Why make yourself a Viking hat when you can make a chicken Viking hat instead? If you want to look like the kookiest Viking around, add a chicken cone and a beak to your helmet and you'll be the envy of all the Vikings you see. This winter, if you want to keep yourself warm and sport true Viking-barnyard style at the same time, crochet a chicken Viking hat for yourself. You will need to know how to crochet in the round and how to sew pieces together.
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Things you need
- Worsted weight yarn in brown, white, red and orange
- Crochet hook size US I
- Large eye blunt needle
Start the hat at the crown of the head. To do this, make five chain stitches and join with a slip stitch to form a circle. Chain one and make six single crochet stitches into the circle. Increase each subsequent round by six stitches; to do this in round two, make two single crochets in every stitch. In round three, put two stitches in the first stitch and one in the second, and repeat this pattern around. For round four, put two stitches in the first stitch and one in each of the next two stitches, and repeat this pattern around. Continue to increase in this manner, adding one more individual stitch in your pattern repeats each round, until the hat measures 1 inch smaller than the circumference of your head.
Crochet evenly around to form the sides of the hat. To do this, make one single crochet in every stitch around and repeat this round until the hat is tall enough to cover your head and ears. Make a slip stitch to finish the hat, cut the working yarn and weave in the ends.
Crochet a chicken beak. Using the orange yarn, chain two and make one single crochet in the second chain. Chain one and turn, and make two single crochets in the single crochet from the previous row. Chain one and turn, and make two single crochets in each stitch from the previous row. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Sew to the forehead portion of the hat.
Crochet a chicken crest. Using the red yarn, chain ten. Make one single crochet in the second chain from the hook and each chain across. Chain one and turn. In the second crochet stitch of the row, make three double crochet stitches. Skip one single crochet and make three double crochets in the following stitch; repeat this pattern across and fasten off. Weave in your loose ends and sew the wattle to the top of the head, going across the top from the front to the back.
Crochet Viking horns. To do this, chain three and join to make a circle. Chain one and make three single crochets in the circle. Crochet three rows evenly, meaning you will make one single crochet in every stitch of the round. Increase the next round by making two stitches in every stitch of the round, then single crochet three more rows evenly. Make one more increase row and three more even rows, then fasten off. Repeat for the second horn and sew both horns to the top of the helmet, near the sides.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of crocheting the sewn-on portions of this hat, cut them out of felt and sew them on to make it easier.
- Find a fuzzy, feathery style yarn to use for the body of the hat to really make it look like a chicken.
- You may get some funny looks when you wear this chicken Viking hat around town.
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