Saturday, January 15, 2011

January #1 & #2 - Sock Monkey Hat Challenge

For my January hats I decided to take up the challenge offered by Halos of Hope. Not that it took much convincing, new hat pattern, I'm in.  And just how is this hat?  Of course I forgot to move up in hook size so my hat came out way too small (it fits Fuzzy Bear), but I'll remedy that when I make a second one.  

I liked the hat so much I wanted everyone to be able to participate in this challenge.  But not everyone crochets, so I thought a knitted version would be could to have posted.  Well, there are a few knitted styles, but none that match the crocheted version.  So...I decided, what could be so hard about this, I'll just whip one up.  Yes, I know.  Not that easy.  Well, the hat was, the ears took several different tries before I got them the way I liked them.  It is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so if there are errors, or if you can not understand any of the directions, please let me know.

For both hats I used a partial skeins of Berroco Comfort Hummus, Wild Cherry, and Chalk. The crochet pattern is available for free from Red Heart. The knitted version is available as a PDF on my pattern page. 

Hat #1: The hat is crocheted with a G hook.  Stitches used are chain, hdc, hdc increase, sc and sl st.  I added a single row of sc to the edge of the hat for a more finished edge.  Ear placement was determined by simply folding the hat in half and then sewing the ears on at each fold.

Hat #2:  The hat is knit on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dpn. The outside ears are knit on a set of 6 dpn using a double strand of yarn. Stitches used are knit, purl, p2tog, and K2tog.  The placement of the ears are probably the hardest part of the finishing.


Jenny said...

Thanks for your knitted version! I can crochet and knit, but I like the knitted version better. Do you happen to know if in the Rav thread regarding this hat, are people talking about Red Heart Comfort or Berocco Comfort? (jazzyjen on Rav)

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