Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello Kitty - Cat Ears Tutorial

I was asked recently to make a Hello Kitty earflap hat and matching fingerless gloves.  That's not really what I "do", but it's something I can do.  There are lots of patterns out there for hats, earflap hats, Hello Kitty hats, bows, ears, gloves, etc.  (Hint: is a GREAT resource for patterns.)

I'll share with you what I did.

HAT: Pick your favorite pattern for making a hat.  Some people like single crochet.  Some, like me, prefer a half-double crochet.  Some like double crochet.  Pick your favorite.  The body of the hat is simple; it's white with an accent color trim.  What color would you choose?  (Need a pattern?  Check Ravelry!)

BOW: The Crochet Bow Barrette by The Enchanted Ladybug is the one I chose to use for my hat.  It was an easy to read pattern that worked up quickly.

EYES and NOSE: Elizabeth Trantham actually has a Hello Kitty Hat pattern listed on Ravelry, but the only parts of it I used for this hat were the directions for the nose.  When I made the eyes with the larger oval, it didn't look quite right on my hat.  Play around with it and see what works best for you.

EARS: There are lots of patterns for ears out there.  None of them looked quite right for me, so I decided to make my own.  Since I used an 'I' hook for the rest of my hat, that's the hook I used also for the ears.

Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
I hook
Tapestry Needle

The ears are worked in the round. Do not join the rounds.

Make a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.  Pull tightly to close.  Mark the beginning of next round.
Round 1: sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: sc in each st around.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st], around. (18 sts)

Rounds 5-6: sc in each st around.

Fold ear in half and slip stitch the opening closed.  Pull a long yarn tail through and sew to your hat.  This makes a nice, thick ear that can be shaped easily.

WHISKERS: I didn't like the look of a straight stitch on the hat for the whiskers, so I decided to embroider them with a chain stitch instead.  It makes them a little thicker and more uniform.  But hey -  do what you like best!  Make it your own.