Kid’s Hood: Tutorial

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012-7mm Crochet Hook

-6mm Crochet Hook

2 – Skeins Bulky weight yarn – Main Color

1 – Skein Bulky weight yarn – Contrast Color

1 – Nice Large Button

1 – Tapestry Needle

  • Patience, good music or an audio book. I suggest folk music, I tend to listen to Alela Diane (“The Pirate’s Gospel” album, though I have been found to listen to the “Square” album by Buck 65, because crochet is so gangsta.

048Gauge: 2.5 Stitches = 1 Inch

Fits: Toddler

With the 7mm hook and the main color, loosely chain 55 stitches. Join with a slip stitch to begin crocheting in the round, careful not to twist the stitches. Not fun.

Round 1: Chain 2, hdc in each chain all around, slip stitch into first hdc.

Round 2: Chain 2, hdc in the back loop of next stitch and repeat all around, slip stitch into first hdc. Switch to the contrast color.

036Contrast Band: Chain 2, hdc in the back loop of the next stitch and repeat all around, slip stitch into the first hdc. Repeat once more. Switch back to main color.

037Neck:

Round 1: Chain 2, hdc in the back loop, of the next stitch and repeat all around, slip stitch into the first hdc. Repeat three more times.

Decrease:

Round 1: Chain 2, hdc in the back loop of 6 stitches, hdc two stitches together. Repeat all the way around.

Round 2: Chain 2, hdc in the back loop of 5 stitches, hdc two stitches together, repeat all the way around. Tie off.

Hood:

Fold hood in half so your seam is in the back. Count 8 stitches in the front and mark them, I use bits of yarn.

038Chain 2, hdc in the back loop of each stitch, starting at the left marker facing you until you reach your stitch marker on the right side. Turn, hdc in the front loop of each stitch until you reach your other stitch marker. Repeat until the hood held together at the top is the right size. Add extra rows for big headed toddlers, less for small headed toddlers.

Join the seam at the top using a slip stitch. Tie off, leave enough yarn to weave the end back to the front of the hood. This creates that cute pixie point at the top.

039Anywhere on the front of the hood join the yarn again. DC around the front of the hood, one row, and repeat once more. Switch to contrast color. Hdc around the front of the hood 4-5 more rows. Tie off and weave in end.

Fold the contrast color on the hood in half creating the thick front hood band. Fold the hood in half and holding the bottom of the hood stitch with a tapestry needle the bottom together to create a point. I tend to stitch up about 3-4 inches of the hood, folded. Using the tapestry needle sew on your button.

040At this point you could leave the hood as is without ears. I have done them this way in red before as a “little red riding hood” (no band color just using red). Either way and regardless of color this is a cute way to make a woodland looking pixie hood.

Rounded (bear) ears:

Note: Ears are made using the size 6mm hook.

Fold the hood in half, leaving one inch from the contrast color and four inches from the top seam on the left side. Join yarn using contrast color.

Chain one, leave one inch of space, 8 dc into the next stitch, leave one inch of space and sl st into the next stitch, turn. Ch 1 and sc into the next stitch and all the way across. Switch to main color. Ch 1 and sc into the next stitch and all the way across, repeat one more time, fasten off and weave in ends. Do the same for the second ear, only working top to bottom (right ear).

041Try the hood on your favorite toddler, ooh and ah at them, take their picture, share it with your friends showing off your sweet crochet skills. 

  

Split some firewood, water your chickens, do a few laps around the yard to get out some of the pent up physical energy you stored up by sitting for so long!

Good luck

– Cassandra

 

 

 

 

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