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Cheshire Cat Applique- Great for a Hat November 29, 2012

Filed under: Appliques,Cre8tions,Patterns — cre8tioncrochet @ 8:56 pm

Cheshire Cat Applique

“you may have noticed that I’m not all there myself”- The Cheshire Cat

My family and I moved recently and we haven’t gotten any cable tv services yet (think we are going to just get Hulu and Netflix to save money, but anyway, I digress).  Well since we don’t have cable I have decided to revisit all my favorite kid movies with my 20month old daughter.  Last week we watched “Alice in Wonderland”.  I told my husband that I was going to make a hat of the Cheshire Cat… he laughed at me.  Well, being the loving wifey that I am I told him to shut the hell up, I’d make the hat and when I did he would have to cook dinner, and then promptly forgot about my idea.  Until, that is, I made a new hat for a friend’s daughter in purple and magenta stripes  and I remembered all about my promise.

Here is the finished hat with applique  004     006   002

Here is the pattern for my striped hat that you will need to get started (this pattern will be released later this week).  This hat is a little different as it is made by carrying your yarn.  No need to cut in between colors or weave in any of those pesky ends… just one continuous go around.  There is very little yarn wasted (probably 6 inches total from each color) and it is so much easier than the traditional way of changing colors.  Another bonus to working your hat this way will be the ability to make ribs in two colors instead of just one.  I came up with this method when I created my Trendy Elf Hat (pattern to be released later this week)

After you’ve created your hat, or any hat of choice, you will need to make your appliques for the Cheshire Cat.  So let’s get hookin’.

Materials:

Yarn in:
-Four shades of purple
two different colors of choice for hat and a dark lilac and light lavender for the Cheshire Cat’s face
also needed for the nose and eyelids
(alternately you can use blue or pink with the purple for the hat)
-Yellow- for eyes
(alternately you can use white but I chose to go with the yellow of glow in the dark eyes)
-White- for teeth
-Black- for pupils, and lines on teeth

I honestly cannot give you names of colors used here since I just pulled from my stash to make this cre8tion but I will give you brand names and type of color and then you can narrow it down from there.  I used three types of yarn here.  RedHeart, Vanna’s Choice and Caron’s Simply Soft.  You can use any yarn that you want for the hat but I greatly recommend using the Simply Soft for the appliques, it is a thinner yarn and is easier to crochet tightly with.  I made the hat with RedHeart’s With Love (purple and magenta).  The top of the Cheshire Cats face was done with Vanna’s Choice (dusty lilac), and Caron’s Simply Soft for the rest of the appliques (light yellow, white, and black).

Crochet Hooks in 4.0mm and 2.75mm

Tapestry needles- one large and one small

Patience, lol

Abbreviations and stitches used:

st- stitch

mc- magic circle/ring
detailed picture tutorial on my small flower pattern

ch- chain

sc- single crochet
insert hook, yarn over, pull through (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops

hdc- half double crochet
yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops

dc- double crochet
yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through last two loops.

Dec 2 Tog- decrease two together– all done on sc in this application
insert hook, yarn over, pull through, (two loops on hook), insert hook in next space, yarn over, pull through, (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops

sl st- slip stitch
insert hook, yarn over, pull through, (two loops on hook), pull loop closest to hook through other loop

Notes:

  • I use clover hooks which in my opinion tend to run bigger than traditional hooks so if you are using regular steel hooks you can increase the size by .25 or .50, as long as it is consistent
  • Unless otherwise specified there will be one stich per space.  So if you see 2sc, that means one sc in two different spaces, I will say make sure I am clear when multiple stitches will need to go into one space.
  • Although no one will see the backs of the appliques I do recommend keeping them neat for easier assembly and a more polished look when applied to hat.
  • TAKE YOUR TIME and double check your work as you go along.  Do not pull anything tight, fasten off, or secure on, UNTIL you’ve checked (and checked again) to make sure it’s right.  This is a lot of work, you don’t want to waste it by making a silly mistake (take it from me… I’ve done it a few times just while making this pattern.)

To create the Eyes:
Using Caron’s Simply Soft in yellow with a 2.75mm hook

  1. 5sc in mc, join with sl st * leave long tail on mc, this will be what you sew onto face with
  2. 2sc in each st, join with sl st <10>
  3. 2sc in each st, join with sl st <20>
  4. 2sc in 1st st, 1sc in next st, continue around, join with sl st <30>
  5. Do not fasten off… move on to eyelids (secure long tail from mc with one or two anchor knots)

To create eyelid: Using the darker color from hat and a 2.75mm hook
Change color on finished eye from yellow to purple with a sl st

  1. Crochet around eye as follows (one stitch in each space)
    2sc
    5hdc
    2sc
    1sl st
  2. Finish off and weave in ends leaving one long yellow tail

To create pupil: Using Caron’s Simply Soft in Black and 2.75mm hook

  1. 5sc in mc, join with sl st- pull tight
  2. Fasten off and stitch onto eye, near lower edge (pic)
  3. Repeat for other Eye

To create the Nose:
Using the lighter color from the hat with a 2.75mm hook

  1. Ch2
  2. Turn, 3sc in 2nd sp from hook
  3. Turn, 2 sc in each sp <6>
  4. Turn and crochet as follows
    1sc in 1st two, 2 sc in next two, 1sc in each of next two  <8>
  5. Turn, 1sc in each sp <8>
  6. Fasten off, leaving long tail (approx. 18)
  7. Stitch on nostrils using smaller tapestry needle and black yarn

