Having been inspired by so many wonderfully crafty women out there to start a blog and inflict my ramblings upon the internet I am this week inspired by Kellie over at This Blessed Nest to say goodbye to Winter and the protective hats I have been making for Toby...
... in favour of something equally warming for a Maine baby but something that will put a little more spring in his step...
Big thanks to Owlishly (http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/osito-infant-hat.html) for getting me started with a good base design for hats - the following is my preferred method but to each his own...
Row 1 Cast on two stitches and in second stitch put 5 sc (I prefer not to join but you can if you wish).
Row 2 hdc 2 in each st (10)
Row 3 hdc 2 in each st (20)
Row 4 hdc 2 in 1st st then hdc repeat for entire row (30)
Row 5 hdc 2 in 1st st then 2 hdc 10 times (40)
Row 6 hdc 2 in 1st st then 3 hdc 10 times (50)
I sometimes stop at 50 but sometimes throw in a few extra on row 7 for a bigger head! Keep working around until you reach your desired length – again you’ll want to adjust for head size.
For the ears I largely use guesswork. I begin with a loop of 3 stitches (not 5 like the hat) and I go to a width of 17 stitches around over about 2.5 inches before working the 17 stitches for the length of the ear. Length of the ear would again be determined by the head size you are working with.
The inner ear is simply a piece of felt stitched on. Don’t stuff the ears they will naturally fold in.
Once the felt is stitched on pinch the base of the ear together so that it points at you. Bind the base closed then attach to the hat.
Smaller ears closer together stand more upright – I’m a flopsy fan!