Monday, 11 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 28 - GARFIELD 'n ODIE CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 28

GARFIELD 'n ODIE CAPS


We’ve almost reached the end of all the patterns I’ve made for my donation caps.  Today we’ll make the famous cute orange fat cat and his sidekick (?) dog pal.  Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today. 

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This set of caps was donated to the Redlands Hospital Charity Centre, Cleveland, Australia.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3 mm crochet hook ; a light metal headband
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.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.        Garfield preemie cap

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2.      Odie preemie cap

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For Odie, I started with the basic preemie cap pattern, using bright yellow yarn.  For the rest of the facial features, come along..

Eyes :
Part 1 : Whites of eyes
Start Round 1 : (using white yarn) with a magic circle and 12 hdc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)

Round 2 : 2 hdc in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment

Part 2 : Black of eyes
Start Round 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 6 sc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment


Nose :
Start Round 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 12 hdc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)

Round 2 : 2 sc in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment

Ears : (Make two)
Start Round 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 6 hdc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)

Rounds 2 - 10 : hdc in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment

Tongue :
Start Row 1 : (using red yarn) with a 3 fsc. Turn.   (3)

Row 2 :  hdc in all 3 fsc. Turn.   (3)

Row 3 :  hdc in all 3 hdc. Turn.   (3) 

In the following row, we’ll use a decrease stitch to finish off.

[yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp] 3 times (7 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all 7 lps on hk.  One hdc 3-tog made.

Row 4 :  hdc 3-tog over the 3 hdc. Turn.   (3)
Before you finish off, you could run a row of sc all around, to soften the edges and make the tip of tongue a little not-so pointed ;)


If you decide to make Nermal (the cute grey tabby cat) then I’d just work a basic cap in the grey yarn – and use the features from Odie to fill in his face. 

I’ve had such fun creating these lovely hats here and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

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