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Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

RAWR! It's dino hats!

It's the invasion of the Dino Hats. The humans wearing these will be on the hunt for tricks or treats this Halloween. And I have two more beasties in the queue, thanks to a custom Etsy order.

Green dino hat

Slimey the Green Dino enjoys frolicking in the summer sun while eating M&Ms.

Blue dino hat

Slushy the Blue Dino prefers an autumn bonfire and a cup of espresso.

Dino Hat pattern notes
Loom: Yellow 41-peg Knifty Knitter round loom
Yarn: Two strands of Vanna White worsted, 1 skein each of main color, orange for scales, white for eyes
Note: Knit stitch is the flat knit or regular knit stitch, not the e-wrap.

Crochet cast-on 41 pegs.
For the hat base ... Follow a rib-knit pattern (knit 2, purl 2) for 1.5 inches. This is your brim, which can lay flat or be folded up. From here, knit in stockinette for 7.5 inches for an adult hat. If you plan to do a gather bind-off, knit until the hat measures 9 inches total for an adult hat. If you plan to decrease for a crown using the flat-panel method, knit about 7.5 inches and begin shaping.

If you're doing the crown shaping, divide the stitches into four groups. On the yellow KK loom, the last group will have 11 and that's OK. Start the first section with your working yarn and knit 10 stitches. Turn and knit 10 back. Move the loop on Peg 1 onto Peg 2. Move the loop on Peg 10 to Peg 9. Knit the next row, knitting 2 over 1 on the first and last pegs. Then knit a row back. Repeat this decreasing on the end pegs, with a normal row after each decrease, until 2 stitches remain. Move the last loop over the first loop and knit 2 over 1. Wrap one more time and knit. Cut 12 inches and pull the yarn through to make a knot.

Join the yarn to the next section and repeat the above instructions for all sections. For the section with 11 stitches, just work in the extra stitch on a knit-back row at the end. You should have four triangles. Seam them together on the wrong side and you have a smooth crown for your hat.

For the scales, I knit in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row). You may use any loom with at least 9 pegs. I started with 9 pegs and decreased one stitch on every other row (the knit row) on alternate sides.

The eyes were made on the pink 12-peg Knifty Knitter flower loom. I used the drawstring cast-on by Brenda Myers. Place a slipknot on the anchor peg. Wrap the yarn around the outside of all pegs. Place your working yarn above the strand on Peg 1 and knit the bottom loop over. Purl Peg 2. Repeat Knit 1, Purl 1 for one round.

Using garter stitch, I knit 8 rows of the main color. At this point, you can close the cast-on edge by removing the slipknot from the anchor peg and pulling to cinch it closed. Pull the yarn tail to the inside of the opening. Weave the yarn tail around the opening and knot it to secure the top of the eye. Switch to white yarn and garter-stitch 14 rows. Do a gathered bindoff but don't pull the bottom completely closed until it's stuffed with fiberfill. I used buttons for the pupils. When attaching the eyes to the hat, I found they sit best if I sewed them on the bottom and a little up the back.


If you like the hats but lack the time, you can send me an email to buy baby-size ones!

Purple Dino Hat, toddler size $20

Orange Dino Hat, newborn size $20

Blue Dino Hat, newborn size $20

27 comments:

  1. These hats are just the cutest! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us.
    Renee

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  2. Thank you! You all make me smile. :)

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  3. Love these hats! So creative. I'd love to have the instructions for shaping the crown. I have a hat on the KK green loom divided into 3 sections of 12 , and need to know how to do the decreasing. Thanks.

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  4. Thanks and hello! I'll update it above and tell you here, too:

    I divide the stitches into four groups. So on the green loom, it would be 4 sections of 9. Start the first section with your working yarn and knit 9 stitches. Turn and knit 9 back. Move the loop on Peg 1 onto Peg 2. Move the loop on Peg 9 to Peg 8. Knit the next row, knitting 2 over 1 on the first and last pegs. Then knit a row back. Repeat this decreasing on the end pegs, with a normal row after each decrease, until 2 stitches remain. Move the last loop over the first loop and knit 2 over 1. Wrap one more time and knit. Cut 12 inches and pull the yarn through to make a knot.

