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Topic: Really easy mens' hat with earflaps pattern?/Pom Pom/Hat Knitting question!!  (Read 764 times)
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« on: October 07, 2008 09:39:56 AM »

Okay. A new friend of mine has asked if I can knit him a hat. He wants a beanie hat and if it's possible, with earflaps and a pom pom. I'm looking for a really easy pattern for a hat like this, since I've never really knitted a hat before. I have a set of four DPNs and a pair of 16" circular needles. I have several questions...

a. How do I go about attatching a pom pom? Are you supposed to make them yourself? Is it hard to?

b. Are earflaps easy to knit onto the hat? Would it look weird if I crocheted them on?

c. He wants a little pink in the hat [he's not a feminine guy or anything, he just likes pink and wants a bit of it in the hat] I don't know how to go about incorporating it-- bar stripes? Maybe pink in the pom pom? I've done regular fat stripes that alternate with the main color of the hat, but not bar stripes. I don't know how to do intarsia or Fair Isle Sad and I don't want to risk it on the project.

I'm just wicked nervous that I'll end up with a really crap looking, knobly hat with uneven earflaps and a pom-pom that is clearly stitched on and wobbling. I want to knit something nice. Thanks if you take the time to read this and answer all my ~burning questions~. Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008 01:44:23 PM »

I have never made a hat before.  However, I have made pompoms and they're so stupidly easy to do, you shouldn't worry.  If you're concerned about it looking floppy, I've seen them before where a crocheted chain connects it to the hat, and that looks neat, IMHO.  Second, I think the style hat you're looking for is called a toque--check Knitty, and knittingpatterncentral.com for some nifty patterns.  And as for the earflaps, in knitting I've learned that barring mistakes, following the pattern (even if I don't understand why I'm doing what I'm doing) usually ends up in the FO I'm after, so I'd say start with a pattern that's got earflaps, and do 'em as the pattern advises.

Oh, and I'd put the pink in the pompom--what color is the rest of the hat?

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008 06:16:36 PM »

The best way I have seen to attach ear flaps is the make each one separate keeping the last row on each ear flap live.  Then you can just knit them on when you CO the rest of your stitches. 
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