Monday, 4 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 22 - BUBBLES POWER PUFF GIRL CAP


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PREEMIE CAPS 22

BUBBLES 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. 
This is the third and the last of this series of Power Puff girls – so here comes Bubbles.
In case you missed the earlier ones from this series, check the side of this blog for “Labels” and check under “crochet beanies” or “crochet headwear” patterns for lots of fun patterns.

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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.

Today we’ll make a Bubbles Power Puff girl inspired cap.

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Hair
Work Rounds 1 - 5 as we did for Blossom, using yellow yarn.

Now place markers like we did for Blossom.
Row 6 : hdc in the 1st marker and in each hdc all around till the next marker.


Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

Eyes : Make like we did for Blossom.
When you place the white of eyes over black, look at Bubble’ picture - place it slightly off-centre. Bubbles eyes are white, black with a line of blue all around (not pink like Blossom)

If you want a slightly wider bit of blue then here’s what I’ve done in the final round.
Round 4 : (using blue yarn) sc in the 1st 3 hdc ;
sc + hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
hdc + dc in the next hdc ; 2 dc in the next hdc ;
dc + hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
hdc + sc in the next hdc ; sc in each hdc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 


Pony tail :
Make four pieces.  We will attach 2 pieces together to make one ponytail.

Start Row 1 : (using yellow yarn) with 3 fsc. Turn.  (3)

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

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

Row 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 5 hdc ;
2 hdc in the last hdc. Turn.  (9)

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 5 hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (7)

Row 10 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc, hdc in the next 3 hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (5)

Row 11 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
hdc 2-tog over the last 2 hdc. Turn.  (3)

Row 12 : sc 3-tog over all 3 hdc. 
Fasten off and leave a tail to attach pony tail onto side of head cap.

Attachment :
In Bubble’s case, we will first place the eyes and then attach the hair. 
1.        Hair : Place the hair onto the top of ‘face’ cap.
2.      Pin but do not attach the hair on as yet.
3.      Eye : Place the white part of eye over the black/blue 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.  Ensure that the top of the eyes goes under the hair.
5.      Hair : Attach the hair on , with it ‘falling’ over the eyes.
6.     Mouth : Embroider a small mouth using black yarn.
7.      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.


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