Oliver’s Dinosaur Hat

It’s funny how some things you work hard on don’t do nearly as well as the spur of the moment projects.  Oliver’s Dinosaur hat is one of those spur of the moment projects.  I’d made the mother and daughter hats for Lily and myself and Oliver obviously didn’t want to feel left out, so he asked me to make him a dinosaur hat in blue and green.   Not having the necessary colours in the right weight in my wool stash, we went to the wool shop a couple of days later.   They actually didn’t have any green and we came out with 2 different blues in Hayfield Bonus Chunky Wool.

A couple of days later I set out to make his hat.  I initially experimented with working it in tapestry crochet,  but I just couldn’t get the dinosaur to look how I wanted it to.  Having a very impatient 4 year old waiting for is hat, meant I didn’t really have all the time in the world to experiment with either.   He seems to think Mummy should be able to produce his hat in a matter of seconds not days!

Blue Dino Hat
Blue Dino Hat

So as a result I worked up a quick and simple beanie style hat with a rib banding of front and back post stitches.  The actual hat, once I worked out the size needed really didn’t take more than an hour.   I then went on to work out a dinosaur motif to attach to the front in the contrast colour.   It took a couple of attempts to get the shape right before I was able to attach it to the hat but the time (even if it was too much according to Oliver) was obvious well spent as he loves his hat.

I scribbled down what I did as I made it, but didn’t really intend to release it as a pattern.  I often scribble down freehanded projects but then think they are not all the great and they are just left there.   However, after requests on social media for the pattern I spent a couple of hours at the weekend filming a tutorial for the hat.  I am so glad I did that.   The pattern for the hat I wrote down was fine, but I have no idea what I meant for the dinosaur at all.  No matter how many attempts, I couldn’t replicate what I wrote down, it made no sense to me at all.   Therefore I reworked and rewrote my dinosaur pattern and then made him a few times to make sure I fully understood what I meant!

Dino Motif
Dino Motif

This pattern hasn’t been tested, I hadn’t really intended to do anything with it, but I have made it a few times now so I’m pretty certain its all good.  However, if you want to try it and run into any problems, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.   I still need to edit the video tutorial I made at the weekend before its ready to be uploaded, but that should be done by next wednesday.  Until then if you want to create your own dino hat, you can find the pattern here.

A little warning about the yarn, the Hayfield seems to be thicker than other chunky yarns I have used and this is the yarn used to design the hat.  If you use a different chunky yarn be sure to work up a swatch and compare it to the gauge in the pattern.  In my video tutorial, I used Paintbox chunky and the hat worked up a size smaller.   This is ok for me as it fits Lily perfectly, but you may need to make some adjustments to your hooks size or work a slightly larger pattern.

Green dino hat
Green dino hat

Anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post, and do let me see your finished Dinosaur hat if you make one.  Join me in 2 weeks for my next blog post releasing the first pattern in my new crochet series.

Vicky x

 

Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur

Hooded blankets seem to be very much in fashion at the moment and I wanted to jump on that trend for my children.   Being as I have a dinosaur mad son and I already had some of the chunky green and blue wool from Aldi, I decided I would make Oliver a Crochet Hooded Blanket, a dinosaur version.

The blanket was very easy to make, I simply made a rectangle using double crochet stitches, but working in alternating back and front loop rows, to create a bit of texture like a dinosaur.   I then made a rectangle shape to create the hood which is attached in the centre at the top of the rectangle.  I also added triangle pockets for Oliver’s hands to hold up the blanket in the contrasting blue.

For the border, I worked a round of single crochet in the blue colour and then a round of almost picot like border to create spikes on the blanket, another dinosaur effect.   I finished off with a crest on the hood and a couple of horns giving a similar effect to a triceratops.

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Dinosaur Collage
Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur Collage

To go with his hooded blanket (and to use up the last of the green wool) I also made Oliver his own chunky Tracey Triceratops and he has been delighted with both, as you can see above.   They will be perfect for him to cuddle up under as the weather gets colder.

See you next week for the unicorn version I made for Lily.

Vicky x

Chunky Tracey Triceratops Video

A few weeks ago I held a poll on facebook to find out your favourite dinosaur from my dinosaur series.  The answer was very clearly Tracey Triceratops.   I promised that I would make a video of Tracey when making her to be entered into the competition.   So this week I want to introduce you to chunky Tracey Triceratops and release the video of me making her.

Chunky Tracey Triceratops
Chunky Tracey Triceratops

I (like so many others) bought a load of wool when Aldi had them on special a few weeks ago and among that was there was the really chunky wool in both green and blue and they both seemed perfect to make a really cuddly version of Tracey.   The pattern is pretty much exactly the same, although I made her legs a little shorter and only used one strand wool (due to the thinkness) for her crest.   The rest however, is just a larger version and she  is very very cuddly.

I managed to video the whole process and its just under 2 hours so quite long.  But unless you are wanting to make Tracey as I go you wouldn’t need to watch it all.   The camera work is not perfect, I still have a lot to learn making videos, but I hope you will forgive that as it is my first go.

So here is me making a chunky Tracey Triceratops.   Hope you enjoy watching.  Feel free to give me any feedback and I would love to see any chunky dinosaurs you may decide to make.   I’ll let you know how she does in the competition when I know.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Crochet Dinosaur Series – Dinosaur Storage Bag

This week is the final week in the Crochet Dinosaur Series, and to finish we will be making a dinosaur bag to put your playmat and dinosaurs into when they are not being played with.   Handy also for taking out with you.

Crochet Dinosaur Series

The bag is made primarily of double crochet stripes, in four colours, yellow, sea green, red and white.   I also added two bands of dinosaurs, so you know what is in this particular bag.  The dinosaur bands are made in Tunisian crochet, something I have wanted to explore a bit more.   I definitively enjoyed working out how to make these bands.

If you don’t know how to Tunisian crochet I have included instructions and a useful video to get you started.  If you don’t have the hooks or are not sure about it however, you could always make the band using normal single crochet in a tapestry crochet style.

Dinosaur Bag
Dinosaur Bag

One thing I did learn was that Tunisian crochet is tighter than my double crochet and I probably could have gone up a hook size to make the bag more even.   Since it is at the top and bottom however, it doesn’t really affect the bags use.

To get the Dinosaur Bag, click on the link provided.

I hope you have enjoyed making everything in the Crochet Dinosaur Series, I know I definitely have and my children love playing with them.  Thank you for joining me every week and I look forward to seeing you all next week for something new and different.

Vicky x

Crochet Dinosaur Series – Volcano

Now you have made the playmat and all the dinosaurs, you will be needing some accessories to make the environment even better.   This week we will be adding a volcano to the Crochet Dinosaur Series.

Crochet Dinosaur Series

The volcano is made from the top down, and creates the inside as you go.  It is worked in double strands, one light and one dark brown to make it more sturdy.  The volcano gets its texture from using front and back post stitches and you need to keep an eye out to make sure you don’t miss any when decreasing.

Playmat Volcano
Playmat Volcano

The lava is added on at the end and uses chain’s attached at both ends to give a wavy effect of lava coming down the volcano.   Chains are also used to suggest lava is coming out of the top of the volcano by sewing loops into the centre.

To get your FREE Volcano Pattern then click on the link.

I hope you enjoy adding the volcano to your collection.   Join me next week when we add the trees to the playmat (so the dinosaurs can eat!)

Vicky x