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« on: February 24, 2011 12:22:49 AM »


The hat (and friend) that started it all

I've been drooling over R2D2 hats for a while and always wanted to make one for a friend. But when I wanted to get started, I realized that all those gorgeous hats I could find just freehanded the stripes. They did look good with it - but somehow, I couldn't bring myself to do that. I wanted the stripe pattern to be accurate, or as close to it as possible.
One would assume that the internet would provide the world with at least one useful back view of R2D2. Ha. I actually had to rewatch the movie to check if the little toy I wanted to use as a reference matched the movie. Luckily it did. It's unbelievable, a little cheap thing that had come out of a fast food restaurant's paper bag held more information than the internet.

So I made hats, four so far, with different sized yarn and needles, and made the pattern adjustable for all sizes.

And here it is!


bulky acrylic version, pattern will be not as crisp as the thin yarn version, but still cute - and yes, that little guy was my pattern reference and most important crochet tool Grin


R2D2 hat
with accurate stripes, for all sizes

You need:
blue and grey yarn,
scraps of red and black yarn
crochet hook in a size that matches your yarn

Abbreviations:
*repeat instructions between asterisks*
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch, also used for "close round with slip stitch"


1. start with blue: ch3, 12dc in first stitch, close round with slip stitch

2. ch3, dc in same dc, 2dc in each dc, close round with slip stitch

3. likewise *2dc, 1dc*, work the last loop of the last dc, sl st
(I skipped this round in the hat in the last two pictures, because the yarn was very bulky, so don't be confused - I told you, adjustable pattern  Wink)

4. work one round in grey with another increase *2dc, 1dc, 1dc*, sl st
when finished with the round, wrap grey yarn around blue yarn to lift it up and carry it along

5.  in grey: ch3 taking the blue yarn with you by wrapping the grey yarn around after every ch, 1 dc in grey, do last loop in blue,
*2dc in blue in next dc, dc in the next 5dc ( = 7dc in blue), switch to grey in the last loop, 2dc in grey, switch to blue in last loop*
work 6 blue blocks, close round with sl st

6. ch3 in grey, take blue yarn with you, 1 dc in grey, switch to blue in last loop
*(dc, dc, dc, 2dc, dc, dc, dc) in blue, (dc, dc) in grey*
close round

7. - 14. (or until desired size is reached): work rounds of dc in grey with an increase of 6dc in each round, then work two more rounds without increases. Don't forget to transport the blue yarn with you at the beginning of each round!

Now come three rounds with the

Stripe pattern

You can adjust this stripe pattern to your head size. You also can scale the parts of the pattern according to your thickness of yarn, making the stripes wider or narrower. You should just make sure that you scale everything within its own quarter of round. Dividing the rounds in quarters is what makes this pattern adjustable.
As you will work three rounds of stripes, you'll of course work 12 quarter parts.
Always transport the unused yarn with you between stitches!

1st quarter:
4-5 dc in grey, then fill the rest of the quarter in blue (remember taking the grey yarn with you!)

2nd quarter:
1 dc in grey (2 if your yarn is very thin), fill quarter with blue except for the last 7 stitches, these are:
1 dc grey, 1 dc blue, 1 dc grey, 2 dc blue, 1 dc grey, 1 dc blue

3rd quarter:
1 dc grey, , 4-5 dc blue, 6 dc grey
repeat *2 dc blue, 1dc grey* (or *1 blue, 1 grey* for bulky yarn) three times
fill rest of quarter with blue

4th quarter:
3-4 dc grey
fill the rest with blue, with 1 dc in grey in the middle

Work three rounds of the stripe pattern, then finish with one round in grey.
For thin yarn, you can add more rounds in grey, or even put a round of blue in between them.
If your hat is a bit loose, work the last round with a smaller hook for better fit.


finishing:
Work a square in blue (estimate size)
make two small cameras and a big one in grey, a small one in red and a big one in black (it also works if you make all cameras in grey)
Cameras can be simple yoyos (ch3, 12dc in first ch) or yoyos with one additional round of 12 single crochets for more depth

View of the back side


attach square and cameras (one grey camery is on the back) and weave in ends.

