Basic hat + funny facial features = smiling patients
The pattern this month is a basic beanie style hat that I added different facial features to. This is a great project to use up some of those small yarn scraps. Also a good beginner project.
Yarn of any color you choose
Crochet hook sizes G and H
Buttons for eyes
Thread for sewing features to the hat
single crochet - sc
double crochet - dc
half double crochet - hdc
slip stitch - sl st
chain - ch
Ch 4, 11 dc in the fourth ch from hook. Join with a sl st to the first dc.
Row 2- Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2.
Row 3- Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st, continue around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2.
Row 4- Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, continue around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2.
Row 5- Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 sts, continue around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2.
Row 6-9 Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2.
Row10 - 1 S.C. in each st around, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
For small eyes use crochet hook G, larger eyes use crochet hook H
With white yarn, ch 3, 8 dc in the 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join ring.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join ring. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Finish eye by sewing a black button to the center of each eye.
For large eye, a different color trim can be added.
For the sleeping eye, use black yarn to embroider features.
With crochet hook H, ch 4, 6 dc in third ch from the hook, sl st to join.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join.
Row 3: Ch 2, 1 sc in each st around.
Row 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
How to crochet a heart:
Work 3 triple crochet into the first ch st.
Work 3 dc still in that first ch.
Ch 1, 1 triple crochet, ch 1. (this makes the point)
Work 3 dc. (we are forming the second side of the heart)
Work 3 triple crochets, then ch 3, join with a slip st to the center of the heart (the original first ch)
Attach yarn color of choice to the top of the hat with a sl st. Ch 15, 2 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 3 dc in each ch to the end.
You can add as many curls as you like.
Cut 2 -3 lengths of yarn and tie to the top of the hat. Trim to desired length.
Attach features to the hat with embroidery thread.
"What would you do if you were really brave?"Hey team! We're SO pumped to share these amazing shirts with you. We will start doing a t-shirt of the month as a fundraiser for 818 Ministries that will have a quote that will stir our hearts to action and encourage others when we wear it.
Check out the first one - available in a tee, unisex tank and youth tee! Lots of fun colors, and how about that quote? Tell us what YOU would do if you were really brave and support 818 Ministries by ordering one today.
Click below to see them all!
We're so excited about the next couple of months and the Impact Squad visits we have on the calendar! We're praying for those opportunities to impact families and the journey of each patient we're able to touch this spring. Also, we LOVE seeing all of your octopus creations for our NICU Nurture Program! What is the NICU Nurture Program?
What? We want to impact patients fighting serious illnesses of all ages. To impact patients and their families in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit setting, our volunteers create and we donate handmade hats, cocoons and octopuses packaged with handwritten letters of encouragement to facilities across the United States. The handmade hats and cocoons (hat + crocheted cocoon to place the baby in) keep the babies’ head warm while they are in the hospital and encourage the family. The crocheted octopus’ crocheted tentacles remind the baby of the umbilical cord in the womb and provide comfort.
Why? At 818 Ministries, we care deeply about impacting patients fighting serious illnesses of all ages. The NICU Nurture Program allows us to impact patients in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by delivering handmade gifts (hat, cocoon or octopus) and handwritten letters to these patients.
We will be collecting items for NICU Nurture through the end of March to donate to UT Medical Center in April! For other opportunities to get plugged in and serve this spring OR partner with us financially, read below:
Children's Hospital of Atlanta
Date: April 21 (hats accepted through April 13)
Hat sizes needed: children (6-18 years of age)
UT Medical Center
Needs: crocheted/knitted octopuses for NICU families, see the recent blog post for a simple crochet pattern
Date: will be donated throughout the month of April
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Date: May 4 (hats accepted through April 27)
Hat sizes needed: children (6-18 years of age)
- Adult sized hats for patients we serve in an adult setting
- Handwritten letters of encouragement (left unsealed)
- Port Pillows + Drain Aprons (see donate page on 818ministries.com for more details)
To partner with us financially, click the link below:
Thanks for all you do to help us encourage patients fighting serious illnesses!
Cheering for you,