Saturday, 19 May 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 7 MATILDA – The white Angry Bird


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PREEMIE CAPS 7

MATILDA – The white Angry Bird


Welcome back to my series of preemie caps that I’ve made for a donation to the hospitals in Australia.
This birdie beanie went to the Redland hospital Charity centre at Cleveland.

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In this blog I thought I’d make a series of the famous birds – frankly I don’t know what all this fuss is about (with these birds I mean :-/) but they’re wildly popular and a friend suggested I make them – so here goes.  This is the image I found of the whole series of birds – didn’t even know there were so many of them!

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Oh, may I, as usual, request you to please go through my notes for ideas on what I’ve done. I’ve basically used stuff toy patterns to make my caps so with this blog you get a cap and a stuff toy.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

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


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

Magic circleTo 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

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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 preemie 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”.

For all the birds that need a white belly, I’ve ended with a round of hdc and then finished off with a last round of crab stitch or reverse single crochet.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse. 
Instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.
How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

All the little birds have eyes, a beak and head feathers – and for each of these I’ve just worked with a 3.5mm crochet hook and tightened the stitches a bit.  I have not used any polyfill stuffing anywhere as these caps are intended for preemies in the NICU.  If working for a slightly older kid, then you could use polyfill if you’d like.  May I suggest that you first fill your poly-fill into a stocking and then stuff – to keep it non-allergic and super safe. 
This is my stocking ball, just for your info (though have not used it for any of my caps here)

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I have also not made tail feathers for any of them as my preemie babies are going to be lying down and they may hurt the back of the head.  If making yours for an older child, go crazy and spread huge smiles.

Some of the angry birds have a slightly different shape, so come on along and see what I’ve done with this cute range.

Today let’s check out how we’re working on Matilda, the white angry bird.



Matilda –White angry bird cap
I found this free pattern for a Matilda stuff toy on Ravelry at

What I’ve done with this pattern : I used the pattern for the body of the stuff toy and worked it only till the length I needed as always. In case you are confused, this pattern is just like one I’ve used for the caterpillar cap (in an earlier blog). We need to get a slightly conical shape, as against a full semicircle and so the difference.
Once again, work it only for the length and circumference you need, work all the embellishments as instructed and you’ll have a cute cap.  I did not work in the tail feathers – once again as my caps are intended for preemie babies who will be lying down, it makes no sense.
However, if you are making it for an older child, it may look cute coming out from the base of the cap at the back.
With this link, you get a cap and a stuff toy. Cool huh?

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