Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Viking We Will Go!

A friend of ours is throwing a costumed birthday/Halloween party next weekend. It has a viking theme, so I decided the kids needed viking hats to wear.  I couldn't quite find a pattern I liked, so I whipped up my own. Below you'll find the pattern for the hat base, along with a link to directions for the horns. (Those were created by another crafter on Ravelry named sar.) My hat pattern is crochet. Sar's horns are knit. Perfect chance to learn another craft if you only know one! (Or neither.)

Avery's Viking Hat
Finished size approx. 18" circumference to fit a toddler
Worsted/Aran weight yarn and size I hook. Click Here to see which yarns I used. Less than half a skein of each color is needed.
Gauge: 3sts and 3.6 rows per inch- make a swatch so you know it will fit!!

Work continuously in the round. (Do not join end to beginning of round with a slst.) Place a marker in the first stitch of the round and move it up as you complete each round. This pattern uses American crochet terms.

Row 1: Work 6sc in magic circle.
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts)
Row 3: (1sc, 2sc in next st)* around (18 sts)
Row 4: (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (24 sts)
Row 5: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (30 sts)
Row 6: (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (36 sts)
Row 7: (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (42 sts)
Row 8: (sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (48 sts)
Row 9: (sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st)* around (54 sts)
Row 10-24: sc in each st around
Row 25: sc in first st. (Bobble stitch into the next st. sc in next 2 sts.)* around. sc in last st. (18 bobbles)-Note: for my bobbles I DC'ed 4 sts together instead of 5 like the video shows.  It shouldn't matter, but in case you want your hat to totally match I wanted to point it out.
Row 26-27: sc in each st around. At the end of row 27, join yarn to the beginning of the round with a slst. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Horns. (Directions are in the notes section at the bottom of the page.) Make 2. Stuff with a small amount of Poly-Fil. Attach to either side of the helmet using yellow yarn, just above the bobble "rivets". Hint: You should have 18 bobbles. Center one of the horns just above a bobble and you can count 9 bobbles in either direction to line up the position for the other horn. I used a US size 8 (5.0mm) needle to knit my horns.

If desired, add braids to the hat, centering them just below the horns. This is how to do it. I cut my yarn to 24" lengths, and then folded it in half to secure to the hat. After knotting the ends of the braids, I trimmed the excess with scissors to my liking. I used a total of 24 strands on each side of my hat for chunkier braids. This made knotting the ends difficult, but with a little fiddling I managed to do it. Experiment with yarn amounts until you get braids you're happy with.

Because elements of this pattern were not designed by me, please craft items from this pattern for personal use only.

slst-slip stitch
sc-single crochet

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