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Super HeroJust in time for Halloween I made this cool super hero hat for my grandson Devon. His favorite super hero is Captain America and he loves hats!

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.

This hat is so easy to make, the only problem I had was figuring out how to make the wings. I looked online for a pattern but didn't find one I liked so I ended up making my own. It turned out pretty well.

I used my favorite basic hat pattern with earflaps from Ravelry by Christins from My Sweet Potato 3, I just modified the trim. The shield and star are crocheted appliques.

Here are instructions to make your own “Captain America” hat. I made this hat to fit 21 head circumference, but you can make it any size you want.

To download free pdf version click here!

Hook Size K 6.50mm

Hook Size F 3.75mm

#4 Worsted yarn in red, white, and blue

Tapestry needle

Hat:

Make basic hat with earflaps in blue using Hook Size K. If you need the pattern here's a free one from Christins from My Sweet Potato 3. here to download! If you prefer use your favorite hat pattern, just follow the modification below.

Modification:

When you've finished the 2nd. earflap change yarn to white. SC all the way around hat edge, change yarn to red. SC all the way around again. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Shield:

Hook Size F, blue yarn – Do not join yarn, but you must count stitches per round or use a marker so you don't get confused

Ch 2

Rd. 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from hook DO NOT JOIN (6sc)

Rd. 2: 2sc in each st around (12sc)

Rd. 3: 2sc in first st, sc in next, *2sc in next st, sc in next* repeat until you have 18sts (18sc)

Rd. 4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat until you have 24sts (24sc)

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).

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Rd. 5: 2sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts* repeat until you have 30 sts, change to red yarn (30sc)

Rd. 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* repeat until you have 36 sts, change to white yarn (36sc)

Rd. 7: 2sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts* repeat until you have 42 sts, change to red yarn (42sc)

Rd. 8: 2sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts* repeat until you have 48 sts, fasten off and weave ends in (48sc)

Star: Hook size F, white yarn

Rd. 1: Ch 2, 14dc inside circle. Pull tight, slst to top of ch2 – chain 2 counts as 1dc (15dc)

Rd. 2: *Ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, skip next 2dc on rd 1, slst in next dc; repeat from * four more times, you will end up with 5 star points. Fasten off and weave ends in.

Wing: Make 2 using 2 strands of white yarn held and worked together using Hook size K – chain 2 counts as 1hdc

Ch 11

Row 1: hdc in 3rd. chain from hook (first 2 chains counts as 1hdc), hdc in each chain across, ch 2, turn (10hdc)

Row 2: hdc in each of next 7 sts, ch 1, turn (8hdc)

Row 3: sl st in each st (at the end sl st to top of ch 2 on row 2), ch 2, turn (8 sl st)

Row 4: hdc in each of next 5 sts (put each stitch in the Row 2 stitches covering sl sts of Row 3), ch 1, turn

Edging: sc in next 4 sts, 3sc in last stitch of Row 4 (you are making a corner), continue working around the wing edge, you should be working next sts on the short edge 3 sc evenly along this edge, 3sc in last st of this edge (you are making a corner), continue working around the wing, you should be at the long top edge, 7 sc evenly across this edge until you get to the last st, work sc,hdc,dc in last st, ch 2, turn. You should now be working the long edge you just worked sc in each st across, fasten off leaving 6 tail for sewing.

Assemble:

Sew star on to shield.

Sew shield to middle of hat front

Sew wings on the sides of hat – check picture for placement

If you don't have time to make your own hat you can order one from my Etsy Shop Savvy Nana Crafts!

Have a child who loves super heroes just like Devon does? Check out Devon's Super Hero Birthday Party for ideas!

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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