Monday, December 6, 2010

Short & Sweet Earflap Hat Pattern



Supplies:
Size 10 (U.S.) 16" circular needles and dpns
Stitch Marker
Skein of "Angel Hair" yarn.
Crochet hook (optional)

Gauge:
3.5 stitches per inch


Earflaps:
CO 5 sts onto one dpn.

Row 1: *kfb, k until last stitch, kfb*
Row 2: knit all stitches

Repeat these two rows until there are 13 stitches on the needle. Continue in garter stitch (knitting all stitches) until piece measures 3.25"
Cut yarn leaving 6" tail.
Repeat for second earflap.

Hat:
Slip stitches from one earflap onto circular needles. Attach yarn and cast on 19 stitches (loosely!) using the knitted cast on. Knit on second earflap. CO 14 sts and place marker for the beginning of the round. Join in the round (being careful not to twist) And work garter stitch border (k1 row, p1 row) for two inches. (Or to taste)

Work stockinette stitch (knit every row) for four more inches.
Decreases:

Round 1:*K7, K2tog* around.
Round 2:*K6, K2tog* around.
Round 3: *K5, k2tog* around.
Round 4: *K4, k2tog* around.
Round 5: *K3, k2tog* around.
Round 6: *K2, K2tog* around.
Round 7: *K1, K2tog* around.
Round 8: *K2tog* around.

Cut yarn leaving a six inch tail, thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

(optional: single crochet border around edge of hat in contrasting color.)
(Braids: Cut 6 pieces of 24" long yarn. thread through the end of the earflap until folded in half. Divide into three sections and braid until 2" of unbraided yarn remain. Tie knot and trim edges. Repeat on other side.)

Queue On Ravelry Here!
Or Check out a video tutorial here:
Click :)

Thanks Cheschiire! (http://www.youtube.com/user/cheschiiire)

56 comments:

  1. I would love one of these earflap hats for myself! How much would you be willing to sell one for?

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  2. Yay i'm definitely using this pattern

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing! I've been looking for a good ear flap hat pattern! I will definitely try this one.

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  4. Hi! I'm Shannonrita on LJ and was wondering if I could possibly inquire about comissions on the panda bear ear flap hat? I couldn't msg you on LJ...

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I haven't found a single pattern for this style of hat that I've liked until yours! I've waited on baited breath for you to post it!
    I can finally make Christmas presents!

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  6. this is a super cute pattern!!! I love it!

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  7. What colors yarn do you have/have access to?

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  8. There is a pretty large range of colors, plus a few variegated ones. (Purples, blues, greens)

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  9. Question: Can I knit the hat and the earflaps in separate pieces and then sew them together after the fact?

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  10. You definitely could, you might just want to make the earflaps a row or two longer to compensate for he seams.

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  11. I am in the habit of buying yarn before deciding what pattern to use (I've never knitted with a pattern before) and I don't have angel hair. How would I determine how many stitches to cast on/ knit for my yarn? That is... if you knit with angel hair, how many stitches equals 2 inches, and how many rows knit equals 2 inches? Thanks! I love the hat, it's exactly what I was looking for

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  12. There are 3.5 stitches for each inch. :)

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  14. And I just noticed that in the instructions. Whoops. Thank you so much for answering anyways!

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  15. Hi! I love this hat and I would like to do it for my nephew (2 years old).
    Could you please tell me how many stitches you would cast on, and mainly, how you made the little ears I saw on ravelry?
    Thanks a lot

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  16. For the cast on, I started at the earflaps and worked up. The pattern is above! For the ears, they are just free-form crocheted half circles. :)

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  17. When I finish decreasing, my hat has giant gaping holes at the top, any idea what I'm doing wrong???

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  18. Made this hat in 2 days. Love the pattern. But i found gaps where the ear flaps are joined.

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  19. I'm interested in learning how to knit. I was wondering if you had any tips or tricks for beginers? Perhaps an introduction video? Lol any help would be great :)

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  20. I have noticed your instructions for the Grter Stirch and Stockinette are incorrect... They are actually Garter stitch is knit each row....Stockinette is knit 1 row purl 1 row and repeat..
    Thank you for a lovely pattern

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  21. @wish-a-lish: Thank you! As far as learning to knit, your best bet is youtube or finding a friend to teach you. I find that the visual is the best. :)

    @Anonymous: it is written that way because the earflaps are knitted flat and the hat body is knit in the round.

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  22. Do you knit the ear flaps with the border ? help so confused , and the visual didn't help neither.

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  23. You work the earflaps flat in garter stitch and then knit the border once you start working on circular needles.

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  24. Errr. Okay , So i do knit the 20 & 16 stitches (like purl 1 knit 2) with the earflaps? Because everytime i knit the 20 and 16 stiches there the only thing that seems to get knitted not the earflaps.

