Baby Hats Part III: Ear Flaps

What could possibly be cuter than a baby hat with a pom-pom on top?

A baby hat with a pom-pom and ear flaps!

During the furlough, I was very bored. I was running out of knitting projects, so when a neighbor/fellow synagogue member posted on Facebook that she had misplaced her 4 month old son’s only warm hat, I immediately pounced offered to knit him one. She thought this was so thoughtful and sweet, but my motives were to entertain myself and use up some of my scrap yarn.

The lost hat was very warm with ear flaps, so I used two strands of worsted weight yarn for the newborn size from my usual baby hat knit pattern (http://stitcheryprojects.com/2011/03/21/basic-baby-hat/). I researched how to add ear flaps and developed a plan using the picking up stitches method because I’d just learned how to do that successfully and it’s kind of fun:

Pick up 12 stitches on brim of hat.
Row 1: Purl across. 
Row 2: Knit. 
Row 3: Purl. 
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 times more. 
Next Row: K2togtbl, k10, k2tog. 
Next Row: P2tog, p8, p2tog:. 
Next Row: K2togtbl, k6. 
Next Row: P2tog, p4, p2tog. 
Bind off remaining sts.

Then I knit a pom-pom because no baby hat is complete without one.

Et voila, a super cozy baby hat.

A few days later, still furloughed, I decided to knit Zee another hat, this time in a dark blue yarn I had left over from a baby blanket project. Zee has gray-blue eyes and blues just make them pop.

I finished the hat (and pom-pom, of course), plopped it on Zee’s head and…she pulled it right off. It was incredibly cold out, so I decided to whip up some ear flaps to tie it on. In this case, I picked up 14 stitches and continued decreases until I had 5 stitches left, then started an I-Cord for the ties. I decreased the I-Cord gradually to 3 stitches, then bound off.

Et voila, another adorable and cozy baby hat.

Knitters will likely notice that I made a mistake with the ribbing on the brim. I tried to hid it a little with the placement of the ear flaps such that they cover her ears better when the mistake is in the back. Of course the mistake somehow always ends up front and center when Zee is wearing it.
Yarn used: Caron One Pound Solids Yarn – (4) Medium Gauge 100% Acrylic – 16 oz – Ocean- For Crochet, Knitting & Crafting
I’m very proud to share that she will wear this hat for 30 minutes at a time after returning from an excursion. Great success.

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