Amelia’s Turkey Hat

The five year old has picked up on Mummy’s dislike of Christmas starting before Thanksgiving and taken it to a whole new level this year.  The mention of anything Christmas-related is met with hands covering ears and often screeching.  So, she requested a turkey hat and thanks to Kristen Hankins’ My Creative Side Blog I was able to oblige.  
In a way, making this hat sums up my crocheting experience.  For some reason, I crochet big (if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them).  So after three attempts at the beanie I ended up crocheting the 2-4 year old size with a g hook instead of an h. . . and it’s still a little big for my average sized 5 year old.
Now I need to get making a Santa hat (why do I tell her what my plans are??) as she has declared that as soon as Thanksgiving is over, she can’t possibly wear the turkey any more. 🙂 Oh well, at least it will still fit her next year.
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Festive Striped Beanie with Flower



As a first post, how about my first pattern writing experience?  Zoe (14 months) has been wearing a pumpkin hat all fall and Amelia (5) has declared that it’s time Zoe got a new hat. . . so this is what I came up with.  It’s a little tight but maybe it will stretch out once she’s worn it for a while.  


Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in cranberry and white.

H hook
Tapestry needle

Beanie (12-18 months):
Round 1: Using cranberry yarn magic ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1

Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: *2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next*, repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: *2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2*, repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: *2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3*, repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: *2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 14*, repeat around, join, chain 1 (48 HDC)
Rounds 7-12: HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (48 HDC)
Round 13: Switch to white yarn, join, SC in each stitch around (48 SC)
Rounds 14-16: SC in each st around, join, chain 1 (48 SC)
Round 17: Switch to cranberry yarn, join, HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 3 (48 HDC)
Round 18: 2 DC in same stitch as chain, *skip 2 st, SC in next st, skip 2 st, 5 DC in next st* 7 times, skip 2 st, SC2TOG, 2 DC in same st as chain. Finish off. (8 Fans)

Flower:
I added this flower from The Party Artisan.