Monday, 23 February 2015

Lucky Irish Earflap Hat

As I am Irish, and a huge fan of crochet hats, I knew I had to come up with something for St. Patrick's Day! I thought of the masses of children being taken to parades all over the country (and, indeed, the world) and decided to start off with a toddler-sized pattern. This hat would comfortably fit a 1-3 year old (maybe not if the child had very thick hair) and has the added advantage of being very warm (us Irish can only expect the finest Winter weather, even in March!).



And here it is! Unfortunately, I'm not equipped with the best of light (see previous post about fantastic Irish weather) or a good-quality camera, but I'm sure you get the just! On with the materials!

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Materials:


  • 1 skein of any DK wool of your choice in orange, yellow, black and green.
  • Size 5mm hook.
  • Darning needle.
  • Scissors.

Abbreviations:


Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
St(s) stitch(es)
Sl st - slip stitch
Dc2tog - double crochet two together
Sc - single crochet

Instructions:

With green - 
Row 1: Ch 2, Dc 12 into 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first Dc
Row 2: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next st, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 3: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 2 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, ch 2, turn
Row 4: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 3 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 5: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 4 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 6: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 5 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 7: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 6 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 8: 2 Dc in first st, *1 Dc in next 7 sts, 2 Dc in next st, repeat from * to end of row, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn
Row 9-12: Dc in each st around, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

With black - 
Row 13-14: Dc in each st around, sl st to first Dc, Ch 2, turn

With green - 
Row 15-16: Dc in each st around, sl st to first Dc, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Now that the hat itself is complete, it is time for earflaps (note, these are entirely optional, and can be left out if you would prefer to fringe the hat, or leave it plain).

Fastening your green yarn to the left and right of the centre of the hat - 
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 7 sts, Ch 2, turn
Row 2: Dc in all 8 sts, Ch 2, turn
Row 3: Dc2tog, Dc in next 4 sts, Dc2tog, Ch2, turn
Row 4: Dc2tog, Dc in next 2 sts, Dc2tog, Ch 2, turn
Row 5: Dc2tog twice, fasten off and weave in ends. 

To tidy up the hats and weave in ends nicely, fasten your green and do a full line of single crochets around the edge of the hat and the earflaps.
To attach braids, simply cut lengths of your orange wool (twice the length that you would like the braid to be), use your crochet hook to pull the yarn through the end of the earflap and tie! Do this with as many lengths as you think you need to pull off a good braid!

For the buckle - 
Ch 19, (Sc, ch 2, sc or turning stitch) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, turning stitch in next ch, sc in next 3 ch, turning stitch in next ch, sc in next 4 ch, turning stitch in next ch, sc in last 3 chs. 
Using some yellow yarn, or thread if you prefer, sew the buckle onto the centre of the hat, overlapping the black. For tidiness, try not to have any green within the window of the buckle. 

And you're done! For extra effect, you could weave in some smaller lengths around the front of the hat to make an orange fringe, but I've left it out as it can be hard to tie in lengths that don't get into kiddies eyes! 

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