Saturday, 2 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 20 : BLOSSOM POWER PUFF GIRL CAP


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PREEMIE CAPS 20

BLOSSOM POWER PUFF GIRL CAP


If you’ve been following me, you’ll know I’ve been on a preemie cap making spree.  This has taken on a momentum of it’s own now – and I have friends chipping in with ideas and donations too.  A friend has bought me yarn and has requested me to make a certain set of caps to donate for her – so here come the Power Puff girls. Today I’m working on Blossom.
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 ; 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 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. 
If you are making this for a bigger child, you could use dc.  I am working in hdc as I feel dc for a hat this tiny will have too many ‘holes’ (be too lacy) and not really provide warmth.

In general the pattern I’ve used for my caps is as follows.
Using this general idea, you can make it to any size using any yarn with a suitable hook.

Basic cap pattern :
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)

If you are making this for an older child, please continue with increase rounds till you have the head circumference needed. 
How do you check head circumference? You measure all around the round you’ve made and confirm sizing against the handy chart given at the top of this blog.
If working for a preemie, please follow on with me.

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.

For the three girls, what I plan on doing is working the ‘face’ in skin colour, and then working a cap of hair using the same pattern in black.  We will then attach the hair cap onto the ‘face’.  We will finally add on the eyes and mouth and we’ll have a cute little hat.

So first let’s go ahead and make the basic ‘face’ with the pattern above and then join me for the rest of the additions.

Here’s what I have done for Blossom

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Hair
Start Round 1 : (using orange yarn) with 10 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rounds 2 - 5 : Rep Rounds from the basic cap pattern.

Now if you are making this cap for an older child, then you will be working more increase rounds, and once you reach the circumference needed, you will stop increases.  So when working the hair, you will continue similarly till that round and then we will all work the next round together.  Got it?
In the following round, we will shape the front of the hair for Blossom’s hair bangs.  We will work in side to side in a row.  We will then continue working only the back part of her hair. 

Row 6 : hdc in the 1st st and in each hdc all around till the last st ; sk the last st and Turn.

Row 7 : hdc in the 1st st and in each hdc all around till the end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

We’ve done the front bangs, and now we will work side to side in rows only for the back of the head.

The back hair is only for half the head.  So find the back center point, and measure equally for either side.
What does this mean?
So say we ended with 36 sts, you will find the 18th st for the back of the head, and then count off 9 sts on either side of this centre st.  Place a marker on these two side stitches.  You will now work only on these 18 sts for the back of the head, side to side – like you are working from Blossom’s ear to ear – got this?

Re-attach your yarn at the 1st marker.
Row 8 : hdc in the 1st marker and in each hdc all around till the next marker.

Row 9 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc ; hdc in the next hdc and in each hdc all around till the last 2 hdc ; hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc.

Row 10 : Rep Row 8.

Row 11 : Rep Row 9.
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

If you are making this for an older child, I’d suggest you make a long pony tail just like you would make tassels.  So cut a set of about 12” long strips of yarn and hold them together to make a neat pony tail.  Attach the top of this thick tassel to the back of the head and you’ve got a cute pony tail.

In case you are working on the preemie baby cap, come on along and let’s work together.

For the ponytail :
Start Row 1 : (using orange yarn) with 5 fsc.  Turn. (5)
Row 2 : hdc in the 1st fsc and in all the other 4 fsc.  Turn.

Rows 3 - 4 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Turn.

Row 5 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc.  Turn. (7)

Rows 6 - 7 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Turn.

Row 8 : 3 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 5 hdc ; 3 hdc in the last hdc.  Turn. (11)

Row 9 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 9 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc. 
Turn. (13)

Row 10 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 11 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc. 
Turn. (15)

Row  11 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Attach the top of the pony tail to the centre back of the hair cap.


Eyes :
Part 1 :
Make two of each part.
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 sc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.

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

Round 2 : (using black 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 black 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 pink/orange yarn.  Fasten off black yarn.

Round 4 : (using pink / orange 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. 

Hair bow :
Start Row 1 : (using pink/orange yarn) with 7 fsc. Turn.  (7)

Row 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st fsc, and in the next 5 fsc ; 2 hdc in the last fsc. Turn.  (9)

Row 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc, hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
(sl-st + hdc + dc + hdc + sl-st) all in the next hdc ;
2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc. Turn. 

We’ve now made the base of the little bow, and we’ll work one pointy ear-like piece of bow at a time.

Row 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc, hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
2 hdc in the last hdc. Turn.  (8)

Rows 5 - 8 : hdc in the 1st hdc, and in each hdc till the end. Turn.  (8)

Row 9 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc, hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (6)

Row 10 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc, hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (4)

Row 11 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (2)

Row 12 : sc 2-tog over the 2 hdc. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Re-attach yarn for the other side of the pointy bow and work Rows 4-12.

Attachment :
1.        Hair : Place the hair such that the “V” comes right in the centre front of your cap.
2.      Pin and neatly attach the hair on.
3.      Eye : Place the white semicircle over the black/green edged one and sew together. 
4.     Place the eyes at a slight angle over the “face” of your cap, pin it down and neatly sew up. Ensure that you have placed both eyes before you sew down.
5.      Mouth : Embroider a small mouth using black yarn.
6.     Hair bow : Place the bow on the top centre (of crown of cap) and neatly pin down.  Sew securely. Weave in and glue down ends.

I’ve had such fun creating a Blossom Power Puff girl inspired hat today and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

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