Minion Beanie

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Minions are so cute!  I like to choose a cute crochet hat to create for my kids ever year.  Crochet is a good skill to have during the winter.  You can make things for friends and family while watching TV, sitting in the school pick up lines, or sitting at practice.  My family is always excited to use my hats or blankets.  If they look like fun to make, and you do not know how to crochet, or know someone who can teach you, fear not!  You can go on youtube and teach yourself.  I really wanted to learn how to crochet, and knew no one who has this skill.  I watched several learn to crochet for beginners videos, decided on what I would need to buy, and bought some yarn, a couple crochet hooks, and a tapestry needle.  I began with blankets, which take a long time, but when you have to keep repeating the stitches, and switching colors, you get really good practice!  These cute hats took me about six hours each, where as a blanket can take me a couple months (and 6-8 balls of yarn!)  I watched a couple different tutorials, before I found I really liked Minion Beanie Crochet Tutorial by Rainbow Warrior.  I did alter my hats a bit, but she was very clear, easy to understand,  and detailed.  I have made a lot of hats, so I changed the pattern a bit to fit my needs, however I would highly recommend watching her video before you get started.

I really like the simply soft yarn for hats.  I bough Lemonade (one ball made all five hats) Berry blue (for the minion pants) Silver, black, and white.  I think because I used different yarn, my stitches must have been smaller than in the tutorial.  I had to add many extra rows, as the first time I followed the pattern for an adult hat, it fit my my baby very snug.  Note: Most craft stores have discount coupons available to print, or for your phone.  Make sure you check out coupons before you shop!  You also need a J hook, and a tapestry needle.

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For an adult hat:

Start with a magic loop.  Chain one to secure.  Round 1: 12 Double crochet into magic loop.  Slip stitch to join.  Round 2: 2 Double crochet in each stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Round 3: 2 Double crochet in first stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Round 4: 2 Double crochet in first stitch, 1 double in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Round 5: 1 Double crochet in first 6 stitches, 2 double crochet in 7th stitch.  Rounds 6 & 7 1 Double crochet in each stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Change colors to black.  Chain one to secure.  Rounds 8&9 1 Double crochet in each stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Change back to yellow.  Chain one.  Rounds 10-12 1 Double crochet in each stitch.  Slip stitch to join.  Change color to blue.  Rounds 13 & 14: 2 Double Crochet in each stitch.

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Minion eye with goggles (3D)

Black yarn, start with magic loop.  Round 1: 8 Single crochet into magic loop.  Slip stitch to join.  Round 2: 2 Single crochet into first stitch, 1 single crochet in next stitch.  Change colors to white.  Round 3: 2 Half double crochet in each stitch.  Round 4: 2 Half double crochet in first stitch, 1 half double crochet in second stitch.  Change colors to silver.  Chain one to secure.  Round 5: 1 Single crochet in each stitch.  Round 6: 1 Single crochet in BACK LOOP ONLY.  This will give the eye the 3D effect!  Leave a long tail to use to attach the eye to the hat.  Thread tapestry needle, and sew eye in the middle of the black strip.  You can also create two eyes depending on the style of minion you want.  Create a smile with an embroidery stitch along the yellow under the eye.  You can attach black pieces of yarn to the tops of head, or leave plain.  I asked each of my children how they wanted theirs, and how many eyes they wanted.

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