Yay!


Hope someone can use this, please post pictures if you make one!
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011 12:43:46 AM »

I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to nitpicky details like that too! I'm glad someone has taken it upon themselves to provide a pattern for pedantic people like me!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011 03:46:40 AM »

Thanks! I just had to Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2011 06:56:47 AM »

This is awesome!  I thank you for your contribution to humankind!
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011 08:20:40 AM »

Hehe, yes, always working for the benefit of humankind with a crochet hook. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011 09:18:11 AM »

This is awesome! I will make this as soon as I crawl out from my pile of current projects. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011 09:30:55 AM »

What a terrific hat and pattern! Thank you!

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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2011 04:48:55 PM »

totally awesome... my hubby and my son are begging for one lol
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2011 01:02:35 AM »

I can imagine... the reason why I made so many of these is that my kids watched me make one for my friend, and then for a swap friend, and then they couldn't take it any more and I had to make them their own, and then I thought, but what about me? Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011 02:38:44 PM »

Your post made me go out and buy yarn!!!! I must try this -- yours is so much more accurate and proportional compared to the others I've seen!  Thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011 12:10:30 PM »

Glad I could give you and excuse to go yarn shopping Grin Grin I always see something that could still be made more movie-like, but then there's only so much time you want to put into them if you know you'll end up making half a dozen Grin I guess with some embroidery or thinner yarn... but yeah, it's okay like this, if you look at the first picture, you can see I modified the pattern there because I was able to work in more detail, just get yourself some pictures or a toy and improvise along the pattern.
I'm really happy someone is making something from a pattern I made. I'm not even certain I have posted patterns before.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011 10:15:02 AM »

How cool, can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the pattern.:-)
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2011 05:12:38 AM »

This is so great! My sister wants one, but I am stuck on step 3. (likewise *2dc, 1dc*, work the last loop of the last dc, sl st) Is this meant to be a 3rd round of blue with 2dc in each dc and then 1dc in the next dc (then work around repeating)?
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2011 05:17:57 AM »

Yes, that's exactly what I'm trying to say. If you use a very bulky yarn, maybe two rounds of blue are enough (that's what I did in the two chunkier reference pictures, maybe that's why it's confusing). Make certain that you always end up with a number of stitches that can be divided by six, you'll need that for later.
Hope I could help. If you have more questions, just ask!
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2011 05:32:03 AM »

Thanks for your reply! It's clear now! I am somewhat of a beginner and I thought this might be too hard for me! I am excited to get back to it then.  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2011 09:08:46 AM »

The hat is really not hard to make, you only need double crochet. They're easy, and also pretta fast.
Hehe, wait til you make stripes and need to transport the unused yarn with you, then you'll see how things can be technically totally easy and still somewhat annoying Grin I won't tell you how often I forgot to take the yarn and had to redo some part Grin But it's not hard to do, because other than knit intarsia, you don't have to care about the tension of your yarn very much.
Please post a picture when you're done!
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2011 05:16:14 PM »

This is awesome!  I've only ever seen knit patterns for hats like this, and I'm not much of a knitter.  I'm going to have to make one of these for the boyfriend, he'll love it.
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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2011 09:13:46 PM »

Not sure what I am doing wrong. I am on round 11 and I have an R2D2 dinner plate. Hmmm.   Huh
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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2011 12:01:35 AM »

It's okay when it's flat while you're still increasing, but when you've stopped the rows with increases and work normal rows (which you should be doing by now) the curving process should be visible.
If the hat's flat now, take a tape measure and measure around - too big? You should stop making increases when the "dinner plate" is as big as your head.
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2011 11:24:59 AM »

Thanks!
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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2012 08:26:44 PM »

