It seems like I was just trying out animal hats for the first time. Maybe it’s because I was. I can’t believe that it was only Jan 3rd that I opened my etsy shop and the 4th that I started this blog. It feels like much much longer than a few weeks. I can’t believe how many new things I’ve gotten to try and how much my crocheting has improved in these few weeks.
Some of my mommy friends ordered some of the animal hats so we got to talking about them. I am planning on adding a dog to the mix, and probably a bunny, but we also were talking about other animals we like, such as raccoons and woodland animals. I spent some time looking at pictures of raccoons and seeing if I could find a pattern, but there aren’t many out there. So I figured I would give it a try since it’s pretty darn similar to the fox. This is what eventually came about. (yeah, i know the ears are a bit crooked. They aren’t that easy to sew on straight and even.)
I knew I could make the hat up really easily. The ears are also the same as the foxes. So what it really came down to was the mask and the nose. I originally wanted more realistic looking eyes and mask area, but I haven’t quite figured out how to do that just yet. So I went with this mask.
This is an adult sized hat so I wanted the mask to be large enough to fit. Here’s how I did it.
row 1: hdc in 2nd stitch and the next 12. DC in next 3. Hdc in next 13. ch 1
row 2: hdc in first 3, chain 10 (skip next 10 spaces), DC in next 3, chain 10 (skip next ten spaces), hdc in last 3 spaces.
row 3: hdc in first 3, 17 hdc in chain space, dc in next 3, 17 hdc in chain space, hdc in last 3.
row 4: hdc across, switch to white yarn
hdc around mask in white. slip stitch to first white stitch. fasten off.
So there’s that! I think the next time I make it I will make my chain length a little longer so I can have some wider opened eyes. I think it would be pretty easy to scale this down in stitch number for a child and use sc and hdc instead of hdc and dc.
The other new thing was the nose. If you look back at my first fox, the nose is pretty skinny and gives it a wil’e coyote look. Soo my goal was to widen this nose up so I could shape it into more of a triangle (the pictures don’t really show this) since both a fox and raccoon face is somewhat angular.
For the adult nose I dc15 in a magic ring (i love this technique) in black. slip stitch to 1st stitch to close off.
round 2: 2dc in each stitch around. slip stitch to 1st stitch
round 3: 2dc in first stitch, 1 in next stitch. repeat around.
round 4: 2dc in first stitch. 1 in next 4. repeat around.
round 5-6: 1dc in each stitch.
6 rounds was a good length for an adult hat.
For a toddler fox hat where i used this nose i scaled down the magic ring to 5 stitches and scaled the rest down to suit. Also with the fox nose I did the top half orange and bottom half white and lined it up with the color change of the hat. I think it looks more realistic that way.
Speaking of the fox hat, I also scaled the eyes down a round. The huge eyes gave it a slightly crazed look that I wasn’t too fond of.
Big difference, right? I think it looks so much better. As you can tell, I also changed the braids and now they look great! So after I updated all my animal hats (the 4 I have right now), I updated the pictures in my shop to reflect the change. They look so much better!
The other things I’ve been working on is my baby bundle set. I got my purple and white blanket to about 36 x 24 inches and finished it up. I also started working on a blue and white blanket since I wanted to see how changing the hook size and tension would affect the blanket. If you look closely at the blankets below you can see how big the differences in the blankets are. It works up much faster (obviously) so I set on 36 x 36 for the blankets for my shop. I think that’s totally doable after working on this blue and white blanket. So now customers can get the bootie and hat set, or the complete bundle of the blanket, booties, and hat. Yay! I’ve been so looking forward to getting this bundle up and available. I would be totally okay with making these all the time.
So that’s what’s been going on here in my crocheting adventures!
Thanks for reading!