I made a Nepeta hat for Kawaiiglasses!! I wrote up a pattern, since I couldn’t find one that I liked for a Nepeta hat. So, here it is!
BEWARE – PATTERN THAT MAY REQUIRE SOME EXPERIENCE READING CROCHET PATTERNS!! A beginner may be able to do this pattern with a little extra time- but it requires previous knowledge of the basics of hat making and crocheting, as well as how to sew with yarn onto this hat. Good luck, and have fun!! :D
Edited as of 02/01/13 to include alternative(s) :D
Also, heads up: I wrote this pattern while making it, and finished the (minor) editing today. So, if something seems confusing send me a message for a heads up so I can help/fix my mistake. At the bottom are possible alterations for both the eyes and to be humanstuck friendly, courtesy of Inabaka :D (you can see a photo of her hat at http://capriciouscarnival.tumblr.com/post/39493797012/heres-the-picture-i-took-of-it-last-night-d).
STITCHES AND METHODS USED
sewing on pieces to hat
weaving in ends
stuffing (the horns)
Loops and Threads Impeccable (worsted) – Royal (about half a skein- 125-175m)
Red Heart Super Saver (worsted) – Red
Red yarn (worsted)
Something to stuff the horns with. (I used some of the scraps of yarn I had- the ends of balls, cut off ends of yarn, ect.)
Not sure what brand or colour names of the orange and yellow yarn for the horns are, sorry!! I found the orange in my “end of ball” pile and I was given the yellow without the tag/paper-loop-thing. For the orange, I would recommend a brighter colour than what I used. Also, I based the horns on what I prefer horns to look like!! Feel free to switch it to the more canon orange-light orange-yellow if you wish!! I actually have recommendations for that (but remember, I haven’t made horns with them to see the radiant!! Look at them in-store to compare the colours and don’t be afraid to choose different colours):
Red Heart Super Saver (worsted): Cornmeal (or lemon)
11 dc and 6 rows makes a 9 cm by 9 cm square.
Stitch markers (if needed to mark where row begins)
To make things easier, I used a pattern for a hat that already had ear flaps. So, find a pattern on ravelry.com that has a 5.5mm hook and worsted weight yarn that fits the criteria (see hat intro below if you’re curious/confused), or use a pattern in your head (THAT YOU HAVE TRIED AND TESTED!!)
Every beginning chain counts as a stitch, but it will be referred to as both the beginning chain and last stitch.
A little larger than a regular beanie. It should reach to just above your eyebrows and where the curve of your skull meets your neck.
HAT: I used a standard ear flap hat pattern (in my head) in dc with a 5.5mm hook (with the beginning row made with 10 dc and increasing in the standard method: 2dc in each stitch around, then next row 1 dc and 2 dc in each stitch around alternating, ect., with the last increase row having 4 dc in between every dc increase0. It should have 60 dc in the last increase row (which was row 6 for me). I had a total of 14 rows, including increase rows, and then tied off.. If this is confusing, I can write up the pattern for the hat itself, but it’s basic enough. Feel free to use any ear flap hat pattern – it only really needs to be made out of worsted weight yarn and use a 5.5mm hook. Crochet it in Royal.
Opposite of the fastened off side, attach royal to hat with 5.5mm hook.
R1: Ch1, sc around. Turn.
R2: Sl st into next stitch, ch1, sc2tog, *sc around* until last 4 stitches. Sc2tog, then sc in next stitch. Turn.
R3-4: Repeat row 2.
R5: Ch1, sc 7. Turn.
R6: Ch1, sc2tog, sc next two stitches, sc2tog, sc. Turn.
R7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc. Turn.
R8: Ch 1, sc in next 3 stitches. Turn.
R9: Ch1, sc2tog, sc. Fasten off.
Other mouth flap:
Attach royal to beginning chain to opposite side of mouth (where the beginning of row 4 is).
R1: Ch1, sc 7. Turn.
R2: Ch1, sc2tog, sc next two stitches, sc2tog, sc. Turn
R3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc. Turn.
R4: Ch 1, sc in next 3 stitches. Turn.
R5: Ch1, sc2tog, sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
EYES (make two):
Make a magic circle with white and 4.5mm hook.
R1: Ch 2, 11 dc into magic circle. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
R2: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. 2 dc in every stitch around. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
R3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch* around. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off with a tail long enough to sew eye to hat, arms length is enough.
R1: Ch 2, 11 dc into magic circle. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
R2: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. 2 dc in every stitch around. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off with a tail long enough to sew eye to hat, arms length is enough.
Attach eyes and nose to hat before doing horns. See attaching horn paragraph below for recommendations.
HORNS (every beginning chain counts as 1 stitch)
Make a magic circle with red (base of horns). Use 4.5mm hook.
Horn base (make two):
R1: Sl st into circle, ch 2. Dc 11 around. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Tighten magic loop. (12 st)
R2: Ch 2, dc in same space, 2 dc in every stitch around, sl st into top of beginning chain. (24 st)
R3: Ch 2, * 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch* around, sl st into top of beginning chain. (36 st).
R4: Ch 1, sc around, sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off.( 36 st)
Once you have done both of the horn bases, pin them to where you want them on your head and sew them on using the same colour yarn and a tapestry needle. Sew it on good and tight without warping it- the horns will be stuffed and you don’t want them flopping around on your head!! Remember your head isn’t round, unlike the shape of the base hat. Check the placement of the horns before you sew them on- you don’t want to have to resew it after sewing it on!! I believe I had a space of two fingers ( my index and middle) between the eye and the horn. Do what suits you best, and don’t be afraid to move the horn bases around until you find something you like!! Also, it’ll be really difficult to sew it on AFTER the horn is completed and stuffed, so don’t put off sewing it on until it’s finished!! Heads up, if you keep your tails on the inside of the horns you won’t need to weave in the ends!!
Rest of the horn (to be done after bases are sewn onto hat):
Attach red to attached base of horn, on a stitch facing the back of the hat. Attach with the wrong side facing (the inside of the horn).
R1: Ch 2, hdc around. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
R2: Ch 2, hdc in next stitch, *hdc2tog, hdc in next 3 stitches* around, hdc in last space. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
R3: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 stitches* around, hdc in last space. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off.
R4: Attach orange. Ch 2, hdc around. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off.
R5: Attach yellow. Ch 2, *hdc2tog, hdc in next stitch* around. Sl st into top of beginning chain.
WITHOUT FASTENING OFF, stuff the horn with your choice of material. The more you can stuff into it, the firmer and less wobbly it will be.
R6: Ch 2, hdc2tog around. Sl st into top of beginning chain. Fasten off with a tail long enough to sew the small remaining opening closed tightly. Weave in ends.
This is where you take your hat pattern, and add the ear flaps. If there isn’t a final sc row all around the brim of the hat, do this:
R1: at end of final row of final ear flap, ch 1, sc around the edge of the entire hat. Sl st into top of beginning chain, and fasten off.
Weave in all remaining ends. Have fun with your new Nepeta hat!! :)
- Instead of using crochet circles for the eyes, use four hole buttons!! (I (capriciousCarnival) only really reccomend four hole buttons!! Two hole buttons can gradually become loose unless they’re REALLY secure, and who wants floppy eye buttons??)
- Instead of making and attaching the horns, replace them with cat ear made from the same colour as the hat, for a humanstuck look.