Friday, January 3, 2014

Superhero Transformable Eye Mask


This is a pattern for the cuff of a beanie type hat.
It folds up or down.
The eyes are rounded so it is easier to see, when you are fighting evil forces.
This pattern is attached to the rim.
And it adds a bit of flex and snugness to a hat.

Materials:  Any yarn and hook needed for a Beanie type Hat          
Gauge is not critical.    

Cuff SizeHeight = ~ 3"        

Ch = Chain
FO = Fasten Off
Beg = Beginning
BP=Dc = Back Post Double Crochet
Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Dc-Dec = Double crochet 2 stitches together
Dc-Inc = 2 Double crochets in 1 stitch
FO = Fasten Off
FP=Dc = Front Post Double Crochet
Sc = Single Crochet
Sk = Skip
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)
YO = Yarn Over

Uses US Terminology

Pattern Notes:
For this hat I used a simple double-crocheted Beanie.
You can use just about any pattern that you like.
I would, however, recommend a simple pattern:
One that does not have a lot of detail or filet-type gaps.
There are lots of free hat patterns on the web.
Use any yarn and hook that is needed for your pattern.
Just make the last row (on the rim edge):
A double crochet row,
Omit any edging,
And do not fasten off.
This will work on any size hat (Child or Adult).
When the hat fits comfortably, start the Ribbed Cuff.

*** Pattern has not been tested so please, if you find any problems or errors, let me know.

Simplified Hat pattern for a child or adult:
Hook determines size.
I used a 5.5 mm hook and Lion Brand Cotton Ease.
Periodically check by placing on the head, then add or subtract stitches or rows as needed.

Rnd 1:  MR with 12 Dc. (12)
Rnd 2: Dc-Inc around.  (24)
Rnd 3: (Dc, Dc-Inc) around.  (36)
Rnd 4: (Dc 2, Dc-Inc) around.  (48)
Rnd 5: (Dc 3, Dc-Inc) around.  (60)
Rnd 6: Dc even.  (60)
Rnd 7: (Dc 5, Dc-Inc) around.  (70)
Rnds 8 and 9: Dc even.  (70)
Rnd 10: (Dc 6, Dc-Inc) around.  (80)
Rnds 11 - 13: Dc even.  (80)

Special Stitches:
BP-Dc:            YO, insert hook from the back around the post of the next dc, pull up a loop and complete as a dc. 
FP-Dc: YO, insert hook from the front around the post of the next dc, pull up a loop and complete as a dc. 

If you are using another pattern, it will probably end with a different final stitch count.
The final round must be an even number:  if not, increase or decrease one stitch.
I did not include a stitch count after the rounds below.
The beginning chain 2 will count as the first dc, used as a back-post dc.
When joining the round, join with a ss in the 2nd ch of the beginning ch 2.
Turn only the first round. 
The right-side (that you are working) will be on the inside, when folded down.

Ribbed Cuff:  Continue with the same yarn and hook that you used for the hat.

Rnd 1:  Ch 2 (Counts as the 1st bp-dc).  Turn
BP-Dc around the next st and each around.  Join to beg-ch-2.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2.  FP-Dc around next st.  
(BP-Dc, FP-Dc) around.  Join.

Eyes:           The eyes will begin over the center 21 stitches of round 2.
            You will need to determine where the center 21 sts are on your hat.
            Subtract 22 from the stitch count of your hat.
(That is the 21 for the eyes and 1 for the center back).
Divide that number in half.
That will be the number of sts to make after the beg-ch-2, and also after the eye section.

            Example for the hat above:
                        80 minus 22 = 58  divided by 2 = 29
The beg-ch-2 will be the center back stitch.
The next 29 sts will be the alternate front and back post dc’s.
Then the Eye sections will cover the next 21 sts
The last 29 sts will be the alternate front and back post dc’s.

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, Alternate FP-Dc and BP-Dc for the next 29 sts (or what is needed for your st count).
            Ch 12 (first eye opening), sk 9 sts,
Dc the next 3 sts tog (Nose area),
Ch 12 (second eye opening), sk 9,
Alternate BP-Dc and FP-Dc for the last 29 sts (or your st count).  Join.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, Alternate FP-Dc and BP-Dc for the next 29 sts (or your st count).
            Dc-Dec over the next 2 chs.
            Dc in next 2 chs, Dc-Inc in next ch, Dc in next 3 Chs, Dc-Inc in next, Dc in next 2 chs,  
            Dc-Dec next 3 st tog  (the last ch and next dc (nose) and the next ch for second eye).
Alternate BP-Dc and FP-Dc for the last 29 sts (or your st count).  Join.
Rnd 5: Sc around with Sc-Dec at outer edges of eye openings and at the center nose. 
Join to the first sc.  FO and weave in.

2013 P Perkins