Puppy Pirate Hat LW2817

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Yo ho, yo ho! Your puppy will be singing "A pirate's life for me" when you crochet him a pirate's hat complete with skull and cross bones.

Designed by Nancy Anderson.

Skill Level: EASY

Red Heart® Super Saver®: 1 skein each 312 Black A and 316 Soft White B.

Crochet Hooks: 4mm [US G-6] and 3.5mm [US E-4] (for applique). Stitch markers. Yarn needle.

GAUGE: With larger hook, 18 sts = 4"; 20 rows sc = 4". Gauge is not overly important for this project since the hat is designed to sit on top of the head. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished Size
Directions are given for size Small. Changes for Medium/ Large are in parentheses.
Small: 6" wide x 3" tall.
Medium/Large: 7½" wide x 3½ tall.

NOTES: Hidden ear openings allow this hat to be worn by perky-eared dogs as well as flat-eared dogs. Some adjust­ments for individual dog may be needed and can be made by either decreasing or increasing the number of starting chains in the crown piece or increasing or decreasing overall hat width. The latter can be achieved by adding or subtracting an even number of starting ch sts and sc sts, which comprise the sides of the hat brim.

Work in back bumps of chains: Turn foundation ch over to the wrong side, insert hook in the bump formed at the back of the ch and proceed with the st as usual.

HAT
Hat Brim (make 2)
With larger hook and A, ch 21 (31).
Row 1: Working in back bumps only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn - 20 (30) sc.
NOTE: On opposite side of foundation ch, mark placement of crown by placing a marker in 6th (11th) ch from each end of foundation ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 5 (10) sts, place marker, hdc in next 3 sts, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] twice, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next st, place marker, sc in last 4 (9) sts, turn - 32 (42) sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 5 (10) sts, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in last 5 (10) sts, turn - 22 (32) sts.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 5 (10) sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in last 5 (10) sts, turn - 26 (36) sts.
Row 5: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in first st, sc in next 4 (9) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next 4 (9) sts, hdc in last st, turn - 32 (42) sts. Fasten off size Small, leaving a long sewing length.

Size Medium/Large only
Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in first st, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in last st, turn - 42 sts. Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in first st, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in last st - 46 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long sewing length.

Hat Crown/Gusset
Row 1: With right side facing and larger hook, join A with a slip st in back loop of first marked ch on opposite side of foundation ch, working in back loops of ch sts only, ch 1, sc in same st and in next 8 ch sts, turn leaving remaining sts unworked - 9 sts.
Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. Fasten off size Small, leaving a long sewing length.

Size Medium/Large only
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving a long sewing length.

ASSEMBLY
With yarn needle and sewing length, working in inside loops of sts, whipstitch last row of Crown/Gussett to corre­sponding marked sts of foundation ch on second Hat Brim. Weave in ends.

APPLIQUE
Size Small only
Skull
With smaller hook and B, ch 3.
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, turn - 3 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc, turn - 4 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc last sc, turn - 6 sc.
Row 4: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next 3 sts, skip next sc, sc in last sc, turn - 4 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a sewing length.

Cross Bones (make 2)
With smaller hook and B, ch 2.
First End: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc, ch 9.
Second End: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a sewing length.

Size Medium/Large only Skull
With smaller hook and B, ch 3.
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, turn - 3 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn - 5 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] twice, turn - 7 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, skip first st, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sts, turn - 5 sts.
Row 7: Ch 1, skip first st, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog over next 2 sts, slip st in last st.
Fasten off, leaving a sewing length.

Cross Bones (make 2)
With smaller hook and B, ch 2.
First End: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc, ch 11.
Second End: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a sewing length.

Ear Loop: With larger hook, join A with slip st in corner at base of Row 1 of Crown/Gusset, ch 10 (16) or desired length to fit over ear, skip side edge of Crown/Gusset, slip st in corner on opposite side of Crown/Gusset where last row is joined to other Brim (Ear Loop made). Fasten off.

Tie: With larger hook, join A to center of Ear Loop just formed, ch 33 (50) or desired length for Tie. Fasten off. Re­peat Ear Loop and Tie on opposite side of Crown/Gusset.

FINISHING
Lay out Cross Bones in an "X" configuration on front of hat as pictured and with yarn needle and sewing length, whipstitch bones in place. With yarn needle and A, satin st 2 eyes and a triangular shaped nose as pictured on Skull. Whipstitch skull onto hat as pictured.

Place 2 Brim pieces together with wrong sides facing. With yarn needle and A, matching sts, whipstitch Brim pieces together across short edges. Brim shape is maintained by making a stitch through both parts in 2 different loca­tions on the top edge of the brim, (do not sew entire brim closed). Hold hat together at the top. Tack the 2 layers together as indicated by the letter "A" on the schematic, using a single stitch. Weave in ends.

Tie to dog's head using ties, being careful not to tie the piece too tightly. The chain loop is designed to hold the hat straight on the head and can be used to poke ears through as needed.

ABBREVIATIONS: A, B = Color A, B; ch = chain; dc = dou­ble crochet; hdc = half double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.

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