Kid’s earflap beanie

January 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Posted in knitting patterns | 5 Comments
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Kids’ earflap beanie

This is the sister of the stripey beanie. It makes a beanie with earflaps that fits a child with a head circumference of 20 inches.

It is knit in the round from the top down, using the magic loop method (courtesy of a very helpful video by knitpurlhunter on YouTube!). The earflaps extend down from the main body of the hat, and the rib edging is picked up and knit all around to finish it off.

Materials

Yarn: King Cole Merino Aran, 1 skein main colour (MC), one skein contrast colour (CC)

Gauge: 18 stitches/ 25 rows to 10cm square (recommended needles are US8/ 5mm, but I needed US6/ 4mm to get gauge)

Three stitch holders, or waste yarn

Abbreviations

MC = main colour

CC = contrast colour

c/o = cast on

sts = stitches

kfb = knit into both the front and the back of the stitch (increasing by 1 stitch)

pfb = purl into both the front and the back of the stitch (increasing by 1 stitch)

k2tog = knit two together: put needle through the next two stitches at the same time and knit them as if they are one (decreasing by 1 stitch)

p2tog = purl two together: do the same as for k2tog but purling instead of knitting

Directions

The whole of the pattern (apart from the ribbing) is knit as 3 rounds MC, 3 rounds CC, twisting the yarns together at the beginning of each round.

Body of hat

Using MC, c/o 4 sts. Join to knit in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of round.

Round 1: kfb all sts. 8 sts.

R2: kfb all sts. 16 sts.

R3: *k1, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 24 sts.

R4: Using CC, *k2, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 32 sts.

R5: *k3, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 40 sts.

R6: k all sts.

R7. (MC) *k4, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 48 sts.

R8. k all sts.

R9: *k5, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 56 sts.

R10: (CC) k all sts.

R11: *k6, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 64 sts.

R12: k all sts.

R13. (MC) *k7, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 72 sts.

R14: k all sts.

R15: *k8, kfb. Repeat from * to end. 80 sts.

This completes the increases for the crown of the hat. Now continue straight for 9 further stripes (or keep trying it on your intended recipient until it looks tall enough!).

Earflaps

Divide stitches as follows:

Slip 8 of the stitches you have just knit back onto the left hand needle. Put these and the next 8 stitches onto a stitch holder. (This is the back of the neck).

Slip the next 18 stitches onto another stitch holder. This is the left hand earflap.

Slip the next 28 stitches onto a stitch holder. This is the front of the hat.

The last 18 stitches are the right hand earflap.

Starting with the right hand earflap (as these stitches are still on your needle), join the appropriate yarn in (MC or CC, depending on where you are in the stripe pattern) and work 4 stripes stockinette (stocking) stitch.

Shaping:

R1: k2tog (or p2tog if you are on a purl row), k/p to last 2 sts, k2tog (or p2tog). 16 sts.

R2: as R1. 14 sts.

R3: as R1. 12 sts.

R4: as R1. 10 sts.

R5: as R1. 8 sts.

Place these 8 sts on a stitch holder.

Work left hand earflap in the same way as right hand earflap.

Rib edging

Knit the 18 back-of-the-neck sts from the stitch holder. Pick up and knit 14 sts down the side of the first earflap. Knit 8 sts from stitch holder (bottom of earflap). Pick up and knit 14 sts up the other side of the earflap. Knit 28 front-of-the-hat sts from stitch holder. Pick up and knit 14 sts down the side of the second earflap. Knit 8 sts from stitch holder (bottom of earflap). Pick up and knit 14 sts up the other side of the earflap. 118 sts.

Round 1:

k1 p1 for 16 sts (back of neck);

k1 p1 for 13 sts, pfb (side of earflap);

k1 p1 for 8 sts, kfb (bottom of earflap);

p1 k1 for 13 sts (other side of earflap);

k1 p1 for 28 sts (forehead);

k1 p1 for 13 sts, pfb (side of earflap);

k1 p1 for 8 sts, kfb (bottom of earflap);

p1 k1 for 13 sts (other side of earflap).

Round 2:

NB: In this round and all subsequent rounds, where the pattern indicates ‘Rib’, work sts as they appear – in other words, look at the stitch you are about to knit, and k it if it looks like a k stitch, or p it if it looks like a p stitch. This means you will sometimes k two stitches in a row or p two in a row – it doesn’t matter. Where the pattern indicates ‘kfb’, do a pfb instead if the stitch looks like a p stitch.

Rib 16 (back of neck);

k2tog, rib 12, kfb (side of earflap);

Rib 8, k2tog (bottom of earflap);

Rib 12, k2tog (other side of earflap);

Rib 28 (forehead);

k2tog, rib 12, kfb (side of earflap);

Rib 8, k2tog (bottom of earflap);

Rib 12, k2tog (other side of earflap).

Rounds 3, 4 and 5 – as round 2.

Bind off (cast off) all sts.

Printable version of this pattern can be downloaded here as a pdf: Earflap hat pdf

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  1. I love this hat and would love to share it some of my friends who knit hats for Dana Farber;s Caps for Kids project. Would it possible to provide an easy print version that doesn’t require 7 pages?

    Thanks so much!

    Susan

    • Hi, thank you! What a great idea. I will get onto this as soon as possible.
      Cheers!

  2. Can’t wait! Thank you!

    • Hi Susan
      I’ve done a 2-page version of the pattern as a pdf now. If you scroll down to the bottom of the instructions you should see the link there. Thanks again for your interest and I hope the pattern works out well.
      Cheers!

  3. Your format is perfect…thanks so much for your quick reply!

    Happy knitting,

    Susan


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