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“Turtle on the Half Shell”

For my farm readers, this one is a craft post.
Choose your turtle by the color of the mask. This hat was engineered after seeing a picture of a similar hat at the request of my Daughter in law as part of Halloween costumes for grandchildren. Now I just need a little girl or boy head to model it on instead of a doll.

Size 20” head and 22” head. Larger size is in parenthesis.
The hat is a knit beanie, the mask is crochet, both using Ella Rae Superwash or a similar worsted weight yarn. It can be knit on circular or double point needles.
CO= cast on
K= knit
K2tog= knit 2 together
Cast on 88 (100) stitches using a stretchy cast on such as long tail on a US 7 16” circular or double points. Join to knit in the round, placing a marker at the beginning of the row. Knit 2 X 2 rib for one inch, continue in stockinette stitch for 4 ½ (5 ½) inches. On the next round, place a marker after 11 (10)stitches and each multiple of 11 (10).
To complete the top of the hat, you will knit the following decrease pattern, switching to magic loop, two circs or double points when needed.
Row 1: *Knit 9 (8), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 2 and each subsequent even row: Knit
Row 3: *Knit 8 (7), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 5: *Knit 7 (6), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 7: *Knit 6 (5), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 9: *Knit 5 (4), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 11: *Knit 3 (1), K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 13: *Knit 1, K2tog* repeat to end of row (skip for larger size)
Row 14: *K2tog* repeat to end of row (repeat this row for larger size)
Cut 6” tail and draw through remaining stitches. Secure tail on the inside of hat.
SC= single crochet
HDC= half double crochet
Make 2
With size G hook, chain 15 stitches, join with slip stitch. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), 25 HDC in ring. Chain 2 and join to first HDC with slip stitch. HDC in next 10 stitches, 2 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, HDC in next 10 stitches. Join with slip stitch, cut off tail and pull through last stitch. Sew the two eyepieces together at the bridge connecting about 4 stitches.
For the ties: Pick up the first single crochet on the outside edge of the mask, chain 2, HDC in the next 4 stitches, chain 2, turn and HDC in the next 4 stitches. Repeat until tie is the length you desire. Repeat on the other side of the mask.
To assemble. Place the top of the mask, wrong side out, even with the bottom of the ribbing. Using coordinating thread, attach 3 or 4 stitches to the ribbing. The mask can be worn flipped up on the hat or down over the eyes.

Copywrite 2013 by Fran Stafford. Please feel free to use this pattern, to sell objects made from this pattern, but do not sell or share the pattern without permission.

Summer craftiness

My new spinning stool, made especially for me by my wonderful brother.
Currently, I’m spinning a David Simpson’s Fiber Blends, colorway Tidal Pool, 95% Merino Wool 5% Silk. There are 3 1/3 oz. that is aiming to be a light worsted, project undecided.
The summer knit is a black lace sweater. This is a reknit for daughter after an unfortunate accident terminated the original. My other summer knit is a sock pattern that is my first toe up pattern and I started them last February when we flew to Colorado to ski. Needless to say, they haven’t been a priority.