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« on: September 26, 2004 07:56:45 PM »

Hi everybody.   This is my first post; figured I'd start off with a project that I completed today:

http://www.threeofcups.com/040926/66.jpg

For this hat, I used a bulky alpaca/acrylic blend from Reynolds Yarns called Blizzard.  The gauge on the pattern calls for size 15 needles, but that seemed a little insane in the membrane to me, so I used size 11.

Make two flaps:

Cast on 3 sts.  Make with the i-cord for 12-14 inches.  After that:
Row 1: k1, k1, m1, k1 (4 sts)
Row 2: p
Row 3: k1, m1, k til 1 before end, m1, k1.
Row 4: p
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 8 sts on the needle.  Then do a row of knits, then a row of purls, then a row of knits, then a row of purls.
Then repeat rows 3 and 4 again (10 sts).  Then: knit row, purl row, knit row, purl row.

Cut a long-ass tail on at least one of the earflaps -- it'll help you cast on in a minute.

Attaching the flaps to the hat:

Get out your circular needles.  Cast on 12 sts. for the back.  Get the earflap with the long-ass tail.  Knit that mofo on there.  Cast on 16 more stitches.  You can do a cable cast on for this, or use that bigass long tail.  Knit the second earflap on.

Crown:

Join, making sure that you don't twist the yarn.  

Knit 18-20 rows, switch to dpns, marking after every 8th stitch.
K2tog, knit one row plain.
Repeat those last two rows until you've got 12 stitches left.  Knit 4 or 5 rounds.
K2tog all the way around, leaving you with 6 stitches.  Weave everything in...

This came about because we found the SOFTEST YARN EVER while tooling around the Atlantic Antic today.  I wanted to make an earflap hat, but didn't want to make the same Kittyville hat that I've made dozens of times.  So with the help of a few free patterns on the Internet, I came up with this.

Enjoy!  I've always been kind of annoyed that there's no pattern for a simple, no-frills, stockinette stitch earflap hat circulating in all the usual Internet knitting haunts (at least not anywhere I've seen, and not easily Googleable) , so now there is one.

http://www.threeofcups.com/040926/62.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2004 07:59:52 PM »

oh, I love it!  I've been thinking about making a hat like that for a while...  I think maybe I'll make one real fast before the Michigan winter sets in!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2004 08:17:51 PM »

O wow, that's awesome!! Is it warm? I heard that acrylic is terrible for protecting someone from wind.  Huh Anyways, I love the cat too!! My cat doesn't like to pose for pictures.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2004 01:52:55 PM »

ok, it's decided.  I'm making this hat as soon as I can get the yarn, and as soon as I decide if I want to venture into the land of circular needles or if I want to just do it flat (I already have size 11's in regular needles...).  if all goes well, I'll make one for my friend with cat ears on it!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2004 04:45:20 PM »

So my first thought was "WHOA ! SHE KNIT A CAT WITH A HAT ON IT !"

I'm retarded.

But really, that looks nice and comfy. I have to add that to my stack of every-growing going-nowhere pile of things to do.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2004 05:06:41 PM »

i agree, that is one great hat - i'd love to start one but i have a dumb-dumb question about the "pattern" after reading it over.

in the crown section, where it says:

Knit 18-20 rows, switch to dpns, marking after every 8th stitch.
K2tog, knit one row plain.


do you K2tog before each of the markers?
it's a guess - i might be able to figure it out once i get started.

THANKS!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2004 10:35:01 PM »

O wow, that's awesome!! Is it warm? I heard that acrylic is terrible for protecting someone from wind.  Huh

If you're really concerned, you could stitch in a polar fleece lining, or just look for something similar in a different fibre. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2004 05:08:57 AM »

well acrylic is manufactured to be like wool.  it should be ok for warm weather because it's warm, wicks moisture, has good heat retention, and it's also a crimped fiber which creates some bulk and provides insulation. so if you have any concerns perhaps get a wool/acrylic blend.
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