Final Finishes

by Julme Conradie

I hope you enjoyed last week’s video of ideas for your square hat!
Today I want to share how I made the embellishments used in the video…

For the first hat I made 2 cute Pom poms using this tutorial: https://za.pinterest.com/pin/307511480787858257/
I made my template using a smaller circle and I cut it out of plastic (to be able to use it again).
To make your Square hat in stripes, just crochet every row in a different colour – for this you will pull through the next colour when making your Slip Stitch to end the round – demonstrated in the photos below.

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Next up is creating an Owl out of your square hat. I made tassels instead of pom poms to be sewn on to the top corners of the hat.
For the eyes I used the following pattern:
Make a magic loop (This is just like a slip knot – you just don’t pull the ends)

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Round 1: Chain 1, 6 single crochet in loop (pull end tail tight). Slip Stitch to first single crochet (6sc)
Round 2: Chain 1, (2 single crochet in each stitch) repeat around, join with a slip stitch (12sc)
Round 3: Chain 1, (2 single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in next stitch) repeat around, Join (18sc)
Round 4 Chain 1, (2 Single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in next 2 stitches) repeat around, Join (24sc)

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For the Sleepy eyes I did all 4 rounds in white yarn and embroidered the lashes afterwards.
For the open eyes I did Round1 in Brown, Round2 in Green, and Round3 and 4 in White – You could also do Round1 and 2 in Green, Round 3 and 4 in white, and add little buttons in the centre of the eyes.

The beak is a little bit tricky for beginners – I would suggest using felt for this.
Now for the fox…
I did my first Round in Orange, then 5 rounds in cream and the rest of the hat in Orange.
I used the same cream to embroider the ears and stitch down the buttons for the eyes.

The nose, again, is a bit tricky, but I will explain it for those wanting to try.
Starting from the widest part you will chain 9 in Orange.
Row1: Double Crochet in third chain from hook, and each across (8dc)
Row2: Chain 2, turn, Double Crochet 2 Together (Dc2tog), Double Crochet (Dc) in next, Dc2tog, Dc in next, Dc2tog – this will give you a total of 5 Double Crochet
Row3: Chain2, turn, Dc2tog, Dc in next, Dc2tog – total of 3 Double Crochet
Row4: Change to brown, Chain2, turn, Double crochet across. (3DC)
Row5: Chain2, Double Crochet 3 Together. Cut yarn and pull tail through.

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The last hat in the video is easier for beginners and very cute for all ages.
For this hat I did the first 2 Rounds in a Minty colour with 1 size smaller hook (5mm) – this is just to make it a bit tighter. For the rest of the hat I used a purple yarn and a 5.5mm hook and did 2 extra rows. After finishing the hat, leave a long tail to sew in through the top of the last row – you will pull this tight to create your Slouchy hat – now just add a pom pom.
The tiny flower I added are also made starting with a magic loop (as shown above)
Now, Chain 3, Double Crochet in loop, Chain3, Slip Stitch in Loop – 1 petal made.
Make 4 more and pull the tail end of your loop tight – You made a tiny Flower!!

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I hope you enjoyed these tutorials – for more ideas and inspiration please follow me on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/mysquarehat or look for my channel on YouTube: My Square Hat.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

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