Snowflake Ear Flap Hat
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• 1 Ball of Worsted Merino Superwash Raisin Yarn 100g
• 1 Ball of Worsted Merino Superwash Cream Yarn 100g https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/43252/plymouth-yarn-company/-/worsted-merino-superwash-creme-yarn-100g
• Size 4, 19” Circular needles or 5 dpn (this hat can be knitting using a longer circular cord and done in magic loop method)
• Stitch Markers
• Tapestry Needle
• Stitch Holder (or extra dpn)
24 stitches and 40 rounds = 4 inches
Earflaps: (make 2) MC
Cast on 4 stitches using cable cast on.
Rows 1 (RS) and 2: Knit
Row 3: K1,yo, knit to last st, yo, k1
Row 4 and 6: Knit
Row 5: Rep Row 3
Row 7: K1, yo, knit to last st, yo k1
Row 8: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Rep Rows 7-8 until there are 20 sts
Keeping first and last 3 sts in garter st (knit every row), and rem sts in St st (RS knit, WS purl), work even until earflap measures 2 ½ inches (4 rows). Place sts on Stitch Holder (or extra dpn).
With MC Cast on 95 sts using Cable Cast On. Join without twisting, pm between first and last st. Marker will be the center back of hat.
Next rnd: K2 [P2, K2] 3 times (14 stitches), with RS facing you, place one earflap behind work. Working in P2, K2 rib, working 1 st from main needle and 1 earflap st tog until all earflap sts have been joined. Work in rib over next 28 sts, join 2nd earflap as for first, work in rib to end of rnd.
Work even in 2X2 rib for 1 ½ inches.
Next rnd: With CC knit 4 rnd, inc 5 stitches in the 4th round.
Start Pattern: (gray = main color, white = contrast color) Pattern Repeats 4 times around hat.
Start Rnd 9 at st 14 in pattern so that the center of the design will line up with the center of the back of hat.
On Rd 28 Decrease 12 st evenly
Decreasing Rounds start after grid:
Dec Rnd 1: Change to CC *K7, K2tog
Dec Rnd 2: Knit (and all even rounds)
Dec Rnd 3: *K6, K2tog
Dec Rnd 5: *K5, K2tog
Dec Rnd 7: *K4, K2tog
Dec Rnd 9: *K3, K2tog
Dec Rnd 11: *K2, K2tog
Dec Rnd 13: *K1, K2tog
Last rnd: *K2tog Cut yarn and using tapestry needle thread yarn through last remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
Cut 6 strands of MC and 6 strands of CC 24 inches long. Using tapestry needle, thread one strand of mc and one cc color through end of ear flap 3 times on each flap. Divides strands into three groups and braid, tie in knot at end.