December 13, 2011

Giraffe Beanie with Earflaps

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By JC Designs
Frog Beanie being model of by one of my son's stuff animal. :)
SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
newborn - 18 months old

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size 5.0mm & 5.5mm
*Worsted weight yarn: Yellow (107yds) and Beige (30yds)
*2 medium Black Buttons
*Felt: yellow
*Stitch Markers
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread

GAUGE
  At the end of round 9, laying flat = 4 ¾ inches in diameter. Don’t forget to check your gauge. :)

PATTERN NOTES
  Their's no need to slip stitch and/or chain when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
  Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicate the total number of stitches for that round or row.

SHAPING THE BEANIE yellow with the 5.5mm hook
  Rnd 1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc around (24)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next sc around (30)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 4sc, 2sc in next sc around (36)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 5sc, 2sc in next sc around (42)
  Rnd 8: sc in next 6sc, 2sc in next sc around (48)
  Rnd 9: sc in next 7sc, 2sc in next sc around (54)
Sizes 6-12 months:
  Rnd 10:  sc in next 8sc, 2sc in next sc around (60)
  Rnd 11: sc in next 9sc, 2sc in next sc around (66)
Sizes 12-18 months:
   Rnd 12: sc in next 10sc, 2sc in next sc around (72)
   Rnd 13: sc in next 11sc, 2sc in next sc around (78)
All Sizes:
  Rnd 12-22 (14-24): sc in each sc around (66 or 78)
Place marker at 21 & 49 sc (24 & 55). F/O and weave in ends.

SHAPE EARFLAPS yellow with the 5.5mm hook
  Row 1: Join the yarn at first marker with sl st, ch1, sc in next 11sc, ch1, turn (12)
  Row 2: dec over next 2sc, sc in next 8sc, dec over next 2sc, ch1, turn (10)
  Row 3: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (10)
  Row 4: dec over next 2sc, sc in next 6sc, dec over next 2sc, ch1, turn (8)
  Row 5: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (8)
  Row 6: dec over next 2sc, sc in next 4sc, dec over next 2sc, ch1, turn (6)
  Row 7: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (6)
  Row 8: dec over next 2sc, sc in next 2sc, dec over next 2sc, ch1, turn (4)
  Row 9: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (4)
  Row 10: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (4)
  Row 11: dec over next 2sc twice (2)
F/O and weave in ends.
Join yarn at the second marker with sl st. Repeat above for the second earflap.

CONTRAST EDGING beige with 5.5mm hook
Join CC at any st along the edge with sl st. Sc around the entire edge including the earflaps.
F/O and weave in ends.

let's call this the MOUTH piece beige with the 5.0mm hook
  Rnd 1: 4sc in Magic Ring, ch1, turn (4)
  Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2sc in next 2sc, sc in next sc, ch1, turn (6)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next 2sc, sc in next 2sc, ch1, turn (8)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next 2sc, sc in next 3sc, ch1, turn (10)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 4sc, 2sc in next 2sc, sc in next 4sc, ch1, turn (12)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc around, ch1, turn (16)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next sc around, ch1, turn (20)
F/O and weave in ends.

EARS (make 2) yellow with the 5.0mm hook
  Rnd 1: 4sc in Magic Ring (4)
  Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc around (6)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc around (8)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next sc around (10)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 4sc, 2sc in next sc around (12)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 5sc, 2sc in next sc around (14)
  Rnd 7-9: sc in each sc around (14)
F/O and weave in ends.

HORNS (make 2) beige with the 5.0mm hook
  Rnd 1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6)
  Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc around (9)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc around (12)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2sc, dec over next 2sc around (9)
  Rnd 5: sc in next sc, dec over next 2sc around (6)
  Rnd 6-9: sc in each sc around (6)
 F/O and weave in ends. Stuff moderately.

BRAIDS
Cut 18 pieces of yarn (9  for each earflap) about 30 inches long. Fold each bunch in half and push the folded end through an opening in the bottom of each earflap. Pull the unfolded ends through the loop and pull tight. Braid the strands and tie a knot to secure the braid. Complete the second braid the same way.


