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Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern

Adorable and easy to knit, this ear flap hat will be loved by both boys and girls.

Fits children about ages 4 to 8

20 sts and 26 rows=4" in St st

Merino 5 by Crystal Palace Yarns
100% machine washable merino wool
110 yards/50 grams
One ball #5208 Blush Pink
Size 8 US (5 mm) double pointed needles
Size 8 US (5 mm) 16" circular needles
Stitch holder
Tapestry needle

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Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern

Ear Flaps
CO 3 sts. Work I-cord 7".
Work back and forth:
Row 1: k3
Row 2: p3
Row 3: k into front and back of first st, k1, k into front and back of last st - 5 sts
Row 4: k into front and back of first st, p1, k1, p1, k into front and back of last st - 7 sts
Row 5: k into front and back of first st, (k1, p1) twice, k1, k into front and back of last st - 9 sts
Cont in pattern as est, keeping to Seed Stitch pattern (knit the purls and purl the knits as they face you), until you have 23 sts.
Work 4 rows even in Seed Stitch.
Next Row: p1, ssk, work seed st to last 3 sts, k2tog, p1 - 21 sts
Next Row: Work even in Seed St.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Cut yarn. Place rem 19 sts on holder.

Make another ear flap. Do not cut yarn and leave sts on needle.

Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern

Join Flaps And Begin Hat
With circular needles, work Seed St over 19 sts on needle. Using the Cable Cast On, CO 35 sts (for front of hat). Work Seed St over 19 sts on holder. Using the Cable Cast On, CO 23 sts (for back of hat) - 96 sts
Join and mark beg of round.
Work Seed St 5 rnds.
Work St st until hat measures 4" from CO edge.
Decrease Crown
Change to double points when sts no longer fit on circulars.
Rnd 1: *K6, k2tog; rep from * around - 84 sts
Rnd 2: K
Rnd 3: *K5, k2tog; rep from * around - 72 sts
Rnd 4: K
Rnd 5: *K4, k2tog; rep from * around - 60 sts
Rnd 6: K
Rnd 7: *K3, k2tog; rep from * around - 48 sts
Rnd 8: K
Rnd 9: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around - 36 sts
Rnd 10: K
Rnd 11: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around - 24 sts
Rnd 12: K
Rnd 13: *K2tog around - 12 sts
Rnd 14: K
Rnd 15: *K2tog around - 6 sts

Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread tail through tapestry needle and through rem 6 sts and remove from needle. Pull tightly to close top of hat. Weave in ends on WS.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

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