I was knocked over by a summer illness last week. I wasn’t sick enough to be confined to my bedroom all day, but I wasn’t strong enough to get any real work done either. Life is dull indeed when you can’t seem to find the energy for everyday tasks. I love to read, but I can only stare at the written word for so long before my eyes start to cross. As a result, my primary activity while I convalesced was crocheting. I finished two prayer shawls last month, so I was ready for a new project.
First I made several of those cute owl hats that have been popping up all over. I made a basic hat, and then crocheted a small triangle for the nose, along with round eyes. I added a few tufts of hair at the corners by tying some extra yarn between stitches. The facial features are sewed on with a yarn needle.
After that, I moved on to other animals. Again I started with the basic hat pattern in either double crochet or half double crochet, and then added crocheted facial characteristics.
The penguin was one of my favorites! The panda looks a bit serious, I still think he’s cute – in a bug eyed sort of way!
When I tired of making animals, I moved on to new territory. First I made this adorable toddler sized hat in bright pink –
and then I made this minion hat for Virginia. She waited patiently all week while I made hats that didn’t fit her. She was excited when she was able to claim one for her own.
I also made hats for both of my sons, and began another prayer shawl. For all of the hats, I used yarn from my stash – mostly Red Heart Acrylic yarn or Caron Simply Soft. I didn’t use a published pattern, but I did view several pictures of each style of hat to decide what direction I wanted to take for my own creation. It was fun. Start with your own favorite beanie pattern and then experiment with crocheting different facial shapes to try making your own.
I wasn’t too thrilled with my summer illness, but I was happy to spend my “down time” playing in yarn. Please feel free to comment and tell me your favorite(s) as I plan to crochet more of them for a Christmas craft sale.