Sunday, 10 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 27 - TOM N JERRY CARTOON CHARACTER CAPS


PREEMIE CAPS 27
TOM N JERRY CARTOON CHARACTER CAPS

As I was going through inspiration for my preemie caps, how could I go through cartoon characters and not make this famous duo.  Here’s Tom ‘n Jerry caps for you today.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session.

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 : Intermediate to 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.

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.        Tom (cat) preemie cap


I did not find any patterns for Tom, so here are my notes on what I’ve done. 
I did find this paid pattern at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tom-the-cat-hat , so do feel free to check it out.

What I’ve done is just use my basic preemie cap pattern. 
Here’s what I’ve done for the eyes and ears.


Nose “patch” :
Start (using light grey) : with 7 fsc. Turn.

Row 1 : 2 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next 2 fsc ; 2 sc in the last fsc.  Turn. (9)
Rows 2 - 11 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn. (9)
Row 12 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  (7)
Row 13 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
 sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  (5)
Row 14 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next sc ;
 sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  (3)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.


Eyes :
Part 1 : Make two
Start (using black) : with a magic circle and work 12 hdc into that circle.  Pull together and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment

Part 2 : Make two
Start (using light yellow) : with 4 fsc.  Turn. (4)

Row 1 : 2 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next 2 fsc ; 2 sc in the last fsc.  Turn. (6)

Rows 2 - 7 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn. (6)

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

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

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Ears :
Here’s where this is interesting.  You can make two parts for your ear. The outer ear in grey and the inner ear in light pink and then sew these two parts together.  You will make two parts of grey and two parts of light pink, obviously – one for each side.
The pattern is the same.  Be creative.

Part 1 : Make two (sets)
Start Row 1 : (using grey or pink) : with a magic circle and work 3 hdc into that circle.  Turn.  Do not join.  (3)
We will work in rows all through.

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

Row 5 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; hdc in the next 5 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc.  Turn. (11)

Row 6 : hdc in the 1st 6 hdc ; dc in the next 3 sts ; dc 2-tog over in the last 2 dc.  Turn. (10)

Row 7 : dc in the 1st 4 sts ; hdc in the last 6 hdc.  Turn. (10)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Note : A neat way to finish and join the pink and grey triangles for each ear is to join them with sc through both parts just before you finish off with the grey yarn.  So hold pink and grey portions, and when finishing grey work a round of sc all around.  That said, this is not critical to the pattern – so go ahead and choose your finish.

Tom finishing :
1.        Keep a photo / picture of Tom handy to check placement.
2.      Nose patch : Place the light grey nose patch in the centre 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 nose patch. Pin and fasten down.
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.
One cute lil Tom cat all ready to show off.


2.      Jerry (mouse) preemie cap

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Once again, feel free to check out this paid pattern at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jerry-the-mouse-hat

What I’ve done is just use my basic preemie cap pattern. 
I’ve worked the same pattern for the eyes as Tom’s eyes.  I just used white and black (so instead of yellow for Tom, used white for Jerry).
Jerry has no nose patch.
For the ears, I tweaked Tom’s ears a bit.


Ears Part 1 : Make two (sets)
Start Row 1 : (using brown or pink) : with a magic circle and work 5 hdc into that circle.  Turn.  Do not join.  (5)
We will work in rows all through.

Row 2 : 3 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the last hdc.  Turn. (8)

Row 3 : 2 dc in the 1st st ; dc in the next st ; hdc in the next 4 hdc ; 2 dc in the last 2 hdc.  Turn. (11)

Row 4 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 3 sts ; hdc in the last 7 hdc.  Turn. (12)

Row 5 : hdc in the 1st 8 sts ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn. (14)

Row 6 : 2 dc in the 1st 2 sts ; dc in the next 4 sts ; hdc in the next 6 sts ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sts.  Turn. (15)

Row 7 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sts ; hdc in the next 6 hdc ; dc in the next 4 sts ; 2 dc in the last 3 dc.  Turn. (16)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Note : A neat way to finish and join the pink and grey triangles for each ear is to join them with sc through both parts just before you finish off with the grey yarn.  So hold pink and grey portions, and when finishing grey work a round of sc all around.  That said, this is not critical to the pattern – so go ahead and choose your finish.


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