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Free Knitting Pattern: Earflap Hat

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Pattern #: 60461
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 20 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X
Fits adult men and women. Finished Circumference 19¼ (20¼, 22¼, 23¼) in. [49 (51.5, 56.5, 59) cm]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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*Lion Wool (Article #820). 100% wool; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (158yds/144m) pull skeins

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Earflap Hat

Lion Brand® Lion® Wool


16 sts and 24 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


K1, p1 Rib
Row 1: *
K1, p1; rep from *.
Row 2: K the k sts and p the p sts.
Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

Earflaps (make 2)
With A, cast on 3 sts. Work in k1, p1 Rib until piece measures 8 in. [20.5 cm] from beginning, end with a WS row.
Row 1 (RS): K1, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, k1 – 5 sts.
Row 2: P1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 3: K1, p1, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, p1, k1 – 7 sts.
Row 4: P1, k1, p3, k1, p1.
Row 5: K1, p1, k1, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, k1, p1, k1 – 9 sts.
Row 6: P1, k1, p5, k1, p1.
Row 7: K1, p1, k2, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, k2, p1, k1 – 11 sts.
Row 8: P1, k1, p7, k1, p1.
Continue as established, increasing 2 sts in center st of each RS row until there are 23 sts, end with a WS row. Sl sts to a holder.
Make a second Earflap the same, but do not sl to a holder.

Join for Cap
With A, cast on 6 (8, 10, 11) sts, turn and k across cast on sts, k23 earflap sts, cast on 19 (19, 23, 25) sts, k23 earflap sts from holder, cast on 6 (8, 10, 11) sts – 77 (81, 89, 93) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 5 (5½, 6, 6½) in. [12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm], above joining row, end with a RS row.
Next Row: Purl, decrease 5 (1, 1, 5) sts evenly across row – 72 (80, 88, 88) sts.

Shape Crown
1 (RS): *K6, k2tog; rep from * across row 63 (70, 77, 77) sts.
Row 2 and WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog; rep from * across row – 54 (60, 66, 66) sts.
Row 5: *K4, k2tog; rep from * across row – 45 (50, 55, 55) sts.
Row 7: *K3, k2tog; rep from * across row – 36 (40, 44, 44) sts.
Row 9: *K2, k2tog; rep from * across row – 27 (30, 33, 33) sts.
Row 11: *K1, k2tog; rep from * across row – 18 (20, 22, 22) sts.
Row 13: K2tog across – 9 (10, 11, 11) sts.
Row 15: K2tog across, end k1 (0, 1, 1) – 5 (5, 6, 6) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12 in. [30.5 cm] tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull tightly together to secure.

Sew seam. With a doubled strand of B, work Blanket st around edge of Cap. Weave in ends

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
p3tog = purl 3 together rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 20 reviews)
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Earflap Hat Reviewed by bridy madill on 2011-11-20 ****
great hat. I actually used this pattern to make a mowhawk hat. I omitted the strings on the end of the ears and added a mowhawk with 100% wool. The hat was bllck and the mowhawk was red, it turned out great.

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