Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Panda Bear Hat

So one of my friends wanted a pedobear hat for his son, and he wanted it crocheted. I'd yet to crochet a hat, so I wanted to make something as a test pattern. I only had white and black yarn with me when I started this endeavor, so thus: Panda Hat!

Yarn: Vanna's Choice Worsted, main color (white), secondary color (black)
Hook: 3.75 (F)
Gauge: ?? (Gave away the test hat, though pattern testers say their versions of this hat turn out small)

Hat Body
(worked in spiral):
R1: With main color, sc5 into ring, place marker on last stitch. I suggest the Magic circle (http://crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/reads_round.html)
R2: 2hdc in each st (10)
R3: 2hdc in each st (20)
R4: *hdc, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (30)
R5: *hdc 2, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (40)
R6: *hdc 3, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (50)
R7: *hdc 4, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (60) [If you want a smaller hat, skip R8]
R8: *hdc 5, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (70) [If you want a larger hat, do another round with increase following the motify.]
R9: hdc in each st except at the halfway point and end where you do 2hdcs [So st 35? and 70 do 2hdc] (72)
R10-21: hdc in each st.
Tie off yarn, leaving the stitch marker in the last stitch.

Earflaps (make 2, one in each direction from marker, main color):
Count 10 from the marker & reattach yarn.
R1: Ch1 (this counts as your first hdc), hdc 11, turn with a ch1. (12)
R2: hdc 12, turn w/ ch1 (12)
R3: hdc2tog, hdc 8, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1 (10)
R4: hdc 10, turn (10)
R5: hdc2tog, hdc 6, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1(8)
R6: hdc2tog, hdc 4, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1(6)
R7: hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog (4)
Tie off.

Edging:
Attach secondary color at marker & hdc around hat & earflaps. Do 2hdc in the corner stitches where the earflaps attach to the hat body. For a cleaner edge, also do a round of ss stitches around ontop of the hdcs, then tie off.

Ears (make 2 in secondary color):
R1: sc 5 into ring
R2: 2hdc in each st (10)
R3: 2hdc in each st (20)
R4: *hdc, 2hdc in next st, repeat from * (30)
R5-R6: hdc around
R7: *hdc, hdc2tog, repeat from * around (20)
R8: hdc2tog around (10)
Fold the ear in half and ss the bottom together, then tie off. Leave a long tail for sewing the ears to the body. Attach the ears where you see fit.

Tassels (do one for each earflap):
Cut 6 3-feet sections of each color. Pull 6 strands through 6 stitches on the bottom of the earflaps in alternating pattern (M,S,M,S,M,S). Divide strands into 3 sections and braid to desired length, then knot. Trim if necessary. To get the effect I managed, make sure to hold the strands without twisting.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions/issues. Pattern not for distribution or resale, hats made with pattern are also not to be sold. kthxbai.