Friday, August 21, 2009

Sharing a Crochet Pattern

I've been online lately, to look for some free crochet patterns. Since there are so many out there, I thought I'd share one here.

This devil horn hat actually came about when a friend of mine wanted me to make this same hat for her. She could only find a knit pattern for it, and although she can knit, she can't read a pattern. I only crochet, and I was able to change up an existing hat pattern with these horns. I've tweaked the pattern for the horns over the last year or so and finally got around to writing it down.

Devil Hat with Ear Flaps

1 skein of sport weight yarn (dark red)

Light to medium bouclé yarn (burgundy)

Small amount of stuffing or fiber fill (1 handfull)

F sized hook

J sized hook

Yarn needle

HDC=half double crochet




Crochet hat from top down.
1st round: With the dark red yarn and the J hook, crochet 3 ch, and form a loop. Crochet 9 HDC in the loop = 10 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.
2nd round: 2 HDC on each HDC = 20 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.
3rd round: * 1 HDC in first HDC, 2 HDC in next HDC * repeat from *-* = 30 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.
4th round: * 1 HDC in each of first 2 HDC, 2 HDC in next HDC * repeat from *-* = 40 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.
5th round: * 1 HDC in each of first 3 HDC, 2 HDC in next HDC * repeat from *-* = 50 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.
6th round: Crochet 1 HDC on each HDC but inc 5 HDC evenly = 55 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.

7th round: Crochet 1 HDC on each HDC but inc 5 HDC evenly = 55 HDC. Chain 2. Do not turn.

Continue to crochet 1 HDC in each HDC until piece measures approx 21 cm long from the center of the hat to the last row crocheted. This would put it just about even with an adult’s eyebrows or the bottom of the ears. When the length is achieved, chain 2 and do not turn. This will become the starting point for the first ear flap. Do not cut yarn.

Ear Flaps:

1st round: Crochet 12 HDC along bottom edge of hat.

2nd row: Ch 2 and. Dec 1 HDC at beginning and end of the row (decreases by 2 HDC).

3rd row: Ch 2 and. Dec 1 HDC at beginning and end of the row (decreases by 2 HDC).

4th row: Ch 2 and. Dec 1 HDC at beginning and end of the row (decreases by 2 HDC). 4 HDC are left. Do not cut yarn.

Repeat on other side. To find the right area for placement, SC in the next 19 HDC and start the 1st round again in the 20th HDC (this becomes the back of the hat). When finished, cut yarn and fasten off. Turn hat inside out to reverse sides.

Devil Horns:

Make with the same dark red cotton and an F sized hook.

Leave a length of several inches before starting (this will be what you use to attach the horn to the hat). Chain 12 and form loop with a slip stitch with second chain from hook end. Ch 1. Do not turn.

Row 1: Chain 1 SC in each stitch and connect at the end with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.

Rows 2-4: 1 HDC in the front loop of each SC of previous row. Connect at the end with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn. Do 3 rows total.

Rows 4-7: Repeat the previous row but decrease by 2 HDC (one at the beginning and one at the end). Connect at the end with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn. Do 4 rows total.

Row 8: Finish off the horn with 2 SC so the horn is closed at the top point. Finish off yarn. Horn should be about 8 cm tall. Make 2. Since you’re ending at the tips, use the yarn needle to weave in the loose ends. Any extra yarn doesn’t need to trimmed off: just stuff it back up inside the horn.

Fill each horn with stuffing. To make the horns stand up, pack them tight. You can use the wrong end of the J hook to pack it into the tip of the horn. Make them as firm as you want. Using the extra thread and needle, attach the horns to the top of the hat. For added texture, use the bouclé yarn around the base of the horns.


Edging and Strings on the Hat:

With the J hook and the bouclé yarn, crochet on the bottom edge and around ear flaps. Start in mid back, 2 SC in each HDC. When you get to the center of each ear flap, do only 1 SC in the center HDC. Switch the yarn over to the F hook.

Make an 18” long chain (approx 80 chains). In the second chain from the hook, SC back up the strings to the ear flap and switch the hook back to the J hook. Continue around the hat to the other side. Switch the hook again from J to F for the ear flap chain. When the chain is finished, switch the hook again back to J and finish the edging. When finished, cut the yarn and fasten off.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just Having a Bad Day

I know the job market is a rough place right now, but it infuriates me that I can't even get an INTERVIEW for a part time job, not only in a field I've worked in, but as the same type of job I've had before. How does that make any sense?