Cheshire cat hat

cheshire cat 1

So a friend told me that she found a great crochet Cheshire cat beanie but was very sad that she couldn’t buy it because it only came in child size. I think that may have been a hint. So I took that hint and ran with it. I hope this is what she had in mind 🙂

This pattern is written in American crochet notation and uses a 4mm hook and purple, pink, white and black 8ply wool.

cheshire cat 2

Body/beanie

With purple wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 10: sc in the first eight stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 11: sc in the first nine stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (66 stitches)

Round 12: sc in the first ten stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (72 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Round 13: sc in the first eleven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (78 stitches)

Round 14: sc in the first twelve stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (84 stitches)

Round 15: sc in the first thirteen stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (90 stitches)

Round 16: sc in the first fourteen stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (96 stitches)

Round 17: sc in the first fifteen stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (102 stitches)

Round 18: sc in the first sixteen stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (108 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 19 – 24: sc in each stitch (108 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Rounds 25 – 30: sc in each stitch (108 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 31 – 36: sc in each stitch (108 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Round 37: hdc in each stitch around (108 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in end.

Head

With pink wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Rounds 10 – 12: sc in each stitch (54 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 13 – 16: sc in each stitch (54 stitches)

Round 25: sc in the first seven stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 26: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Round 27: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 28: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 29: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

stuff

Round 30: sc in the first two stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 31: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 32: decrease until the hole closes.

Fasten off, weave in end.

Tail

With purple wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Rounds 4 – 6: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 7 – 12: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Rounds 13 – 18: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 19 – 24: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Rounds 25 – 30: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to pink wool

Rounds 31 – 36: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Change to purple wool

Rounds 37 – 42: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears (make two – one pink, one purple)

Row 1: chain 6

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (5 stitches)

Row 3: sc in each stitch (5 stitches)

Row 4: decrease the first two stitches together, sc, decrease the last two stitches together (3 stitches)

Row 5: sc in each stitch (3 stitches)

Row 6: decrease the three remaining stitches together, chain, fasten off, weave in end.

Mouth

With white wool

Row 1: chain 13

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (12 stitches)

Row 3: 3 slip stitches, 6 sc, 3 slip stitches (12 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Embroider the teeth by sewing black lines.

Nose

With black wool

Row 1: chain 6

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (5 stitches)

Row 3: sc in the first two stitches, triple stitch, sc in the last two stitches (5 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

Sew the ears, nose and mouth to the head, along with some oversized googly eyes, using the picture as a guide.  Stuff the tail. Then sew the head and tail to the body. I sewed the tip of the tail down, as well as the end.

Now go forth and be stylish!

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