The pattern will require knowledge of several stitches and techniques. There are so many great resources on how to do all of these stitches already available. I have decided to focus on just one techniques and give you some of my favorite links for the others.
- For the ears: Single crochet
- For the body of the hat: Half double crochet
- For the ribbing: front and back post double crochet
- the entire project will be worked in the round
- The body of the hat and trunk will be done: Working in the back loops
- Magic loop technique ( Shown below) ofr starting the hat and keeping the center hole invisible.
Almost everything in this hat will be worked in the round. One of my favorite ways to start a round is the magic loop. I learned about it about two years ago and I found it really difficult for a long time and often didn't use it because of that. Somewhere along the line I all of a sudden realized how to do the magic loop and since then it has become one of my favorite ways to start a round. The magic loop is ideal for when you don't want a hole in the center of your crochet; I find, though that it doesn't work as well for single crochet, so if I am planning to work a round in single crochet I simply use Stacey's Sloppy Slip Knot. If I am working in double crochet or half-double crochet as I will be for my Elephant hat I use the magic loop.
SO Now I think I will shut up and show you how to make the magic loop yourself.
How to Make a Magic Loop in Crochet
( disclaimer: I am very strongly right handed and cannot crochet left handed at all. I apologize to those of you who might need a left handed tutorial. Maybe I will teach my left handed husband and use him to do a lefty tutorial.)
Step 2: With your right hand, Insert the hook from top to bottom, catch the second loop of yarn with you hook and pull it through the first loop. You should now have what looks like a very loose slip knot wrapped around your left index finger and one loop on your hook.
|inserting the hook and grabbing the yarn|
|after completing step 2|
|Starting the chain stitch|
|after the first chain is completed|
|My Magic loop ring after making the two chain stitches|
|This is how I hold the yarn in my left hand. Feel free to hold it however you are most comfortable.|
|With the tail and ring in my left hand|
|3 loops on the hook|
|After completing my first half-double crochet|
Step 7: After you make the required number of stitches in the ring, Garb the tail and pull in a smooth motion to tighten the circle. You don't want to yank but you don't want to be too timid about it either you will want to pull fairly hard to make the center of your circle nice and tight.
|10 half double crochet ( hdc) before pulling the ring closed.|
|after pulling the ring closed.|