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Monday, 14 November 2016

MAISIE’s BABY CAP



MAISIE’s BABY CAP

I made a cute dress that just needed a tiny lil cap. 

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely Bernat Softee Baby 3-ply yarn  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn info for Indians : For a similar soft finish for your dress, I'd recommend Vardhaman Baby Soft with a 3.5 mm crochet hook OR Our Indian Oswal Cashmilon 3 or 4-ply with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.

The yarn I’ve used : Bernat Softee baby http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarn/softee-baby.html

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                 sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
MC : Main Colour                                                   CC : Contrast Colour


Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing : https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764548/
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


I.                 Instructions for the lil lady hat

I found this really lovely hat titled for the little lady hat, and I thought I’d use this free pattern from Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-lady-hat. Sadly however, it was getting a little difficult to get the gauge right with the really slender 3-ply yarn I’m using.  I just thought that this was such a cute and simple pattern, that I should share it too.

I’ve therefore decided to work on a pattern of my own, mimicking part of the skirt/dress pattern along the border of the cap.



II.               Instructions for the Mandy’s baby cap


Start : with a magic circle and 12 dc in the circle ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 2 : Increase round : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
(dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc)  ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 5 : Increase round : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
(dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc)  ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

Round 6 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

Now depending on the size of head you’re working with, (check the links for the charts given above), you will work the following rows. 

Once you’ve reached the size /circumference of head, stop increases and work a dc in each dc till you have the length needed.

Rep Rounds 5 and 6 three times, increasing 12 sts every alternate round, till you are about 2 – 3” from the full length of the cap you want according to the chart given above (or the head of the child you’re making this cap for).

I say 2” – 3” because this all depends on which size you’re working on.  If for a new born or 0 – 6 months, 2” suffices ; but if for an older child then you could have more of a shelled  border.


Shelled border Instructions : Our shelled border follows the pattern from the skirt of our dress.  Our pattern repeat is 12, which suits us perfectly.

For convenience, I am going to start re-numbering from Round 1. Please do not confuse this with earlier instructions for the plain crown part of our cap.

For our shelled border portion, like for the skirt portion of our dress, we have two sets of “V”-sts. 
Our small “V”-st is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or sp.
Our large “V”-st is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or sp.

Round 1 : Large “V”-st in the 1st dc ;
*(ch 3, sk next 5 dc, Small “V”-st in the next dc ;
ch 3, sk next 5 dc, Large“V”-st in the next dc )* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 2 : Large “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ;
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; Small “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; Large“V”-st in the next “V”-st )* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 3 : Large “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ;
*(ch 3, sk next sc and ch-3 sp, dc in the next dc (of the Small “V”-st) ;
4 dc in the ch-1 sp (of the Small “V”-st) ; dc in the next dc (of the Small “V”-st) ; ch 3, sk next sc and ch-3 sp, Large“V”-st in the next “V”-st )* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

In the following round, we will use a decorative picot stitch.  Our picot stitch is a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).
We will also use a dc 2-tog. So check the top of this blog for a “How to” if needed.

Round 4 : Large “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ;
*(ch 2, sk next dc , dc 2-tog in the next dc ;
(ch 1 + picot + ch 1, dc 2-tog in the next dc) ; ch 2, dc 2-tog in the next dc ;
rep (to) once ; ch 2, Large “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 5 : Large “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ;
*ch 3, sk next two dc 2-tog and picot , Small “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk next two dc 2-tog and picot, Large “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

And just like that, we’ve completed one pattern repeat. 

Check the link for baby head wear sizes and decide if you want more repeats. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

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