I had a good time making this hat. My husband and son love their hats. Would like to post a pic, but I can't until I post 10 times.
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2012 05:16:42 AM »

Aw, your first post and it's for my hat! That's awesome, thanks! Wink You can always add pictures later, when craftster has taken over your brain Wink
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2012 10:34:57 PM »

This is great! I know what to make my brother-in-law next time i owe him a present.
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I'm sorry, but I'm so confused. What does "wrap grey yarn around blue yarn to lift it up and carry it along" mean?  I haven't come across this technique before so I'm not sure how you mean to do it. I keep thinking it should be fairly obvious but I just can't figure it out.  Can anyone help?
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« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2012 08:24:36 AM »

I'll try to explain how I did it.

This is what you end up with


In more words: When you have crochet a round in grey, you end up "one store higher" than blue, so to speak, and you would leave your blue yarn behind if you just crocheted on.
What I do now before I start the next stitch is change to blue, then change to grey again, then make the stitch. This results in the yarns being wrapped around each other, which keeps the blue yarn neatly tucked away.
The same trick works within a round, too. You can see in the picture how the grey yarn is wrapped into the backside of a blue stripe and vice versa.

If you are used to a different technique for crocheting with two colors, you can use that, too.

Hope it helped, if not, I can try to take pictures of the steps tomorrow.
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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2012 03:16:57 PM »

I get it now!  Thanks so much for taking the time out to explain it to me  Kiss
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Mine is finally finished now!

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« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2012 09:54:36 AM »

Oh it turned out so nice!!!

It is on my list for sure in 2013!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #28 on: December 16, 2012 11:16:08 PM »

Thanks for posting a pic, prozackat, great job with the hat!
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2013 05:55:43 PM »

I love love love this pattern!  My hat came out great, but I can't post the pic yet.  I was wondering if it would be ok to sell my hat if I put a tag inside giving credit to you?
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« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2013 04:23:08 AM »

Sorry for the delay... Oh wow, you're a first poster, welcome on craftster, thank you so much for the nice feedback! I love to hear from people who made the hat!
No, I don't mind selling the hats. R2D2 isn't my design, and it wasn't even my idea that you could make a hat from it. I just made notes on the construction, and yes, it would be lovely to be credited for the pattern making. Apart from that, I feel I don't really have such a strng claim on the hat that I can tell people what to do with the hat.
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« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2013 11:10:39 AM »

LOVE! I have about 10friends that would die for this hat!
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« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2013 07:38:04 AM »

Hehe, let them pay for the yarn Wink
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LOVE this, and thank you so much for the pattern! Now yet another project that I feel compelled to make...sigh  Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2013 06:08:51 AM »

It's a quick project! You can leave the cameras away, and then it's just a two-colored beanie.
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« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2013 11:10:30 AM »

Just wanted to say thank you and tell you how much I enjoyed making this hat. I made this beanie and an Ewok hood for my friends kids.
I hope it's ok that I share my picture here!
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« Reply #36 on: September 12, 2013 04:12:31 PM »

Thanks for sharing the picture here! I love seeing pics of that pattern and how familiar those hats look to me Wink Glad you had fun!
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« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2013 09:27:37 AM »

Sharing my nerdy love for your fab R2D2 hat! Grin
And thank you for sharing pattern. Kiss
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« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2013 02:51:42 PM »

Thanks! Always happy to see my favourite hat get some love!
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« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2013 08:18:19 PM »

This pattern looks so great. I'm trying to do one as a Christmas present, but I've run into a snag with the pattern. Is a sling stitch the same as a slip stitch?

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« Reply #40 on: January 03, 2014 09:52:19 AM »

I'm sorry for answering this so late! There are only slip stitches in this pattern, everything else is a slip of a non native speaker who sometimes confuses similar sounding words - for which I apologize too!
Hope you could figure it out from guessing!
Off to correct that mistake in the pattern now!
Thanks for bringing it up!
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