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Free Loom Pattern: Loom-Knit Earflap Hat

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky
Pattern #: kbEarflapHat
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Approximately 23" around, above ears


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Wool-Ease® Chunky
Fisherman Bluebell Indigo Walnut Eggplant Charcoal Black Silver Grey
Willow Nantucket Mulberry Tinsel White Wheat
*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other;
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins

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•  630-099 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Fisherman
$ 7.03  
•  630-127 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Walnut
$ 7.03  
•  630-152 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Charcoal
$ 7.03  
28" Knitting Board   $ 44.95  
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Additional Materials
  • Knitting Hook (included with knitting board)
  • Crochet Hook Size F-5 or G-6

Loom-Knit Earflap Hat

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky


3st x 4 rows = 1"
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

Start at crown with the gray yarn. Cast on 56 stitches in Stockinette Stitch using a gray Anchor Yarn.
Work in Stockinette Stitch for 5 rows. Cut the gray yarn, leaving a short tail of 2-3”.
Continue in Stockinette Stitch as you work the stripes.
Plain Stripes:
Row 6: Tie on white yarn at beginning of row; work row; do not cut yarn.
Row 7: Tie on black yarn at beginning of row; work row; do not cut yarn.
Row 8: Tie on gray yarn at beginning of row; work row; do not cut yarn.
Rows 9 through 14: Repeat the colored stripe sequence twice more, picking up each color when needed. When the 9th stripe row is complete, cut and knot the gray and black yarns leaving short tails, 2-3”. Do not cut the white.
Rows 15 through 17: With white yarn, work 3 rows. Do not cut the white yarn.
Tweed Stripes:
Row 18: Weave across board to end of stitches with white yarn; do not return the circular. Tie on gray yarn and return to the beginning of the row with gray. Hook over. Do not cut the yarns.
Row 19: Tie on the black yarn. Weave to end of stitches with black; then pick up the white yarn and return to the beginning. Hook over.
Row 20: In the same way, work a tweed row with the white and then the gray yarn.
Row 21: Repeat Row 20 with white and then black yarn.
Row 22: Repeat again with white and then gray yarn. Cut and knot the black and gray yarns, leaving short tails.
Row 23: Work a full circular with white yarn.
Rows 24 through 28: Tie on gray yarn at the beginning of row 24; cut and knot the white yarn, leaving a short tail. Continuing in Stockinette Stitch with gray yarn, work 5 rows. Do not cut the gray yarn; lay it between the boards and bring it to the front between needle #8 and needle #9.
Bind Off for back neck and forehead edges:
At the beginning of the next row, bind off 8 stitches using the Soft Crochet (2 loop) method. Place the last loop from the bind off onto needle #9. Leave the next 11 stitches on the needles for one earflap. Then, working from left to right, bind off next the 18 stitches for front of hat and place the last loop from the bind off onto the next needle on one board. Leave the next 11 stitches on the needles for the second earflap. Now, working from right to left, bind off the last 8 stitches; place the last loop from the bind off onto the adjacent earflap needle. Note that some of the earflap needles have 2 loops; be sure to lift both these loops when you hook over the next row.
Ear Flaps:
Pick up the gray yarn at the left edge of the first earflap. Work 2 rows on these 11 stitches in Stockinette stitch.
(To keep the stitches for the second earflap from being jiggled off their needles, place a piece of tape over them.)
Next row: Decrease 1 stitch at each end on both boards. Work the row in Stockinette Stitch.
Work 2 additional rows in Stockinette stitch.
*Next row: Decrease 1 stitch at each end on both boards. Work the row in Stockinette Stitch.
*Work 1 additional row.
Repeat these 2* rows until you have 1 stitch remaining. Cut and knot the yarn, leaving a short tail.
Tie on gray yarn at left edge of the remaining 11 stitches and work the second earflap just as you did for the first one.

Fold the hat so the back edges meet and the stripes match; sew together using gray yarn and invisible stitch. Cut and knot the sewing yarn. Tie the anchor yarn to itself snuggly, sliding all the cast-on stitches together, and then cut the yarn, leaving short tails, 2-3” long. Pull the tails in between the knit layers. Add a pompom to the top of hat at center.
Ties (Make 2)
Cut a 7-foot length of yarn, double it, and use a crochet hook to pull the fold through the end of the earflap. Remove the hook and then pass the ends of the yarn through the folded loop; pull snuggly. Crochet this double strand to make the tie. If you like, attach a small pompom to the end of each tie.



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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 4 reviews)
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Warmth PLUS! Reviewed by Karen Darling on 2011-01-26 *****
I saw this and bought a knitting board just to make this hat for a friend looking for this particular style.

This works up nicely and is super warm and thick. I braided multiple strands of yarn together for the "tails".

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