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

Kid’s stripey beanie

February 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Posted in knitting patterns | 2 Comments
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This pattern makes a beanie that fits a four-and-three-quarter year old with a head circumference of 20 inches… See below for some ideas on scaling up or down. (Click thumbnails above to see photos properly.)

It is knit in the round from the bottom up, using the magic loop method (courtesy of a very helpful video by knitpurlhunter on YouTube!). I planned to put a pompom on it, but the decreases looked so beautiful I left it as it was.

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)

Directions

Using MC, cast on 80 stitches. Join to knit in the round.

round 1: *k2, p2. repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat round 1 until you have 1 inch of ribbing.

Straight section

Join in CC. Using CC, k all stitches for 3 rounds, twisting MC and CC together at beginning of each new round.

Using MC, k all stitches for 3 rounds, twisting MC and CC together at beginning of each new round.

This is the stripe pattern. Continue to work three rounds in MC, three rounds in CC, while following the rest of the directions.

Work in stripe pattern for 7 more stripes (= a further 21 rounds).

Crown shaping

round 1: *k8, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 72 stitches.

round 2: k all stitches.

round 3: *k7, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 64 stitches.

round 4: as round 2.

round 5: *k6, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 56 stitches.

round 6: as round 2.

round 7: *k5, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 48 stitches.

round 8: as round 2.

round 9: *k4, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 40 stitches.

round 10: as round 2.

round 11: *k3, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 32 stitches.

round 12: *k2, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 24 stitches.

round 13: *k1, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 16 stitches.

round 14: *k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 8 stitches.

round 15: *k2tog. repeat from * to end of round. 4 stitches.

Cut yarn leaving tail of around 6 inches. Pass tail through each of the remaining 4 stitches using a crochet hook. Pull tight. Pull yarn end through to wrong side and weave in end. Weave in other ends. Bingo.

To scale up or down: PLEASE NOTE I have scaled this up for a 21″ head and it worked. BUT I have not tried knitting other sizes, so these are just suggestions!

Measure your intended recipient’s head and round up or down to the nearest inch. Add or subtract four stitches to/ from your cast-on for each inch you are adding or subtracting from the 20” head circumference in this pattern. Work the rib and straight section as above, adding an extra two stripes for every inch added to the head circumference.

Crown shaping: Here’s the maths part… take your number of stitches and find a way to divide it evenly by a number between four and eight. So if you add 4 stitches, that gives you 84 stitches, which divides nicely into 7 lots of 12 stitches. 88 divides into 7 lots of 11; 72 into 8 lots of 9, and so on.

Call the number of stitches you have in each ‘lot’ (i.e. 12, 11 or 9 in the examples above) A.

round 1: *k (A-2), k2tog, pm. Repeat from * to end of round.

round 2: k all stitches.

round 3: *k to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog. slip marker. Repeat from * to end of round.

round 4: as round 2.

round 5: as round 3.

round 6: as round 2.

Continue in this fashion until you have 4 stitches left between each pair of markers.

next round: *k3, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round.

next round: *k2, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round.

next round: *k1, k2tog. repeat from * to end of round.

next round: *k2tog. repeat from * to end of round.

next round: *k2tog. repeat from * to end of round.

Cut yarn leaving tail of around 6 inches. Pass tail through each of the remaining stitches using a crochet hook. Pull tight. Pull yarn end through to wrong side and weave in end. Weave in other ends.

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