Friday, August 30, 2013

Crochet Sun Pattern


I hope everyone is enjoying these last days of August! I am more than ready for Fall but I thought I would send off August and this beautiful summer we've had with a little crochet sun! This is a simple pattern that you can use as an appliqué or turn into a clip. Feel free to embellish as you wish with a button or with the surface slip stitch as I did.

I attached mine to a crocheted rainbow headband. FREE Rainbow Headband pattern is by Snickety Things. You can find the pattern HERE.

Materials:
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn in Mustard
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC  - Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
Surface Slip Stitch

Sun Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1 in ring, make 12 SC inside ring, join to first SC, chain 1
Round 2: Make 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join to first SC (18 SC)
Round 3: Chain 3, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next chain, skip one SC and join with a slip stitch to next SC in round. Chain 3 and repeat all the way around to make 9 points.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make surface slip stitches around the outside of round 1 and round 2 to create raised circles.
My sun is about 2.5" x 2.5" from point to point.


Enjoy the sunshine!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY Monster Mugs


Most of you know I love making owl-themed projects but if you've been following me for awhile you know I also have a soft spot for cute little monsters :) And now that Halloween decorations are starting to pop up in stores, I thought it was a good time for another monster project. So let me show you how to make your own Monster Mugs! Good for anytime of year but especially cute for the Fall/Winter seasons.

You only need two materials:
1. White Mugs
2. Pebeo Porcelaine Paint (and a paint brush!)


I purchased my mugs from the Dollar Store. Yes, only $1 for each mug! Now unfortunately the paints were a little more pricey. I found mine at Blick Art Materials but I am told you may be able to find them at some Michaels stores as well as on Amazon. You will want to make sure you buy the paint colors and a Pebeo black paint marker.

 

First you will want to wash and dry your mugs. Then I used a Crayola washable marker to lightly draw on the faces on each mug.


I painted the main color in the background first. Then when that was fairly dry (about 30-40 minutes) I used my black paint pen to trace over the mouth and eyes. The Pebeo website says that you do not want to paint on the inside of the mug where food will touch. 

I let my mugs dry for 24 hours and then popped them in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes for a heat set finish. They are now permanent and dishwasher safe! If you are worried about your mug cracking, put it in the oven at room temperature and allow it to heat up with the oven. Then after it has baked, let it cool with the oven as well. I didn't have any trouble with my Dollar Store mugs.


Don't feel like making monsters? So many possibilities for painting your own mugs with a unique design, name and more! Why not the most out of your paint and make personalized mugs for a teacher gift or better yet, for holiday gifts?! Fill them with candy or a special treat as well!






Monday, August 26, 2013

Crochet Lamb Pattern and Baby Mobile



I decided I wanted to make a mobile for my baby girls room. I thought some sweet little lambs would be nice and crochet was the way to go about making them. Unfortunately these little lambs took a little longer to crochet and put together than I thought they would. But if you are up for a project than this is the one for you! Of course you could always just make the lambs and leave them as little stuffed animals. They are about 5 inches long.


First lets start with the crochet pattern:

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in cream, brown, gray or any color of your choice. I also think a pink or blue lamb would be nice for a baby room.
- Furry Yarn. I used Bernat Pipsqueak in Whitey White
- Size H crochet hook.
- Tapestry needle
- Small safety eyes
- Stitch marker
- Poly-fil stuffing

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC  = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Head:
With worsted weight yarn..
Magic Ring, chain 1, SC 8 inside ring, do not join, continue to SC in rounds (use stitch marker to mark your rounds)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 4-8: SC in each stitch around (24 SC)
Round 9: SC decrease, SC in next, repeat around (you should now have 16 SC)
Change to furry yarn...
Round 10: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 11: SC decrease until closed. Be sure to stuff and add safety eyes before fully closing!!

Ears:
Chain 4, SC in second chain from hook, SC in next 2.
Now working on other side of chain, SC in next 3, do not join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2-4: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 5: SC decrease or stitch closed. Sew onto head where furry yarn meets worsted yarn.

