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.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Carri Ham­mett

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger nee­dle. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pat­tern Note

If us­ing dou­ble-point nee­dles for the en­tire hat, you will need a set of 5 smaller dou­ble-point nee­dles.

Earflap

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.

Hat

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.

Fin­ish­ing

Weave in all other ends. Block.

Edg­ing

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.

Top Braids

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.

Earflap Braids

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.

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