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« on: December 31, 2004 04:50:50 PM »

This pattern has been published on Craftster for a long time and I figured it was due for a touch up. This will forever be my favorite knitting pattern of all time. I love knitting hats because they are quick projects that don't require a lot of yarn and they can be personalized in so many ways. I love ear flaps because my ears get cold up here in Alaska!

Sizes XS, S, M, L

Ingredients:
Size 9 or 10 circular and doublepoint needles
1 skein bulky yarn. I love Lambs Pride.
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Ear Flap (Make 2):
With two double point needles cast on 2 stitches. Purl 1 row. Work back and forth in stockinette stitch. Every time you do the knitting side, increase the first and last stitch. This will create the triangle shape. Use whatever increase method you prefer. I use M1FB. Keep going until there are 16 stitches for the XS, 18-S, 20-M, or 22-L. Place these stitches on a holder or leave them on one of the double points for later.
 
Hat:
With the circular needle, cast on 12-XS, 14-S, 16-M, or 18-L stitches for the back of hat; knit across stitches of the first ear flap with the stockinette side (right side) facing out. Cast on 20-22-24-or26 stitches for the front; knit across second ear flap. There will be 64-72-80-or 88 stitches in all. Join stitches carefully without twisting. Knit 2 purl 2 on the front and back part of the hat (regular knit the ear flaps) for 6 rounds. This will make the nice ribbing and will prevent the hat from curling up.

Continue knitting until the hat is about 5.5 inches tall. I usually knit about 32 rounds from the bottom edge of the ribbing.

Decrease as follows:
Round 1: Knit two together, knit 6. Repeat for one round.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): Knit
Round 3: K 2 together, K 5 for one round
Round 5: K 2 together, K 4 for one round (this is where you should probably switch to the double points).
Round 7: K 2 together, K 3
Round 9: K 2 together, K 2
Round 11: K 2 together, K 1
Round 13: K 2 together
Gather remaining stitches with a darning needle and fasten off. Weave in all tails.

I just braided yarn together to make the ties for the flaps.

This hat is really easy and looks great. For more photos and information, visit my blog at http://alaskaknitnat.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/my-classic-ear-flap-hat/

Alternative pattern: If you don't want to purl anything, you could just knit instead of making ribbing. After the hat is finished, to prevent the edges from curling up, crochet a single chain all around the outer edge of the hat.
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2004 05:09:42 PM »

very cute!
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2004 08:25:24 PM »

i really love this hat and the colors are terriffic. I think im going to try it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004 08:36:31 PM »

hey!  If I can figure out how to pearl, I will definitely make it---do you think it would work all in knit?
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2004 10:46:14 PM »

the only part you have to purl are the ear flaps, so if you can figure out how to make triangles by just knitting, then you'd be fine! I had to have someone show me how to purl before I learned it. I couldn't get it by reading it from a book. Once I learned it it was pretty easy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2005 08:02:52 PM »

flipping awesome colors grrrrl
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2005 04:47:24 PM »

This is great, thanks for sharing.  I have been looking for a pattern exactly like this for a child size hat.  Will give this a shot!
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2005 08:21:55 PM »

I made the small size for my 8-year-old niece and it fit great.
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2005 07:49:31 PM »

Natalex - thanks so much for the ear flap hat tutorial.  I made it for my friend's youngest and it came out great.

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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2005 08:22:07 PM »

That is so cute! Thanks for hte tute as well! I love it
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