Friday, December 27, 2013

Crochet Ladybug Hat Pattern


Christmas is over but if you're like me, you still have a lot of red yarn in your stash. This ladybug hat is the perfect project to help you use up that yarn! It also makes a great Valentines Day gift for your little love bug and can easily be worn throughout the spring.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in Red, Black and White.
   I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Scarlet (Red), Black and White.
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Two small black buttons
- Tapestry needle

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

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ringjoin 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 5-10: 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 6-11: 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 7-12: 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 8-13: 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 9-14: 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 10-15: 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 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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:
See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
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 and weave in ends.
With black yarn, attach to end of earflap and chain 1. Continue to SC around the entire bottom edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cut 3 long strands of Red, White, and Black color yarn (you should have 9 strands total), pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 18 strands). Knot, braid and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps. 

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:
See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
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 and weave in ends.
With black yarn, attach to end of earflap and chain 1. Continue to SC around the entire bottom edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cut 3 long strands of Red, White, and Black color yarn (you should have 9 strands total), pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 18 strands). Knot, braid and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps. 

Ladybug Wing Line:
With black yarn, make a long chain that is the approximate length of the hat from middle of one edge to middle of back edge. Better to make your chain too long because you can also unravel extra chains. I made a chain of about 65 for the toddler hat (pictured). With tapestry needle, sew chain onto the middle of hat.

This is also a good picture of my "hidden seam." Can you see it on the right, just before my logo?!

Ladybug Spots:
with black yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 12 DC in ring, join to first DC and pull tight. Fasten off, leaving tail to sew onto hat.

Make as many spots as you need. I made 12 spots for my toddler hat (pictured). Better to wait to sew your spots on after you have the face in place. Sew them on at random at the front and back.




Ladybug Eyes: (make 2)
with white yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 12 DC in ring, join to first DC and pull tight. Fasten off, leaving tail to sew onto face area.
to make eyes smaller, use the same pattern but use either HDC or SC instead of DC.
Sew on black buttons to each eye.

It is easiest to sew the eyes to the face first and then the face to the hat.


Ladybug Face:
With black yarn...
Magic Ring, 6 SC in ring. Pull tight but don't join. You should have a half circle. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (9 SC)
Row 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (15 SC)
Row 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat to end, ch 1, turn (18 SC)
Row 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5 stitches, repeat to end (21 SC)
Row 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 6 stitches, repeat to end (24 SC)
Row 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 7 stitches, {chain 7, make 2 HDC in second chain from hook, slip stitch the rest of the way down chain - now you've made your first antennae}, 2 SC in next stitch in row, SC in next 7 stitches, {chain 7, make 2 HDC in second chain from hook, slip stitch the rest of the way down chain - now you've made your second antennae}, 2 SC in next stitch, SC in next 7 stitches.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew into hat. No need to sew antennae down. Just the face area.


This is what the back of the hat looks like

If you need help on how to sew the spots onto the hat, see the video tutorial of my Gingerbread Man Hat. I sew the gingerbread cheeks on the same way!





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Friday, December 20, 2013

Crochet Jingle Bells




It's that time of the year, the time of year when the kids get sick..one after the other...never ending sickness. So while we were having a sick day on the couch, watching a movie, I took out my crochet hook and a little yarn and made Jingle Bells! I thought I would squeeze in this one last holiday craft before Christmas :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in mustard)
- Size G6 (4.00mm) Crochet Hook
- Poly-fil
- Jingle bells (if you want to it to jingle). Mine are from Craftprojectideas.com.
- Tapestry needle
- Black felt
- Jingle Bell Template from Sugarbelle's Jingle Bell Cookies (my inspiration for this crochet pattern!)

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

Jingle Bell Ball Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 6 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, join, ch 1 (18 SC)
Round 4-5: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1
Round 6: Slip stitch in front loops only in each stitch around (18 Slip Stitches)
Round 7: Now in back loops only (of round 5, not the slip stitch), SC in each back loop around (18 SC)
Round 8: SC decrease, SC in next 4, repeat around
Round 9: SC decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around (you will end with a SC decrease)
At this point you will want to stuff it with poly-fil and add a jingle bell (or two) if you want it to actually jingle :)
Round 10: SC decrease until closed.
Fasten off leaving long tail. Weave tapestry needle through the center of the jingle bell so your tail is now sticking out of the top of the bell. Tie a small loop and then weave in ends. The loop is used for hanging your bell.





I used the bottom left hand corner bell as the template to cut my felt. Fortunately felt is very forgiving so if your lines and circles are perfect when you trace or cut, it barely shows :) I used a dab of hot glue in the very center then all 4 circles and glued it on the bottom of my bell. The bottom of your bell should be the part where you made the SC Decreases.



Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way!




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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Safety Pin Ice Skates


If you need a last minute ornament idea or if you just want a cute winter magnet, pin or decoration, these safety pin ice skates are easy to make! With the simple and clever addition of a safety pin for the blade, all you need is a little felt (or card stock paper) to put these together. 

