Monday, January 25, 2010

One More Hat and Then a Break

A friend of mine is a student at the University of Virginia. I've known Auna since she was 14, when she started volunteering at Operation Smile. She started the same summer that I started working there. At the time, Jan Rosser, the non-medical volunteer coordinator, decided that since Auna and I were both new, we'd work together. Even with the age difference, we immediately clicked.

When she was back for this last semester break, we got together for lunch at Doumar's, like we usually do. Somehow, we got to talking about crochet. Auna doesn't crochet but she said she'd like a beanie in UVA colors (blue and orange) with dinosaur spikes.

Excuse me? What does dinosaur spikes have to do with UVA?


Auna found this shirt at Mincers and pretty much fell in love with it. She's a petite young woman and can wear small sizes in clothing. So this was her inspiration for wanting the dinosaur beanie.

2 colors:
1 skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Blue Heather (#107)
½ skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin (#0254)
I-sized hook
Fiber Fill (very small amount)
Yarn needle

Beanie:
Round 1: With the Blue Heather, chain 4, join with sl stitch.
Row 2: Ch 2, 8 HDC in ring. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 3: Ch2, work 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 4: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, and 1 HDC each remaining stitch. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 5: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, 1 HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in the next stitch, etc., until the end. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 6: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, 1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch. Alternate 1 HDC in 2 stitches, 2 HDC in the next, until the end. Join to beginning ch 2.

Row 7: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, 1 HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch. Alternate 1 HDC in 3 stitches, 2 HDC in the next, until the end. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 8: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, 1 HDC in next 4 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch. Alternate 1 HDC in 3 stitches, 2 HDC in the next, until the end. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 9: Ch2, work 2 HDC in 1st stitch, 1 HDC in next 5 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch. Alternate 1 HDC in 3 stitches, 2 HDC in the next, until the end. Join to beginning ch 2.
Row 10-15: Ch 2, work 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join each row to the beginning ch2.
Row 16: Repeat row 9.
Row 17-18: Repeat row 10.
Row 19: Change yarn to orange. Repeat row 10.
Row 20: Change yarn to blue. Repeat row 10 but only ch 1 instead of 2.
Row 21: Turn hat and work 1 sc in each HDC. Fasten off yarn once complete.

Dragon Spikes:
Make 2: Row 1: With the orange, leave a length of several inches and ch 7.
Row 2: Do 2 sc tog in the sec chain from the hook, 1 sc in other sc, and finish with 2 sc tog in the last sc. Ch 1 and turn. (4 sc)
Row 3: Do 2 sc tog in the sec chain from the hook, 1 sc in other sc, and finish with 2 sc tog in the last sc. Ch 1 and turn. (2 sc)
Row 4: Do the last 2 sc tog (1 sc) Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: Do a slip stitch in the 1 SC and fasten off yarn.

Make 2: Row 1: With the orange, leave a length of several inches and ch 9.
Continue reducing each row by 2 sc (at the beginning and end) until the triangle is complete.

Make 2: Row 1: With the orange, leave a length of several inches and ch 11.
Continue reducing each row by 2 sc (at the beginning and end) until the triangle is complete.

Make 2: Row 1: With the orange, leave a length of several inches and ch 15.
Continue reducing each row by 2 sc (at the beginning and end) until the triangle is complete.

Once you have the triangles complete, pair them up and sew them together (using those lengths of yarn from the first chains), leaving the bottom seams open. If desired, stuff the largest spike with Fiber Fill, and then sew them to the beanie. Find the vertical center of the back, and sew the largest spike in place, with the bottom edge right above the orange stripe. Continue sewing the spikes up the back of the beanie with the corners touching, so that the smallest spike is the last one to be attached.

I am so lazy! Here it is...Saturday, five days after I made the post and I'm just NOW getting around to posting the photos!



Side view (Looks a little chicken-like, doesn't it? "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!")



3/4 profile rear view (This kind of makes me wish I had put the smaller spikes all the way down the center to the front. I didn't because I was thinking it would look like a mohawk. At the time, I thought it would help to convey the idea of dinosaur spikes down the back, by leaving them like this.)



Rear view

It's on it's way to Charlottesville. I can't wait for Auna to get it!

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