Carnival Earflap Hat

This ear flap hat is attractive and warm to help keep you warm while you are enjoying your outdoor activities. Great for snow sports, camping or anytime you need to keep that chill off. With a matching ball on the top of crown. Closure two matching braided tie strings to close the hat with. I made this to match with the Carnival Scarf and Fingerless gloves.

GAUGE: 17 sts = 4”; 20 rows = 4” in St st.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain
the gauge.
Double Pointed Needles: 5mm [US 8].
Circular Knitting Needle: 5mm [US 8] – 16”.
Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10].
Stitch marker, yarn needle, pom pom maker.

Circumference: 18 ½”.
Hat fits most women.

EARFLAP (Make 2): With grey double knit, cast on 3 sts using double
pointed needles.
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, [M1, K1] twice – 5 sts.
Row 5: K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 – 7 sts.
Row 7: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 – 9 sts.
Row 9: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 – 11 sts.
Row 11: K1, M1, K9, M1, K1 – 13 sts.
Row 13: K1, M1, K11, M1, K1 – 15 sts.
Row 14: Purl.
[Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.] twice. Break yarn.

HAT: With circular needle, cast on 10 sts, with right side facing, Knit across 15 sts of one earflap, turn, cast on 25 sts, turn, with right side facing, Knit across 15 sts of remaining earflap, turn, cast on 10 sts; join to work in the round placing a stitch marker between first and last sts to
mark beginning/end of rnds – 75 sts.

Knit 2 rnds even.
Change to grey eylash and work 2 rnds.
Change to blue double knit and work 8 rnds
Change to blue eyelash and work 2 rnds.
Change to raspberry double knit and work 6 rnds
Change to grey eyelash and work 2 rnds.
Change to grey double knit and work 2 rnds.
Change to grey eyelash and work 2 rnds.
Change to blue double knit and work 14 rnds.
Change to raspberry double knit and work 2 rnds straight (hat measures 7” from beginning).
 Change to double pointed needles while working next rnd, dividing sts onto 3 needles.
Shape Top-Next Rnd: [K2tog] 37 times, K1 – 38 sts.
Next 2 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd: [K2tog] 19 times – 19 sts.
Next 2 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd: [K2tog] 9 times, K1 – 10 sts.
Break yarn and weave tail through remaining sts; draw up firmly, secure on wrong side.

FINISHING: With right side facing and crochet hook,
attach raspberry double knit at center back; ch 1, sc around lower edge of hat, including earflaps, taking care to keep work flat; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Tie: Cut nine 30” strands of A and draw through sts at point of earflap to the mid-point of the strands. Divide the lengths into 3 sections of 6 strands each and braid them for 11”. Knot the end of the braid. Trim ends even. Repeat for other earflap.

Using pom pom maker and A, make one 3” pom pom and secure to top of hat.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATION:
M1 (make one stitch) = Lift running thread before next
stitch onto left needle and knit into the back loop.

The stripe pattern is only a guide, you can change the design to suite or knit in one colour it’s up to you – just have fun!

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