Sunday, 20 May 2018
PREEMIE CAPS 8 : BOMB – Black Angry Bird
Welcome back to my series of preemie caps that, as I’m sure you know by now, I’ve just recently donated 200 newborn / preemie baby caps over three institutions in Australia.
As I started making this series, I started 'learning' all their names.. dunno why but they’re wildly popular – didn’t even know there were so many of them!
This is the full series that I've made and over the past few days I've posted the red and white ones so in case you missed those, click on Crochet headwear pattern or Crochet beanie pattern labels on the right of this blog... and then follow me either here on Facebook for more fun crochet stuff. Cheers.
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.
This beautiful creation was donated to the lovely ladies who run the stall at the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Abbreviations used :
sc : 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
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.
once again, this is my stocking ball, just for your info (though have not used it for any of my caps here)
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.
We’ve done Terence, Red bird and Matilda over the past tow days.. today Bomb, the angry black bird gets his beak in ;)
Bomb –Black angry bird cap
I found this free pattern for a Matilda stuff toy on Ravelry at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/childs-black-angry-birds-hat
There are several sizes given here, but I basically used my simple pattern (top of this blog) and then worked in the embellishments as instructed by the lovely Elise Engh.
So what did I do differently : As always, I started with the pattern as given and checked to see what circumference and length I was getting. I just ensured that I keep to the size I need.
I also changed the head (top) feather a bit. I thought that the feather should be a bit narrow at the bottom – so instead of working an sc all through, I worked a sl-st in Row 2 for the 1st few sts , and in Row 3, I ended with a the same few sl-sts. This gives it a thinner curved look.
I started with a fsc chain and worked just 3 rows. I did not fold it over as instructed as I wanted that curved look.
The “difficulty” with my finish is that you need to be “very careful” in weaving in all the ends (the orange end) as we’re not wrapping it inside the folded part.
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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'.
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