Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kids Pirate Beanie


Last week, my oldest son requested I crochet him a pirate beanie. Really? A pirate beanie? Yikes! I wasn’t sure my skills were quite up to that level yet, but I figured “Arrrr!, why not?” 

So in the spirit of pillaging and plundering, I began my quest to design a simple beanie pattern that was quick and easy. I also had to figure out how to crochet a skull and cross bones applique. The pattern below is what I came up with!

I think my favorite part of this pattern (besides the toothy skull) is the simplicity of this beanie. It works up easy and the result is a nice snug beanie for chilly autumn mornings.

Here in Idaho, Halloween night is usually pretty cold, so we do a lot of our trick or treating in and out of cars, creeping along the edge of sidewalks in our favorite neighborhoods.

The other option is to dress like the abominable snowman or Eskimos every year, and that gets old fast. It’s just too chilly for the little ones to walk around outdoors in the cold night air. So my other thought is: you could add some earflaps to this and use it in a pirate costume for Halloween, and keep little heads and ears toasty warm. I hope you like the pattern.

This beanie will fit kids, ages 4 – 10 years (about 21" circumference). See my note at the bottom to make this pattern smaller or larger.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: Red Heart Yarn; Black, White

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Key:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = triple crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SP = space
CC = change color


Instructions:

Rnd 1: Magic Ring, Ch 2 (does not count as stitch here and throughout pattern), hdc 10, sl st to join. (10 hdc) DO NOT TURN.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st] repeat around, sl st to join. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, sl st to join. (40 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around, sl st to join. (50 hdc)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around, sl st to join. (60 hdc)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts] repeat around, sl st to join. (70 hdc)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join. (70 hdc)
Rnd 9 – 20: Repeat Rnd 8. Finish, weave in ends.

CC = White

Skull
Ch 12.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, ch1, [skip next sp, dc, ch1] 2 times, dc 2 to end.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. [skip next sp, dc, ch1] 3 times, dc 2 to end.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc 3, ch 4, skip 3 sp, sc 3 in last 3 sp to end.
Row 4: Ch 8, turn. Dc 2 in ch 4 sp from previous row, ch 8, sl st to last sp of previous row.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. [Sc 2, hdc, dc 8] in ch 8 sp from previous row, hdc 2 in dc sp from previous row, [dc 8, hdc, sc 2] in ch 8 sp from previous row, sl st to last sp of previous row to finish.
Finish, leave about 16” tail to sew skull on to hat.

Cross Bones (make 2)
Ch 19, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (same space as first sl st),
Row 1: sl st in each ch across (should be 15). Ch 3, sl st in 3rd sp from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd sp from hook (same sp as first sl st).
Finish, leave a 12” tail to sew bones on to hat.


Sew Applique
Decide on placement for skull and cross bones. I use quilting pins to hold my applique in place until I have it sewed; otherwise I find it shifts on me while I am trying to sew it on. Using a yarn needle and the tails, sew skull and cross bones to the hat. (See image for placement.)

Notes:
For a longer length or to add a little slouch, continue repeating Rnd 8 to desired length.
To make a smaller hat, stop increasing pattern at Rnd 5 or 6 and skip to Rnd 8, continuing with the number of stitches you created in previous round.
To make a larger hat, continue increasing pattern after Rnd 7 a few more rounds until desired circumference is achieved. Then continue from Rnd 8 (with the same number of stitches as last increase round) until desired length is achieved.

You are all done! Enjoy.

xx
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