Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Giraffe Hat

When my brother and sister-in-law went to get my niece's birth announcement shots, the photographer used a giraffe hat for one of the scenes. They fell in love with the hat, so this trip out I decided to whip one up for my little giraffe.

As always, I present this pattern to you for free with the understanding that it's mine. Mine, I tell you! Do not copy or sell this pattern, or the hats you make with it, without my permission. This pattern is for personal and charity use only. Kthx.

Techniques You'll Need:
- Magic Circle
- Chain (ch)
- Singe crochet (sc)
- Half-double crochet (hdc)

- Crochet in Spirals & Rounds
- Increase
- Decrease
- Stitching

Extra Things You'll Need:
- Stitch marker
- Polyfill
- Darning Needle

Baby Giraffe Hat
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Yellow (main color); Bernat Solids (secondary color)
Gauge: Red Heart Super Saver: 9 hdc x 8 rows = 2.5 inches
Hook: US G (4.00mm)

My niece, whom this was made for, has a rather large noggin'.  She's six months but wears 12 month clothes now. I made the hat with a little bit of room for her to grow, so I'd say it's a 12-18 month hat... you should adjust accordingly. I'll present the pattern the way I made it, and include modifications  for the following sizes:
12-18 [0-3, 3-6, 6-12, T]
I haven't tested the other sizes, please let me know if they need adjusting. If you're making an adult version, the mods are on you ;)

The body is crocheted in the round, using the hdc stitch.
R1: Using the Magic Circle technique, sc 8 into the ring. Mark your last stitch.
R2: 2hdc in each stitch around (16)
R3: *hdc, 2hdc, repeat around from * (24)
R4: *hdc 2, 2hdc, repeat around from * (32)
R5: *hdc 3, 2hdc, repeat around form * (40) [Stop here for 0-3]
R6: *hdc 4, 2hdc, repeat around form * (48) [Stop here for 3-6]
R7: *hdc 5, 2hdc, repeat around from * (56) [If making T size, work another round with 6 hdc between increases]

Now for the mindless bit.. Hdc in a spiral until the hat measures about 5.5" [4", 4.5", 5", 6"] from the starting point for an baby size hat, 12-18 months. Work more rounds for a larger hat, less for smaller. I find that my rounds measure about .25 inches each.

Bind off main color & attach secondary. Work 1 round (not spiral) of secondary color. Bind off & weave in ends.

Horns (is that what they're called?):
Start with secondary color. Make two!

R1: Using Magic Circle, sc 8 into the ring
R2: 2sc in each stitch around (16)
R3-6: sc in each stitch around
R7: sc2tog around (8)
Switch to main color.
R8-12: sc around [Add more or less rounds here as you see fit for the size you're working towards]
Bind off & cut yarn so you have a 10" tail.

Weave in ends from start and color change. Stuff horns so that they're nice and firm, but not so much that the filling shows.

The ears are made in the main color, worked flat. Make two!

R1: ch 2 turn & sc into 2nd stitch from hook, ch & turn
R2: 2sc into stitch, ch & turn
R3: 2sc into each stitch, ch & turn
R4: 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, ch & turn
R5: 2sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, ch & turn
R6-7: sc all stitches, ch & turn at ends
R8: sc2tog
Bind off & cut yarn with 10" tail. Weave end from start.

As you might have noticed, my hat doesn't have spots. I made them but then decided I didn't want them. But! If you want to add spots, here's what I did:

Using secondary color, work in rounds, not a spiral!
R1: Using Magic Circle,  5 hdc into ring
R2: 2hdc in each stitch around (10).
Make 7 spots for base size hat, or more/less as you see fit.

Assemble the hat using the pictures on this page as a guide. For the ears, I attached them to the hat a bit curved, so they naturally folded. The horns I placed a bit behind the center of the hat, on the back side. If you decide to add spots, just do what feels natural ;)

Weave in all your ends, place on your giraffe, and enjoy!