Body:
NOTE: Body is worked with furry yarn. It is pretty much impossible to keep track of your stitches with this yarn. Do the best you can. If you are off by one or more stitches, that is ok. You won't be able to see the flaws!
With furry yarn...
Magic ring, chain 1, 8 SC in ring, do not join, continue to SC in rounds. Use stitch marker to mark your rounds.
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 3-6: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 7: SC decrease in first, SC in next
Stuff with poly-fil
Round 8: SC decrease until closed
Leave tail to sew onto head.

Feet:
Magic Ring, chain 1 in ring, make 10 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds.
Round 2: In back loops only, SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3-4: Working in both loops, SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 5: SC decrease, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around
Stuff and sew onto body.




Now lets put together the mobile!


- I used the inside of an 8" wooden embroidery hoop and painted it white.
- Darice White Picket Fence (which I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics but if you google it you can purchase it online from multiple places). I had to buy two since one is too short to fit around the entire hoop.
- White worsted weight yarn to string everything together
- 3 white clouds which I cut out from felt (you will need to cut 6 clouds, lightly stuffed with poly-fil and stitched around the edge with 2-ply yarn and a tapestry needle). I used THIS as my template for the clouds.
- And my crochet lambs.



First thing you will want to do is cut a long piece of worsted weight yarn and string it through the cloud and crochet lamb. Use a tapestry needle to send the yarn up the middle of the cloud and then through the body of the lamb (near the neck). Now loop your yarn back up the bottom of the lamb and make a knot. You can weave it through again to make sure it is tightly secured to the crochet lamb.



Tie the yarn onto your painted embroidery hoop. Hopefully you still have a long end left that will tie together with your other two strings and attach to a hook from the ceiling. If your yarn isn't long enough, just tie on a second string so that you will be able to hang it. You will want to repeat this entire process with all three of your lambs/clouds and place them evenly around your hoop.

Now hot glue your white picket fence over the outer edge of the embroidery hoop and over the yarn that you have tied on.

Tie the strings together and hang from a cup hook in your ceiling.

Disclaimer: Please use extreme caution if placing this over a crib. Make sure all your pieces are secure. In fact, I decided to place mine in the corner of the room near the changing table. I don't trust this craft to be a safe object to place over the baby's crib. 





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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crochet Hair Clips



This isn't my own pattern, but I thought I would share some cute crochet hair clips I made for my baby girl. They clip onto headbands or can be worn by themselves. With so many different color combinations, they can really complete an outfit!

The headbands are from GCH (Girls Crochet Headbands) and I have the Starter Set found HERE. They were only $3.49 for a pack of 12 headbands!! But I am sure you have seen these before in stores like Target and Walmart.


The Pattern is FREE and from a Very Berry Handmade blog and its called A Frothy Flower. I stopped crocheting after Round 5. I'm not going to repost her pattern but I took some pictures of each step of the flower process to help. But once you get the hang of the pattern it goes very quickly! I have made over 15 of these flowers :)

You can find the pattern HERE.

1. This is what it should look like at the end of round 2.
2. After round 3.
3. Where to make your chains/slip stitches in round 4
4. End of round 4.
5. Round 5 and finished flower.
6. What the backside of the flower looks like.

The buttons are Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons which you can find at Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels crafts stores.

So once you have your flower crocheted and your button sewn on the middle, you will want to attach it to a hair clip.

I suggest using Alligator Barrettes like THESE ONES I found at Walmart. You will also need some ribbon and your hot glue gun.

Hot glue the ribbon to the hair clip. Start hot-gluing on the inside top edge and wrap the ribbon around until you get the bottom. I cut the ribbon short and left the bottom exposed.


Then hot glue the ribbon covered clip onto the crochet flower. 
The flat part of the clip should be facing down.



Now you are done! Clip it onto the headband or directly into your child's hair!









Monday, August 19, 2013

Creamy Tomato Crock Pot Chicken


Our vegetable garden is in full bloom! So far we've had lots of beautiful yellow squash and sugar snap peas. The tomatoes are still green and we are anxious for them to turn red and juicy and ready for pickin'. So while I wait for our garden tomatoes to ripen, I curbed my craving with this yummy Creamy Tomato Crock Pot Chicken. The basic recipe is over at BettyCrocker.com but I made some changes along the way. 

