Sunday, 27 May 2018
PREEMIE CAPS 15 : CUTE OWL CAPS
Yesterday I shared two really cute birdie caps – a chick and a turkey, and today we go a little owl-eyed crazy… six oh, so cute, owl cap patterns in this blog.
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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 :
How to join your work :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE
Instructions using U.S terminology
I am making preemie hats for donation and in all of 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. Sleepin owl cap
One cute sleepy eyed owl.. do not even try to resist.. let’s make this with this lovely free pattern at https://thewhoot.com/crochet/crochet-drowsy-owl-hat. Also check out
http://repeatcrafterm.wpengine.com/2012/04/crochet-owl-hat-pattern.html and http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/09/crochet-owl-hat-pattern-in-newborn.html
2. Four owl caps
This set of owl caps is a paid pattern from Ambassador crochet at
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angry-owl-sleepy-owl-hoot-the-owl-peeking-owl-pattern-pack ... but aren't they totally worth it?
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A full time mum, a part time social service volunteer, animal fosterer and a Guinness World Record holder
I love art and craft - and am grateful for this hobby that keeps me busy and out of 'mischief'.
We (as a family) are also staunch protectors of stray animals and will continue to do our bit to make this a safe world for them.
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