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Earflap Hat Pattern

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Earflap Hat Pattern

    In a Flap Cap

    Tammy Wright

    Size - The only difference between these hats is the yarn and

    the needle size. The same number of stitches is used for all hats.

    They are very stretchy and will fit a multitude of sizes. If you have

    larger yarn and needles you can take this up to adult size using the

    same number of stitches.

    This makes a nice warm hat that is quick, easy to knit, wicked

    portable, kind of fun. They are knit flat for the flap and then in the

    round from the bottom up. You can make them as plain or fancy as

    you like. I’ve tried to make this a super easy pattern, especially for

    new knitters. The first time I tried to figure out knitting in the

    round I was totally lost and had no one to ask so I hope this will help anyone else in the same boat I was in! ; What that really means is that this is pretty wordy, but I think that’s okay too. I

    hope that if you make one you will also considering making an extra one and donating to charity. Thanks!

    Top Hat 19 inches around unstretched - Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky

    - Not quite 1 ball of MC and odds and ends for stripes. If you want all one colour, 2 balls

    Middle Hat 16 inches around unstretched - Mission Falls1824 wool

    - 1 ball for entire hat, 5 yards or so of contrast for crochet edge & ties

    Bottom Hat 15 inches around unstretched - Patons Soy Wool Stripes

    - Not quite ? a skein

    Gauge - Top hat 14 stitches/4 inches in stocking stitch on 6.5 mm 16 inch circular and dps

    - Middle hat 17 stitches/4 inches in stocking stitch on 5 mm 16 inch circular and dps

    - Bottom hat 16 stitches/4 inches in stocking stitch on 5 mm 16 inch circular and dps

Notes:

    - I used the cable cast on throughout

    - k2tog = knit two stitches together

    - dpns = double pointed needles

    - repeat any directions that appear within *’s around the entire round.

Instructions:

Cast on 40 stitches,

Row One knit (wrong side)

    Row two slip first stitch as if to knit, and then knit to end, turn work

    Repeat row two until you have 10 garter ridges or have reached your desired depth.

Next right side row, knit to end of row and turn work so that wrong side is facing you. Cast on 20 stitches and turn work again

    so that right side is facing you. Using right needles pick the first stitch on the left needle and slip it on to the right needle. Now

    using left needle pick up what is now the second stitch on the right hand needle and slip it up and over the first stitch and let it

    remain on the left needle. You are essentially having these stitches switch places. This will join your work for knitting in the

    round and minimize the visual impact of the join.

You will now begin working rounds.

Round one move yarn to the front, place marker and purl around to marker

    Round two knit

    Round three purl

    In a Flap Cap Tammy Wright copyright 2007

Round four knit

    Round five purl

    Round six remove marker, knit 5 stitches, place marker (this is the new beginning of the round) and knit around.

Knit ten rounds even or until hat is desired depth. We will now begin decreasing to the crown, switch to double pointed

    needles or two circulars when stitches no longer fit comfortably on the 16 inch circular.

Round 1 *knit 8, k2tog* (54 stitches)

    Round 2 knit

    Round 3 *knit 7, k2tog* (48 stitches)

    Round 4 knit

    Round 5 *knit 6, k2tog* (42 stitches)

    Round 6 knit

    Round 7 *knit 5, k2tog* (36 stitches)

    Round 8 knit

    Round 9 *knit 4, k2tog (30 stitches)

    Round 10 knit

    Round 11 *knit 3, k 2tog* (24 stitches)

    Round 12 knit

    Round 13 knit 2, k2tog (18 stitches)

    Round 14 knit

    Round 15 *knit 1, k2tog* (12 stitches)

    Round 16 knit

    Round 17 *k2tog* (6 stitches)

    Round 18 knit

Cut yarn, thread through stitches and pull to inside to be woven in. Ta da, you have a wee hat.

OR,

    If you want to do an icord stem/topknot sort of thing, do one more decrease round of k2tog to get down to 3 stitches. Work for desired length on these three stitches and cast off. The pink hat has a wee icord stem; the other two are stopped at round 18,

Options:

    Let’s be honest, this is really just a hat recipe and you can do anything you want to make it more fun/interesting/personal. Some ideas:

    - seed stitch instead of garter stitch (or any non rolling stitch)

    - stripes

    - crochet or icord ties

    - crochet around the front edge (single, double, half double, reverse, whatever)

    - twisted cord and tassels hanging from the crown

    - pompoms on the top or at the ends of the ties

    - fair isle

    - textured stitches

    - whatever your heart desires!

    In a Flap Cap Tammy Wright copyright 2007

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