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Monday, October 15, 2012

My hands can do this --- Pumpkin Hat (male)


With lot of pumpkins harvested from our garden, why not raise my wand to show some mystical creativity with these pumpkins?  I say … bewitched by this simple, cute pumpkin hat I made and designed for the coming Halloween season.  And I found a funny, looking pumpkin with many look-alike pimples on its face and around to fit this hat.  In reality, the look-alike pimples are naturally healed insect bites (-.-)


*PUMPKIN HAT-male
(with Facial Expression Design - blue eyes)

Materials:
(1)  small sweetie pie pumpkin with 2 inches long  stem      
       (pumpkin with healed insect bites)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, acrylic 6 oz  (black) (leftovers)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, acrylic 6 oz  (soft blue) (leftovers)
(1)  set acrylic paint permanent (12 bright colors) with brush
       crochet hook size - F5 / 3.75mm
       pencil
       paper towel
       small container with water for rinsing the paint brush
       cotton swabs

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)   chain
(sc)    single crochet
(dc)    double crochet
(st)     stitch
(sp)    space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(fpdc) front post double crochet

Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.

Special Instruction:
(fpdc) – front post double crochet – (YO) and insert hook from front to back around post of (dc).  [(YO) and pull up a loop and draw through 2 loops] 2X .

Instructions: (Black)
1st Row – Make 4 (ch). Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s).  Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch). Hide the excess yarn as you make the double crochets. Join with (sl st) to beginning (ch) 4.  
Result - 12 (dc)

2nd Row – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 11X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result –  24 (dc)

3rd Row – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next 2 (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next 2 (dc)] 7X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result –  32 (dc)

4th Row – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next 3 (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next 3 (dc)] 7X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 40 (dc)

5th to 8th Row – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 39 (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 40 (dc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Blue)
Insert the soft blue yarn into the loop hole of black yarn. Pull the black yarn and tie it once with the soft blue yarn. Do not cut the black yarn.  The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  (Sl st) on same (sp).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.

9th Row – Make 3 (ch). Work (fpdc) on same  (sp). [(Dc) on next (dc). Work (fpdc) on same (sp)] 39X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  Cut the yarn and fasten off.  
Result –  40 (dc) and 40 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Black)
10th Row – Pull the black yarn and insert the hook on the first (dc).  (Sl st) and make 3 (ch).  Hide the excess  yarn of the soft blue yarn as you crochet. Make (sl st) on same (sp).  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on (fpdc).  [(Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next (fpdc)] 39X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 80 (dc) 

11th to 12th Row Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 79 (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  Fasten off and hide the excess yarn.
Result -  80 (dc)


FACIAL EXPRESSION DESIGN
1. Prepare the small pumpkin, acrylic paint, a piece of paper towel, and  small container with water for rinsing  on the table.  Be sure to rinse your brush every time you change color paint and  dry it with paper towel to avoid smear.

2. Draw some samples of facial expression designs you like to  make on a piece of paper.  Choose a good area of the pumpkin to use as the face. Using your pencil, sketch your chosen facial expression design on the face of the pumpkin as shown in the picture (a) below.


Facial Expression Design (a)

3. Brush the white paint first and apply on both eyes as shown in picture (b) below.  Let it dry.  If there is a need to reapply more white paint to cover the skin color of the pumpkin, do it.  Let the last coat be dried first before reapplying the paint.  Rinse the brush and dry with paper  towel afterwards.  Don’t paint the look-alike pimples on its eyes.



Facial Expression Design (b)

4. Next, brush the lips with pink color initially.  (Note: The color of the lips will be retouched later).  For every reapplication of  the brown color, let the last coat be dried first before doing it for the blending of the colors well.   Rinse the brush and dry with paper towel afterwards.  Don’t paint the look-alike pimple on the tongue as shown in picture (c) below. Paint the tongue with pink color. Rinse again the brush and dry with paper towel afterwards.



Facial Expression Design (c)

5. Next, use the black color to make the eyebrows and eye lids as shown in picture (d) below.  Outline the shape of the lips, tongue, and draw a line under the eye as an eyebag, too.  The last one to paint with black color is the eyeball. Since the eye is already covered with white paint, you have to draw the size of the eyeball again with a pencil.  Be careful in painting the edge of the eyeball and its center as the black paint may smear the white color background of the eye.  If there is a smear done, wet a cotton swab lightly and dab the area to remove the smear.  Reapply the paint.  Rinse the brush and dry with paper towel afterwards.



Facial Expression Design (d)

6. The last color to use is the blue paint for the eye color as shown in picture (e) below. Be careful also in painting this area to avoid smear to the black color around and in the center.  




Facial Expression Design (e)


7. I retouched the lips and added crooked teeth to make it look funnier, as shown in picture (f) below.  I retouched the color of the lips, too.  I mentioned before in Instruction #4 that this lip area will be retouched later.


   

Facial Expression Design (f)

8. For a change of different color, just wipe it with wet paper towel.  You can also use green color for the eyes and pink color for the tongue as shown in the final picture below.


Pumpkin Hat-male
(with Facial Expression Design - green eyes) 
*This project was featured in my designer’s profile at All Free Crochet as “Haunting Mexican Pumpkin Hat” and posted  # 3 in What’s Hot – Top Halloween Crochet Project (May 09, 2015).”  Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.





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