Ingredients:
- 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2-4 cloves finely chopped garlic (depending on how much you like garlic! I used one clove for each chicken breast)
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (15oz) jar Alfredo sauce
- 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes (drained)
- 1 (8oz) pouch Old El Paso roasted tomato Mexican cooking sauce

Directions:
1. Spray bottom of crock pot with cooking spray and place in chicken breasts.
2. Cover chicken with garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
3. In separate bowl, combine alfredo sauce, diced tomatoes and mexican cooking sauce. Pour over chicken.
4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
5. Serve over penne pasta and top with mozarella or italian cheese! 












Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crochet Apple Slice Keychain


The kids are going back-to-school and the Fall season is right around the corner. This is the perfect time to whip up some apple themed craft projects or recipes! I am thrilled today to be teaming up with some of #myfavoritebloggers to bring you some fun and simple apple project ideas and yummy treats.

I'd love to introduce them to you:


They are, from left to right, top down:

Kristen from One Tough Mother; Sky from Creative Captial B; Marilyn from 4 You with Love; Tara from Suburble; Bethany from Pitter and Glink; Melanie from It Happens in a Blink; Kara from Petal to Picots; ChiWei from One Dog Woof; Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me; Kadie from 7 Alive; Nancy from Small Things with Love; and Amy from One Artsy Mama.

Just for fun we decided to team up once a month and create projects based on a common theme.  This month's theme is APPLES. After you are done looking at my crochet apple keychains, head over and check out some of these other great APPLE projects.  The links are all listed at the bottom of this post.



I am going to show you how to make these super easy Crochet Apple Slice Keychains! Give them as a gift to a teacher, friend or use them for yourself :) They could also be used as a backpack zipper pull for the kids!

Let's start with the pattern.

Materials: 
- Worsted weight yarn in white or cream and red or green. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Scarlet (red) and Fern (green)
- Size H or G crochet hook (H for slightly larger apples)
- Tapestry needle
- Ribbon
- Key rings
- Brown felt (and green felt if you want to make a leaf)

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet

Apple Slice Pattern:
Start with white or cream yarn...Magic ring, ch 1 in ring, 12 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, ch 1 (18 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 1 (24 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join, (30 SC)
Change to red or green yarn...
Round 5: ch 1, 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around, join, (36 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail

You should now have a piece that looks like this:


Now fold it in half.


Take your tapestry needle and weave the tail in and out of the last single crochets so your apple slice is now stitched together. Weave in loose end.


Cut out small seeds from brown felt and hot glue them on!


Lastly, take a piece of ribbon and pass it through and end of the apple slice. At this point you can also add a little felt leaf if you want. You will need to cut a slit in the leaf for the ribbon to go through. Hot glue the ends of the ribbon together around your key ring (but make sure the hot glue doesn't actually touch the key ring).


Enjoy your new apple accessory!




Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Hair Bow Holder (or Message Board!)


Ever since I found out I was having a girl, I started buying hair accessories. I am a little embarrassed to say that the pile of hair bows, clips and headbands is stacked pretty high and she hasn't even arrived yet! In fact, I don't even know is she will be born with any hair! But I had a skinny wall in her room that was begging to be decorated and I thought a hair bow holder would be perfect. It's fun way to display and organize her hair accessories and a colorful wall piece as well. And the best part is, this hair bow holder can easily convert into a message board when she is older (there is cork board under the fabric!).

You will need:
- Wood frame
- Roll or large piece of cork board (found at craft stores)
- Elastic ribbon (found at craft or fabric stores)
- Thumb tacks (flat-head tacks work best)
- A piece of fabric large enough to cover the inside area of your frame
- Hot glue gun
- Spray paint (if you want to paint your frame)
- Cup hooks (mine are 7/8" white cup hooks from Home Depot)

You could make this in any size or shape you want but I chose a 30"x8" frame that fits my space. I found this old frame at Goodwill for just a couple of dollars.


