Thursday, November 3, 2011

crafting with grandma . . . Let's Make a Dinosaur Hat!

I've been busy making hats for Christmas gifts . . . Josiah was here the other day and saw a couple hats I made for two special young ladies we know and asked if I would make him a hat, too! (Of course I have already made a hat for him, but he doesn't know this) So, I said I'd be delighted to make him a hat. He thought a dinosaur hat would be a good idea . . . and of course he is correct! A dinosaur hat is a wonderful idea!


I found a dinosaur hat among the free crochet patterns Red Heart has on their site and modified it a bit to work with the yarn I had. It only took a few hours to make and when Josiah was here last night I gave it to him! His hat - as you can see, is green with spikes, a tail and yellow spots. I always add a heart to the things I crochet for children, so of course I had to add a heart to this dino!  I used Bernat Baby Blanket yarn in green, yellow and funny prints so the hat is tremendously soft and is sure to be very warm!


If you would like to make this hat for the dino fan on your gift list, you'll need a "J" crochet hook, two skeins of your main color, one for your spikes and one for the spots - and I'm happy to say, I'll be giving away enough yarn to make one hat in a drawing on November 10th! 
Directions -


Hat - 
  • Beginning at top of hat with A, ch 4; join into a ring with slip st in first ch.
  • Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 11 dc in ring; join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3 – 12 dc.
  • Round 2: Ch 3, dc in first st, 2 dc in each dc around; join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3 – 24 dc.
  • Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3 – 36 dc.
  • Round 4: Ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3 – 48 dc.
  • Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3 – 60 dc.
  • Rounds 6-12: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with a slip st in top of beginning ch 3.
  • Round 13: Ch 1, turn project around and sc in each stitch around, join with a slip in top of beginning ch 1, fasten off.
Scales -
  • With B, ch 43.
  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn – 42 sc.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 6 sc, turn. 
  • Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sc, turn. 
  • Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. 
  • Row 5: Ch 1, [sc2tog over next 2 sc] twice, turn. 
  • Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sc, work 4 sc evenly spaced down side of scale.
  • Row 7: Sc in next 6 sc in Row 1.
  • Repeat Rows 3-7 (5 times); then repeat Rows 3-6 once, turn
  • Row 8: Sc in each st - 42 sc
  • Repeat rows 2 - 7 six times to make spikes, then matching bottom edge of hat, sew middle of spikes to hat going up and over the crown of the hat.  
  • Fold spikes and crochet spikes together - see photo for what completed hat with spikes will look like
Tail scales -
  • With B, ch 26.
  • Row 1: Slip st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch, skip next ch, slip st in next ch**, ch 1; repeat from * across, ending last repeat at **. Fasten off. 
Tail -
  • With A, ch 2.
  • Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join. Work in a spiral, marking beginning of each round, moving marker up as work progresses.
  • Round 2: Sc in each sc around.
  • Round 3: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 8 sc.
  • Round 4: *Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 10 sc.
  • Round 5: *Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 12 sc.
  • Round 6: Sc in each sc around.
  • Round 7: *Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 15 sc.
  • Rounds 8-9: Sc in each sc around.
  • Round 10: *Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 18 sc.
  • Repeat rounds until your tail is the proper length for your scales. Fasten off. Sew scales to top center of tail. Sew tail to hat matching scales.
Spots -
  • Large Spot (make 2) With C, ch 2.
  • Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join, work in a spiral as before.
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
  • Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 18 sc.
  • Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * 
  • around – 24 sc. Fasten off, leaving long sewing length.
  • Medium Spot (make 2) 
  • Work same as Large Spot through Round 3. Fasten off, leaving long sewing length.
Heart -
  • Ch 2
  • Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook
  • Row 2: ch 1, 3 sc in sc
  • Row 3: ch 1, sc in each sc across
  • Row 4: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc, 2 sc in last sc
  • Row 5: ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, turn
  • Row 6: ch 1, sc two together, sc two together, turn
  • Row 7: ch 1, sc two together, fasten off
  • Row 8: attach yarn in the 3rd stitch in row 4 and repeat rows 5 - 7, fasten off leaving a length to sew heart to hat
This is it! Have fun making dinosaur hats for the little ones in your life! As mentioned above, I'm giving away four skeins of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn - enough to make one dinosaur hat! If you have "liked" grandma's cookie jar using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG, then you are entered in the drawing which will be on November 10th. If you have not "liked" this blog yet, please take a moment to do so and you'll be entered in the drawing - it is this simple! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar! Please share this blog with the people you know!

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