"Where the Wild Things Are" is one of my favorite children's books. Everything about it is amazing: the illustrations, the message, the story, and its timelessness. It's one of those that has been carried down through the generations.
I've read it to my daughter so much that when she's too full of love she bites my arm! Ouch! and also, opps because now I've got to make sure she stops that before sending her off to school.
In any case, I really wanted to make her a crown inspired by the book. When I found the "Go Faux Fur" yarn by Lion Brand I was so excited because "Mink" is the perfect color for the base of the crown.
This pattern uses some unconventional techniques (crocheting over pipe cleaners) to make sure that the tall points of the crown stay upright.
- Lion Brand, Go Faux Fur - Mink, 1 skein
- Knit Picks, Comfy Worsted Cotton (109 yard, 50 gr) - Semolina, 2 skeins
- Hook — U.S. J/10 (6.0mm)
- Yarn needle
- Pipe Cleaners in a light tan, light yellow or golden color (6 pipe cleaners total)
- Note: I used light tan because it’s what my local craft store had in stock. Just make sure the color of the pipe cleaner is lighter than the color of the yarn so that it blends better
- Needle-nose pliers
- yo - yarn over
- ftr - foundation treble crochet
- ch - chain
- sc - single crochet
- sc2tog - single crochet two together (a.k.a. decrease)
- fpdc - front post double crochet
Foundation treble — Foundation stitches are fantastic for most garments and hats because they create a stretch that can’t be achieved by beginning with a row of chains. If you’ve never done this stitch before I recommend venturing over to YouTube. It is very easy. The general idea is that you make an extra chain before beginning the stitch. If you just need a refresher or are amazing at following written directions here they are:
- 1 ST: Ch 5, yo two times, insert your hook into the 5th st from the hook, yo, pull through st, ch 1, yo, pull hook through two loops, yo, pull hook through two loops, yo pull hook through final two loops
- ALL FOLLOWING STS: *yo two times, insert hook into ch st, yo, pull through, ch 1, pull hook through two loops, yo, pull hook through two loops, yo pull hook through final two loops repeat * until desire number of sts is achieved (making sure to count the beginning ch 5 as a st)
4”x4” — 13 sts and 15 rows
Ages 2 - 5 years old (18.5” - 19.5” head diameter)
The finished circumference is 18"
Yarn —This piece is completed using two strands of yarn together. The point of this is to create a bulkier and stiffer cotton yarn that is less likely to lose its shape. Working with two strands at once is most easily achieved by pulling the yarn from the center of the skeins and holding both ends evenly together.
Points — There are a total of six points on this crown. The first point is made without breaking the yarn after completing rows 1-7. The remaining five points are worked one at a time. I decided to work over one pipe cleaner, per one point, when completing the final row of the crown points. This step is not necessary if you find it intimidating. However, it’s much easier than it looks and leaves the points of the crown standing straight up without using starch.
Headband portion of crown
Row 1: Work 48 ftr, sl st with top of 1st stitch (ch 5), ch 1 (48 sts)
Note: Make sure not to twist your work. Connecting the yarn in this way will leave an open notch directly underneath where the sl st connects the piece. This will help us when attaching the fur later on.
Rows 2 - 7: Sc into same st as join, sc in each stitch around, sl st to join, ch 1 (48 sts)
Points of crown
Points 2 - 6
Working over your pipe cleaner
- Find the seam of the piece and attach the yarn in the top of the seam
- Sc in same st space
- Fold and position the pipe cleaner to line up the point, leaving about a half inch of slack at either end of the point, point the tail of the pipe cleaner towards the inside of the piece. Moving foward, work over your pipe cleaner.
- Sc 8 sts up towards the tip of the point
- Work 2 sc at into the top st of the point
- Work 8 sc down towards the base of the crown
- Let go of pipe cleaner
- Sl st in next st
- Repeat steps 3-8 five more times, sl st to join
Trimming excess pipe cleaner
Firmly and as close to the base as possible, twist adjoining ends of the pipe cleaner together, trim excess to ¼”, use needle nose pliers to fold pointed tip away from the inside of the crown, repeat with pipe cleaner end. To finish, use your pliers to firmly pinch the points where the pipe cleaners meet. Be sure to feel the inside of the crown. If any rough points remain, just keep pinching until the inner brim is nice and smooth inside.
Row 1: Hold piece with the base of the crown facing up, attach fur yarn to 1st sp between tr sts, loosely sc in each space around, sl st to join and close the notch
Row 2: Work fpsc in each st around, sl st to join, fasten off
Hi, I love your pattern but need to make it for a one year old. Do you have any easy suggestions about how to decrease the width of the hat? Thanks much, any suggestions you have are appreciated
Elissa Jenkins says
Thank you so much! This hat is right on the edge of being able to work for a one year old. Its circumference is 18”. Depending on how big the kiddo’s head is, it may work as is.
If you’d rather not risk it, one solution could be to work about 4 (evenly spaced) decreases in “Row 1” of “Attaching Fur”. That’d look something like:
“Row 1: Hold piece with the base of the crown facing up, attach fur yarn to 1st sp between tr sts, 1 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, *1 sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, repeat * 2 times, sl st to join (44 sts)”
And then you’d work “Row 2” as normal.
I think those decreases would tighten it just enough without warping the shape. I’d also recommend hot gluing little circles of yellow felt over the pipe cleaners just to make sure the ends are completely covered and the baby isn’t able to pick at them at all.
I haven’t tested this myself, so if you do give it a try I’d love to hear if it worked for you! I hope this helps 🙂