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Chullo Ear Flap Hat For Kids Knitting Pattern

Designed by Charles Voth

Chullo Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern

Chullo hats or the Chasquido design comes from a variety of inspirations: the primary colours red, yellow, and blue are cliche for kids' clothing, so I sought other complementary colours that make the motifs stand out, yet keep the hat vibrant. Peruvian hats gave me the idea of ear flaps. The motifs are a mixture of Anglosaxon and Norwegian Fair Isle with some of my own twists added. I hope your 2 to 5 year old will enjoy wearing the Chasquido.

Chasquido is pronounced chass-KEY-though and it means finger snap, which is how fast it is to knit, and how quick it is to put on your toddler...hopefully.

Size:
18" circumference approximately for Toddlers 2 to 5 years old.
Yarn:
Original used %100 Acrylic sport-weight yarn, any number of colours (original has six colours: A,B,C,D,E & F)
Gauge:
30 sts = 4 inches on 3 mm (US size 2 or 3) needles over Fair Isle stockinette pattern

It produces a fairly firm fabric with little drape so that the hat holds its shape well.

Working with a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (DP) needles, you knit this hat from the crown down. You will need a 16" (or shorter) circular needle in the same size as the one used to get the gauge. You will also need a stitch holder and a blunt darning needle to hide the ends.

Instructions:
Rnd 49 corrected Jan 23, 2007

The pattern is written out in full until the ear flaps; however, if you would like to follow the charts for motifs 1 to 4 instead of the round by round instructions, the rounds are clearly numbered for your convenience.

Beginning:
With colour A, cast on 4 stitches and distribute over DP needles.

Rnd 1: K all stitches
Rnd 2: *Knit 1 and without taking stitch off left needle, knit into back of same stitch*, repeat between ** 3 more times; 8 stitches
Rnd 3: K all stitches
Rnd 4: *Knit 1, Make 1*, repeat 7 more times; 16 stitches
Rnd 5: K all stitches
Rnd 6: *K 2, M1* repeat 7 more times; 24 stitches
Rnd 7: K all stitches
Rnd 8: *K 3, M1* repeat 7 more times; 32 stitches
Rnd 9: K all stitches
Rnd 10: K all stitches
Rnd 11: *K 4, M1* repeat 7 more times; 40 stitches
Rnd 12: K all stitches
Rnd 13: K all stitches
Rnd 14: *K 5, M1* repeat 7 more times; 48 stitches
Rnd 15: K all stitches
Rnd 16: K all stitches
Rnd 17: *K 6, M1* repeat 7 more times; 56 stitches

Begin Fair Isle Motif One
Rnd 18: K all stitches
Rnd 19: *K1 with colour A, M1 with A, K3 with colour B, K1A, M1A, K1A, K1B, K1A*, repeat 6 more times; 70 stitches
Rnd 20: *K3A, K1B, K3A, K1B, K1A, K1B*, repeat 6 more times
Rnd 21: K1A, M1A, K1A, K3B, K1A, M1A, K2A, K1B, K1A*, repeat 6 more times; 84 stitches
Rnd 22: K all stitches with A.
Rnd 23: With A, *K7, M1*, repeat 11 more times; 96 stitches
Rnd 24: K all stitches with B.
Rnd 25: With B, *K8, m1* repeat 11 more times; 108 stitches

Begin Fair Isle Motif Two
Rnd 26: *K3C, K3B, K2C, K1B*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 27: *K3B, K1C, K2B, K1C, K1B, K1C*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 28: *K4B, K1C, K3B, K1C*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 29: *K5B, K2C, M1C, K1C, K1B*, repeat 11 more times; 120 stitches
Rnd 30: K all stitches with B.
Rnd 31: With B, *K12, M1* repeat 9 more times; 130 stitches