ASSEMBLY
  I highly recommend pinning all the pieces together before sewing anything to make sure you have all the pieces done right and that you get them in the positions you like best before sewing. It seems like alot of extra work, but this will save you ALOT of hassle.
  Sew the mouth piece in the bottom center part of the beanie. The buttons are sewn three rows up the mouth piece and 2" apart.
   Ears are sewn on top 3.5" apart and the bottom of the ears are folded to give them the bent look. The horns are sewn in the center of the ears.
  Nostrils are made from yellow felt and glue in place or sewn.

- Janet Carrillo
This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "JC Designs" (December 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items may from this pattern.

17 comments:

Danielle said...

Love it! It's been linked from my crocheting facebook page!

Kathy Huff said...

So cute . Thank you for sharing . Now I have a new project to work on tonight .

Merry Christmas &

Peaceful New Year

Janet said...

@ Kathy Huff, I'm glad you like it. Would love to see how yours turns out.

@ Danielle, Thanks. :)

emily said...

my niece would love one of these, how do you make it a bigger size? i don't know how to crochet at all but my mother in law would like to make her one.

Janet said...

@Emily, tell your mother in law to measure the little girls head and just add those extra increases. So instead of stopping the increasing in round 9 keep going. sc in next 8sc, 2sc in next around, then sc in next 9sc, 2 sc in next around so on... Then do round 10 or so rounds of sc in each sc around.

Jenna said...

I love this hat! But how would I make it for a sixteen year old? Would I just keep increasing until it fits?

Janet said...

@ Jenna, yes you would keep increasing until it fits then sc in each sc around until desired length.

Kat said...

Hi,
Love the hat. Especially as it uses SC (which is the only stich I know at the moment) I was wondering if you have made hats that use DC and which you find warmer for winter? Do you line your hats with material for extra warth?

Many thanks for sharing, your creations are wonderful!

Janet said...

@ Kat,
Hi. Thanks and I'm glad you like the hat. :)
I personally like to use sc or hdc (half double crochet) in hats since I find it to be less holey and I figure it will be warmer than a dc hat that would be more holey.
I don't lined them but I seen this beanie over in Ravelry where someone lined the inside and it look so nice and warm that I was considering making a beanie for my son like that this next winter.
-Janet

Ashely Hughes said...

was wondering if you could help! im having trouble with the ears and horns. I am making this hat for 3 pound premie in the hospital at the moment, and i am stuck on sc around? are you making a circle while doing this? i am surely confused and cant seem to get it to look right at all

Janet said...

@ Ashley Hughes, the ears and horns are work in the round.
For the ears you start of with making 4sc in a magic ring then in the next round you sc in the fist sc from the previous round. then you make 2sc in next sc.
What I mean by "around" is that you continue doing those stitches stated for that round all the way to the last stitch.

Hope this helps.
-Janet

Kayegirl16 said...

U should totally make more!!! I think that these hats are sooo adorable i am making the giraffe one for myself and the frog one for one of my little cousins she is gonna flip out thank u

Janet said...

@Kayegirl16, thanks. I actually have some more ideas to make for my nephew. I probably would start making them soon so he could wear during fall and winter.

Judith Hartzell said...

love love love this. I am making it for my youngest grandson, 3 months old. He was a preemie, but has grown so fast! Thanks so much for the wonderful patterns. I will upload a picture of him wearing it, so that you can see how it turned out! Thanks again.

Janet said...

@Judith Hartzell, glad you love it. :) Cant wait to see how yours turns out.

Anonymous said...

I just love this hat. I have to make one for my almost 3 year old. How would i do that? I would also love a monkey hat.

Janet said...

Hi anonymous. What I started doing lately with creating new beanies. I would work my rounds as usual but as I finish a round I would measure the diameter. By knowing the diameter then you can multiply that by pi (3.14) you would get the circumference of the beanie. Hope this helps. :)

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