Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baby “Chicken Beanie” Crochet Pattern

Earlier this year, I posted some photos of the Chicken Beanie I made for my newest nieces and nephew. Here is the pattern for the Chicken Beanie.

Materials Needed:
--E sized hook
--I sized hook
--Yarn needle
--1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in White/Multi (#301)—This yarn is mostly white with a very fine iridescent strand woven through.
--Small amount of Caron Natura in Lemon (#0076)
--Small amount of Caron Natura in Scarlet (#0045)
--Optional: Small amount of matching eyelash or other novelty yarn for edging

This hat should fit a baby 3-6 months old.

Hat
Beginning at top of hat, working with the I sized hook and the White, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

The body of the hat is to be worked in dc’s. However, through the entire construction of the hat, alternate working the dc’s in the back and front loops only. This will create a finished look that is not smooth. See the diagram at left for an example. This image is used without permission from StitchDiva.com.

You also need to alternate which loop you start each row in. For example, if you start round 2 in the front loop, then start round 3 in the back loop. This close up at the left shows what the finished hat should look like.

Ch 2, work 13 dc in ring, join with a sl st in first dc. 13 sts.

Rnd 2:Ch 2, do not turn, 2 dc in each st around, join with a st in first dc. 26 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, do not turn, dc in first st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st, join with a sl st in first dc. 39 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, do not turn, *dc in first two sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first dc. 52 sts.
Rnds 5 - 12: Ch 2, do not turn, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 52 sts. Do not turn at end of last row.

At this point, you can decide which side of the hat you want to be the outside. I flipped mine inside out when I got to this point.

Comb:
Rnd 1: Working with the E sized hook and the Red, chain 8. This is going to create the front of the comb.
Rnds 2-3: Turn. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 7 sc in each of the remaining 7 stitches. Chain 1 and turn at the end of row 2.
Rnd 4: Chain 1 and turn. Work first 2 sc tog. Work 1 sc in each of the remaining 3 stitches.
Rnds 5-6: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 3 stitches.
Rnd 7: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc each in the first 2 stitches. Work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 8: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, and work 1 stitch in each of the remaining stitches.
Rnd 9: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 4 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 10: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 11: Repeat row 5.
Rnd 12: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 13: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 3 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 14: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 15: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc each of the first 5 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 16: Repeat row 8.
Rnds 17-18: Repeat row 5.
Rnd 19: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 20: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, and 1 sc in each of the remaining stitches.
Rnd 21: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in the first 4 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnds 22-23: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 24: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, and work 1 sc in each of the remaining stitches.

Fasten off yarn and leave a length of several inches. Use this length to sew the comb onto the hat. Line the first dip in the comb over the beginning chain 4 loop circle at the top of the hat. Attach the comb over the top of the hat with a few whip stitches and fasten off yarn when complete.  

Eyes (Make 2):
Working with the E sized hook and the Blue, start with a magic circle: chain 1 and 8 sc. Pull tight and join with a slip stitch.
Rnd 2: Change to the White. Chain 1 and do not turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch around, including the joining slip stitch.

Lay the hat flat and decide where you want the eyes to be sewn on. For mine, I lined the eyes up so they were evenly spaced out, using the comb as the midline. If you keep them in the top third of the hat, you’ll have enough room for the beak later on. Sew the eyes on with whipstitches and the White yarn.

Optional Edging (If you are making this for a little girl):
Ch 1 and turn. Alternate 1 sc and 2 sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends of yarn.

Beak:
Rnd 1: Working with the E sized hook and the Yellow, ch 9. This is going to make the back of the beak where it attaches to the hat.
Rnd 2: Turn. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 3: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each of the middle sc, and work the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 4: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 5: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in the middle, and work the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 6: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 7: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 8: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 9: Chain 1 and turn. Work the remaining 2 sc tog.
Rnds 10 & 11: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc.
Rnd 12: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the one stitch.
Rnd 13: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 14: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 15: Repeat row 13.
Rnd 16: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in each of the middle sc, and 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 17: Repeat row 13.
Rnd 18: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in each of the middle 4 sc, and 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 19: Repeat row 13.

If you’ve done this correctly, you will have an hourglass kind of shape. With the yarn still attached, fold the beak in half into a triangle. The narrow point of 1 sc will become the end of the beak. Working along the outside edge, do a series of slip stitches around the beak to “sew” it shut. It took me 18 slip stitches to work around the beak. I did 3 slip stitches at the narrowest point to work around it. When finished, leave a length of several inches. It should look like a little wedge of cheese.

Do not sew along the 8 sc edges. This will be where the beak is attached to the hat.

If your slip stitches around the beak show more on one side than along the edges, make that side the underside of the beak. Stick your index finger into the beak to pop it open a little. (Optional: if you want, you can stuff a tiny bit of Fiber Fill into the beak to help hold its shape before you sew it on.) Sew it to the face on the hat, centered between the eyes. I placed my beak quite close to the eyes. While sewing, give the outside corners of the beak a little squeeze to keep the backside open. Sew the top chain and bottom chain separately.

Proper Care & Washing:
Always wash this item in cold on the gentlest setting. Do not use bleach. Washing in hot water may lead to shrinkage. Either line dry or allow to dry flat.
If you must use a dryer, dry on low or no heat.

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