Friday, 10 October 2014

Candy Cane Pom Pom Hat and Skirt

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A pretty little hat and skirt set, just right for taking baby to a visit to see Santa Claus!

To fit 6-12 months

Actual size:  Hat:  Circumference 14”=16”; Length 6.5”; Skirt:  Waist 18”-20” (adaptable by adding or decreasing initial chain count); Length 7.5” (adaptable by working more or less rows). 

Materials:  1 skein worsted weight yarn (aran/10ply) in Red.  Oddments of yarn in White;  4.5mm and 5mm hook; yarn needle.

Gauge:  11 sts and 12 rows hdc with 4.5mm hook = 4”.

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; trc = treble crochet; sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; fphdc = front post half double crochet; bphdc – back post half double crochet; blo = back loop only; beg = beginning; rep = repeat.


Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.


Pattern:


Hat:

Row 1:  With 4.5mm hook and Red, make a single crochet foundation chain of 45. (Alternatively, make a chain of 46, sc in 2nd chain from hook, and to end.)

Join to make a circle, making sure you do not twist the strip.  Sl st to beg sc.

Row 2:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc in next st; rep to end.  Sl st to beg fphdc.  Change to White on last st.

Row 3:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc in next st; rep to end.  Sl st to beg fphdc.  Change to Red on last st.

Row 4: Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc in next st; rep to end.  Sl st to beg fphdc. 

Row 5: ch1, sc in next (to enable working in a round), hdc in blo of every stitch around, and then when you get back to the beg sc, continue working normal hdc over it and in every stitch around until the hat is 6.5” long.

Holding the edges at the top of the hat together, sl st into each *inner* loop of the top row to join.  This will leave you with a neat seam and a nice ridge along the top.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Skirt:

Row 1:  With a 4.5mm hook and Red, make a single crochet foundation chain of 60.   (Alternatively, make a chain of 61, work sc into the 2nd chain from hook and to end.)

Join the strip as you did for the hat, being careful not to twist.

Row2:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc into next st; rep to end, sl st to beg fphdc.  Change to White on the last st.

Row 3:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc into next st; rep to end, sl st to beg fphdc.  Change to Red on the last st.

Row 4:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; bphdc into next st; rep to end, sl st to beg fphdc. 

Row 5:  Ch1, sc in next (to enable working in a round), hdc in blo of every stitch around, and then when you get back to the beg sc, continue working normal hdc over it and in every stitch around until the skirt is 6” long. Change to White on the last st. (you can stop working in rounds now and work one row at a time, with a sl st to beg st of the row.)

Next Two Rows: ch1, sc in same, and sc in every stitch around (2 rows sc). Change back to Red on the last st of the second row.

Frill:  Ch4, 1 trc in same st.  *Dc in next st, then come back and work 2 trc into the previous st, drawing the trc up over the dc you just made.* Rep from * to * to end.  On final st, dc into starting st, then work 2 trc into the previous st as before, but then sl st to the *back* of the work into the 3rd st from the beginning of the row, to create a slight overlap.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tie cord:  Take 2 strands of yarn together, red and white, and with a 5mm hook, chain 100.  Thread the tie through the waistband of the skirt, tie in a bow. 

Make 2 pom poms for the hat, using both colours together, and sew them onto the top corners.  You can make the pom poms using a pompom maker, or with two circles of card with a hole cut into the centre.  Just thread the yarn round and around until the circles of card are completely full, snip around the edges, then tie a double strand between both pieces of card to hold the centre of the pom pom together before removing the card.  Once it is secure, take off the card, and trim to make a nice ball shape, being careful not to snip off the long strands you used to tie them in the middle.   You can then use the remainder of the long strands to fix the pompoms to the hat.



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