Sunday, 3 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 21 - BUTTERCUP POWER PUFF GIRL CAP


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PREEMIE CAPS 21

BUTTERCUP 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 are my three caps inspired by the Power Puff girls.

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Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today .. Let's create Buttercup 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

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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.

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.

Let’s make a Buttercup Power Puff girl inspired cap today.

Oh, I found this blog with a pattern for a tiny stuff toy – so go ahead and enjoy http://moistcrochetedvagina.blogspot.in/2011/07/buttercup-from-powerpuff-girls.html


Buttercup
Hair
Work exactly as we did for Blossom all the way for the hair cap, using yellow yarn.

Now as we did with Blossom, place two markers for the sides of the hair.
Re-attach your yarn at the 1st marker.

Row 8 : 2 hdc in the 1st marked st ;
hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
dc in the next hdc till the last 4 hdc before the next marked st ;
hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
2 hdc in the next marked st. Turn.

Row 9 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
hdc in the next 6 hdc ;
dc in the next hdc till the last 7 hdc ;
hdc in the next 6 hdc ;
2 hdc in the next hdc. Turn.

Rows 10 - 11 : hdc in the 1st hdc ;
hdc in the next 6 hdc ;
dc in the next hdc till the last 7 hdc ;
hdc in the last 7 hdc. Turn.
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

Eyes :
Part 1 :
Make two of each part.
Start Row 1 : (using white yarn) with a magic circle and 9 hdc. 
Do not pull together, but leave like a semi circle.  Turn

Row 2 : (using white yarn) sc in the 1st hdc ;
2 sc in the next hdc and in each hdc till last hdc ;
sc in the last hdc. 
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.

Part 2 :
Start Row 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 9 hdc. 
Do not pull together, but leave like a semi circle.  Turn

Row 2 : (using black yarn) hdc in the 1st hdc ;
2 hdc in the next hdc and in each hdc till last hdc ;
hdc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Row 3 : (using black yarn) hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* till last 3 hdc ; hdc in the last 3 hdc.  Turn

Attach green yarn.  Fasten off black yarn.

Round 4 : (using green yarn) sc in the 1st hdc ; and in each hdc all around. 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

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.


I’ve had such fun creating a Buttercup Power Puff Girl inspired hat here and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

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