Saturday, 26 May 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 14 : CUTE BIRDIE CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 14

CUTE BIRDIE CAPS


I can see you are enjoying this series of donation caps as much as I am .. and I am just starting out on the series ;)

I’ve just finished sharing patterns for my angry bird series, and here are two more cute bird caps.

In case you have missed any of my earlier preemie and new born baby caps, check under “Labels” (on the right hand side of this blog) and then look for “crochet headwear” or “crochet beanie” patterns. 
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Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3 mm crochet hook ; a light metal headband ; embroidery needle

You could use cotton as well – I just had acrylic ready in all the colours I wanted, so went with this selection.

Skill level : Easy to intermediate.  Basic sewing skills needed.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                             dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                 ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                  rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
Starting slip knot :This is a neat new way to start your work without a slip knot.http://stitchesnscraps.com/tutorial-starting-chain-to-knot-or-not/

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

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.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :




Instructions using U.S terminology

I am making preemie hats for donation and in the patterns below, I am using a free inspiration pattern. 
I do not have the yarns specified by the designer most of the time – but what I always do is keep my head sizing chart handy and then work the pattern as given by the designer till the size I need.  I always start with the same number of stitches, using whatever yarn I have in hand, in the color specified (if possible).  Then I keep tabs first on the circumference I need.  For a preemie hat, you need a (maximum) circumference of 12”.  Once I get that circumference, I stop increases and start working down for the length.  I need a total length of (maximum) 4”.

Once I have the basic hat/cap done, then embellishments need a little tweaking, sometimes. The simplest way to tweak embellishments (nose, eyes etc) is to work with a smaller hook.  I also try to tighten the stitches a little bit. The tightening not only makes the embellishment smaller, but also allows it to hold shape without polyfill filling (if that’s what’s asked by the designer).  As I am donating to the NICU preemie baby ward, I do not want to muck around with polyfill and possible allergens.  I also prefer not to have ‘under-the-chin’ ties – so these are the two basic differences that you will see in my finished projects.

So what is my basic hat pattern for preemies ?

For my preemie caps I have worked the pattern ensuring I have a total length of 4” and a circumference of 12”. Please check the top of this blog for a sizing chart.

In general the pattern I’ve used for my caps is as follows.

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle.
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (10)

Round 2 : (Increase round ) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (20)

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.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (30)

Round 4 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Check that your hat circumference is about 12” for preemie.

Round 5 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Rep Round 5 till you have a finished length of 4”.

Some patterns directly have worked for me, so I have used the instructions given by the individual designers.  So come along and let’s create some cute caps today.

  

1.        Just-hatched baby chick cap 

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I just love Sarah of Repeatcrafterme’s various patterns – and they’re all free.  I’ve been inspired by many of her creations in my projects.
Just like I was, Leftinknots was also inspired by Sarah and has created this awesome baby chick cap using the pattern from the snowman. 

If you are able to work it on your own, please visit http://repeatcrafterm.wpengine.com/2012/10/crochet-snowman-hat-pattern.html

This is what I’ve done for the lil baby chick pattern. 

How can you resist this little chick with a bit of egg shell on its head??

Materials used : You need to have a little bit of yellow, white , an orange or red for beak and black for eyes for this.  I’ve used Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4mm crochet hook.

Skill level : Easy

For the baby chick, the top bit of the cap has two parts – the white shelled bit and then the little yellow chick.

So for my baby chick, I followed Sarah’s Snowman hat pattern till Round 4 (36 sts).  I then created the broken egg pattern.
I’ve been inspired by Sarah’s Crochet’ shark pattern (teeth) for this.

Next row : (Using white / egg shell colour)
ch 4, 3 trc in the 4th ch from hk (on the ch-4 you just worked) ;
sk next 2 sts, sl-st in the next st ;
*(ch 4, 3 trc in the 4th ch from hk) ; sk next 2 sts, sl-st in the next st* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Keep a long tail to attach this white shell onto the yellow chick.

Now I repeated the pattern all the way from start to end using the yellow (or whatever colour you want for your chick) colour.

Once done, with the little chick, I attached on the shell to the top.

For the eyes, I worked 8 hdc into a magic circle and left a long tail to attach.

For the little beak, I used the carrot idea from the Snowman pattern.


2.      Turkey cap

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This cute turkey cap is a free pattern from the stitching mommy at 

With this pattern, I worked the pattern as given using my measurements (above) but the colours and ideas from the lovely free pattern.

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