Friday, 1 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 19 - MINION CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 19

MINION CAPS


This is my 19th blog on the preemie caps that I’ve recently donated over three charities in Australia.  I started, as you know, with the idea of donating 50 caps, and ended up donating 200 caps.  This lot of minion caps were distributed between the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and Redlands Hospital Charities, Cleveland.


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 Redlands Hospital Charity, Cleveland

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Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I’ve been having a load of fun creating all kinds of character caps.
This set of minion caps are a request from a friend, who has sponsored the yarn.
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 4 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 : Advanced.

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 between 4” – 5.5” and a circumference of about 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 minion preemie cap is as follows.
In case you are making this for any other size, check the links just after these preemie cap instructions.

Start Round 1 : (using yellow) : with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle.
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (10)

Round 2 : (using yellow) : (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 : (using yellow) : (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 : (using yellow) : (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.

Rounds 5 - 8 : (using yellow) :
hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Rounds 9 - 10 : (using black) :
hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Rounds 11 - 16 : (using yellow) :
hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Round 17 : (using yellow) :
Crab stitch in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36)

How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

And now for Minion ideas

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If making a girl minion, try some nice ‘girly’ colour for this last round – a nice pink, lavender will work great.

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Eyes :
Part 1 :
Make two of each part.
Start Round 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 6 hdc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.

Part 2 :
Start Round 1 : (using white yarn) with a magic circle and 6 hdc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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

Round 3 : (using white yarn) 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 
Attach grey yarn.  Fasten off white yarn.

Round 4 : (using grey yarn) 2 sc in the 1st hdc ; sc in the next 2 hdc ;
*2 sc in the next hdc, sc in the next 2 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 5 : (using grey yarn) sl-st in the 1st sc and in each sc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 
Note : In some of the photos there is a bit of yellow around the top n bottom of eyes – I just embroidered that in with yellow yarn.

For mouth : I looked at the pictures of minions online and just used a few inspirations.  Basically embroider the mouth in. 
For a semicircle open mouth, 6 hdc in a magic circle that is not pulled tight worked for me.  Of course, you can also just embroider it in.

For hair :
For the girls : I did what we usually do for tassels : Roll a bit of yarn around my fingers, and then join them up neatly either at the top of the head or two on the sides for two lil pig tails.
For the boy : I added a little fluff of hair on top of one of them, and for this (a bit more painful than tassels L ), I individually added each bit of hair.  So basically knot under work, and a small piece of yarn that just sticks out of it.  You need to ensure that that knot is really well done, else your lil minion will slowly go bald ;)

I found these links for minion caps.. one of them is a paid pattern.  Enjoy.



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