Friday, 8 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 26 - CHIP n DALE CHARACTER CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 26
CHIP n DALE CHARACTER CAPS

The list seems unending and I’m having a lot of fun creating each new project  - all for a donation so let’s spread more smiles.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

I do not know if there are patterns for this duo.  These are my original notes as I made my own creation.

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These caps were donated to the Gold Coast Hospital Charity Centre.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3 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 : 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 – 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. 


1.        Chip n Dale preemie cap

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For the cap, use the basic preemie cap from the top of this blog.

Assuming you are making both Chip and Dale, these are the instructions. 
If making just for one of the cute chipmunks, you will work only one set.

Ears : 
(Make four pieces – two ear pieces per project - one each for Chip n Dale)
Start Row 1 :  (using brown) with 3 hdc in a magic circle.  Turn.
Do not join. (3)

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

Rows 3 - 5 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  (5)
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

Let us work a black border all around for our ears.  Hold two pieces (of the four you’ve made) together and work an sc into both pieces together.  It does not matter how many stitches you work.  Just ensure that you work the same number for both sides of ear. 
Using black yarn : sc in the 1st st and in each st all around. 
Work 3 sc for the top pointy part of the ear.  Work
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)


Eyes : 
(Make four pieces – two for each eye for Chip n Dale)
Part 1 :
Start Round 1 :  (using black) with 6 hdc in a magic circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Part 2 : Make two
Start (using white) : with 4 fsc.  Turn. (3)

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

Rows 2 - 5 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn. (5)

Row 6 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  (3)

To neaten the edges and make it nice and oval, let’s work a round of sc all around
Last Round : sc all around the white of eyes.  Work 2 sc in each corner to ease the corners and make it a neat oval.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Eye patch : (Make four pieces – two each for Chip n Dale)
So these are the light brown patches just under the whites of the eyes.  There are two for per character – so a total of four.

Start (using light brown) : with 6 fsc.  Turn. (6)

Row 1 : 2 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next 5 fsc.  Turn. (7)

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn. (7)

Row 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 6 sc.  Turn. (8)

Rows 4 - 9 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn. (8)

Row 8 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc. Turn. (6)

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

Row 10 : sc in each sc till end. Turn.  (4)

For a neat finish, I have run a round of sc all around the sides and bottom of this eye patch.  It does not matter how many stitches you work – just ensure it keeps your work flat and you keep a count of the number to repeat evenly for all pieces. Remember to work 2 sc in each ‘corner’ stitch to keep it neat and flat.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.


Nose : 
(Make black for Chip and red for Dale)
The pattern is the same for both noses.

Start Round 1 :  (using black / red) with 6 hdc in a magic circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (6)

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc* ; rep *to* once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (9)

Round 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc* ; rep *to* once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (12)

Round 4 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (12)

Round 5 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc 2-tog over the next 2 hdc ; hdc in the next hdc* ; rep *to* once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (9)

Round 6 : hdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 hdc ;
*hdc 2-tog over the next 2 hdc* ; rep *to* once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.



Finishing :
1.        Keep a photo / picture of Chip & Dale handy to check placement.
2.      Eye patch : Place the light brown eye patch on either side of the face. Pin and fasten down.
3.      Eyes : Put eye together. Place the black eye circle at the bottom of the yellow eye bit.
4.     Place the two eyes along the two edges of the eye patch. Pin and fasten down.  Embroider a line of black along the top of each eye
5.      Eyebrows : Using the embroidery needle and black yarn, embroider eyebrows on top of the eyes.
6.     Ears : If you have made one pair each of grey and pink, attach one grey and one pink together for each side.  Ensure that the curved sides match.  The curved sides are those that we have worked the dc along.
7.      Place ears on either side of head, pin and fasten down.
8.      Nose : Chip gets the cute black button nose and Dale gets a red nose.  Before you attach the nose on, tighten that opening with a running stitch all around.  I have not stuffed the nose as these caps are meant for preemie babies, so they may not hold shape, but they are allergen safe and soft and light.
Your cute Chip n Dale chipmunk caps all ready to show off.

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