Two-Needle Earflap Hat

This is one of my most favorite hat patterns ever!! OK... I just like hats with earflaps, and this was the only two-needle pattern I could find (I have a thing against circular needles). I've gotten so many complements on this hat, so enjoy!

Needles: US10/6.00mm needles, and a couple of DPN (double pointed needle) or stitch holders
Yarn: Bulky. Not sure how much. I know one skein of Lion Homespun made one of these hats and another different hat.
Gauge: 13st and 18 rows = 4" in stocking st.

The original pattern calls for three colors, but you hardly use the third one. I've made on in three colors and one in just one color, and it still looks great. Just mix up the colors however you want. However, I'll write the pattern as if you were using three.

Main Color = MC
Second Color = A
Third Color = B
Pattern :)
Earflaps (Make 2)
Cast on 3st with MC
Row 1 (right side): Knit, increase 1 in each of the first 2 sts. (now you have 5st)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, m1 (aka make 1; increase in the first stitch), K to last st, m1, K1 (7st total)
Row 4: Purl
Repeat rows 3 & 4 seven more times (21 sts total)
Break MC, switch to A
Repeat rows 3 & 4 two more times (25 sts total)
Next row: Knit, put sts on stitch holder/DPN

Hat Body
Joining Row: Cast on 3 sts with A, move needle to right hand. With wrong side of one earflap facing, purl across earflap (needle should now have 3 CO sts & one earflap). Move needle back to left hand and CO 10 sts. Move needle back to right hand. With wrong side of other earflap facing, purl across earflap (now you have 3 CO sts, earflap, 10 CO sts, earflap). Move needle back to left hand, CO 3 more sts. 66sts total (3 CO sts, earflap, 10 CO sts, earflap, 3 CO sts)

Row 1 (right side): K2 *P2, K2*
Row 2: P2 *K2P2*
Repeat these two rows once more.
Switch to B, work these two rows.
Switch back to A, work these two rows. Break A & B.
With MC, work Stocking st until work from joining row measures 5.75"

Hat Top
Row 1 (right side): K1, [K6, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 2 & all other even rows: Purl
Row 3: K1, [K5, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 5: K1, [K4, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 7: K1, [K3, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 9: K1, [K2, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 11: K1, [K1, K2tog]x8, K1
Row 12: Purl, break yarn.
Thread yarn through remaining sts, draw up tightly & fasten off.

To Finish:
Sew up seem (mattress stitch recommended. For instructions, click here, go to finishing: mattress stitch)
Edging: With B and 6.00mm crochet hook and right side facing, sl st to hat edge at seem, ch1 and work sc around edge, sl st to first sc, fasten off.
Make pom-pom: click here for video instructions
Make Braids: Curt two 30" strands of each color. Fold in half and, with crochet hook, pull loop through the bottom/edge of each earflap, and pull ends through loop to join. Braid with 3 groups of four strands each. Tie with knot at end and trip tassel. Repeat for other earflap.

If you're wondering about the cow on top of my brother's gray hat, I crochet-ed it for him specifically to put on top of the hat. I'll post the cow pattern later.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3.10.10

    this is really good, and it just happes the yarn i bought needed 6.00mm needles! i am gonna have fun making these.... :)


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