Pattern Play: Penguins

A couple months ago, I decided to do something a little different with my penguin bomber hat pattern – I made it in blue!

Having two boys I figured a blue hat would match a lot of their clothes, and a blue penguin hat would match a lot of their clothes AND be lots of fun. I thought I was being clever and creative until I just found out the other day…..blue penguins actually exist!!

Fairy penguin
By Fir0002 (Own work) [GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

I guess it is true that you learn something new every day. I’ll have to go with a funkier color to truly be unique. What do you think – pink? purple? variegated?? What color would you make for a fun and special penguin hat?

Thanks for stopping by!

Pattern Play: Tiny Triceratops (3-6 Months)

The Triceratops Hat is one of my favorite patterns. My little guys love to wear it and always get lots of compliments when they do. Because the hat is made with bulky yarn and has such a large face and frills, it is a pretty hefty hat. That is the reason I didn’t include sizes for infants in the pattern. I thought it would be too much hat to handle.

Doing a little experimenting I created this adorable pink triceratops hat in a 3-6 month size. To make your own, follow the Triceratops Hat Pattern for the adult size exactly as written except use worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice) and a US G hook (gauge should be 3.5 dc per inch). ┬áDo the same to create the spots. For the eyes and horns, I still used worsted weight yarn, but I switched to a US B hook. Follow the directions for rounds 1-2 to create smaller eyes, and follow rounds 1-5 for the large horns and rounds 1-3 for the small horn. I used a 1/2″ button for the pupils, but you could always just embroider or sew on a pupil.

I hope this is helpful to those wishing to make tiny triceratops hats. Stay tuned for more tiny triceratops sizes coming soon. Let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help!