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« on: November 14, 2011 01:15:59 PM »

This weekend I knitted an ear flap hat pattern that was done in k2, p2 ribbing. The only thing I did not like was having to pick up and knit the ear flap parts on afterwards. I really like another pattern I used before that uses two sticks (though I can use circ's). I liked it because you did the ear flaps first and then joined them. I am trying to come up with my own method of making the ear parts first but can't figure out how. I want it in k2, p2 ribbing. and 18 sts when I get done. I can't figure out how to start it out small and increase it to large using this pattern. any ideas? i mean I know how to increase stitches, but not how in the ribbed look. I really like the actual hat pattern which is a CO of 96. The hat fits school ages kids to adult, which is an extra bonus! but I just hate the thought of adding the ear flaps on later... seems less durable.
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011 08:47:53 PM »

You can start the earflaps with about 8 sts and inc at the beg and end of every other row, or maybe every 4th row. If you kfb, the next st would be a knit, the p2, k2 to the last 2 sts which would be p1, pfb. Then p1 k2, p2, etc to the end which would end k2, p1. Next row would be pfb, k2, p2 and and the end, p2, kfb. Basically don't worry about starting the rows the same, you just inc in the edge sts and the rest of them will be knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to keep in the rib pattern.

When the earflaps are the right size, cast on sts to the same needle that has the 2nd flap on it, work the sts of the other flap and CO sts to make enough to go around and meet the other flap. Then join and work the hat.

« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011 04:10:16 AM »

Right now this doesn't make any sense, but after I wake up better, I'm sure it will be a lot of help! Thanks!
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