Spikes and Ears (aka. Hats and Maths #2)

So the gremlin declared he needed a ‘Gruffalo’ hat…This book features highly in our house and I though, ok, give it a whirl. Sized up the baby hat recipe and added spikes and ears -Beaton-Bodged instructions below!!

Ears:
You will need -Smallish crochet hook (mine’s a size 4) and two tonal colours unless they’re alien ears in which case, clash away.
1. 4 ch, join into a ring with a sl st.
2. 2 ch, 9dc into ring, join with a sl st.
3. 3 sc, 2dc into next 3 dc, 3sc, join with sl st.
4. 3sc, 2dc into next 6 dc, 3sc, join with sl st.
5. Change colour, 3sc, 2dc into next 12 dc, 3sc, join with sl st.
6. Complete a row of dc into every stitch, join and fasten off.

(should look like a big teardrop shape. I found it helped to keep the original casting on thread at the bottom to help with the tension -the yarn’s not mine).

Spikes:
You will need -Smallish crochet hook (mine’s a size 4) and a variety of spikey colours…
1. 4 ch, join into a ring with a sl st.
2. 2 ch, 7dc into ring, join with sl st. (If you want a fatter spike, increase steps 1 and 2. You might need a touch of toy stuffing to keep the spike spikey on the finished product if you want fat spikes…)
3. Spiral up working a dc into each dc (basically keep going until you’re happy that the chunky base bit of your spike is big enough).
4. To work to a point, work 1dc into every other dc until you run out! If you want a more gradiated spike, miss out every third dc to start with, then cut down to ever other. Basically experiment until you get the effect you want.
5. Sl st to fasten off, with a yarn needle, thread loose end down to base and secure. If you want a curve in your spike, fasten down the thread more tightly.

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