Tuesday, 29 May 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 17 : THANKSGIVING INSPIRED CAPS


free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,

PREEMIE CAPS 17

THANKSGIVING INSPIRED CAPS


There are Christmas caps and Easter bunny caps – so I thought let’s make a set of Thanksgiving caps, why not? Right?

Today we’ll create four different pumpkin inspired caps, one apple cap, and one candy corn cap.  Look for my turkey new born baby cap in my blog write up for Preemie Caps 14 (Cute birdie caps) to complete this Thanksgiving series.
These caps have been made for and donated recently over three charities in Australia.  As I was making them for newborns and preemies, I have adapted the pattern to suit my needs a bit.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this to any size.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

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

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

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.

I have worked in hdc all through for all my preemie caps.

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”.
After making all these caps, I found that 36 hdc give me the circumference I need and then I work without any increase till I have about 4 – 4.25” for my preemie babies.

Below are the inspiration blogs / pattern links.  What I did was check to see if the pattern link works for me (using my yarn and hook) – if it did not, then I worked my pattern above and them embellished as instructed.
With the embellishments too, if I had to reduce size (as my cap is so tiny), then I reduced my hook size and/or tightened my stitch.  I have also opted not to use any poly fill stuffing (as these are for preemies) – but found that tightening the stitch did hold the part up quite well.  Hope this works for you too.

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,
  The turkey cap is in an earlier blog as mentioned before. 

1.        Cute apple cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,


Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm & 4mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

For this cap, I worked per pattern till Round 3 (36 sts) and worked in hdc all through.  I worked the leaf pattern (using a 3.5mm crochet hook) as given and it worked right.

And now let's make four cute pumpkin inspired caps..

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,


2.      Pumpkin cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,

I thought thanksgiving needed a special preemie baby cap page. ;)

Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm & 4mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

For this cap , I worked per pattern all the way to the end, but worked in hdc all through.  The only difference is that I ensured I got the length I needed using my yarn and hook. 

3.      Puff stitch pumpkin cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,

This pattern uses puff stitches and gives you a soft light finish. It has a few holes all around, so probably not the best if you are looking for full head warmth.

Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm & 4mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

There is a small typo  in Round 5 (Puff stitch round).  You work a puff stitch and then ch-1 and sk the next st.  This will still give you the stitch count of 20 sts, but will also give you ch-sps all around.  You will work your next puff st (Round 6 and all other rounds as instructed) in these ch-1 sps.

I worked the pattern till I was a little short of 4” which is the length I need for my preemie cap.  I then worked 2 rows hdc to make up the  length I needed.


4.     Pumpkin cap 

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,


This pattern is very similar to the earlier one (#2) just that the start stitch number differs.  It’s a really cute pattern.  Get this free pattern at


5.      Pumpkin cap 

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,


This is a nice neat pattern worked in hdc and in back loops all through. 


6.     Candy corn cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet beanie pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet new born baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet Thanksgiving inspired cap pattern, Oswal Cashmilon, donation, donation ideas,

This pattern uses puff stitches and gives you a soft light finish. It has a few holes all around, so probably not the best if you are looking for full head warmth.

Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm & 4mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

This pattern has a pointed top, so start with the same number of stitches as instructed, but if making a different size or using a different yarn, then just work it to the circumference you need first, and then extend it to the length needed.

I’ve had such fun creating these lovely hats here and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

If you're visiting me here for the first time, and have liked the experience, do add me to your mailing list (for your convenience) , and all my future free patterns will come straight to your mail box.  

Check out my awesome pins on Pinterest at https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/



And please join me on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Nothings-Crochet/248919438644360  for more patterns.

Do follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/ShyamaNivas


Have a great day and see you soon. J

Here are some of my other creations.  Have fun with these free patterns too