc start.

Instructions for Chained Headband

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For the headband, I used this free pattern from Paw Designs at http://rescuedpawdesigns.com/2015/02/27/crochet-chained-earwarmer/


Instructions for Shelled Cap

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 Inspired by this cap, here are my notes. 


For our shelled cap, we will start at the crown of the head and work down to the forehead, where we will work in our shells.  I decided on these shells so that they would match the little dress – but this is a cute enough little cap for a non-shelled outfit as well.

As I am making this for a little baby, and I am using a thinner yarn, I have opted to use a hdc for the crown of the head and then will switch to a dc a little later. 
I am writing the pattern using dc all through as we’re all (probably) working with different yarn thicknesses.

As a general rule, remember that when working with either sc or hdc (for keeping stitches closer and therefore ensuring the cap gives more warmth for the crown of the baby’s head), the number of stitches will increase as required giving it the circumference, but it will not ‘gain length’ as quickly.

This is not a worry at all, but you will just need to remember to increase the number of rows a little till you are at the length needed.  So if you’re game for that.. then go ahead and play with the stitches.


Here’s an awesome link for sizing of head for baby caps https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279839058772/  OR  https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764548/

Start : with a magic circle and 12 dc in the circle ;  
join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 1 : 2 sc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around ; 
and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 3 : Increase round : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; 
(hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc)  ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 4 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 5 : Increase round : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; 
(hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc)  ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

Round 6 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

Now depending on the size of head you’re working with, (check the links for the charts given above), you will work the following rows. 

Rep Rounds 5 and 6 three times, increasing 12 sts every alternate round, till you are about 2 – 3” from the full length of the cap you want according to the chart given above (or the head of the child you’re making this cap for).

I say 2” – 3” because this all depends on which size you’re working on.  If for a new born or 0 – 6 months, 2” suffices ; but if for an older child then you could have more of a shelled  border.

Our shelled border pattern is in multiples of 4



Shell Round 1 : sc in the 1st st ;
*sk next st, 5 dc in the next st ; sk next st and sc in the next st* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sc to the 1st st.

Shell Round 2 : sl-st into the 3rd dc ; sc in the same dc ;
*sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sc to the 1st st.

Repeat Shell Round 2 once or 2 times to get a good brim.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

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