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Thursday
Jan232014

Laura's Loop: Garter Ear Flap Hat

This Garter Ear Flap Hat was an engineering feat to get me back on my feet. You see, I didn’t exactly have that quintessential fresh-start feeling that so often comes with the New Year. Instead, I spent January 1st in bed with the flu and its attendant fever, aches, chills, and delirium. Just as the worst was passing, Mother Nature blasted us with a Polar Vortex that I did not have the strength nor will to face.

Cabin fever set in! Groggy from illness and stir-crazed from quarantine, I was determined to prove my health (and sanity), and so, making this hat became a triumphant product of my bruised spirit. I created this hat that simultaneously hangs on and hugs my head, which provides protection and insulation from a season that had been beating me down.

Still enamored with the ease of working short rows in garter stitch (as with my Knit Elbow Patches), I constructed this hat in one seamless piece using Purl Soho’s soft and lush Alpaca Pure. The more I knit with this incredibly comforting yarn, the better I felt. And the topper made it official. Slightly pointed with a tiny tassel, the finish delivered cheer and whimsy. I was back to my healthy self!

With my head toasty warm and back in full heath, that fresh-start feeling did arrive… just a little late this year. A belated Happy New Year to all! May it be a healthy one. -Laura

The Materials

The Pattern

Gauge

4 1/4 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in garter stitch with smaller needle

Sizes

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)

Finished Dimensions

Circumference: 14 (16, 17 3/4, 19 3/4, 21 3/4, 23 1/2) inches
Height: 7 1/4 (8, 9, 10, 11 1/2, 12 3/4) inches, from bottom of ear flap to top of hat, not including tassel

Pattern Notes

The Right and Left Ear Flaps are shaped using short rows. For our complete  Short Rows Tutorial, please click here. NOTE: Because the short rows are worked in garter stitch in this pattern, you do not have to pick up the wraps; simply ignore the wraps when you come to them and work the wrapped stitch normally.

wrp-t [wrap and turn]: keeping the yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle. Bring the yarn forward as if to purl. Return the stitch from the right needle back to the left needle. Turn the work. 

sskp [slip slip knit pass]: Slip two stitches together knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over knit stitch and off needle. (2 stitches decreased)

Begin

With larger needle, cast on 60 (68, 76, 84, 92, 100) stitches. 

Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit 2 rounds.

Change to smaller needles.

Next round: Knit 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 6) stitches, place marker (pm), knit 16 (18, 20, 23, 25, 27) stitches for Left Ear Flap, pm, knit 22 (24, 28, 30, 32, 34) stitches for Front, pm, knit 16 (18, 20, 23, 25, 27) stitches for Right Ear Flap, pm, knit to end.

Shape Left Ear Flap

NOTE: For this portion of the pattern, you will be working in Short Rows, back and forth, turning the work part way through each round, rather than continuing to the end of the needle. For a tutorial, click here.

NOTE: If a dash (" - ") appears in place of a number for your size, omit this line of instruction.

Next Row (right side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before second marker, wrp-t.

Next Row: Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, -, -, 11) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, -, 10, 10) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, 9, 9, 9) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, 8, 8, 8, 8) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (7, 7, 7, 7, 7) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows (all sizes): Knit to 6 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 5 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 4 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 3 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 1 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Shape Right Ear Flap

NOTE: For this portion of the pattern, you will once again be working in Short Rows.

NOTE: If a " - " appears in place of a number for your size, omit this line of instruction.

Next Row (right side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before fourth marker, wrp-t.

Next Row: Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, -, -, 11) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, -, 10, 10) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, -, 9, 9, 9) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (-, 8, 8, 8, 8) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to - (7, 7, 7, 7, 7) stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows (all sizes): Knit to 6 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 5 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 4 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 3 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 2 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Two Rows: Knit to 1 stitches before next marker, wrp-t.

Next Row: Knit to end of round.

Work Body of Hat

Round 1: Purl (removing 4 stitch markers).

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 4 (4 1/4, 4 3/4, 5 1/4, 6 1/4, 7) inches from the rolled edge at the center of an Ear Flap, or until approximately 3 1/4 (3 3/4, 4 1/4, 4 3/4, 5 1/4, 5 3/4) inches shy of desired finished height.

Shape Crown of Hat

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary. 

Set-Up Round: P7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12), k1, mark previous stitch, [p14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24), k1, mark previous stitch] three times, purl to end of round.

Round 1: [Knit to one stitch before next marked stitch, sskp (see Pattern Notes above), move stitch marker to the sskp] four times, knit to end of round. (8 stitches decreased)

Round 2: [Purl to marked stitch, k1] four times, purl to end of round.

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: Repeat Round 2. 

Repeat Rounds 1-4 five (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) more times. [12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 12) stitches]

Next Round: Repeat Round 1. [4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4) stitches]

Next Round: Knit.