Here is what you will need:
- Large (2 inch) safety pins
- Felt or Card stock paper
- Yarn for laces
- Tapestry needle
- Skate Template <----- Click the link to download
- Hot glue gun
- Marker



Print and cut out your skate from the template provided or you can freehand your own. Trace the skate onto your felt.


Now fold your felt in half along the bottom skate line. Cut out your skate.


When you unfold it, it should look like this:


Now its time to pin your safety pin  in place.


Thread your yarn and "lace" the shoes. It helps to make dots where you want the laces to go to help guide you.


Finish by hot gluing (or use regular glue) The inside edges together. 
Leave the laces long and hang up as an ornament!


Now for even more crafty inspiration, come see 14 fabulous winter crafts and recipes from #MyFavoriteBloggers! Winter wishes to all!



Peppermint Sugar Cookie Snowman,   Zippered Snowflake Pouch,   Crocheted Winter Gnome,   Crocheted Snowflake Pattern,  Winter Princess Pearl Necklace,   Safety Pin Ice Skates,   15 Winter Boredom Busters for Kids,   Winter Party Favors,   Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments,   Winter Gift in a Jar,   Candy Swirl Winter Centerpiece,   Egg Nog Cookies,   Easy Beaded Snowflakes,   DIY Christmas Trees.

And meet the creative women behind the blogs!


From left to right, top to bottom: Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, Amy from One Artsy Mama, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Meredith Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and Kirsten from One Tough Mother




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peppermint Swirl Glass Magnets



If you need a last minute holiday gift or the perfect hostess gift you have come the right place! These Peppermint swirl glass magnets are quick to make so you can make enough for multiple people at once.



Materials:
- Peppermint printable <---- click link to download template (I'm trying something new here)
- Round glass tiles (found at craft stores)
- Round Magnets (found at craft stores)
- 1" circle punch (you could also cut by hand)
- Mod Podge
- Hot Glue gun
Note: you could also you E6000 glue instead of mod podge and hot glue.

First print out your peppermint spirals onto card stock paper. It doesn't have to be card stock but that is what I recommend. You could also print out other designs or use fun scrapbook paper for this project. Then punch out your spirals. You could also cut them out by hand.

Now paint some mod podge  onto the bottom of your glass tile and stick the paper (print side) onto the mod podge. Press down and try to make sure there aren't any big bubbles. Let dry for at least a couple minutes.


Now put a dab of hot glue onto the back of the tile/paper and stick your magnet on!




That's it! You can package it up by gluing some washers (or just use tape) to a piece of card stock and stick the magnets in place. Put in a clear bag and close with a piece of scrapbook paper folder over and stapled on. I got the peppermint scrapbook paper (and other fun holiday themed papers int he Doodlebug Home for the Holidays scrapbook paper pad.



Be sure to make a set for yourself! They are perfect for holding holiday cards to your fridge :)




Monday, December 16, 2013

Crochet Polar Bear Hat Pattern



Sometimes the simplest hats turn out the cutest. And oh.my.goodness this hat is just too cute for words. My pictures don't capture how soft and snuggly this sweet little polar bear is! Made with bulky weight yarn, it works up quick and is perfect for a boy or girl! I added a removable red flower for baby sister which gives it a little holiday spirit.

Materials:
- Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in White (sold at Michaels craft stores)
- Small amount of black worsted weight yarn for the nose and to sew on the eyes.
- Size I9 (5.50mm) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Poly-fil stuffing for the nose
- 2 small black buttons for eyes

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Ch = Chain



Polar Bear Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
Round 5-8: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5-9: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: 6-12 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next seven, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6-10: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Preschooler
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6-12: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Child
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
Round 7-13: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Teen/Adult
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
Round 7-14: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Note: Please use my pattern as a guideline. If you feel like you need to add or remove a round at the end, please do so. I usually add a round for my 2yo who has a big head and remove a round for my baby. You can always adjust as you see fit. Or feel free to follow it as it is written!
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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:
Leave 9 stitches in front for newborn, 12 stitches for 0-3 months, 15 for  3-6 months, 19 for Preschooler,
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. fasten off and weave in 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:
Leave 22 stitches in front for Child, 25 stitches for  adult
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. fasten off and weave in ends.


Polar Bear Nose:
Start with black worsted weight yarn...
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, (12 SC)
Switch to bulky white yarn...
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (12 SC) don't join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, slip stitch to join, fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto hat.
You will want to stuff nose with poly-fil stuffing as you sew it onto your hat.

To make nose bigger, add a round (or two) after round 4. So round 5 would be "2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two stitches, repeat around (24 SC)" and if you want to add one more round, Round 6 would be "2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30 SC)." be sure to to make a round of SC in each stitch as your final round.

Bear Ears (make 2):
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: SC in each stitch around (this will cause ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on.

To make ear bigger: 
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next (15 SC), join, ch 1
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (causing ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Feel free to add a crocheted flower like I did.  I followed my favorite free flower pattern that I found over at Very Berry Handmade. The pattern is called A Frothy Flower and you can find it HERE.







Now excuse me while I photo bomb you with pictures of my baby wearing her new polar bear hat :)