Elmo Inspired Baby Hat

To continue my summer of baby hats (see Chappy Newsboy Caps and Lacey Summer Baby Cap), one of my coworkers had a baby (or rather his wife did).  They also have a toddler at home that loves Elmo.  I decided to rework my Oscar the Grouch hat for a newborn size and make an Elmo hat for their toddler.  I was rewarded with adorable pictures and videos of both babies the next day.  The Elmo hat was a huge hit!  I love that he liked it so much.  Usually when I make things, I don’t know if the item just sits in a drawer (meaning I wasted hours of my life) or is loved by the recipient.  The later makes me happy.  🙂

 

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a hat from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Gauge:  9 stitches x 13 rows = 2 in Stockinette

This hat was about 16 inches in circumference when finished.  It is quite stretchy and will stretch several inches.

Materials:

  • 5 Size US 7 double pointed needles
  • US Size G Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Vanna’s Choice yarn in Scarlet (R)
  • Vanna’s Choice yarn in Black (B)
  • Vanna’s Choice yarn in White (W)
  • Vanna’s Choice yarn in Terracotta (O)

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

Cast on 72 with R and distribute evenly on four needles

R1-R7:  Knitting in round, KR 72

R8:  KR 28, KB 16, KR 28

R9:  KR 26, KB 20, KR 26

R10:  KR 25, KB 22, KR 25

R11-R12:  KR 24, KB 24, KR 24

R13:  KR 23, KB26, KR 23

Continuing only in R:

R14-R34:  K 72

R35:  (K4, k2tog, ssk, K4) six times

R36:  K60

R37:  (K3, k2tog, ssk, K3) six times

R38:  K48

R39:  (K2, k2tog, ssk, K2) six times

R40:  K36

R41:  (K, k2tog, ssk, K) six times

R42:  K24

R43:  (k2tog, ssk) six times

Cut the yarn with several spare inches.  Thread a tapestry needle and pull yarn through all 12 stitches on needles.  Work in ends.

 

Eyes (make 2):

R1:  With B use magic ring technique to start round, ch 1, sc 8, sl st to first sc.  Cut yarn and work in ends. (8 stitches)

Continue with W

R2:  2 sc in first stitch from R1 and in each sc around, sl st to first sc (16 stitches)

R3:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch as sl st, sc in next stitch * 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * 2 more times, 2 sc in last stitch, sl st to first sc (20 stitches)

R4-R6:  Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to first sc (20 stitches)

R7:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch as sl st, sc in next stitch * sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * 2 more times, sc2tog, sl st to first sc (16 stitches)

R8:  Ch 1, sc2tog around, sl st to first sc (8 stitches)

R9:  Ch 1, sc four together by slipping hook under the stitch from the row below, wrapping the yarn, and pulling a loop through, slip hook under next stitch and pull another loop, repeat until you have done this four times and there are five loops on your hook, yarn over and pull loop through all five loops, sc last four stitches together using the same method, sl st to first stitch (2 stitches)

Cut yarn and work in ends.

 

Nose:

R1:  With O use magic ring technique to start round, ch 1, sc 8, sl st to first sc (8 stitches)

R2:  2 sc in first stitch from R1 and in each sc around, sl st to first sc (16 stitches)

R3:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch as sl st, sc in next stitch * 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * 2 more times, 2 sc in last stitch, sl st to first sc (20 stitches)

R4-R10:  Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to first sc (20 stitches)

R11:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch as sl st, sc in next stitch * sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * 2 more times, sc2tog, sl st to first sc (16 stitches)

R12:  Ch 1, sc2tog around, sl st to first sc (8 stitches)

R13:  Ch 1, sc four together by slipping hook under the stitch from the row below, wrapping the yarn, and pulling a loop through, slip hook under next stitch and pull another loop, repeat until you have done this four times and there are five loops on your hook, yarn over and pull loop through all five loops, sc last four stitches together using the same method, sl st to first stitch (2 stitches)

Cut yarn and work in ends.

 

Using a picture of Elmo as inspiration, tack the eyes and nose onto the hat using a tapestry needle and yarn.  I would also suggest tacking the eyes and nose to each other.

Difficulty:  Moderate

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

 

Lacey Summer Baby Cap

As mentioned in my previous post, I have a lot of friends who have had babies lately.  Next up:  the Halas.  The Halas have an awesome adoption story that I would not do justice.  Check out the story on their blog.  I simply made a hat for their beautiful baby girl, Evie.

