Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

Posts tagged ‘Minion’

Gifts from Texas

 

We met a new friend, Cindy from Ft. Worth, Texas who sent us such beautiful hats!  Her hats include footballs, sock monkeys, minions and Cat in the Hat!

cindy

Cindy sent 42 beautifully made hats that will bring hope and smiles.  She included a card, that reads:

I found your organization on Pinterest and I’m hoping you can use these hats.  My dad was really sick so while Is pent time with him, I made them.  Shortly after that, I received an email from my local children’s hospital that they were NO longer accepting hats.  They are now purchasing them.

Please accept these, I’m sure you can share them with someone who needs them.

catinthehat

We most definitely will send these out to our local children’s hospital in the near future!   We are so grateful you found us and reached out to us with your generous gifts!

Thank you so much!
~Pali

 

Advertisements

Minion- Free Hat Pattern

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We are extremely pleased to announce a free pattern for creating a Minion hat, due to popular demand.  Almost daily, people have been searching our blog on how to create a Minion, so we thought that we would create a pattern for all those Minion fans out there. The Minion is my favorite hat to create and it is really easy.   Now on to the directions:

Minion hat
<Free Pattern>

I made this hat on a 39 peg loom

Step 1: Looming the Hat

For the  brim
Rows 1- 4 garter stitch (purl 1 row, knit 1 row).
You can adjust the brim size by garter stitching less or more rows.

For the hat
E-Wrap using the yellow color to about 3 1/2 inches up from the brim
Switched yarn to black
To switch colors, you simply cut the yellow and tie on the black and continue e-wrapping.
E-Wrap about 5 rows of the black
Switch back to the yellow color for about 2 inches.
The height at which you change colors will depend on the size of hat that you are creating.

Step 2: Crochet the Eye
Need black yarn, white yarn and dark steel gray yarn; an appropriate sized crochet hook
SC-Single Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet

Using Black Yarn
Chain 5 single crochet
Slip stitch together
SC into circle 10 sc (make sure the tail is in the single crochets)
Pull the tail tight to close the circle

Change to White Yarn
Slip stitch to join to black yarn
Chain up 1 (Sc)
Row 1-2 HDC in each black stitch
Chain up 2 (SC)
Row 2- 2 HDC in each white stitch

Change to Gray Yarn
Slip stitch to join to white yarn
Chain up 1 (Sc)
SC in each white stitch to make frame

Step 3: Creating the Mouth
Using Black Yarn
SC a chain of 8
Turn the chain over
1 Sc into each stitch
Sew the mouth on in a smile shape (note: I find it easier to sew on the tongue then the mouth).

Step 4: Creating the Tongue
Using red yarn
Chain 5
1 Sc in first chain
1 Dc into the next 3 chains
1 Sc in the last chain
Turn over and repeat pattern 1 Sc in first and last stitch and 1 Dc in each of the other stitches.
Then sew this on to the hat and the mouth on top of it.

Step 5- Creating the Hair
Cut a 6 inch long strand of black yarn.  Fold over the yarn (doubling it) feed it through the needle keeping it doubled. Pull the needle through the head and pull the tail of the yarn through the loop that is created. Continue this with as many strands as you like. For the Minion pictures above I did this step 5 times.

I hope that you enjoy this pattern and can begin to create wonderful Minions that will bring smiles to children. Would love to see pictures of the Minions that you create.
~Vanessa

Our Mike & Sully hats- Top Spot

Last week we joined the Moogly & My Messy Life  link up party with our Mike & Sully hats (link) and are very excited that we received 1st place!  Woot!  We are told by one of the hosts that our hats received double the clicks in the Link Up Party.  We are grateful for all of your support and interest to those who clicked on the link.

mogglyThe link up party basically is

“…every week we highlight both the most clicked link and those that we feel deserve to be in the spotlight. These links will get twice the exposure – featured on both blogs and on our social media sites, so joining up is a great way to get your site seen.” – Mooglyblog.com

We participate in the link up party for community and enjoy seeing the creations of others.  The link up party increases our traffic to the blog and gets our name out there.  The more we spread awareness, we hope the more people will want to help with our cause. We love watching  the WordPress map of clicks by countries light up.  We were so impressed that people from all over the world were interested enough to click on our blog.  We are excited and humbled.
~Pali

2Hookin-On-Hump-Day-Featured-Button_zpsdd8f0552

The Minions- Tied for 1st Place

Last week we joined a link up party with our Minion hats (link) with Moogly & My Messy Life and are very excited that we tied for 1st place!  Woot!

Hookin-46

This week, we joined Moogly/My Messy Life’s link up party with our Monsters, Inc hats. The link is here, if you want to stop by and click on our Monsters Inc hats to push us to more clicks & popularity. The link up party basically is

“…every week we highlight both the most clicked link and those that we feel deserve to be in the spotlight. These links will get twice the exposure – featured on both blogs and on our social media sites, so joining up is a great way to get your site seen.” – Mooglyblog.com

We participate in the link up party for community and enjoy seeing the creations of others.  The link up party increases our traffic to the blog and gets our name out there.  The more we spread awareness, we hope the more people will want to help with our cause.  We started the link up party with Izzy’s Lightening McQueen hat and saw the WordPress map of clicks by countries light up.  We were so impressed that people from all over the world were interested enough to click on our blog.  We are excited and humbled.
~Pali

2Hookin-On-Hump-Day-Featured-Button_zpsdd8f0552

Minion Hat

Image

I know that kids love the Minions in the movie Despicable Me so I decided that I would attempt to create a Minion Hat!  Above is my Minion creation.

To create the hat I used two balls of yellow yarn and started wrapping the brim using the rib stitch (2 pegs knit 2 pegs purl). After the fourth row I began to do the e-wrap . To close the hat I used the drawstring method which I learned from this wonderful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoizvzKpBBA.

To create the goggle glasses I changed the color on the hat to black once I had about 4 inches completed. I then changed back to the yellow color after I completed about 1 inch of the black. I continued on with the yellow for about 2 more inches.  When I create that hat again I think that it would be better to start the black yarn at more about 3 to 3½ inches to lower it just slightly. I think that the hat is a little long for a toddler, which is what I had in mind. But it would be perfect dimensions for a teen.

To create the eyes I decided to crochet them. I created my own pattern which is described below:

Starting with black yarn

Ch 5, sl st into the 1st ch to form a ring.

Round 1: 1sc in each chain stitch (total 5 sc).

Round 2: Change to white yarn 2 sc in each of the stitches (total 10 sc).

Round3: 2 sc in each of the previous (total 20sc).

Round 4: Change to silver yarn using two strands at a time 2 sc in each of the previous stitches (total 40 sc).

I decided to double the yarn for the gray to make the goggle piece a bit thicker to make it pop out a little more.

It was definitely not easy creating the eyes for my Minion.  My first attempt is pictured below:

Image

It came out okay. My second attempt however, did not match my first so I tried again.

My third attempt pictured below:

Image

Was a total failure as you can see.  I’m not sure what went wrong so I tried again. The fourth eye I created luckily matched the second eye creation enough for me to stop my endless eye making. I then took my two best eyes and sewed them onto the hat placing them near the black band to make it appear that the Minion is wearing goggles like in the movie.

I referenced a few videos in order to create this hat and those were:

How to create a chain stitch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtmOEzm_OXQ

How to join yarn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MKVB-wl5MI

How to e-wrap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIEEFivVjg8

How to do a rib stitch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myfEBcgmhGk&feature=related

Hopefully, this inspires you to create a hat of your own!
~Vanessa

Tag Cloud