I posted last week about the Crochet Crowd’s Mad Hatter Crochet Challenge. Since I really enjoyed the creativity of designing the decorations for the first hat, I decided to make a second hat. I chose to base the hat on Absolem, the hookah smoking caterpillar in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I knit the hat holding together two colors to achieve the look of a smoke-filled teal and grey background. I crocheted the brim of the hat in a tan color to resemble Absolem’s mushroom and embroidered spots on the mushroom. I free crocheted Absolem’s head and body and embroidered all of his features before sewing him on the side of the hat. I also free crocheted the hookah and smoke rings. He turned out beautiful. My gauge was a little off on the the first hat, so I went down a hook size for this hat. The shape of the hat turned out a lot better.