I recently purchased a new book, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, and wanted to make something out of it.  I combined Alpaca and Silk Baby Cap with the flower from Angora Baby Bunny Cap.  I also added some pearl details to the flower.  It turned out so precious!

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Difficulty:  Moderate

Time Required:  One movie

Overall Experience:  Excellent

 

Chappy Newsboy Caps

I have sooooo many friends that have had babies in the last couple of months.  I need to catch up on baby hat posts.  First up:  the Bergs.  The Bergs are leaders in my Sunday School class.  They have a toddler, and they welcome a new baby at the end of June.  I wanted to make matching hats for both of their boys, and chose Chappy Newsboy Caps from Ravelry.  The hats turned out so sweet that I adapted a preemie hat to add to our preemie collection.  The hat features a half-double crochet pattern worked through alternating front and back loops that gives the hat a really fun texture.  I’ll have to start using that stitch more often!

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Preemie Hat Adaption:

Make the hat following the newborn pattern with the following changes:

Skip Round 6

Skip Rounds 12 and 13

Round 15:  Instead of sc 16, sc 12

Round 17:  Instead of sc 12, sc 8

Round 19:  Slip stitch instead of sc around

 

Difficulty:  Challenging; while the stitches themselves aren’t difficult, paying attention to the front loop/back loop instructions is challenging.

Time Required:  One movie

Overall Experience:  Excellent

 

Gospel Presentation and Cross Bracelets

This summer I helped to teach dance at a sports camp sponsored by my church.  I was in charge of the middle and high school girls.  As part of our Bible lesson, we made gospel presentation bracelets consisting of several colored beads.  Each color represents part of the gospel presentation.  In short:  The black bead represents the darkness of sin in each man.  The red bead represents Jesus’ blood and sacrifice.  The white bead represents the washing away of our sin.  The yellow bead represents heaven.  The green bead represents growing in a relationship with God.  Here is a link providing Bible verses for each color and a tutorial on how to make the bracelet.

My girls liked jewelry, so I crocheted cross bracelets to give them if they had their memory verse memorized to sign language.  Many of them didn’t speak English, but they could still participate using sign language.  I used this necklace tutorial and used a simple chain slip stitched to the top and bottom of the cross to make it a bracelet.  The girls were so excited!

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There’s No Place Like Home Mug

For my 10-year high school class reunion (Am I really that old?), I was amassing $1 gag gifts to give away as awards.  (More on that in a later post.)  One gift idea on my wish list was a “There’s no place like home” mug, t-shirt, whatever.  Obviously I wasn’t going to find anything Wizard of Oz themed within my budget.  I had seen a bunch of cute DIY mugs on Pinterest.  One popular design came where people had drawn states with hearts over a city in sharpie on the mug.  I decided to do something similar for the reunion.  After researching many sites online, these are the steps that I followed to make the mug.  I will update this post if the design immediately washes off.  I thought it turned out really cute!

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Materials:

  • Mug
  • Pencil
  • Oil-based Sharpie markers
  • Computer/Printer (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Buy a cheap mug at the dollar store or Walmart.  From what I’ve read, the cheaper mugs have a cheaper glaze that will melt.  The design you draw on the mug is supposed to merge with the melted glaze and become permanent.
  2. Decide on a design.  You may want to design the mug using a computer program.  I scaled a map of Indiana in Microsoft PowerPoint, put a heart over my hometown of Scottsburg, and typed the text I wanted next to it.  I wasn’t going to trace all of that on the mug, but it was useful to print it out to make sure my text size was appropriate.
  3. Sketch your design on the mug using a pencil.  I cut out my Indiana and traced it.  I free-hand drew the heart and text using the approximate size from my computer print-out.
  4. Draw over your pencil design using oil-based Sharpie markers.
  5. Allow the mug to sit for 24 hours.  I’m not sure if this step is necessary, but many sites included it.
  6. Place the mug in a cold oven.  Heat the oven to 450 degrees.  After the oven reaches 450 degrees, turn the it off.  Allow the mug to sit in the oven overnight or until it is completely cool.  The glaze on the cheap ceramic should have melted slightly and reset with the colorful design.

The mug should be dishwasher safe according to what I have read.  I will let you know how it turns out!

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  15 minutes of work, about 36 hours of waiting

Overall Experience:  Excellent