Halloween Crunch: Dinosaur Hat

Oct 5, 2011

I had a day of reckoning earlier this week. Four weeks to Halloween. No costume for my kid. The need to make my kid's costume. Having no idea where to start.

So I thought.

My kid's crawling and standing, but not yet walking. He won't go trick-or-treating, but will see lots and lots of people. Possibly outside.

The panic subsided. No elaborate costume needed.

What's needed is a fabulous hat. And maybe a kinda matching outfit.

I toyed with making a cute animal hat, but dismissed the cutesy idea at the outset. Then I found this free Coats & Clark pattern by Michele Wilcox. They call it Dragon Hat, but I'm totally making a dinosaur. My kid's fave toy at the moment is a purple dinosaur, see. Its name is Purple Dinosaur. So that's what he's going to be for Halloween.

The base of the "costume" is a double crochet hat. Which, in a child's size, I was able to whip up during the baby's nap times yesterday. 

Beginnings of Dinosaur Hat

I modified the pattern a little at the joins (see above). Where it calls for the standard 3-ch turning chain and finishing up the round with a slip stitch in the top chain, I did only 2 chains and did not count them as a dc. So in every round, I worked the first dc in the same stitch as the join, then slip stitched into the top of that dc at the end of the round. The turning chain then serves to pretty well fill in the gap that might otherwise show up at the join, which means there's a less conspicuous "seam".

I'll be sure to introduce you to Purple Dinosaur when I'm finished.

Now. Tell us about some Halloween stuff you've crocheted!

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on Oct 10, 2011 2:25 PM

I'm new to crochet.  I have tried several times to start something that looked like this, but it always turns downward.   How do I make it grow outward and then turn downward like a hat... (no pattern, just practicing)  because I have yet to understand patterns.  LOL

Thanks, Rhonda in Ft. Worth, Texas

Kim Werker wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 3:32 PM

Rhonda – The trick is increasing at an even rate until you're ready for it to turn downward. Say you have 12 stitches in your first round. You want to increase by 12 stitches in every round you want to lay flat. So in the second round, you increase in every stitch, in the third round you increase in every other stitch, etc., adding 12 stitches to the total stitch count on every round. When you want the fabric to turn downward, simply stop increasing and work even.

Londo1 wrote
on Sep 15, 2013 2:11 PM

Good work! Will try to do somethig after this fashion for my little one.