Hey Crocheters... I need help

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animestrinity
Hey Crocheters... I need help

I want a kitty ear hat.

Like this one:

 

 

But sans circles, a different set of colors, aaand maybe a teensy bit longer from crown to hairline length...

Do any of you know where I can find this pattern? Or something similar... And what kinda yarn should be used....

Aside from my amigurumi cat and the amgurumi-head-turned-ball-I-filled-with-catnip to give to the kittehs... I haven't really any experience in turning yarn into neato thingies... so any advice?? Especially since I haven't actually attempted to learn how to connect different colors...

   

   

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

Looks pretty easy.  From what I can tell from the picture, she made a big rectangle in half double stitch with the purple yarn, folded it in half, and stitched up the sides.  Then she picked up the edge with the white for a more finished band.  The ear flaps appear to have been picked up in a smaller hook, or a smaller stitch, I can't quite tell.  The circles are being used to keep the corners pointy for the ears, but you could just stitch them at an angle for the same effect.  She braided the neck tie, but you could also do it in a simple chain stitch, or knit an icord.

animestrinity
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

K... I understood 'rectangle'.... would it be possible to make the circles into triangles? I just think in hat form the circles look sorta silly... I've also seen hats without anything to retain the ears, and it still looks cute, they're just puffy ears...

So basically what you're saying, is that it's just a few simple shapes melded together...

What kinda yarn should one use to make a hat... something soft and stretchy-ish??

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

Any type of yarn would work, acrylic has more stretch than natural fibers, and is usually easier for beginners to work with.  It's also better at retaining it's shape if you mess up and have to pull the project apart.  If I were to make one, here's what I would do:

Measure your head.  The average adult is somewhere around 20"-22" around.  Split that number in half.

Now you have to figure out your guage.  It all depends on what size hook you're using, how fat your yarn is, and how tightly you stitch.  Just start stitching a block, and measure how many stitches per inch you get.  From there, you'll know how many stitches you need for half your head. 

Once your guage is established and you know how many stitches make up the 10 or so inches across your forehead, start stitching.  Again, it looks to me like she used the half double stitch, you can find instructions here: 

http://crochet.about.com/library/blhalfdouble.htm

Make the piece just shorter than it needs to be to when folded in half, keeping in mind that you'll be adding a few rows of white to finish it.  Once your rectangle is as long as it needs to be, bind your edge off, and stitch up the sides. 

Now, pick up the entire finished edge of your hat with the white, and do 3 or so rounds in single crochet for the edge.

http://crochet.about.com/od/learnbasics/ss/sc.htm

Now for the ear flaps:  Lay your hat flat, and figure out where you want your flaps to be.  Mark those stitches with some scrap yarn or something so you can find them.  Now pick up in white again, and single stitch your flaps.  When they're long enough, you'll need to decrease evenly.  Instructions for decreasing can be found here:

http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm

It appears that she braided the ties, but you can just decrease to one stitch and make a chain if that's easier.  I can't figure out where she anchored her 3 strands for the braid from the pictures.

As for the ears, you're leaving the circles out, so, just try the hat on when it's done and see if the corners need any help.  If they do, you may want to consider placing a small, thin sheet of plastic in the maintain shape.  I've been known to slip small pieces of X-Ray film into pieces to maintain corners and shape. 

I *think* that was coherant enough, but I haven't had much coffee yet, so let me know if this all makes sense, ok?

animestrinity
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

I think I sorta understand... then again I haven't started yet.. I'd like to just buy the thing, but I hate how there's no measurements, not the right colors, and I hate those stupid circles... triangles I could deal with... but circles? No.

I saw another hat somewhere on etsy... and I liked the yarn she used... and she actually listed it.. it was this kind:

http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/homespun.htm?categoryKey=1419041&start=30&pageLength=15

Do you think that'd be good type?

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

It'll be a VERY warm hat if you use Homespun.  It's very thick and plush, and works up nice and puffy.  It can be a little hard for a beginner to work with, especially crocjet, because the loopys in the yarn can split and catch on the hook, but if you use a big enough hook, that shouldn't be a problem.  Here's a small blanket I made with Homespun, I think you can see how thick it is from the pics:

The only thing with the homespun is that it might be too soft to maintain the ear shape.  It's kinda mushy and drapey. if that makes sense.

If you can hold out a few months until I'm moved and unpacked and can find my hooks again, I can probably make a sample for myself (it's kinda cute, I'd wear it) and in the process, work out a pattern for you to follow, but right now, just about everything we own has been boxed up and shoved down into the basement waiting for moving day.

 

Almost Evil
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

She'd prolly be happier if you just made HER one ;)

animestrinity
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

Yeah, you should have an etsy shop!

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

If you want to do it that way, hit me up around Autumn or so, once I'm settled.  I'm already working on building up small stock, I have buckets full of cat toys and soap sacks, but can't really work on bigger projects right now, way too hectic.

animestrinity
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

What kind of acrylic would you recommend... I don't want scratchy kind... due to my already dry skin, anything that might make me itchy, does.

I'm wanting to do it in a dark grey where the purple is... and either a light pink or a dark red where the white is... if that's anything to consider with yarn choice...

If I did choose to make one with the homespun, you think if I did a triangle instead of a circle, it'd give the ears a bit more shape?

Like this?

would that be something I could even connect to the hat?

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Hey Crocheters... I need help

Caron Simply Soft is nice, and so is Red Heart Soft Yarn.  I'll use them for baby clothing, so they're generally pretty kind to sensitive skin.  I would NOT, however, use plain old red Heart Super Saver.  Ick.  Made my little Tomtom's head break out in sweat pimples :(

You could incorporate the Granny triangle, but I think it's be a little too big for what you want to do.  I'd just leave the circle/triangle/whatever out completely, and firm it up with extra stitching or some plastic if it's too limp.  Of you really want the accent color there, stitch it in, like embroidery.

 

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