Monday, August 22, 2016

A Frog Hat

Lucky LOVES his preschool.  I knew that one of his main classroom teachers was pregnant and I wanted to make her a little crochet Wolf Hat for the little girl.  I found out later that Lucky's Hebrew teacher is due at the same time so I needed to make a hat for this little one as well.

I didn't know the sex of the second baby so I wanted to pick out something gender neutral, fun, and would work with colors I had in my stash.  The Crochet Frog Hat from Repeat Crafter Me fit the ticket and Would use up some of the green yarn that I've had in my stash FOREVER.

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Worsted weight yarn in Avocado (26 g, 57 yards), White (not measured), Black (coal, ~1 yard) and a maroon color I had in my stash without a label.  Like the wolf hat I crocheted this on a size H hook and made a 6-9 month sized hat.

Since with the Foxy Wolf Hat I waited to do the embellishments until the end and couldn't see well enough to crochet with dark stitches in the near dark, I decided to start out with the embellishments this time. Of course, the embellishments for the frog are all circles so that is pretty easy to do and if I can't do this in the dark then I can't do the hat itself... but hey, I'm done with the fiddly bits!

I decided to modify the hat to be a skull cap, versus an earflap hat.  I did this based on the fit and size of the wolf hat and how it fit on Rowdy.  I followed the instructions for the fox hat size 6-9 months without any color changes.

I was worried that the eyes would not stand up because they'd be so heavy. I made sure to secure them to the hat in a few places and they did stand up!  Crochet is so sturdy compare to knits.  No blocking was required at all.

You guys, I've made two hats in two days and used up some yarns from my stash.  I've used up yarns that aren't the staple colors, such as black and white!  Wahoo!

Now I just need to convince myself that I don't need to replenish my stash...  Wool of the Andes is such staple in my collection that I love to have some on hand to make last minute baby gifts.  I wish that I had machine washable wool in my stash but I rarely had to wash my babies' winter hats so I did not personally find the car difficult.  

Ribbit, ribbit!  It is fun to say this around a fiber project when I'm not frogging (rip-it, rip-it!)