    Join the yarn to the next section and repeat the above instructions for all sections. You should have four triangles. Seam them together on the wrong side and you have a smooth crown for your hat.

    Thanks and have fun!!!

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  5. I am SO going to make some of these! I am new to looming so not yet up to designing my own. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!

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  6. I've used this pattern and it's awesome! I'll blog about it soon and I'll be sure to link ya.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    *hearts*

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  7. Congrats on your third place win for this hat! Very cute...

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  8. How do you attach the scales and eyes to the hat itself?

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  9. You can sew them on some scrap yarn. For the scales, I line them up straight using the hat crown seams as a guide. For the eyes, I first sewed the bottoms to the hat and then pulled them toward the hat by sewing up back of the eyeball. That keeps the eyes looking forward when it's on your head. Have fun!

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  10. Love the dinos so cute. Do you have anything for girls?

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  11. Thank you! I have one pink monster toddler hat that I could put back into the Etsy shop for sale (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=404634054231&set=a.296167889231.144714.296012754231&theater).

    I'm also working on a new pattern for a child's bunny hat.

    Send me an email if you're curious about a custom order. tanya@madebytelaine.com. Thanks!

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  12. Hi! These hats are so cute! I'm not sure if you ever check this posts since it's a couple of years old but in case you do I have a question. When doing the eyes, do you cast on the MC and white together and just set the white to the side or cast on separately?

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  13. Hello! I add the second color later with a slip-knot. After the eye is done you can tug on the different color ends a little to tighten the connection and even tie a knot on the inside of the eye. Have fun making the hat!! :-)

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  14. I just downloaded your file - what a GREAT hat! I have 2 grand daugthers ages 5 and 3 and want to make them something like these! I don't have the small round knifty knitter YET - just bought it on ebay yesterday! Can you explain to me knit 2 purl 2 on loom? I'm a complete newbie- have made 4 hats in 4 days! practicing "e"wrap but not doing well on brims that have purls in them, so hope I can learn from you!

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  15. Hello! Author Isela Phelps has a wonderful video that demonstrates the knit stitch, the twisted knit (otherwise known as the e-wrap) and the purl stitch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pclJ7gUvEAY

    A key thing to remember is that the working yarn is placed ABOVE the stitch to knit and BELOW the stitch to purl. It takes a bit of practice to do the purl stitch quickly but you'll find your rhythm in no time! Let me know if you have any other questions after watching the video.

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  16. These are absolutely adorable!!! Thank you so much for making these available. Just one question, do you work the entire hat two strands as one?

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  17. Yes, I do with the Vanna's Choice worsted yarn. :-)

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  18. These are absolutely adorable and I am going to make one for my friend's birthday! And do you mind if I share a link to your blog from my own? Thank you!

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  19. I don't mind at all! Thanks and happy knitting!!!

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  20. is there a youtube video or anything for the crowning? I don't quite understand it...

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  21. Hello! I'm sorry I don't create youtube videos. You're essentially dividing your hat into 4 triangles that you will seam together at the end. After the first triangle, you'll have to cut your yarn and make a new slipknot to place on the first peg of the next section. Let me know if you have any specific questions. Thanks!!! :-) PS - Here's a link for another explanation: http://www.ehow.com/how_10064527_crown-shaping-loom.html

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  22. I finished IT!!!(: If you want to check it out, here's the URL: http://madefromscratch22.blogspot.com/2012/01/dino-hat.html

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  24. Love this! Do you happen to have a YouTube tutorial? I do so much better seeing and watching. Thanks!

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  25. Nope, I'm sorry I can't do video tutorials.

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