Finish

Cut yarn leaving a 24-inch tail, thread onto tapestry needle and pull through remaining stitches. Make a Tiny Attached Tassel by following the instructions found here.

Weave in your ends and block as desired.

Reader Comments (58)

What a cute pattern, thanks for sharing, will definetly try it! :D
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette // Lutter Idyl
Great hat! This may be the project to finally tempt me to try circular needles.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda
Looks amazing--could you post a photo of this hat on a model?? Curious to see how it looks in 3D!
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarla
Thanks for sharing your pattern! I love the ear flaps and their construction method.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne
I am always on the lookout for fun hat patterns--this one is great! It's very cold here right now and would be a perfect project to whip up and wear when I go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Please could you post a photo of it being worn! I like to see hats on models to see how a hat would sit especially with me having shorter hair these days! I find it hard to judge if it would suit me! :D also love the construction in which the hat has been made and would to give it a knit! X
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi Vanessa and Carla-

We will take a photo of the hat being worn next week and post it on Instagram. Thanks so much for getting in touch about this!

Molly
January 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Instagram? Not a member, could you also post a picture of the hat being worn, with the pattern? Thanks a bunch!! Sara
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara
when you say "ignore the wraps" do you mean skip them, or knit them like a regular stitch? thanks.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrebeklah
curious about those stitch markers. I don't see any like them on purlsoho. Who makes them? What a SWEET hat!
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth
Hi Sara-
You don't need to be a member to look at our Instagram pictures online!
http://instagram.com/purlsoho
We will update the comments to let you know when it's posted.
Thanks!
Molly
January 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
After the first wrap and turn, if you knit won't you be creating purl bumps on the right side? It's hard to tell from the pictures if that's how the pattern is supposed to read.
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLydia
Cutest hat ever, thank you!
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermonika
hi,
i got some leftover wool with a gauge of 12 stitches/4inch.
can u kindly inform me how to downscale the pattern to knit a hat for a baby.
and can i use the smallest size pattern to get a hat done for a 4year-old?

thanks
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrajaneegandha
Hey Elizabeth,
What a keen eye you have.
Those are Bulb Pins made by Merchant Mills. Aren't they lovely! They currently aren't categorize as stitch markers, or rather removable stitch markers, on our website. But we will be sure to change that. They fit needles up to size US #11. They are by far my my favorite ones.
Thanks for asking and bringing this to our attention!!!!
Laura
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8863-Merchant-Mills-Bulb-Pin
January 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Rebekah,
Great question. I am going to clarify the pattern right after responding to you.
When I say ignore the wraps, I mean, knit the wrapped stitches as you would any normal stitch. You need not pick the wrap up and work it with the wrapped stitch as you would if working in stockinette or reverse stockinette.
Thanks for asking and writing in.
Laura
January 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Rajanee,
The smallest size pattern with 60 stitch at 3 stitches to the inch is going to result in a 20-inch circumference. This is closer to a Large Toddler / Small Kid size head. It would fit my 4-year old niece perfectly, but she has kind of a large head. It might be a bit large, in other words, but that means it will fit her next winter too probably!

As for re-writing the pattern for 3-sttich-to-the-inch gauge... Unfortunately we do not have the resources to do this at the moment. There are proportions between the flaps and fronts/back, proportions of the front to back, as well as a 4-point decrease and row gauge to consider... all of this has to go together seamlessly. Thank you for your interest though and maybe you could check out these patterns which are closer to that gauge:
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/3/10/whits-knits-cozy-ear-flap-hat.html
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/12/11/mollys-sketchbook-super-simple-super-soft-merino-baby-hat.html
Laura
January 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hey Lydia.
The beauty of working short rows in garter stitch is that you do not have to work the wraps together with the wrapped stitches. The reason being that the wraps look like a stitch from the previous row, blending in with the ridges created by garter stitch. (I go into this a little in the PATTERN NOTES section.)

As for that very first row with the wrapped stitches, since you work a few rows of stockinette just before, there is a nicely rolled edge that curl up around that the first round of garter stitch, creating a soft edge and hiding those first wraps.

If you are more comfortable working the wraps with the wrapped stitches, by all means, do it.
Thanks for asking.
Laura
January 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am having a bit of trouble making the peak of the hat, my knit stitches aren't lining up. I am assuming my problem is with the sskp. Also with where the marker goes in the set up row. Please a bit more clarification would be appreciated. I really never have any problems with your patterns, this one has thrown me for a "loop".
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
Hi Lynn.
Oh no, let's get this figured out.
Where are your stitches not lining up? Do you mean on the back side of the hat, where the end of round is. The garter ridges do no align perfectly. It's just part of working garter stitch in the round. This is why I structured that hat with the join in the back.

