Sunday, December 26, 2010

Baby “Froggie Beanie” Crochet Pattern

This is the pattern for the Froggie Beanie I did this summer, when I did the Chicken Beanie.

Materials Needed:
E sized hook
I sized hook
Yarn needle
1 skein of Caron Simply Soft in Sage (#2611)
Small amount of Caron Natura in Black (#0007)
Small amount of Caron Natura in White (#0001)
Small amount of Caron Natura in Scarlet (#0045)
Small amount of Fiber FillOptional: 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 Sage, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: 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.

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.

Eyes (Make 2):
Beginning at the center of the eye, working with the E sized hook and the Black, start with a magic circle: chain 1 and 6 sc. Pull tight and join with a slip stitch.
Rnd 1: Change to the White. Chain 1 and do not turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch around, including in the joining slip stitch (14 sc).
Rnd 2: Ch 1 and do not turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch around, but not in the joining slip stitch this time. Join with a slip stitch.
Rnd 3: Change to the Sage. Ch 1 and do not turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch around, in the back loops only. Join with a slip stitch.
Rnds 4-5:Ch 1 and do not turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch around, in both loops. Join with a slip stitch.
Rnds 6-7: Ch 1 and do not turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch around, in both loops, but decrease this row by 2 evenly spaced sc. Join with a slip stitch. At the end of row 7, fasten off yarn but leave a length of several inches.

To finish of the eyes, go back with the E sized hook and the Sage yarn. In the space between the White and Sage, work a surface row of sc. This will make a raised edge. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Lay the hat flat and decide where you want the eyes to be sewn on. For mine, I lined the eyes up so the edge of the Sage is even with the starting chain 4 circle, and slightly forward. Sew the eyes on with whipstitches and the Sage yarn. Once each eye is halfway sewn on, start stuffing the eyes with the desired amount of Fiber Fill. Finish sewing the eyes on and fasten off yarn when complete.

Mouth:
Use the yarn needle and the Black yarn. Lay the hat flat and embroider on the mouth. Using the eye placement as a guide, have the smile go from the outside edge of each eye across the hat. For correct tongue placement next, make sure you embroider the smile on straight for at least 1 ½-2”.

Tongue:
Rnd 1: Working with the E sized hook and the Red, chain 6.
Rnd 2: Turn. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 2 sc. Work 1 sc in each remaining stitch.
Rnd 3: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each individual stitch, for a total of 5 sc. Work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 4: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each individual stitch.
Rnd 5: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each individual stitch, for a total of 5 sc. Work the last 2 sc together.
Rnd 6: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, and 1 sc in each remaining stitch. Fasten off yarn and leave a length of a couple inches.

Use this length to sew the tongue onto the hat. Line the short straight edge of the tongue up below the embroidered mouth. Attach it with a few whip stitches and fasten off yarn when complete.

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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