Thursday, 7 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 25 - TWEETY BIRD BABY CAP


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PREEMIE CAPS 25

TWEETY BIRD BABY CAP


Hi again and thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.
Continuing with our character caps, here comes Tweety, the oh so cute lil yellow (canary) bird.  I had no time to do the harder work involved with Sylvester – but I’m sure to do that sometime.

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This Tweety bird cap was donated to the Redlands Hospital Charity Center, Cleveland, Australia.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook 
You could use cotton as well – I just had acrylic ready in all the colours I wanted, so went with this selection.

Skill level : Intermediate

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 – 5.5” and a circumference of 11 - 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 caps is as follows.

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)

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. 


Tweety bird cap info

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Tweety has been one of my favourites too.  I could not find a pattern for this cute bird, so I just used my basic preemie cap pattern.  Here’s what I’ve done for the eyes , beak and tuft of hair.

Eyes : For the eyes, we will work with black yarn first, then change to blue and finally to white, all in one continuous movement. We will work in rows, up and down.
Start (using black) : with 7 fsc ;
Attach blue yarn , fasten off black yarn :
sc in the 1st 2 fsc ; hdc in the next 2 fsc ;
hdc + dc in the next fsc ; 2 dc in the next fsc ;
3 dc in the last fsc ;
Turn and continue working around the other side of the fsc
2 dc in the next fsc ; dc + hdc in the next fsc ;
hdc in the next 2 fsc ; sc in the last 2 fsc ;
Turn and continue work back around the stitches you’ve just worked :
Attach white yarn , fasten off blue yarn :
sc in the 1st 7 sts ;  2 hdc in the next 2 sts ;
hdc + dc in the next st ; 2 dc in the next 3 sts ;
dc + hdc in the next st ; 2 hdc in the next 2 sts ; sc in the last 7 sts.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. 

Beak :
Start (using orange) : with a magic circle and work 6 hdc into that circle.  Pull lightly and keep like a semicircle.
We will now work a small extension on either side of the beak.
ch 3, Turn ; sc in the 2nd ch from hk ; sc in the next ch ;
work 4 sc across the top (flat part) of the semicircle you just made ;
ch 3, Turn ; s;-st in the 2nd ch from hk ; sl-st in the next ch and sl-st into the next st to fasten off.
Leave a long tail for attachment. 

Tweety finishing :
1.        Keep Tweety’s photo / picture to check placement.
2.      Place the two eyes. Pin and fasten down.
3.      Place the little beak just under the two eyes.
4.     Using the embroidery needle and black yarn, embroider in three long eyelashes on top of the eyes.
5.      Make a small set of 4-6 tassels in yellow and attach onto the top of head.
6.     Once hair attached, unravel the yarn so it gets a nice frizzy hair-like effect.


I’ve had such fun creating my Tweety bird cap and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

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