Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New and Improved 'It's All In The Yarn' Toddler Hat now with Ear Flaps!

‘It’s All In The Yarn’ Toddler Hat with Ear Flaps

While the hat fit our little subject perfectly I found that because her hair is so silky the hat kept riding up. So I decided to add ear flaps and i-cord ties.  Here is the modified pattern.

Yarn: 1 skein Beehive Baby Sport Twists Yarn - Big Girl (you will have plenty of yarn left over for a matching scarf and maybe mittens too!)
Needles: US size 3 circular and double points (or just double pointed if you don’t have circular)

The yarn does all the work in this one!! I LOVE this yarn!

Cast on 108 stitches using your favorite cast on method.  For this I used the cable cast on method.

Beginning in the first stitch cast on (so you’re connecting in the round) begin your pattern of knit 2, purl 1. Be sure to mark the beginning of your row with a stitch marker.

Continue in knit 2 purl 1 pattern for approx 40 rows. You can go more if you’d like, it’s totally up to you.  This is the part that allows you to customize it to your child. If I were to do it again (which I probably will) I would probably do about 50 rows to cover her ears better.

Decrease rows:
Decrease rows are done in knit only.

1st Decrease row – *knit 8, knit 2 together, repeat from * around.
Next row – Knit in pattern (knit 2, purl 1)

2nd Decrease row - *knit 7, knit 2 tog, repeat from * around.
Next row – Knit in pattern.

Keep decreasing every other row knitting 1 less stitch before the knit 2 together until you knit 1, knit 2 tog (switch over to double pointed needles when the work gets too tight on the circular).

Once you’re at that point the next row knit 2 together all around. Cut yarn and run it under all remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in the ends to secure.

Ear Flaps

Pick up 18 st anywhere along the bottom edge of your hat making sure to begin with a knit stitch and end with a purl.

Row 1: K2, P1 across, turn
Row 2: K1, P2 across, turn
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 18 rows.
Row 19: ssk, p, ssk, p, k2, p, k2, p, k2t, p, k2t, p (you should have 14 st), turn
Row 20: ssk, ssk, k, p2, k, p2, k2t, k2t (10 st), turn
Row 21: ssk, ssk, p, k, k2t, k2t (6 st), turn
Row 22: ssk, ssk, k2t (3 st), turn

Using the remaining 3 stitches begin your i-cord and work for approx. 9"
Bind off and weave in ends.

I-Cord is worked by knitting across your 3 stitches. Without turning your work, slide the stitches across your needle and knit the stitches bringing the working yarn from the last stitch around to the first stitch. I hope that makes sense. If not there is a nicely done tutorial with pictures at The only difference is the tutorial is done with 4 stitches.

For placement of the second ear flap the easiest thing to do is try it on the subject. Mark the center spot of the ear then pick up stitches evenly on both sides.

Stay tuned for the matching key hole scarf!!!

Happy Knitting!!!

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