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  25. Thanks for such a great pattern! I'm attempting to knit one for my 18-month old little boy! I know this must be a very silly question... but I'm completely knew at this and basically learning from youtube videos (plus Chesshiire's video :) Very good tutorial, but I wanted to knit with circular needles which she isn't...)

    I'm having trouble understanding how you attach the earflaps onto the circular needle... SO.... I have put earflap #1 onto the circular needles... And I have earflap #2 on one of my other needles (single-pointed) still attached to the yarn... Do I ALSO leave a 6" tail on this earflap as well? How do I attach the yarn and cast on the 19 stitches (granted I will be casting on less for my son's little noggin, though the yarn and needles that I am using are giving me a 6 stitches per inch gauge, so I probably will be casting on 20 stitches)....

    Please help! I can't seem to figure out how to put the earflaps onto the circular needles!

    Thank you ever so much!

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  26. I'll try to explain!
    You slip the stitches from the first earflap onto the circular needles, then you cast on more stitches to create the front of the hat using yarn that you attached. Then you knit the stitches from the second earflap onto the circulars. Let me know if you need more help!

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  27. Hi! I want to make this hat for my dad (with probably thicker yarn), and he has a really big head. How would I adjust it to fit his head?

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  28. You should get a hat that fits him, measure it, and mess around multiplying your gauge with a stitch count that gets you there! To be honest it's just a whole messing-around-with-numbers process.

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  29. Im really confused on switching to the circulars... can you make a video maybe? PLEASEEE.

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  30. There is a video! See the link above. :)

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  31. you are so talented. Can you make a video on infinitey scarf using fun fur or railroad yarn?

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  32. And how to cast on so it doesn;t scratch that much.

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure what you mean. Can you elaborate?

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  33. hello, when i usually make my hats for my size head i cast on between 100- 120 stitches... this design seems to only end up with around 60ish and im worried its not going to fit my head! What would you recommend i do.. should i make the ear flaps bigger or just ad extra stitches in the front and back??? Thank :D

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    1. I would recomend both! Add some stitches to each earflap & the front and back. :)

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  34. I am going to make this hat for a friend of mine and I wanted to add the panda ears to it. I was wondering how you did this since it was not in the instructions for the hat. Thanks

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  35. Hi! Making this pattern for my toddler daughter. I dunno if it's just me, but the "angel hair" yarn doesn't hit a certain yarn weight in google :) is this worsted? It seems a bit heavier :/

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    1. The ravelry page [http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/jo-ann-sensations-angel-hair] says that it's bulky. : )

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  36. Hi Erin I have a question. I knitted this hat but it ended up being too big. Can I just decrease the number of stitches I cast on for the front and back to make it smaller? Or will that mess up my hat?

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    1. You can do that, but you might want to decrease your earflap stitches too so it all stays in proportion. : ) Or you could just go down a needle size or two !

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  37. Would using the same size yarn and using size us9 circular needles make a huge difference (I don't have a lot of funds to go buy a lot of needles right now). And do you have suggestions?

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    1. It depends! Do you knit tightly or loosely? I'd suggest doing a gage swatch & going from there. You might not notice much of a difference. : )

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    2. Thanks so much. My mom decided to buy me new needles as a surprise :)

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  38. I was just wondering how would you calculate the decreasing part of that hat if you have to add more stitches at the bottom 'cause the hat is too snug?

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  39. I have had some angel hair in my stash for at least a year and now have your pattern for the perfect project for it...thank you Ravelry and thank you Erin Kate.

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  40. It would be so nice of you if you recommend other sources that open up this topic just in case you are aware of some.

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  41. This hat looks adorable and is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing the pattern :-)

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  42. how many grams of yarn did you use?

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  43. This may sound silly but what does 'dpn' and 'kfb' stand for? I'm not too good with abbreviations. Also, often I read in patterns worsted yarns are being used. What are worsted yarns? I have learnt to knit on my own and sometimes the terms used in patterns I don't really understand.

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    1. DPN means "double pointed needle" and KFB means knit into the front and the back. "worsted" refers to the size of the yarn (like lace weight is skinny yarn and chunky is thick yarn) the purl bee is a good resource if you're looking to learn more !

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  44. Dear Erin, THANKS again for this great hat. I made one for someone for Christmas last year. In fact I think I made two. Started one for myself and just pulled it out and couldn't remember instructions. Found you again! Yeah! great instructions, Thanks so much. Blessings and Joy. Lindy

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  45. When I started the first decreasing row, I ended up with 6 knits before the start of the next row. I know I have probably skipped a loop somewhere and I am unsure of what to do now. How can I fix this without making the hat crooked or look off?

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    1. Just keep going! It shouldn't be too noticeable if I understand you correctly ! :) Or if it bothers you, you can rip that decrease row out and do it over.

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    2. I did that too but looked ok in the end.hat was great. I knitted on 2 needles but was fine.good pattern knitted very quickly.

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  46. Hello just curious how many yards you used for this hat? Thanks!

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thank you ! ❀