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)

Body:
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.

Ears:
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.

Spots:
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!


37 comments:

  1. Hello, I am just starting with crocheting and was wondering if you could explain what the following means:

    "crochet in a spiral until the hat measures...". If I want to make a head for 0-3 months I am going to stop at R5. How do I continue from there? What stitch do I use from there to continue the spiral?

    For the second color, working 1 round (not spiral), does that mean that I connect the first and last stitch with slip stitch?

    Thank you so much for any help you can provide. I am hoping to finish this hat before my baby arrives ;)

    Elena

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So when working in the round, in a spiral, you just keep crocheting around and around, not doing a slip stitch at the end of each round. This is why counting your stitches and markers are important, to help keep track of where a round actually ends.

      If you're going to end on Round 5, then yes, you'll slip stitch the first and last stitch together.

      Lemme know if you have anymore issues.

      Delete
  2. Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks so much for replying back so quickly. I have reached round 5 but it doesn't seem to be enough to make a hat, even for a newborn. I am just wondering if I need to continue with another pattern as you wrote in your instructions to continue until the hat measures 4". I mean the sentence that starts with "now for the mindless bit, continue...". With what pattern do I continue here?
    Also when you say the hat has to measure 4", do you mean the radius, so from the middle to the bottom/end?

    I am sure that your instructions are very clear to someone who has crochet for a while. I really appreciate your help. Although I am struggling a bit here I am still enjoying this crochet project a lot and can't wait to see the final product ;)

    Thanks,
    Elena

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heya Elena,

      So yeah, now that you've gone to Round 5, you do the "mindless bit." Just crochet until the hat measures 4" when you lay it flat on a table (like in the first hat pic on http://thinkcraftythoughts.blogspot.com/2012/01/snow-day-slouch.html), from the crown (starting point) to the brim. I just clarified in the instructions, but you should be doing hdc's for the entirety of the "mindless bit."

      Lemme know if you need anymore help, I pretty much live next to a computer ;)

      T.

      Delete
  3. Hi Tiffany,

    Wow, thank you so so much for clarifying. Everything makes sense now ;) Very kind of you that you respond so quickly. Can't wait to continue now.

    Have a great evening.
    Smiles,
    Elena

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Tiffany,

    I finished the hat yesterday. This was my very first crochet project and it turned out so cute. I am so excited and just wanted to thank you again for answering all my questions.

    Have a great day!
    Elena

    ReplyDelete
  5. Was wondering how you go about competing row 3 of this pattern? am i still supposed to put 2 hcd in each pervious hole - i was having trouble commpleting this *hdc is this a single hdc in a single hole ? 2hcd and continue around from 24 ? confused

    I have completed many crochet patterns but cannot follow this

    Please Help - Also i was wondering what hcc is and how this works?

    Thank you Narelle

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Narelle,

      In the previous round, you should have ended with 16 stitches. In round 3 you'll hdc in the 1st stitch, then 2hdc in the 2nd stitch (which means, yes, that you do 2 hdc in a single hole). Then you just repeat those two steps (hdc then 2hdc) until you've completed the round. When done with the round, you should have 24 stitches. This notation is shorthand that I've learned from a lot of hat patterns I've found online. Translated literally, Round 3 is:

      hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc

      hcc is a typo, my bad! Thanks for pointing it out :D

      Delete
  6. Hi Tiffany, I am in Australia if you are wondering about the funny times appearing on the clock! Thank you for your help - I seem to be having problems getting it to curl into a hat - I have been trying to figure out where i am going wrong

    I think i understand this - 1 hdc in first hole and then 2 hdc in next- 1 hdc 2hdc until you get to 24 right?
    Same on next row but you put 1 hdc in first hole 1hdc in second hole and then 2 hdc in next - 1hdc,1hdc,2hdc until 32.
    am i understanding this correctly?

    i was also wondering if i am using baby wool - this will be really small right!

    Hopefully I will be able to figure it out

    Thanks very Much

    Cheers Narelle

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry for the really slow reply..

      You're understanding correctly, yes. And yes, if you use baby wool, it'll be smaller than mentioned in the pattern. I used and made the design for worsted weight yarn, so baby-size will turn out rather small. You can try crocheting with two strands at a time to get to gauge, if you like.

      Delete
  7. Lovely hat , I will make this one :) I hope it ends over the ears on the little one.. I comes comment here again when it is finnished. and link in my blog where i find this pattern..

    DS: I must borrow my friend google account because i dont have google account and you dont have Name/ URL to comment.. Can you change it ?? You do it in the setting i think.. ( you have these to choose between google, AIM, wordpress, LiveJournal, Typepad and OpenId) It would be great if you could change it :D

    Love Erica from Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  8. Starting this soon and have a question: after every round do I sl st? As in after making my magic circle and the 8 sc, do I sl at and then move on to the next row and so forth?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely fur hat with the cut child.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow i can say that this is another great article as expected of this blog.Bookmarked this site.. baby safety gates

    ReplyDelete
  11. Keep up the good work , I read few posts on this web site and I conceive that your blog is very interesting and has sets of fantastic information. toddler baby nest

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts. This site seems to get a good amount of visitors. Baby Wipe Warmer

    ReplyDelete
  13. That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck. product review websites

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for providing recent updates regarding the concern, I look forward to read more. www.yoursafetyspy.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! toddler

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you because you have been willing to share information with us. we will always appreciate all you have done here because I know you are very concerned with our. best baby toothbrush

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for the update, very nice site.. Mast markers

    ReplyDelete
  18. The bed is capable of handling four kids and when they wanted to use the upper deck then the ladder can be used. If they wanted to go down they can as well use the ladder and also they can use the slide to go down while enjoying it. bed with slide

    ReplyDelete
  19. This blog is really great. The information here will surely be of some help to me. Thanks!. Pink Lingerie

    ReplyDelete
  20. Blessing your bed a couple of bedside tables that can be set on the either side of it for a natural appeal and extravagance.weblink

    ReplyDelete
  21. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow i can say that this is another great article as expected of this blog.Bookmarked this site.. Motorcycle Clothing

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! which air fryer is best

    ReplyDelete
  24. I was reading some of your content on this website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up. best women's shoes for walking on concrete

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have read your full post and I want to say that this is a very nice blog with beautiful images thank you to share this. Future Life is Good Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly that love and read more on this topic. If possible, such as gain knowledge, would you mind updating your blog with additional information? It is very useful for me. boxing equipment

    ReplyDelete
  27. The Baby Giraffe Hat used here was really nice to see. It has represent your baby as more cute. Sometimes I write in a blog www.ourbabygate.com when having time in my hand.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    Chris Evans Knives Out Coat

    ReplyDelete
  29. Our the purpose is to share the reviews about the latest Jackets,Coats and Vests also shre the related Movies,Gaming, Casual,Faux Leather and Leather materials available XO Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  30. The House Time is a Professional Home Products Platform. Here we will provide you only interesting content, which you will like very much. best toaster oven

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hi , Thank you so much for writing such an informational blog. If you are Searching for latest Jackets, Coats and Vests, for more info click on given link- Parzival Vest

    ReplyDelete
  32. In addition, the mattress should be firm enough to be able to support your body. truck mattress

    ReplyDelete
  33. Informative article. Thanks for sharing such a awesome article with us. I am also selling products like columbia men's snow pants

    ReplyDelete