Thursday, March 14, 2013

Preemie Owl Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

Do we really need another owl pattern?? Truth be told....ummm, no.

But, of the oodles and oodles of patterns available, none of them are super quick to make for donating. I set out to make my own bird/owl that is super cute without all the fuss.

The Dainty Daisy has organized an ongoing collection for hats of all sizes for Rosie's Cozies specifically focused on hats for NICU babies.
She has received about 100 hats towards the goal of 500 hats in March. 
We have to help!  If you have just an hour, you can make a preemie hat. So, please make a few. It will bring love and comfort to what could be a dark and lonely day for these families. Here are just a few of the hats I am mailing next week. The free Sock Monkey pattern is available here. The pattern for the owl hat is posted below. I hope you will participate.

Free Pattern for Preemie Owl Hat #RosiesCozies


Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn - Stay away from wool as babies may be allergic.
Size "I" Crochet Hook

The Basic Hat

ch 2
Round 1: 11 dc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st, ch 1
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st, ch 1 (22)
Round 3: *2 dc, dc* around, join with sl st, ch 1 (33)
Round 4-6: dc in each st around, join with sl st, ch 1 (33)

Eyes (Make 2)

With Black: Ch 2
Round 1: 6 sc around, join with sl st and cut yarn (6)
Round 2: With white, sl st to any st from previous round and ch 1, sc in same st (these count in st count as 2 sts), 2 sc in each stitch around, join with sl st, ch 1 (14)
Round 3: *2sc, sc* around ending with 2sc in last st, join with sl st and bind-off.  (22)
Attach Eyes to hat.

The Beak:

With co-ordinating color, ch 4.
sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, dc.
Bind-off and attach the beak to the hat.

The No-Fuss Frills

Cut 8 strands of main color into approx. 6" lengths.
Take 4 strands and fold them in half. 
Attach the strands to the hat by inserting hook back to front toward the top of the hat. Use the hook to pull the folded edge through to the back of hat.
Use the hook to grab the loose ends and pull them through the folded edge. 
Pull the loose ends nice and snug to tighten them
Attach the 2nd set of strands to the other side.
Cut the strands to your ideal length.

This is super quick and a great project to make quickly for your neighbor or you can donate it. 

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