Caron Simply Soft Baby Earflap Hat

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by Caron Design Team

Caron Simply Soft Baby Earflap Hat

Keep your little ones warm with this cozy, knitted earflap hat, with pom poms to match your baby's chubby, rosy cheeks!

Use a gauge of 18 sts + 24 rows (4") with larger needles in stocking st to knit a hat that measures 17 (18, 19)”. (This roughly corresponds with 6 to 12 months, 18 to 24 months and 4 years.) When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:several hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Note: The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
  • 2
    First Earflap:
    **With smaller needles and A, cast on 6 (6, 8) sts.
    1st and alt rows: (WS). Knit.
    2nd and 3rd rows: Cast on 2 sts. Knit to end of row. 10 (10, 12) sts at end of 3rd row.
    4th row: K1. Kfb. Knit to last 2 sts. Kfb. K1. 12 (12-14) sts.
    5th to 7th rows: Knit.
    8th row: K1. Kfb. Knit to last 2 sts. Kfb. K1. 14 (14, 16) sts.
    Rep 5th to 8th rows twice more. 18 (18, 20) sts. Cont even in garter st until work from beg measures 2-1/4 (2-1/2, 2-3/4)", ending on a WS row.** Break yarn. Leave sts on a st holder.
  • 3
    Second Earflap:
    Work from ** to ** as given for First Earflap. Leave sts on needle; do not break yarn.
  • 4
    Join Earflaps:
    1st row: (RS). With smaller needles and RS of Second Earflap facing, cast on 3 (4, 4) sts. K18 (18, 20) from Second Earflap. Cast on 24 (26, 26) sts. K18 (18, 20) from First Earflap. Cast on 3 (4, 4) sts. 66 (70, 74) sts. Knit even in garter st until work from joining Earflaps measures 2”, ending on a WS row. Break A. Change to larger needles and B. Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st until work from joining Earflaps measures 3-3/4” (4-1/4”, 4-3/4)”, ending on a WS (RS-WS) row.
    Size 18/24 mos only:
    Next row: (WS). P1. *P2tog. P15. Rep from * to last st. P1. 66 sts.
    All sizes:
    Shape top: 1st row: (RS). K1. *ssk. K2tog. K12 (12, 14). Rep from * to last st. K1. 58 (58, 66) sts.
    2nd and alt rows: Purl.
    3rd row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K10 (10, 12). Rep from * to last st. K1. 50 (50, 58) sts.
    5th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K8 (8, 10). Rep from * to last st. K1. 42 (42, 50) sts.
    7th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K6 (6, 8). Rep from * to last st. K1. 34 (34, 42) sts.
    9th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K4 (4, 6). Rep from * to last st. K1. 26 (26, 34) sts.
    11th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K2 (2, 4). Rep from * to last st. K1. 18 (18, 26) sts.
    13th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. K0 (0, 2). Rep from * to last st. K1. 10 (10, 18) sts.
    Size 4 yrs only: 14th row: Purl.
    15th row: K1. *ssk. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. 10 sts.
    All sizes: Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw end tightly through rem sts. Sew center back seam.
  • 5
    Pom Poms (Make 2):
    Wind A around 4 fingers approx 150 times. Remove from fingers and tie tightly in center. Cut through each side of loops. Trim to a smooth round shape. Sew pom poms to each Earflap as seen in picture.
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    Abbreviations:
    A = Watermelon
    Alt = Alternate(ing)
    B = Dark Country Blue
    Beg = Beginning
    K = Knit
    K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
    Kfb = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
    Pat = Pattern
    P = Purl
    P2tog = Purl next 2 stitches together
    RS = Right side
    Rem = Remain(ing)
    Rep = Repeat
    Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto lefthand needle, then knit through back loops together
    St(s) = Stitch(es)
    WS = Wrong side

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:several hours

Project Supplies

  • •A Skein of Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Both Watermelon and Dark Country Blue
  • •Clover Takumi Bamboo Premium Knitting Needles Single Point 13 inch No. 7/4.50 mm & 13 inch No. 8/5.00 mm
  • •Stitch Holder