Tuesday, 19 June 2018

KITTY CAT WIZARD CAP


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KITTY CAT WIZARD CAP


Today I got a really unusual order – a friend saw this and said she just must must must have it for her kitty cat – and who am I to refuse someone when the project is this cute, right? ;)

I do not know if there is a pattern for this cap.  I did a quick search but could not find anything – and time was of essence.  These are my original notes as I made my original and superp-cute project. 
Come along and let’s make a wizard cap for your furry feline.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; a light metal headband
You could use cotton as well – I just had acrylic ready in all the colour needed, so went with this selection.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation 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.

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  Thismakes your whole project neat and even..in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :




Instructions using U.S terminology

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Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 6 hdc in that circle.
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (6)

Round 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (6)

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. (9)

Round 4 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (9)

Round 5 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (12)

Round 6 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (12)

Round 7 : (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. (15)

Round 8 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 4 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 4 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (18)

Round 9 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 5 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 5 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (21)

Round 10 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 6 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 6 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (24)

Round 11 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (32)

Round 12 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 7 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 7 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Round 13 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

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Check if you think this will fit your kitty cat’s head. If it does, go straight to Round 16
Round 14 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 8 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 8 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (40)

Round 15 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (40)

Once again check the circumference of the cap and see if it fits your cat. I have about 4.5 – 4.75” and with the yarn stretch it will fit my cat. 

Now we will make slits for the ears.
All we do for this is skip a few stitches and make a chain of the same length as the number of stitches we skip.
I am going to make a 3” slit which is 10 sts for me.  Depending on the yarn and your work tension, decide on how large a slit you want.

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 Round 16 : Slit round : hdc in the 1st 10 hdc ;
ch 10, sk the next 10 hdc, hdc in the next hdc ;
hdc in the next 9 hdc ;
ch 10, sk last 10 hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 17 : Filling slits : hdc in the 1st 10 hdc ; 10 hdc in the next ch-10 sp ;
hdc in the next 10 hdc ; 10 hdc in the last ch-10 sp ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (40)

Now we will increase again to make the brim for our cap.
Round 18 : (Increase round ) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (80)

Round 19 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (80)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Cap tie / strap :
In case you decide you want to make a tie / strap for the wizard cap, here’s what I’ve done.

Now I have opted to work with fdc so that I get my strap / tie done all in one shot.   If you decide to work with a chain, go ahead.  Just make a chain for as long as you want the tie, and then work dc all the way back your chain.  Then follow my instructions for Row 2.
For a “how to fdc”, check the top of this blog.

Start : with 30 fdc. 
At the end of our fdc chain, we will make a small shell.  So after you finish the last fdc, work all these sts in the vertical bar of that last fdc.
(1 hdc ; 2 dc ; 3 trc ; 2 dc ; 1 hdc) and sl-st at the end of the fdc.  Got it?
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat these instructions for the 2nd tie.

Attach the tie in the 7th st from Round 15, in the centre of the slit.
What do I mean? Go to round 15.  See that slit we created.   Now find the 7th st and attach your yarn there.  If you attach it on the brim side, your cap will pull and sag.  So we are working on the ‘hat’ side or the main part of the cap. 
Now when working the other side, ensure that the 7th st is closer to the back.  Visualise this : The tie / strap needs to go from behind the cat’s ears and under the chin.  If it comes from the front of the ear, the cap will slip off.  Got it?

For the stars : As I had really little time, I opted to embroider in the stars.  When I was doing that, I went back to the days when we would aimlessly draw these stars at school – ensuring that you do not lift the pencil off and make the whole star without turning your notebook around either.. did you do that?
There are several star

Yaay – one cute kitty cat cap all ready to be shown off.  Remember to share my blog link and do tag me when you share your cute furry feline on social media.  Cheers.

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