To create the Teeth:
Using Caron’s Simply Soft in White with a 2.75mm hook

  1. Ch 26
  2.  Turn, 1 sc in next 7, 1hdc in next 5, 2hdc in next, 1hdc in next 5, 1sc in the next 7
  3. Do not turn, continue around the piece, 1 sc in each (you can work in the tail at this point)
    at center of teeth (“u”shaped indent dec2tog) (11th and 12th sts) (pic)
  4. continue to crochet around teeth with 2sc in corners, completely around one and a half times
    (3 corners)
  5. At top stitch of next corner (right side)
    Chain 3, sl st into same space, sl st to top of next corner, ch 3, sl st into same space, continue to sl st to end and fasten off, leave tail
    to attach to face.
  6. Stitch on lines for teeth using Caron’s Simply Soft in black with a small tapestry needle.  Be sure to secure each line so that they
    don’t loosen)

To create the Ears:
Using color of upper portion of face and 2.75mm hook

  1. Ch6
  2. Sc back across <5>, ch1, turn
  3. Skip first sp, sc remaining 4, ch 1, turn
  4. Skip first sp, sc remaining 3, ch1, turn
  5. Skip first sp, sc remaining 2, ch1 turn
  6. Skip first sp, sc into last space, ch1
  7. Sc around perimeter of ear with 3sc in each of the 3 corners (weave in tail as you go and cut off at bottom of ear).  At top of ear ch 1 before sl st’ing to finish, leave long tail, weave in to bottom of ear and leave for later attaching
  8. Using needle and darker color purple yarn (eyelid color) whip stitch around outside of ear two sides only, leave bottom plain

To create the lower portion of Face:
Using Caron’s Simply Soft in light lavender shade with 4.0mm hook

  1. 16sc in mc, do not worry about pulling all the way closed, this will be covered by teeth and you want enough flexibility to mold this
    into an oval shape.  Sl st to close <16>
  2. 1sc in next five, 2hdc in each of the next three, 1 sc in the next five, 2hdc in each of the next three, sl st to connect <22>
  3. 1sc in next 7, 3hdc in next, 5dhc in next, 3 hdc in next,  1 sc in next 6, 3hdc in next, 5hdc in next, 3 hdc in next, 1sc in next 3, join with
    sl st <38>
  4. 1sc in next 12, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2hdc in next, 1sc in next four, dec2tog once, 1sc in next four, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2 hdc
    in next, 1 sc in next ten, join with sl st. <45>
  5.  1sc in next 14, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2hdc in next, 1sc in next five, dec2tog once, 1sc in next five, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2hdc
    in next, 1sc in next 13, join with sl st. <52>
  6. 1sc in next 16, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2 hdc in next, 1sc in next 6, dec2tog once, 1sc in next six,  sc in next 16, join with sl st.  <59>
  7. 1sc in next 18, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next, 2hdc in next, 1sc in next seven, dec2tog once, 1sc in next seven, 2hdc in next, 3hdc in next,
    2hdc in next, 1sc in next 19, join with sl st.
  8. DONE with lower part of face…  finish off leaving a long tail to stitch onto hat when finished (approx. 24”) secure to back of work and anchor with two knots.  Finish off thread from mc (do not pull too tight, it should look like a slit.  (pic)

To create upper portion of Face:
Using the darker of your lavender/lilac colors (I used Vanna’s in a shade of dusty lilac) with 4.0mm hook

  1. Starting at upper right hand “cheek” portion, in the stitch below the 1st 2hdc space on the last row, insert hook from front to back and pick up new yarn, sl st into next sc in next, ch3, sl st into same space, 1sc into next,  ch4, sl into same space, 1sc in next, ch 3, sl into same space, 1sc in next 25, sl st into next, ch 3, sl into same sp, 1sc in next, ch 4, sl st into same space, 1sc in next, ch 3 sl into same space, fasten off, weave in ends.

Using same color and hook

  1. Insert hook into 10 crochet space on the right hand cheek (count up from first sl st of previous addition) pick up yarn and sc into next sp, 1sc in next 10, sl into next, (pic)
  2. Turn, sc across row <12>
  3. Turn sc across row <12>
  4. Turn 2sc in first sp, 1sc in next 10, 2sc in last <14>
  5. Turn 2sc in 1st space, 1sc in next 12, 2sc in last <16>, chain 6
  6. Turn, sl st into same space, 1sc in next 15, chain 6
  7. Turn, sl st into same space, ch 4, sl st into same sp, 1sc in next 13, sl st into next, ch4
  8. Turn sl st into same space, 1sc in next, ch 4, sl st into same space, 1sc into next sp, 1 hdc in next, 2hdc in next two spaces, sl st into next two spaces, 2hdc in each of next two spaces, 1 hdc in next sp, 1sc in next sp, sl st into next sp, ch4, sl st into same space,
  9. Finish off and weave in both ends.  You have now completed the face.

Assemble face, starting with the mouth, take your time and line everything up before stitching… check as you stitch to make sure pieces have not moved.  I anchor my pieces on first using only a few stitches before I finish stitching on, this way I can double check placement before securing permanently, its easier to pull a few stitches than pull apart all the work which would ruin the integrity of the piece.  (I learned this the hard way)

Add eyes, nose and ears in that order.  Stitch black laugh lines onto face if wanted to add more character.

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