Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TUTORIAL: The Katie Cap {Perfect Photo Prop}


Today I am going to share a tutorial for one of the cutest little photo prop hats I have ever seen!  Of course, that beautiful baby is what makes it cute!  Isn't she beautiful?  And before I forget, I do need to give the credit for all of these amazing newborn photos to Sheri Beavers of Sweet Pea Photos.  Thank you Sheri!  She has taken most of the newborn photos that you see in my Etsy Shop.

This hat really is a simple, and easy pattern.  You just use some fun fur (they have lost of fun colors too), and some worsted weight yarn.  You will only use basic stitches.  Just a small warning, fun fur is a tiny bit harder to work with than regular yarn, but you will get the hang of it pretty quick.  Now for a few more photos of the hat before we begin.

 


Now, after looking at these cuuuuute pictures, you probably want to make one for your next photo shoot, right?  So, lets get started with the pattern.

Abbreviations:

Click here for a list of the abbreviations you will need to make this hat.

Materials Needed:

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn)
Fun Fur
Crochet Hook Size H
Sharp Needle for sewing the flower and button to the hat.
1" Wooden Button

Notes:

Gauge: 6 sts in 5 rows = 2" (5 cm) If your gauge is not right, go up or down a size crochet hook in order to get the right gauge.

I will be sharing this pattern in two different sizes for you just in case you would like to make one for a toddler photo shoot.  The size S (small) will fit a newborn up to 6 months (up to a 16" circumference).  The size M (medium) will fit size 6-24 months (up to 18.5" circumference).  Choose the size you would like to make.  I have written them out separately to make it easier to understand.  The hat in the pictures is a size S.

Please Note:  To start out making this hat, you will hold both of your yarns together and make a slip knot.  If this doesn't make sense to you, hopefully the pictures below will help.


Instructions for size S:

Ch 4, join with a sl st in the first ch to form a ring;



Rnd 1: ch 1, 12 hdc in the ring, join with a sl st to the first hdc, ch 1 (12 hdc)

 
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (24 hdc)
 
Rnd 3: (hdc in the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) repeat around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (32 hdc)
 
Rnd 4: (hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) repeat around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (40 hdc)
 
Rnd 5-7: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (40 hdc)

Rnd 8: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, fasten off (40 hdc)
 
Join with a sl st with the worsted weight yarn you were using.  You will just be working with the one strand for the last 3 rnds.
 
Rnd 9-10: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st (40 hdc)
 
Please note: During this next rnd, you will be crocheting the trim around the edge of the hat and the tassels.  Step by step pictures are shown below to make it easier to understand.
 
Rnd 11: ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 24 sts, sc in the next 20 sts, ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 24 sts, sc in the next 20 sts, join with a sl st into the side of the first tassel (as shown in the last picture), fasten off.
 
 
 

Instructions for size M:

Ch 4, join with a sl st in the first ch to form a ring;

Rnd 1: ch 1, 12 hdc in the ring, join with a sl st to the first hdc, ch 1 (12 hdc)

 Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (24 hdc)
 
Rnd 3: (hdc in the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) repeat around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (32 hdc)
 
Rnd 4: (hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) repeat around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (40 hdc)

Rnd 5: (hdc in the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) repeat around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (48 hdc)
 
Rnd 6-10: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (48 hdc)

Rnd 11: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st, fasten off (48 hdc)
 
Join with a sl st with the worsted weight yarn you were using.  You will just be working with the one strand for the last 3 rnds.
 
Rnd 12-13: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st (48 hdc)
 
Please note: During this next rnd, you will be crocheting the trim around the edge of the hat and the tassels.  Step by step pictures are shown below to make it easier to understand.
 
Rnd 14: ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 24 sts, sc in the next 24 sts, ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 24 sts, sc in the next 24 sts, join with a sl st into the side of the first tassel, fasten off.
 
You are done with the hat!  For the flower, I made a large flower and a small flower.  The patterns are below:
 
Large Flower:
 
For the middle of the flower, you are going to start out crocheting with both yarns together.
 
With H Hook, ch 4, join with a sl st in the first ch you made to form a ring.
 
Rnd 1: ch 1, 6 sc in the ring, join with a sl st (6 sc)
 
Now, cut your fun fir yarn ONLY (don't cut your worsted weight yarn).  Leave a long tail of fun fir and crochet over it as you are crocheting the rest of the flower.  Continue to crochet with your worsted weight yarn.
 
Rnd 2: (ch 3, 2 trc in the same st, ch 3, sl st in the same st, sl st in the next st) repeat this 5 more times.  When you are done with this rnd, you should have 6 flower petals.
 
Rnd 3: sc twice in the next ch 3 space you made in the previous rnd, ch 3, sc in the next st (the trc you made in the last rnd), ch 3, sc in the same st, (ch 3, sc in the next st, ch 3, sc in the same st, ch 3), ({sc twice in the next ch 3 space you made in the previous rnd, sc in the next sl st that you made in the previours rnd, sc twice in the next ch 3 space, (ch 3, sc in the next st, ch 3, sc in the same st) repeat 1 more time, ch 3}) repeat from {( to )} 4 more times, sc twice in the next ch 3 space, sc in the next sl st that you made in the previous rnd.  Fasten off.
 
Small Flower:
 
 For the middle of the flower, you are going to start out crocheting with both yarns together.
 
With H Hook, ch 4, join with a sl st in the first ch you made to form a ring.
 
Rnd 1: ch 1, 6 sc in the ring, join with a sl st (6 sc)
 
Now, cut your fun fir yarn ONLY (don't cut your worsted weight yarn).  Leave a long tail of fun fir and crochet over it as you are crocheting the rest of the flower.  Continue to crochet with your worsted weight yarn.
 
Rnd 2: (ch 2, 2 dc in the same st, ch 2, sl st in the same st, sl st in the next st) repeat this 5 more times.  When you are done with this rnd you should have 6 flower petals.
 
Rnd 3: sc once in the next ch 2 space you made in the previous rnd, ch 3, sc in the next st, (the dc st you made in the previous rnd), ch 3, sc in the same st, (ch 3, sc in the next st, ch 3, sc in the same st, ch 3), ({sc once in the next ch 2 space you made in the previous rnd, sc in the next sl st that you made in the previous rnd, sc once in the next ch 2 space, (ch 3, sc in the next st, ch 3, sc in the same st) repeat 1 more time, ch 3}) repeat from ({ to }) 4 more times, sc once in the next ch 2 space, sc in the next sl st that you made in the previous rnd.  Fasten off.
 
Layer your flowers and button and sew them onto your hat.  You are finished!  Enjoy your hat!
 
 
 
 

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