Chromatic Earflap Cap
Color, texture and bold design are all included in this hat, which is both fun to make and fun to give and wear.
18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needle. To save time, take time to check gauge.
If using double-point needles for the entire hat, you will need a set of 5 smaller double-point needles.
Make 2 With smaller dpns and A, cast on 8 sts. Rows 1 and 2: Knit. Row 3: K1, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, kfb, k2—10 sts. Rows 4–6: Knit.
Rep [Rows 3–6] 5 (6, 7) times—20 (22, 24) sts.
Work even in garter st until piece measures 3 (31/4, 31/2) inches.
Cut yarn and set aside on spare dpn.
Cast on 3 separate sets of sts as follows:
With smaller circular needle and A, cast on 7 (8, 9) sts, cut yarn; leaving the first set of sts in place, cast on 26 (30, 34) sts, cut yarn; cast on 7 (8, 9) sts, do not cut yarn, turn. Set-up rnd: K7 (8, 9), knit across first earflap, k26 (30, 34), knit across 2nd earflap, k7 (8, 9); mark beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts— 80 (90, 100) sts. Purl 1 rnd. Continuing in garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd), *work 2 more rnds with A, 2 rnds with B, 2 rnds with C; rep from * once more. Change to larger needle. **With A, knit 3 (4, 5) rnds. With D, knit 1 rnd and purl 1 rnd. With A, knit 2 rnds. With B, knit 2 rnds. Next rnd: With C, *k1, sl 1; rep from * around. Next rnd: With C, *p1, sl 1; rep from * around. With A, knit 2 rnds. With D, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd. Rep from ** once. With A, work even in St st (knit all rnds) until piece measures 5 (53/4, 61/2) inches from cast-on edge (not counting earflaps) and on last rnd, dec 0 (2, 4) sts evenly around—80 (88, 96) sts. Crown Note: Change to dpns when sts no longer fit comfortably on circular needle. Set-up rnd: *K8 (9, 10), k2tog, pm; rep from * around—72 (80, 88) sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Dec rnd: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around—64 (72, 80) sts.
Continue in St st and rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 7 (8, 9) times, removing markers on last rnd—8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a tail at least 10 inches long. Thread tail through rem sts and pull tight to close hole in top of hat. Weave in tail on WS.
Weave in all other ends. Block.
With RS facing, smaller needle and D, and beg at center back, pick up and knit approx 104 (118, 132) sts around the hat bottom and earflap edges, picking up 1 st in each cast-on st and 3 sts for every 4 rows along sides of earflaps; do not join, turn. Knit 1 row, turn. Loosely bind off all sts. Cut yarn; use tail to sew seam between first and last edge sts.
Cut 2 24-inch strands each B, C and D.
Thread yarn needle with 3 strands (1 each color); pass from one side to the other of the top hole with half the length on either side of the hole. Rep with the other 3 strands, positioning them at a 90-degree angle to the first set. Tie all strands into an overhand knot secured close to the hat.
Using all 3 colors for each braid, make 2 braids 6 inches long or desired length. Tie an overhand knot at the end of each braid to secure; trim yarn even.
Cut 2 30-inch strands each B, C and D.
Use crochet hook to pull all 6 strands from RS to WS at center bottom of earflap, then pull strands to RS again. Leaving a slack loop on the WS of the flap, pull until all 12 ends are even. Reach through the loop with thumb and forefinger, and pull all of the ends through the loop (like making fringe on the bottom of a scarf). Pull to snug the loop on the earflap bottom edge.
Using all 12 strands, make a braid 8 inches long or desired length. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the braid to secure; trim yarn even.