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Ear Flap Hat for Kids

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Free crochet hat patterns are great come wintertime!  This Ear Flap Hat for Kids works up quickly and is a great gift for everyone on your list.  This pattern is geared to fit kids ages 4-10. 

Ear Flap Hat for Kids

Materials:

  • AU 8 ply yarn (US Light worsted/DK) Less than 50 gm of main color, 25 gm of contrasting color
  • 5.00 mm hook (US G)
     

Instructions:
Hat begins at top of head, ear flaps attached at lower edge of hat.

Chain 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

  1. ch 1, work 12 hdc into ring, sl st to join in the 1st hdc (you will do this on every round)
     
  2. ch 1, work 2 hdc into each hdc around sl st to join (24 hdc)
     
  3. ch 1, *work 1 hdc into the next 2 hdc, work 2 hdc into the next* repeat from *to* sl st to join (32 hdc)
     
  4. ch 1, *work 1 hdc into the next 3 hdc, work 2 hdc into the next* repeat from *to* sl st to join (40 hdc)
     
  5. ch 1, *work 1 hdc into the next 4 hdc, work 2 hdc into the next* repeat from *to* sl st to join (48 hdc)
     
  6. ch 1, *work 1 hdc into the next 5 hdc, work 2 hdc into the next* repeat from *to* sl st to join (56 hdc)
     
  7. End Increases:  ch 1, work 1 hdc in each st around sl st to join (56 hdc)
     
  8. Rows: 8 to 21:, repeat row 7, finish off leaving a small tail, this will assist you with your earflap placement and can be sewn in later.  Hat can be made longer, just work more rows

 

Ear Flap Placements: 

  1. Using the small tail as your centre back st, each ear flap with be placed 7 st’s away from both sides of this st.

     Ear Flap Hat for Kids
     
  2. Left Ear flap (as you would wear it):  Join yarn to the 7th hdc after your centre back st (do not count centre back st)
     
  3. Ch 1, work 1hdc in same place as join, work 1 hdc into the next 9 hdc’s (10 hdc) turn
     
  4. Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (10 hdc) turn.  Repeat.
     
  5. Begin decreases: Ch 1, work 1 hdc into next hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next 6 hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next hdc, turn (8 hdc)
     
  6. Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (8 hdc) turn
     
  7. Ch 1, work 1 hdc into next hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next 4 hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next hdc, turn (6 hdc)
     
  8. Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (6 hdc) turn
     
  9. Ch 1, work 1 hdc into next hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next 2 hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next hdc, turn (4 hdc)
     
  10. Ch 1, work 1 hdc into next hdc, skip next hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next hdc, (2 hdc), finish off
     
  11. Right Ear Flap (as you would wear it):  Join yarn to the 17th hdc before your centre back st (do not count back st)
     
  12. Repeat pattern for left ear flap to make the right ear flap.
     
  13. Give your hat an edging and ties.
     
  14. At this point, sew in all loose ends.
     

Edging:
Using contrasting color

  1. Attach yarn to any st at the back of the hat.
     
  2. Make 1 sc in each st and space around, placing 2 sc’s in each corner where the flaps join the hat, you will have 2 corners on each flap.

     Ear Flap Hat for Kids
     
  3. Check your work as you go around to maintain evenness.
     

Ties:

  1. We made ours 14 inches long and used a hdc foundation row stitch (see, Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation video below), then sewed the ties on.
     
  2. You can also make the ties with several strands of yarn and braid them.
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