As for where the marked stitches go for the Crown Shaping...
Set-Up Round: P7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12), k1, mark previous stitch, [p14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24), k1, mark previous stitch] three times, purl to end of round.

So, what you are going to do is... purl the amount of stitches directed, then knit one, then using a removable stitch marker, mark that stitch you just knit, then continue purling, knitting 1 and then marking that one knit stitch...
Does this help?
Please let me know if you need more clarification.
Thanks for writing in.
Laura
January 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Wonderful, thanks for sharing and Happy Knitting!
January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHanne
Made this little hat in the baby size and love it. Working on a design for a pair of booties to go with it that are bottom up and seamless. Will put pattern up for free on Ravelry when ready. like2makethings
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
What about 'ease?' The babe I wish to knit for (10 mos) has head circum of 17.5" ... any suggestions which size I should choose?

Thanks tons... cheers!!

Carolyn
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn aka knit-faced
On the left ear short rows after the last wrap and turn I end up on the wrong side. Am I missing something?
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
I wish you many flu-free years ahead. God bless you for hanging on and managing some humor and a lovely pattern in many sizes (thanks!) with it.
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
since it is garter stitch I will always be following the instructions for short rowing on the knit side, no matter which side I am on, CORRECT??
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoanlvh
Oh my gosh - the cutest thing ever. I made one right away in the child's size - took me less than a day - and I love it.!!! Will be making an adult size next. Thank you for this awesome pattern!
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLizy Tish
I almost wept with delight when I saw this pattern as I am expecting a baby grandson in March and this is absolutely perfect. I am a better crocheter than knitter and previously when I have tried short rows, I have just failed to 'get it' wondering whether to stay on short rows or continue knitting after two rows... I have given up in the past as it made my brain ache but now I simply must make this hat so it is a great incentive to learn short rows.
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to create this pattern, I suspect this is going to be like chicken soup for knitters - food for the soul indeed.
I am so glad to hear you are feeling better and that creating this hat helped. I can see why as it is such a harmoniously beautiful hat - it ticks all the boxes for me.
Thank you so much.
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHOOKIE
I'm sorry the year started out so poorly for you, but I thank you for the birthday gift. I love garter stitch and hats that actually cover the ears, and you posted in on my birthday! Perfect! Thank you.
January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessica-Jean
Hi Liz,
Thanks for writing in. The last line of instruction under SHAPE LEFT EAR FLAP has you working a "wrong side" row and at the end of it you turn your work. Then, with the right side facing, the first line of instruction under SHAPE RIGHT EAR FLAP is a "right side" row which will bring you close to the fourth marker for shaping the next ear flap.
Please let me know if you would like more clarification.
Laura
January 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi joanlvh,
You can find instruction for how to do wrp-t in garter stitch in the section titled PATTERN NOTES.
wrp-t is a different process for different stitches. In stockinette, on the knit side, with you wrap and turn you want your working yarn to end up in what will be the front of your work on the next row, since you'll be purling that row. But in garter stitch, for both right and wrong sides, when you wrap and turn, you want your working yarn to end up in what will be the back of your next row since you'll be knitting that next row.
The link to our Short Rows tutorial is to familiarize the Short Row novice to the technique. But definitely check out the PATTERN NOTES above for this specific project.
I do hope this helps. Please write us back if you have any questions!
Laura
January 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Carolyn.
Wonderful question. The hat actually fits best (and feels best) with a little bit of room. It isn't like a ribbed hat where you'd want it measuring 2 inches smaller than the circumference of the wear-er's head. So for a 17 1/2-inch head, I would recommend the KID SIZE (giving you that 1/4-inch of ease).

But, one other note from me... if you have access to this babe, I would measure from the bottom of the ear lobe up to the crown of the head to see what height you'd want the hat to end up. After working the Ear Flaps you work evenly in garter for a bit. This is a good place to modify the height.
Please let us know if you have more questions!!!
Laura
January 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Such a cute hat! I can definitely see it on a baby or small child, but I'll have to see how it looks on an adult. I'lll keep an eye out on Instagram! Great pattern though - I've recently discovered the magic of short rows and it has expanded by knitting world ten fold!
January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCassie
All of my decreases are headed to the right, hence my decrease line won't make the triangle in the front. Im confused because it says I need to sskp 1stitch before every marker. Are all decreases heading right okay? I just don't see it working out?
January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
Hi would love to knit this can you give me an alternative wool I can buy in the UK? I have looked and there are many 100% Alpaca wools to buy - what ply is the purlsoho one? I do hope you can help
Thanks
January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrissie
Hi Chrissie-

We ship to the UK all the time but you can use any kind of fiber you like as long as it gets the correct gauge, it doesn't have to be 100% Alpaca. All the info on this yarn can be found here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/9307-Purl-Soho-Alpaca-Pure

It's a Chunky weight yarn which would probably be equivalent to a 12 ply yarn.

Thanks for writing in!