I took the back off (which unfortunately was cardboard, but it worked) and hot glued it onto my cork board. You will want to trim the cork board to the same size as the back of your frame.


Next, I covered it in fabric. I ended up doubling up the fabric because I felt like one layer was too thin and see-through. I hot glued the fabric edges onto the back of the board, but if you are good with a staple gun that would work as well :) Just make sure your fabric is pulled tight!


Then I laid out my elastic ribbon pieces so they would criss cross. Once you get them laid out the way you want, use a thumbtack at the point where they cross. This will help to keep them in place while you glue or staple the elastic ends to the back of the frame. Make sure the elastic is pulled fairly tight.



I hot glued white buttons over the thumbtacks for an extra touch.

Now go ahead and spray paint your frame (if you want) and screw in your cup hooks to the bottom. I placed the cup hooks an inch apart along the bottom.


Place your new hair bow holder in the frame and hang it up! Hair clips attach to the elastic bands and headbands hang from the cup hooks. OR you can use this as a message board! Tack up messages with additional thumbtacks and place photos under the elastic bands. Hang accessories such as belts or jewelry from the cup hooks! 






Saturday, August 10, 2013

Crochet Shark Hat Pattern


If you are a fan of Shark Week or Sharknado then this shark crochet hat is for you! It would also make an adorable halloween costume or a fun fall/winter hat!

Materials:
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn in Gray (I used Silver Gray), Red (Scarlet) and White
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle
- Buttons for eyes
- Poly-fil (or you could use scrap yarn to stuff top fin)
- Stitch marker

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Shark Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-9: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)

do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: 6-9 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below


Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below


Size: Child 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Size: Teen/Adult 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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Earflaps for 0-3 months - Preschooler
Earflap 1: 

Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
If you have trouble figuring out where to place the second earflap see the picture tutorial at the bottom of my Crochet Puppy Hat Pattern.
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

With the same gray yarn you will want to single crochet around the earflap edges and back of hat. NOT the front are of hat where the teeth will go. Weave in loose ends.

Earflaps for Child - Adult
Earflap 1: 

Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:

If you have trouble figuring out where to place the second earflap see the picture tutorial at the bottom of my Crochet Puppy Hat Pattern.
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

With the same gray yarn you will want to single crochet around the earflap edges and back of hat. NOT the front are of hat where the teeth will go. Weave in loose ends.

Shark Gums:
With Red Yarn...
Working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, attach yarn on the front side of the hat at the first stitch next to the earflap. Chain 2 and DC across front area of hat (all the way to the second earflap). Fasten off and weave in ends.



Shark Teeth:
With White Yarn...
Working in the FRONT LOOPS ONLY, attach yarn to the front loop of the stitch where you began the gums, chain 4, *SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next chain, DC in last chain. Now you have created a triangle! Skip 2 stitches and Slip Stitch to the next stitch. Chain 4 and repeat from *. Fasten off and weave in ends.



Shark Fin:
Magic Ring, chain 1 in ring, 6 SC in ring, continue working in rounds (use stitch marker if needed)
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch , SC in next 2, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (15 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (15 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 9: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
(this is where I stopped for the 0-3 month size hat)
Round 10: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5, repeat around (21 SC)
Round 11: SC in each stitch around (21 SC)
Round 12: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 6, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 13: SC in each stitch around (24 SC)
Round 14: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 7, repeat around (27 SC)
Round 15: SC in each stitch around (27 SC)
(this is where I stopped for the toddler/preschooler hat)
Round 16: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 8, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 19: SC in each stitch around
Round 20: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 9, repeat around (33 SC)
Round 21: SC in each stitch around
Feel free to continue this pattern (I hope you can see how this pattern increases by now) to make the fin as large as you would like.

When it's the size you desire, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto top of hat. Stuff lightly with poly-fil (or extra yarn) and sew onto top of hat by weaving tapestry needle under the last row of single crochets and then through the hat.

Sew black buttons on for eyes, or sew on a larger white button and hot glue a small black button on top of the white button (as seen in the hat in the first picture of this post).


Enjoy your new shark hat!

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

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