Friday, April 7, 2017

DIY Horse Bonnet

So I hinted in my Spring Break post that I had been making lots of horse bonnets and that I would post a tutorial. Here it is! Please note, I taught myself crochet and I am still a beginner at it, so these instructions are not like traditional crochet directions. I sincerely hope that the directions make sense to people besides just me, but if you get confused, just leave me a comment and I will try to explain it differently! I did not explain here the basics of crocheting (seeing as I am not educated enough to do that), so if you've never crocheted before, be sure to look up how to make a slip knot, how to chain stitch, and how to do a single crochet knot. That's all you need to know to make these!

My first time attempting to make these, it took me probably 8 hours and lots of having to restart. Now I can get one of these down in 3-4 hours. They are cheap to make, maybe just $2 per bonnet and it is fun to do in my opinion. Please let me know how it goes for you!

Casey modeling her bonnet


Materials


  • Black thread
  • Sewing needles
  • Medium acrylic yarn
    • 1 color for the bonnet base color, and then either 1 or 2 trim colors
    • Brands I've used: Big Twist Yarns & Red Heart
  • Crochet hook 5.5 MM
  • Fabric for ears
    • Make sure it is thin fabric
    • Lycra is what is used on many ear bonnets, but I use fun-patterned cloth fabrics
  • Optional: Yarn needle
Fabric for ears
Yarn
All of my current yarn colors
Thread & Needle


Front v-shaped section

Step 1: Make a slip knot
Step 2: Chain stitch 35
Step 3: Single crochet 6 rows
Step 4: Continue to single crochet, but drop one stitch at both ends each row. 17ish rows.
Step 5: Tie off.
Slip knot
Single crochet stitch
Single crochet stitch
Single crochet stitch
Single crochet stitch


Behind-the-ears section

Step 1: Make a slip knot
Step 2: Chain stitch 7
Step 3: Single crochet 35 rows
Step 4: Tie off
Step 5: Using the excess yarn from both ends, connect each end to the front v-shaped section by weaving the yarn through a front section knot, then a back section knot.
Step 6: When you reach the end of the behind-the-ears section (so that it is firmly secured to the front section) tie it off. I tie about 4 knots to make sure it is really secure.
Step 7: Either cut off or weave the remaining thread length through the knots to hide it.
The behind the ears section is a thin strip


Between-the-ears section

Step 1: Make a slip knot
Step 2: Chain stitch 13
Step 3: Single crochet 5 rows
Step 4: Tie off
Step 5: Using the excess yarn, connect this section to the v-shaped section. Start sewing it 6 knots away from where the v-shaped and behind-the-ears sections meet. Each stitch needs to be connected to one knot on the v-shaped section, meaning that the other end will also be 6 knots away from where the v-shaped and behind-the-ears sections meet on the other side. Tie off.
Step 6: Connect this section to the behind-the-ears section. Start sewing it 11 knots away from where the v-shaped and behind-the-ears sections meet. Each stitch needs to be connected to one knot on the behind-the-ears section, meaning that the other end will also be 11 knots away from where the v-shaped and behind-the-ears sections meet on the other side.
Step 7: Tie off and either cut off or weave the remaining thread length through the knots to hide it.

All three sections sewn together


Cloth ears

Step 1: Double the fabric over (so that the ears will end up being the same shape/size).
Step 2: Cut a half circle out (4.5 inches for the base, 6.5 inches high). When cutting, go 4 inches straight up from the base and then curve your line to get to the 6.5 inch height.
Step 3: For each ear, fold it so that the fabric is inside-out and hand stitch along the curving edge. Do not sew along the base!
Step 4: Turn each ear inside-out so that the fabric is now facing the correct way.
Step 5: Stick an ear through the ear hole, the curved, sewed edge should be facing to the outside of the bonnet. Hand sew the ear to the edges of the bonnet ear hole. I sew about half an inch away from the edge of the ear and make sure to sew through the crochet knots on the bonnet.
Step 6: Sew on the other ear.
Hand sewing on the ears
Hand sewing on the ears
Hand sewing on the ears
Sewn on ear


Bonnet Trim

Step 1: Make a slip knot
Step 2: Chain stitch through the edge of the bonnet (stick crochet hook through bonnet edge knot, then do a normal chain stitch, pulling through the trim yarn loop). Make sure that you are chain-stitching from the inside side of the bonnet, so that the loops will show through on the other side. As you chain stitch around the edge, make sure to add 3 extra chain stitch loops (one on each side of the bonnet where the two sections meet, and the third at the bottom of the v of the bonnet).
Step 3: Single crochet stitch to add to the trim border

  • This is where you get to really personalize what you want the bonnet trim to look like.
  • If you would like a single color trim, I would recommend 2-3 rows of single crochet stitching.
  • If you would like a two color trim, you can do either 1-2 rows of single crochet stitching, then repeat steps 1-2 to add on the new color and do 1-2 rows of single crochet stitching of that color.
  • I would not recommend doing more than 3 rows of single crochet stitching total, because doing more than that would make the behind-the-ears section too long.

Step 4: Tie off
Chain stitch for trim
Chain stitch for trim
Chain stitch for trim
Chain stitch for trim

1 row of single crochet stitching



Bonnets I've Made

Pink & grey bonnet
Casey's burgundy, black, & white bonnet
Purple & blue bonnet
Burgundy & black bonnet
Green bonnet
Black, grey, & blue bonnet

2 comments:

  1. You have a good model showing off your design! 🐴

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    1. Thank you! She is a very good model and puts up with me :)

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