Begin Fair Isle Motif Three
Rnd 32: Knit all stitches with C.
Rnd 33: Knit all stitches with C.
Rnd 34: *Knit 2 with D, K2C, K3D, K3C* repeat 12 more times.
Rnd 35: *K1C, K2D, K2C, K3D, K2C* repeat 12 more times.
Rnd 36: *K2C, K3D, K1C, K3D, K1C* repeat 12 more times.
Rnd 37: *K1C, K2D, K2C, K3D, K2C* repeat 12 more times.
Rnd 38: *K2D, K2C, K3D, K3C* repeat 12 more times.
Rnd 39: Knit the rest of the stitches with C.
Rnd 40: With C, *K10, M1*, repeat 12 more times: 143 stitches

Begin Fair Isle Motif Four
Rnd 41: With D, K72, M1, K71; 144 stitches
Rnd 42: Knit all stitches with D.
Rnd 43: *K2D, K2E, K5D, K2E, K1D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 44: *K1D, K1E, K2D, K1E, K3D, K1E, K2D, K1E*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 45: *K1D, K1E, K3D, K1E, K1D, K1E, K3D, K1E*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 46: *K2D, K2E, K2D, K1E, K2D, K2E, K1D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 47: *K1E, K4D, K3E, K4D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 48: *K1D, K1E, K2D, K2E, K1D, K2E, K2D, K1E*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 47: *K1E, K4D, K3E, K4D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 48: *K2D, K2E, K2D, K1E, K2D, K2E, K1D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 49: *K1D, K1E, K3D, K1E, K1D, K1E, K3D, K1E*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 50: *K1D, K1E, K2D, K1E, K3D, K1E, K2D, K1E*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 51: *K2D, K2E, K5D, K2E, K1D*, repeat 11 more times.
Rnd 52: Knit all stitches with D.
Rnd 53: Knit all stitches with D.

Set up for Ear Flaps
Rnd 54 & 55: With E, knit all stitches
Rnd 56: With the circular needle, knit all stitches.

Ear Flaps (Do not use border stitches on the ear flaps)
Right Ear:
R1: With one double-pointed needle, K1, SSK, K32, K2tog, K1 off of the circular needle with E; 34 stitches. Turn. Use the circular needle to hold the rest of the stitches while you work the ear flap.
R2: This is row 2 of the ear flap chart. It is worked as a purl row as are all even numbered rows.
R3 - 30: Continue to follow the chart in Fair Isle stockinette.
Cut the yarn leaving 5 inch ends. Put the 4 stitches onto a stitch holder.

Left Ear:
R1: At the left side of the right ear flap, using E, knit 36 stitches of the ones resting on the circular needle with the other end of the needle. With a double-pointed needle, K1, SSK, K32, K2tog, K1. Turn.
R2 - 30: use the ear flap chart and finish the left flap the same way you did the right.

Trim:
Transfer the waiting stitches on the circular needles to two double-pointed needles. With colour C, the right side of the work facing you, and with the circular needle in the right hand, knit the 4 stitches waiting on the left ear flap needle; pick up and knit 24 stitches along the left edge of the left ear flap; knit across the 36 waiting stitches; pick up and knit 24 stitches along the right edge of the right ear flap; knit the 4 stitches off the stitch holder; pick up and knit 24 stitches along the left side of the right ear flap; knit across the 36 waiting stitches; pick up and knit 24 stitches along the right side of the left ear flap: 176 stitches.

Ribbing - 2 or 3 rounds according to your taste:
*K1, P1*, repeat till the end of the round.
Final Cast off Row: K1, P1, K1, P1 (leave on circular needle); cast off 80 stitches in 1x1 ribbing; K1, P1, K1, P1 (Leave on circular needle); cast off till the end passing the last stitch over the first of the four on the ear flap. With two double pointed needles, knit end inside I-Cord for 10" or desired length. Tie off and hide I-cord. Repeat I-cord using the 4 stitches on the other ear flap.

Cut yarn; with darning needle, thread the yarn and pull through the last stitch to tie off. Hide all ends and and you're set to go.

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© Charles Voth. Visit his blog at http://jigraknits.wordpress.com/

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