Friday, February 21, 2014

Hats Galore!

Wow! I have been MIA for quite some time so I thought today I would do a photo-heavy post showing what I have been up to since I posted last.

Hats are probably my favorite thing to crochet because they work up so fast. I have been busy experimenting with different characters and have come up with quite a few that I am happy with. I use the same base hat pattern for all of my hats and then from there I decide what character it is going to be.

The hat patterns I always use are from Sarah over Repeat Crafter Me. I have made several of her hats just the was they are and they all turn out perfect and fit great. That being said, the hat patterns are perfect for making the hat itself and then trying to come up with some new fun characters. There are a lot of really adorable hats on Pinterest or Google images that often do not have patterns with them, so it is fun to try and figure out how to make them without a pattern. You can make some really fun characters by just knowing how to make some pretty basic shapes. I use circles, ovals, and cone shapes all the time to make things like eyes, noses, and horns. You can also use felt to create eyes, noses, and mouths and then hand-stitch them onto your hat. I have used this method for a few of the hats I have made and they always turn out super cute...sometimes they turn out better than if I would have crocheted the features. So, without further ado…here are the hats!

This little leprechaun hat was a custom order for an old friend who was expecting a new little one around St. Patty's day. Hard to believe that was almost a year ago and I am just now blogging about it! I did not have a pattern for this hat so I had to try and figure this one out on my own. I wish I would have written it down as I was crocheting it…unfortunately I didn't so if I ever have to make this again I am going to have to start from scratch. I do know that I made a circle for the top of the hat that was the circumference of a newborn-size head, finished off the circle and reattached the yarn started crocheting around and around until it was as tall as I wanted it and then did the same thing for the brim of the hat. I used a pipe cleaner and some felt sticker shamrocks to make the clover and then ribbon and some more felt to make the belt. Then I used some glitter glue to add some sparkle to the buckle and clover. The clover is attached to the ribbon with a bit of hot glue and I added velcro to each side of the back of the belt so that it can easily be taken on and off of the hat. It turned out to be a festive little hat!

This adorable Thomas hat was made for my 2 year old nephew for Christmas. He LOVES Thomas so I knew he had to have this hat! I did not have a pattern for this one so I used one of Sarah's patterns for the hat and then made the rest up as I went along. I made a lot of circles for most of the features and hand-stitched the nose and mouth. For the smoke stack I started making a circle and then decreased to make the cylinder shape. For the smoke I attached the white yarn and just started making a chain, slip stitching it to the stack and then repeated that process until I was happy with the amount of "smoke." The stack is also lightly stuffed with some poly-fil to make it stand up. It looks so cute on him!

The next hat was made for my husband's goddaughter, who happens to LOVE My Little Ponies! I was so excited to make this hat for her because I also loved this toy growing up! Gotta love 80's toys! (wow, I just dated myself there!) Again, for this hat, I used one of Sarah's patterns. The ponies have very unique facial features so I thought that it would be easier to cut out some felt shapes and hand sew them onto the hat instead of trying to figure how to crochet them. I think they turned out really great and everyone knew that it was Rainbow Dash! The mane was really easy to do. I cut a bunch of yarn into about 6" strands, using Rainbow Dash's colors of course, and then looped them through a stitch and tied them to the hat. After they were all attached I gave the mane a hair cut so that you could see all of the colors and so that all of the strands fell evenly down the back of the hat. She was so excited about the hat! Her reaction was priceless and that is why I truly love crocheting! 

Well, I have one last hat I am going to show today! It is another My Little Pony hat…meet Twilight Sparkle!

She was made the same way I made the Rainbow Dash hat. The only thing I did different for her was that I crocheted the eyes instead of making them out of felt and I think they turned out just as cute. This hat made another lucky little girl very happy!

I am linking up here: 

Wow! Hard to believe that is just a snippet of what I have been up to! I have many more projects to show so check back soon and thanks so much for stopping by to take a look!

As always,
Take care and have a happy day!

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