Earflap Hat Using Blue Sky Fibers Techno
In chilly weather, this hat is guaranteed to keep your ears well-guarded. Constructed so that two comfy flaps rest on either side of your noggin, you can secure it under your chin with the braided cords, or let the tasseled tips fly stylishly free!
We knit our Earflap Hat in the tech-savvy Blue Sky Fibers Techno! Knit at an aran-weight gauge, this multi-talented fiber has a core of silken mesh blown through with delicate, baby alpaca fibers. Weightless and lofty, its soft and airy fuzz promises to keep you nice and warm.
Child/Adult Small(Adult Medium, Adult Large).
Approx. 18 (20, 22)"/46 (51, 56)cm circumference.
Instructions given for Child/Adult Small; other sizes in parentheses ( ).
1 (1, 2) skeins Blue Sky Fibers Techno (120 yds/109m each); shown in 1971 Metro Silver.
Or approx. 96 (112, 130) yds/88 (102, 119)m of an equivalent aran-weight yarn.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 10 (6mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
6 stitch markers.
Approx. 15 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; M1L = make one, left slanting increase (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); M1R = make one, right slanting increase (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the back; knit into the front of it);; St(s) = stitch(es).
Before casting on, cut eight 28"/72cm pieces of yarn to be used for ear flap braids.
Earflaps: Using long-tail cast on method, beginning with a 16"/40cm tail, cast on 3 sts. (Tail will be incorporated into ear flap braids later.)
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): K1, M1R, knit to last st, M1L, K1.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 six more times ending with Row 2. [17 sts]
Break yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm tail to weave in later; place sts on holder.
Repeat for second earflap, but don't break yarn. Turn work.
Join flaps: With purl side facing, using cable cast-on method, cast on 15 (18, 21) sts for back neck: Bring yarn between needles to front of work before placing last cast-on st on left needle. Turn work. With knit side facing, knit 17 ear flap sts from holder. [49 (52, 55) sts]
Working back and forth, continue in stockinette stitch for 4 more rows, ending with a knit row. Turn work.
With purl side facing, using cable cast-on method, cast on 23 (26, 29) sts for front: Bring yarn between needles to front of work before placing last cast-on st on left needle. [72 (78, 84) sts]
Turn work; join in round, being careful not to twist. Place marker in contrasting color to designate beginning of round.
Knit every round, slipping marker as you go, until front of hat measures 4½ (5, 5½)"/ 11.5 (13, 14)cm. On last round, place 5 more markers every 12 (13, 14) sts.
Crown shaping: Note: change to double-point needles when necessary.
Decrease round: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * to end. [6 sts decreased]
Plain round: Knit, slipping markers.
Repeat these 2 rounds once more. [60 (66, 72) sts]
Repeat decrease round only until 6 sts remain. Thread yarn through remaining sts and draw up tightly. Repeat for strength.
Finishing: Weave in ends on wrong side. Wet block or steam gently as desired.
Take four 28"/72cm pieces of yarn and fold in half. With right side of earflap facing, insert crochet hook into center stitch of earflap cast-on edge from the back (wrong side); pull fold of yarn through to back; insert ends of yarn through fold and pull tight. Divide nine 14"/36cm strands (including tail from original cast-on) into 3 bundles and loosely braid to desired length. Tie overhand knot at end of braid to secure; trim ends.
Repeat for other earflap.
COLOR: 1970 Fame. Fluffy whipped cream.
COLOR: 1971 Metro Silver. Misty silver.
COLOR: 1974 Smoke. Medium smokey grey.
COLOR: 1975 Club Gray. Dark charcoal grey.
COLOR: 1984 Jive. Olive green.
COLOR: 1985 Mellow. Golden yellow.
COLOR: 1988 Tranquil. Darkest navy.
COLOR: 1989 Wicked. Deep wine with dark depths.
Free digital Earflap Hat pattern. (Download)