Wow! It has been over a month since my last post. What have I been doing? Sooo much!
Our ETSY store has been getting orders like crazy! Yes, I am bragging a little bit. But not only that, my neighbors and local community has been bombarding me with custom character hat orders. It has been challenging, stressful, and a whole lot of fun! Now that things are slowing down ever so slightly, I can share some of my creative projects with you, yay!
First up is a special Mario Mushroom hat for an adorable 6 month old in my community. I found this awesome pattern by Marie Porter from Celebration Generation. Adorable! This was my stepping off point. After studying the pattern for a bit, I concluded 2 things; 1. I needed to make the pattern larger since this seemed to be for a newborn, and 2. I really wanted my hat to billow out more, and not be a form fitting beanie. SUCCESS!
First thing I did was use the general make-up of Red Heart yarn’s top hat pattern. Since I made this top hat for my Halloween costume, I was familiar with it. The double strand single crochet makes the hat very stiff and allows it to stand up without any additional assistance.
I used the basic crochet hat pattern in double strand, single crochet for a 18-24 month old, 18 inch circle. Now you may be wondering, why 18-24 months? Isn’t the baby 6 months old and the approximate size, according to the pattern, is 16 inches? Why yes, but remember when I said I wanted the hat to billow? I crocheted 3 rows after the increase and then I decreased to the appropriate size. I changed yarn color, only used one strand, and changed my stitch to half double crochet for the remainder of the hat. Added some eyes, and white circles, viola!
Instead of posting the actual pattern, I decided to give you the “formula” of how I came up with my pattern. This way you can use the formula to make this mushroom hat in any size you need. Remember, I am just a crafter like you, and do not claim to be any kind of expert, just someone who enjoys yarnology and wanting to share my knowledge.
Have a Crafty Day!