Tuesday, 18 October 2016

ROTARY CHARITY CAPS II

free crochet cap pattern, cute animal cap crochet free pattern

ROTARY CHARITY CAPS II

I am making these for a Charity Drive with Rotary India (Chembur) in conjunction with the Burns Clinic at Airoli, Navi Mumbai.

These are not my patterns.  I found freebies on the net, and these notes are only for slight differences (mainly due to difference in  yarn) as I make my project, so it can be beneficial for other Indians using local Indian yarns.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium and / or Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used(Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                   rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double Crochet

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)
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 chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing : https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764548/
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


I've made four cute projects which are all 'animal related'. I seem to have unearthed a huge stash .. literally opened Pandora's box.  Do keep an eye out for more projects along the same theme.


Cap #  1 : Bunny Rabit

free crochet pattern

This cute free pattern is from the wonderful Tamara Kelly of Moogly blog.  
The yarn she’s used is a nice thick bulky one, so it needs a lot less rows / rounds to complete than I needed with my locally available yarn.l  
Get this pattern at  http://www.mooglyblog.com/one-hour-crochet-bunny-hat/, and I was inspired by this photograph



I worked the pattern in the same way, but had to tweak a little to get the size.

I started with a magic circle and 9 hdc as per pattern.  I continued all the way with the every round increase till I had 45 sts.  I then continued with these 45 sts till I had a project which was nearly 6” (measured from crown to brim).  
Finish Circumference = 15”.

For the ears all I did was increase 2 lines at the end, so I worked an extra 2 rows of 3 hdc.

All around the ears, I worked a round of hdc in contrast dark pink yarn.

This pattern does not have eyes and a nose, but as the pattern below did, I thought I’d add it in here too.

You could use ready-made safety eyes, or a button and cross stitch in the centre of the button, but I didn’t have one so I crocheted one.

Eyes : Work 6 sc in a magic circle and pull close lightly.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. Cut off yarn leaving a tail to attach.
In case you want a larger eye, substitute hdc for the sc.

Nose : Start with 2 ch ; Work 3 hdc in the 2nd ch from hk.  Turn
Row 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sl-st all the 5 hdc till end.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.

I used our Indian 4-ply acrylic and have got a project of 6” from crown to brim and about 15” circumference.



Cap #  2   : Bunny Rabit Hat

free crochet cap pattern

This cute free pattern is from the wonderful Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe blog at


I worked the pattern for the 1st 7 rounds as instructed and then changed to hdc in each dc all around and continued working in hdc all around till I achieved the size I was looking for.

The only reason I’ve done this is as I felt that this 4-ply yarn was opening out too much with the dc and I wanted a “closer-stitched-look”.

For the nose and eyes, I used the same idea as for Cap # 1.

I used our Indian 4-ply acrylic and have got a project of 6.5” from crown to brim and about 17” circumference.



Cap #  3   : Sock Monkey Hat

free crochet cap pattern

This free pattern was just too cute to miss.   I have used our Indian 4-ply acrylic for this project.


I have used our Indian 4-ply acrylic for this project and is about 5.25” from crown to brim and about 17” circumference.



Cap #  4   : Cute Valentine Inspired Hat

free crochet cap pattern

Now this is truly Providence… or is it? This free pattern was shared just today on Facebook, just as I was uploading my 1st set of head wear for this donation drive (link for the set given just below this blog)
Guess “Someone else” also thinks the little ones need some fun caps.

Get this free pattern at


For this pattern, you could start with a Magic circle and work 12 dc in that circle.

I worked in dc (and in pattern) till Round 4 and 45 sts.  I then changed to working in hdc, mainly due to the kind of yarn I’m using – and as I’ve said before, this yarn, though really soft, opens out a little too much in caps while using a dc.. So you see, this change of stitch makes no change in the pattern.
I just checked how many inches I’d need for the size I’m working on, and worked in hdc till I was at that length (from crown to brim)

For the eyes : I decided to make little crochet ones from Cap 1

For the nose : I decided to make a magic circle with 8 hdc in it, and then worked a small increase in Round 2 of an hdc every other stitch (so hdc in 1st st ; 2 hdc in the next st ; hdc in the next st ; 2 hdc in the next st .. etc all around).
I made my nose slightly larger as I thought I’d add a small blob of polyfill and 3D this cap up a bit.

For the ears : mmm ..I’m not sure if I’m just tired and so can’t get it , but I am unable to get the ears the way the designer has.. so I’ve decided to use the bunny ears (from above) instead.

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