First up is this adorable Hello Kitty inspired ear flap hat for my daughter. I have to admit that this wasn't my idea, but rather a hat I came across, and once my daughter saw it, it had to be made! Here is the original pattern for the Hello Kitty Ear Flap Hat, as written by a lovely lady named Amy. I would call this an "intermediate" skill level. I also will admit that I didn't follow the pattern exactly, but pretty much :-) My chica bonita loves this hat!
Now onto my son! As a little guy, he needs a new hat every year for his growing head, and this year I thought I'd stick to a traditional beanie style hat. The problem is that I get bored doing simple projects so I started adding some various stitches in it and mixing up the colors a bit. This is the pattern as written by "Celtic Mommy" that I used to get the "ribbing" you see on the hat. I planned to follow this pattern the whole way, but added a few rows of single crochet and slip stitches in there kind of randomly. This didn't change the pattern really, but I did add a different band to the bottom.
Instead of continuing the FPDC pattern clear to the bottom (front-post-double-crochet--this is the stitch that creates the raised vertical rows on the hat), I did a row of Crossed Double Crochet. It sort of looks like a row of X's. Here is the pattern for making Crossed Double Crochet. Then I finished it with a row of single crochet.
Some other fun hats I've made:
Ridiculously Pointed Winter Hat
Crocheted Butterfly Beanie
Easy Crocheted Bonnet
which will be the subject of my next post). She begged me to take this picture, so here you have it :-)