Crazy Cat Hat

Author

Brenda K. B. Anderson

Introduction

You know the look on your cat’s face right before it tears through the room, stalking it’s invisible prey?  Yeah, you know the one.  Well this hat is a tribute to that look.  Hooray for the Crazy Cat!  

P.S.   If you make this hat I would love to see photos!

Materials List

 

Materials:

  • One skein (no more than 150 yards) of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in “Edwardian”.  Or substitute with another textured chunky weight yarn that will give the same gauge.
  • No more than twenty yards of a worsted weight yarn for eyes.  I used Red Heart Soft yarn in “Honey”
  • No more than 10 yards of black worsted weight yarn for eye outlines and pupils.  I used Caron simply Soft yarn.
  • One yard of worsted weight yarn to embroider Crazy Cat’s nose.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in light pink
  • One yard of worsted weight yarn to embroider Crazy Cat’s whiskers.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in grey
  • Size I/9 – 5.5mm hook (use for main part of hat)
  • Size H/8 – 5.00mm hook (use for eyes and pupils)
  • Yarn needle

 

 

Finished Size

 

This hat will fit a tween, teen, or adult with a head circumference of up to 22″.   The hat’s circumference is 23″ and is not very stretchy.  You could put it on a 23″ head but it would feel quite snug.  The Styrofoam head pictured has a circumference of 21″.

 

 

Gauge

 

To make a gauge circle swatch, work rounds 1-6 of hat pattern.  Diameter of circle should measure 4″ (about 10 cm).

 

 

Notes

 

Abbreviations and terms used in this pattern:

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

sc = single crochet

st(s) = stitch (stitches)

Sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together.  This is a decrease stitch.  (Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front of work, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook.)

Sl st = slip stitch

Tr = triple or treble crochet

 

The back bump: 

This is also known as the back, backside, or butt of a chain stitch.  This is the part of the chain stitch that is opposite of the two loops (the ones that form the “v”) that you would normally insert your hook under.  In other words, if you turn the chain upside down, so that you are looking at the bottom of it, you will see a line of dashes.  It is under each dash, that you would insert your hook if you were instructed to crochet into the back bump of each chain stitch.

 

Magic Ring:

Most of the pieces in this pattern start out with a magic ring.  If you are not familiar with this technique, I highly recommend typing “adjustable magic ring crochet” into your preferred search engine, to learn how to do it.  There is a good video of this method on You Tube also.  However, if you prefer not to use the magic ring method, you can chain 2 stitches, and then work into the second chain from the hook as directed.  For example, if the pattern reads: “make a magic ring, sc 6 times into ring…” you could instead: “ch 2, sc 6 times into the second ch from the hook”.

 

 

 

The Pattern

 

Directions:

The top of the hat is crocheted in a spiral, starting at the top center.  When you get to the earflaps, you will work back and forth in rows.  Ears, eyes, and pupils are crocheted separately, and sewn on later.  Nose and whiskers are embroidered onto hat.

 

Make Hat Base:

Round 1.             With main color (chunky) yarn and size I/9 – 5.00mm hook, Make a magic ring, 6 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (6 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (12 sts).

Round 3.             [2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] 6 times (18 sts).

Round 4.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] 6 times (24 sts).

Round 5.             [1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st] 6 times (30 sts).

Round 6.             [2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts] 6 times (36 sts).

Round 7.             [1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts] 6 times (42 sts).

Round 8.             [1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts] 6 times (48 sts).

Round 9.             [1 sc into each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc into the next st] 6 times (54 sts).

Round 10.          [1sc into each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts] 6 times (60 sts).

Round 11.          [1 sc into each of the next 19 sts, 2 sc into next st) 3 times (63 sts).

Round 12.          [1 sc into each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 10 sts] 3 times (66 sts).

Rounds 13-21.     1 sc into each st around (66 sts).

Row 22.               Ch 1 (turning chain- does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 44 sts.

Row 23.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 22 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (42 sts).

Row 24.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (42 sts).

Row 25.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 20 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (40 sts).

Row 26.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (40 sts).

Row 27.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 18 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (38 sts).

Row 28.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (38 sts).

Row 29.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 16 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (36 sts).

Row 30.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (36 sts).

Row 31.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sl st into each of the next 14 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (34 sts).

 

Do not fasten off yet!  Chain 35 sts for tie end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Join yarn to opposite corner (ear flap) and ch 35 sts for other tie end.  Weave in ends.

 

Make 2 Ears:

Round 1.             With same hook and yarn, make a magic ring, 5 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (5 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (10 sts).

Rounds 3 & 4.    1 sc into each st around (10 sts).

Round 5.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into following st] 5 times (15 sts).

Rounds 6 & 7.    1 sc into each st around (15 sts).

 

Fasten off with a long tail.  Use ending tail to stitch ear onto head.  Use photo as a guide for placement.

 

Make 2 eyes:

Round 1.             With yarn chosen for eyes (worsted weight), and size H/8 5.00mm hook, make a magic ring, 6 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (6 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (12 sts).

Round 3.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into following st, 1 hdc in next st, (1 dc and 1 hdc) in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st] twice (18 sts).

Round 4.             [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, (1 hdc and 1 dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, (1 dc and 1 hdc) in next st, 1 hdc into next st, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] twice.  On last sc st of round, yo with the black yarn to change color for next round (28 sts).

Round 5.             With black yarn, 1 sc into each st around (28 sts).

 

Fasten off with a long tail.  Use this tail to stitch eyes onto hat AFTER you have stitched pupil onto eye.

 

 

Make 2 pupils:

With size H/8 – 5.00mm hook and black worsted weight yarn, ch 8.  Working into the back bump of each stitch, and starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in last st.

 

Fasten off with a 12″ tail.  Use this tail to stitch pupil onto eye.  (Stitch all the way around the edge of pupil).  Use photo for a guide.  Now you can stitch eyes onto head using the yarn tails from the eyes.  (Stitch all the way around the edge of eyes).  Weave in ends.

 

Embroider nose and whiskers onto hat using photo as a guide. 

 

Congratulations you Crazy Cat, now you are finished with your hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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