Friday, December 24, 2010

Jack Skellington Crochet Hat and Scarf for an Adult


"There's children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads,
and absolutely no one's dead!”
--Jack Skellington, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Materials Needed:
--H sized hook
--K sized hook
--N sized hook
--Yarn needle
--1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease #301 White/Multi and 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice #100 White (both for the hat—makes it more like a suitable hat for the winter)
--1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice #100 White (for the scarf)
--1 skein of a medium weight cotton black yarn (for the eyes, nose, mouth and scarf)
--1 skein of Bernat Boa Furs in grey (color # 81946) for the scarf

Hat:
With the K hook and working with both white yarns at the same time, ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring. DO not turn at the end of the rows. Continue working them all in the same direction.
Rnd 1: Ch 2(counts as first dc),9 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning dc (10 dc).
Rnd 2: Ch 2, HDC in same st, (2 HDC in next st) around. Join (20 HDC).
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (30 HDC).
Rnd 4: Ch 2, HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (40 HDC).
Rnd 5: Ch 2, HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 3 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (50 HDC).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, HDC in next 3 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (60 HDC).
Rnd 7: Ch 2, HDC in each st around. Join (60 HDC).
Rnd 8: Ch 2, HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 5 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join.
Rnd 9: Repeat round 7.
Rnd 10: Ch 2, HDC in next 5 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 6 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join.
Rnd 11: Repeat round 7.
Rnd 12-16: Ch 2, HDC in back loop of next st, (HDC in front loop of next st, HDC in back loop of next st) around. Join.
Rnd 17: Ch 2, HDC in each st around. Join.
Rnd 18: Ch 1,hsc in same st as join and in each st around. Join. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Once the hat is complete, press it flat with your hands and have the front of it facing up.

Eyes (make 2):
With the H hook, leave a length of black yarn (enough to sew the eye to the hat) and chain 4.

Row 1: In the second chain from the hook, do 1 HDC. Do 1 HDC in each remaining chain, but do 2 HDC in the last chain (4 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Do 1 HDC in the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops, and 2 HDC in the last loop. Chain 2 and turn (6 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Skip the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops, and 2 HDC in the last loop. Chain 2 and turn (7 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 4: Do 1 HDC in each loop as before (7 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 5: Do 1 HDC in each loop, but do 2 HDC in the last chain. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 6: Do 2 HDC in the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops. Chain 2 and turn (9 HDC).
Row 7: Do 1 HDC in each loop. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 8: Dec the row by 2 HDC: one at the beginning and one at the end. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 9: Dec the row by 3 HDC: one at the beginning, in the middle and one at the end. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 10: Dec the row by 2 HDC: one at the beginning and one at the end. Fasten off yarn. If you don’t think you left enough at the beginning for sewing, leave a good length of yarn here in addition to the beginning.

Remember, Jack’s eyes are not always the same. If you want, make one eye as shown and make the second eye different (add in an extra HDC somewhere in the middle, decrease the shape by one HDC somewhere, or maybe even leave an entire row out). His eyes change shape according to his mood, so they don’t have to match.

Nostrils (make 1):
With the same hook you used for the eyes, leave a length of yarn (enough to sew the nostrils to the hat) and chain 8 and finish off yarn.

Flatten the beanie and find the center. This is where his nose will go. Thread the same crochet hook into the beanie. Make sure you have 2 HDC’s over the hook. Hook one of the loops from the center of the chain onto the hook and pull it halfway through this space. (Think of this like you’re doing a latch hook.) The nostril length should now almost look like an upside down U, with the white yarn covering the curved part of the U.

Thread your yarn needle with one end of the length of yarn. Pull the nostrils into a parenthesis shape and sew one side into place. Repeat on the other side.

Position the eyes in the space above the nose. Depending on how you made them, one side should curve out more than the other. Place the eyes with the curved sides facing the center. The bottom of the eyes should just about be even with his nose.

It doesn’t really matter how you sew the eyes on. For mine, I just did a whip stitch around the edges. With a little care and attention, you can actually work your sewing stitches through the HDC’s and not have to go all the way through the front of the hat. The only time my stitches go through the front of the hat is when I was securing the final stitches.

Smile:
Thread a yarn needle with a length of black yarn, and embroider the bottom of the beanie as shown: start before the edge of one eye and continue past the other eye. The smile does not have to be perfectly straight. Go back over the smile with 10-13 evenly spaced “stitches,” placed about 2 HDC’s apart. At this point, it would probably be easier to go all the way through the front of the hat you’re your stitches, through the holes between the HDC’s. Finish off yarn.

Scarf:
Starting with the black yarn and the N sized hook, make a chain of SC in the length you want your scarf to be (minus tassels).

Row 1: Once you’ve reached the desired length, do a HDC in the second chain from the hook, and continue it the length of the chain. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 2-3: Do 1 HDC in each loop. Chain 2 and turn (for a total of 3 rows of HDC’s in black).
Rows 4-5: Switch to the Bernat Boa Fur in grey, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 6-7: Switch to the Vanna’s Choice in white, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 8-9: Switch to the Bernat Boa Fur in grey, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 10-12: Switch to the black yarn, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 13: Do 1 row of SC the entire length. Finish off yarn.

Without the tassels, my scarf is 58” long. The tassels add about 4” more to each end.

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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