Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Earflap Hat

I really love the look of the earflap hats!  I wanted to make one for baby A as I think that she may actually keep one like this on her head, but have had a really hard time finding a pattern that I like.  I finally came across the Speed Hook Earflap Hat on the Lionbrand website but I didn't have the right yarn or the right hook.  So I passed it over and spent quite awhile trying to find something else only to keep coming back to the Lionbrand pattern.

After about the 100th time, I looked at the pattern and decided to modify it for what I had.  At first I tried an N hook and 2 strands of WW yarn together, but I really thought it would be to bulky for my little one.  Then I switched to a smaller hook and one strand of yarn.  After some trial and error (read this as making 2 gauge swatches and completing all but the ear flaps only to discover that my gauge was off and the circumference was 2 inches to small so I had to frog it and start over!) this is what I came up with.  This fits an 18-19 in head circumference.



Earflap Hat
You will need:
WW yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Buff Fleck)
size H  5mm hook
optional size I 5.5 mm hook
darning needle
piece of 3 inch cardboard


gauge:  (This is REALLY important!)  14 stitches and 14 rows equals 4 inches

Pattern begins here

with I hook (or with H hook just be sure to work loosely) chain 68.
R 1: work sc in second chain from hook and each chain across. ch 1 turn (67 sc)
R 2: work sc in first sc,* ch 1, skip next sc, work sc in next sc.  Repeat from * to end.  ch 1 turn. (34 sc, 33 ch 1 spaces)
R 3:  * work sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next ch 1 space.  Repeat from * across.  ch 1 turn
R 4 - 14: repeat R 3

R 15: sc in first sc, *sk ch 1 space, sc in next sc, ch 1, sc next ch 1 sp, sc in next sc.  Repeat from * across.  sc in last sc, ch 1 turn.  (34 sc and 16 ch 1 spaces)
R 16-17:  sc in first 2 sc, * ch 1, sc in each of the next 2 sc.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 1 turn.
R 18: sc in each sc across, skipping every ch 1 space.  Ch 1, turn.  (34 sc)
R 19:  sc in each sc across.  Ch 1, turn
R 20:  sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next.  Repeat from * across ending sc the last 2 together.  Ch 1, turn.  (17 sc, 16 ch 1 spaces)
R 21: *sc in sc, ch 1, skip ch 1 space.  Repeat from * across ending with a sc in the last sc.  Ch 1, turn.
R 22: repeat R 15.  (17 sc)
R 23 sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip ch 1 space, sc in each of the next 2 sc.  Repeat from * across.  ch 1, turn.
R 24: sc in first 2 sc, *skip the ch 1 space, sc in next 2 sc.  Repeat from * across ending with ch 1, skip the ch 1 space, sc in last sc.  Ch 1, turn.  (17 sc)

R 25: (sc 2 together) repeat all the way across, sc in last sc.  ch 1, turn.  ( 9 sc)
R 26:  sc in each sc across.  Ch 1, turn.R 27:  repeat R 25.  (5 sc)
R 28: sc in first sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next, ch 1 skip next sc, sc in last.  (3 sc and 2 ch 1 spaces)  Fasten off leaving a long tail (at least 12 inches).  Weave tail through top loops of the stitches on this row and gather tightly.  Fasten this securely leaving the remaining tail to sew the seam together later.

Earflaps
Beg on opposite side of beg chain skip first 7 chains, join yarn in next ch with a sc.
R 1:  join yarn with a sc, sc in each of the next 13 sc – 14 sc.
R 2-3: ch 1, turn.  work sc in each sc
R 4: ch 1 turn, sc 2 together, sc across to last 2 sc, sc 2 together.  12 sc
R 5: sc in each sc across
R 6: repeat R 4.  10 sc
R 7: sc in each sc across
Repeat R 4-7 once
Repeat R 4-6 once more.  You should now have only 2 sc
R 15; ch 1, turn, sc 2 together.  Fasten off and weave in ends

Skip next 20 sc of the foundation row after the first earflap.  Repeat from Row 1 for second earflap.

FINISHING
Edging
Using 1 strand each of A, B, C, and D held together, join yarn at edge of opposite side of beg ch, sc in first 7 ch; *work 14 sc evenly along the side of the earflap, ch 6, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and remaining ch, work 14 sc evenly along next side of earflap**, sc in next 20 stitches of the foundation chain; repeat from * to **, sc in remaining 12 ch. Fasten off. Sew back seam. Weave in ends.

Tassel (make 2)
Using 1 strand of yarn, wrap it around a 3 inch piece of cardboard 15 times. (or you can cheat like I did and wrap it around 4 fingers of your hand!) Cut a 10 in.  length of yarn (if wrapping yarn around your hand be sure to do this first as it is REALLY difficult to do with yarn wrapped around 1 hand!) and thread into large-eyed blunt needle. Insert needle under all strands at one end of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot securely near strands. Cut yarn loops at opposite end of cardboard. Cut a 10 in.  length of yarn and wrap tightly around loops 1 in. below knot to form Tassel neck. Knot securely. Weave tie ends into center of Tassel. Trim Tassel ends evenly. Sew a Tassel to end of each Earflap.



 Hope you enjoy the pattern!  It hasn't been tested so if you find a problem please let me know.

Love,

2 comments:

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Very cute, Ginny!

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The hat is too cute, and so is the model!!

I hope all of you have a great New Year!!

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