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« on: November 23, 2007 07:37:44 PM »

Seriously, people seem to love these hats!  Some of these have been made for friends, some for sale, and some all ready sold.  Honestly, they're not my taste, but I like making them, and people like them, so it's all good! 
I tweaked the pattern a little tiny bit, and put the earflaps a little farther back, so there is a visible front/back.  I'm no good at writing patterns, I just do what works for me, but if anyone wants one, just ask!


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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2007 07:49:36 PM »

I would love a tutorial!!  I've never made an ear flap hat - but, they are cute!  I know a couple of people that would love them!!

« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2007 08:38:51 PM »

Okay, let's see if I can get this right.
It starts out with my basic hat pattern.  What I do is increase until, on my palm, it goes from the base of the palm to the top knuckle on my middle finger.  I use this because 1.) it's a measurement that's always with me, and 2.) it helps when going from thick to thin yarn to know if you've got a big enough circle.

In the case of this yarn, I make three circles. 
the start: 
Chain 4, join with slip stitch
chain three (the first dc), then 11 more double crochet in circle to have a total of 12. 
next round:chain 3, and decide which stitch you want it to be part of (join stitches are always the worst), then 2dc in each stitch, for a grand total of 24.  Because of the chain, you'll have to figure out which stitch will only get one, with that counting as its second. 
Basically, end up with 24 stitches!
Next round:chain 3, 2dc in next stitch, *1dc in next stitch, 2dc in following stitch.  Follow that until the end, you should end up with 36 stitches. 
This is where it gets tricky, because it's usually a tiny bit small at this point, but another round of increases will make it ginormous.  This time, work 11 stitches straight dc, then work 2 into the 12th stitch.  This gives you 13 over 12, or 3 more stitches around the circle.  This yarn stretches a LOT, so this will make it a tiny bit tight, with room to stretch so it doesn't end up ginormous. 
Work until you have 9 rounds completed.  At the join, chain 3, and do 6 double crochets, =7 stitches.  turn, chain, and go back, so you have 2 rows of 7 stitches.  If you have to put 2 dc into one stitch to make it have 7, that's okay.  I do that too.  Because me and counting aren't always friends.
Next row, chain 3, skip the first stitch, and five more dc, for a total of 6 stitches.
Do the same thing to the fourth row, and then single crochet up the side of the earflap.  Because there is more work to be done on the hat itself.
single crochet until you reach the base of the hat itself, then do 19 dc along the base of the hat.
Then, turn and chain 3, and do 6 dc back along the part you just crocheted.  This is an earflap just like the other.  When you're done with this one, since you are on the wrong side to continue back towards the other earflap, pull the yarn down to the length you'd like the fringe/braid to be, and cut.
Now, go to the other side of the same earflap and single crochet along the side, then hdc along the front of the hat until you reach the first earflap.  Then, single crochet, and leave a tail at the same length as the other side.
To clean it up...be done...don't forget to sc down the one side that needs it.  Then, measure out your fringe to twice the size you need it be, so you can just double it over at the end of the earflap.  Then, braid!  When you knot then end, be sure to give it some muscle, pull it as tight as your or you and a friend can pull it, being careful not to pull on the hat itself.
And voila!  big fuzzy earflap hat!  They tend to use just over a skein of the the light and lofty, if you're making it all one color, so make sure you get enough to make your hat!

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2007 08:55:28 PM »

Thanks!  I think that I can actually do that. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2007 09:04:26 PM »

Oh they are all awesome. I love the colors you used and they look so cute on you. Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2007 08:10:19 AM »

I LOVE THESE HATS!!!!  Thank you for posting a tutorial~ i'm gonna try it out tonight!!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2007 01:25:50 PM »

I am so in love with earflap hats~that maroon is GREAT!  (((((HUGS)))))  sandi

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