Molly
January 29, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Brenda,
Sskp is a double decrease (eliminating two stitches) and it is centered, without direction. It is done a little differently than say a k2tog or an ssk.

For instance, you mark the actual stitch, placing a removable marker on a stitch, rather than a standard stitch marker on the needle. The reason is because you want to mark the actual stitch that you want to be in the center of this decrease.

After you've worked the set up round, marking the 4 stitches and you get to your first decrease round... you work up to one stitch before the marked stitch, you slip it and the marked stitch together as if to knit, then you'll knit one, then pass those two slipped stitches over the knit stitch and off the right needle, decreasing two stitches. You'll see that marked stitch is on top, centered.

At this point move the removable stitch marker up to the stitch you just worked. This way, it will be easy to identify your marked stitch in the following decrease round.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Laura
January 29, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
To everyone asking about seeing this hat on a model-

We have posted a pic of the kids size on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/jwlmnKjhcv/

Thank you for your interest and please let us know if you have any more questions about the project!

Molly
January 30, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for posting this hat! It's adorable. I am a beginner and so far so good. I am now working on the crown, but I don't understand the last part of this instruction, the '12 stitches'.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 five (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) more times. [12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 12) stitches]

Thank you for your help.
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjc
Hi Laura,

congratulations -- what a cute hat!
Charity knitting is a growing movement here in Sweden, and some knitters have asked for a translation of this pattern (I posted a link on a Facebook page called Värma liten). Would that be OK for you? Can we post it on a blog (we'll make sure to link to this page and give the name of the designer and rights owner, of course)?

Best wishes,

Anna
February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
What a fun pattern, and knits up so quickly!! Instead of finishing with a tassel, I did a short section of 4-stitch i-cord - looks like a little pixie hat!

(jc, the [12 stitches] referenced just indicates how many stitches you should have remaining after finishing the repeats of rounds 1-4)
February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
Hi JC,
The number inside the brackets is the stitch count. After you have "Repeat Rounds 1-4 five (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) more times.", 12 stitches will remain.
Hope this helps clear things up.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Best,
Laura
February 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi - Beautiful hat but I have a problem with one area. I was fine until I hit the ear flaps. I put all the markers in place then got stuck. When you say "Next Row (right side): Knit to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before second marker, wrp-t." what second marker do you mean and how many stitches do you knit before wrp-t? I am lost at this point. I am trying to make a toddler size and area marked off for the first ear flap is 18 stitches so do I knit 10 stitches, then wrp?? Help?
February 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda
Hi Brenda.
Let's get this figured out for you.
The second marker refers to the second marker you encounter in the round, this is not counting the beginning/end-of-round marker. So you'll knit to the first marker, slip it, then you knit up to 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) stitches before second marker, then you'll wrap and turn (wrp-t).

In other words... K4 to reach the first marker, slip marker, then k10 stitches, then wrap and turn.
The number 10 comes from 18-8=10
Hope this helps.
We're here if you have any more questions.
Laura
February 5, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I having problems with the ear flaps, I don't get it. We have 23 st for each ear flaps, and in the pattern said we work only in 10 st and turn ???? Please help me, I am new in the Short Row and wrp-t.
February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNadia
Hi Nadia.
Yes. At first you only work a portion of the Ear Flap stitches, but then you work a few more and a few more and a few more until you've worked them all of them. And while knitting these short rows, you're building up your fabric to shape the ear flap.

Understanding short rows will expand your knitting repertoire immensely. They are definitely a bit strange / confusing upon first sight, but well worth the effort.

Have you explored our Short Row Tutorial page? Please note the tutorial is done on stockinette fabric which is different than what you are doing here (there is a note about this in PATTERN NOTES above). The tutorial explains the grander concept behind the technique though.
http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-advanced-te/2008/6/18/short-rows.html
I hope this helps, but definitely write back with any additional questions!
Laura
February 7, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this pattern. It was fun and easy. I actually prefer to ear the hat "inside out" with the decrease seams inside. I like the smoother look and the ear flaps hug my ears. I'll definitely be using this pattern more.

Thanks
February 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann
Mary Ann,
Thanks for sharing your experience with the pattern. It's alway wonderful, and educational, for us and our readers to hear how other people have modified the pattern. I'm glad you like this one. I found it to be particularly rewarding. Quick and easy but with some interest...
Thanks again.
Laura
February 10, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is a darling hat and I know that I'll make several. I'm so grateful for the comments and your responses here. I was also having trouble getting my decrease rows to line up properly and see now that it's because I had my stitch markers are in the wrong place.

Thank you!

P.S. I also love your website.
February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Currently hosting a test for a darling pair of booties that I designed to match this baby hat. Check out the test if you are interested. Pattern will be offered after the test through Ravelry.
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/free-pattern-testers/2847550/1-25#4
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Strauss

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