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If you have 4 grandsons like I do then you know that super heroes rule! My 7 year old grandson, Devon, has been dressing as a different super hero every day since he was 3. To be fair now that he's in 2nd. grade he only dresses up on weekends, unless it's Halloween.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

So that he can wear super hero stuff even on weekdays I've been making him super hero hats. He loves them!

This time I made him this Batman hat to add to his Captain America and Spiderman hats.

I use my favorite basic hat pattern from Ravelry by Christins from My Sweet Potato 3, but you can use any hat pattern you like. I didn't add any ties as Devon considers them too “girly” but I think you can add them if you want to. I will be making another one for my 2 year old grandson Jett. This time I will edge it in yellow I think to tie the hat together, and maybe add ties to that one. Here's the basic pattern and the applique ears, shield, and bat logo.

To download a free printable pdf version of this pattern click here!

Crocheted Batman Hat w/Earflaps

Hook Size K 6.5mm

Hook Size F 3.75 mm

#4 worsted yarn in black and yellow

Yarn needle

Stitches:

Ch – Chain

SL ST – Slip Stitch

SC – Single Crochet

HDC – Half Double

DC – Double Crochet

TC – Treble Crochet

MP – Mini Picot (CH 2, SL ST in 2nd. CH from Hook)

Instructions:

With Hook size K and black yarn make a basic hat with earflaps using your favorite pattern. I use the Ravelry pattern by Christins from My Sweet Potato 3.

Then follow the patterns below for the appliques.

Ears – Make 2

When you get to the “ears” part you will be using 2 strands of black yarn to make the ears so that they will stand up. You can either use 2 skeins or balls, or you can use a strand from each end of the skein (this is harder as they can get tangled)

With Hook size K and 1 strand black yarn CH 10

Row 1: HDC in 2nd. CH from hook, HDC across the chain, turn (9HDC)

Row 2: CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC), HDC across, turn (9HDC)

Row 3-4: Repeat Row 2

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Row 5: ADD a 2nd. Strand of black yarn. From now until the end you will be using 2 strands held together. CH 1, Decrease HDC (HDC first 2 sts together), HDC in next 5 sts, Decrease HDC in last 2 sts, turn (7 HDC)

Row 6: CH 1, Decrease HDC, HDC in next 3 sts, Decrease HDC in last 2 sts, turn ( 5 HDC)

Row 7: CH 1, Decrease HDC, HDC in next st, Decrease HDC in last 2 sts, turn ( 3 HDC)

Row 8: CH 1, Decrease HDC, you should have a point ( 1 HDC), do not fasten off, continue for the edging

SC around the the ear when you reach the point, the 1HDC from Row 8 work the following stitches in the same st (SC, HDC, DC, TC, DC, HDC, SC). Fasten off leaving tail for sewing.

Oval “Sheild” –

Using hook size F and yellow yarn you will be working in rounds.

CH 2

Rd. 1: 6 SC in 2nd. CH from hook. Do not join or turn (6SC)

Rd. 2: *3 SC in 1st. st, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st*, Repeat ** ONE time. Do not join or turn (12 SC)

Rd. 3: SC in 1st. st, 2 SC in next 3 sts, 1 SC in next 3 sts, 2 SC in next 3 sts, 1 SC in last 2 sts. Do not join or turn (18 SC)

Rd. 4: 1SC in first 2 sts, 2SC in next st, *1SC in next st, 2SC in next st* Repeat ** 4 times, 1SC in last 2 sts. Do not join or turn (24 SC)

Rd. 5: 1SC in first 3 sts, 2SC in next st, * 1SC in next st, 2SC in next st* Repeat ** 6 times, 1SC in last 4st. Fasten off leaving tail for sewing.

If you need a bigger oval you can continue this pattern another round or two until you reach the desired size. Just remember to increase by 6 in each round.

Bat “Logo”

To make this bat logo you will be working on BOTH sides of the foundation chain. So do not turn the work when you've completed the first row, instead rotate work so that you can crochet on the bottom side of the foundation.

Using Hook size F and black yarn CH 16

Top side of foundation chain: HDC in 3rd. CH from hook, MP (CH 2, SLST in 2nd CH from hook), HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next st, MP, SC in next 3 sts, MP, SC in next 3 sts, MP, SC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts, MP, HDC in next st, SLST same st. Rotate work so you can work on the bottom side of the foundation chain.

Bottom side of foundation chain: CH 2, DC in same st where you made HDC and SLST at the end of the top foundation chain, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, MP, SC in next 2 sts, MP, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in last st. Fasten off leaving tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Sew ears on either side of the hat, consult photo and align with the earflaps. The flat sides should be flush on the hat, the double strand crocheted ears should stick up and not sewn on to the hat. Gently pull and shape the ears into a point and sqeeze slightly together so that they cup.

Sew bat log on to oval and sew oval on the middle of the front of the hat about 2 rows from the edge.

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DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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