Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Childs HDC Ear Flap Hat Pattern

Finally another free pattern to share.
This hat is for a child from 4 to 10, but can fit a little loosely on a 2 yr old and firmly up to 14. I have had it on my head and it barely fits, my head size is an adults meduim to small.
The hat fits my 4 yr old grand son just perfect and was a little loose on my 2 yr old but he still looked good in it. I hope to have some pictures of them wearing the hats soon.
I also used a hook 1 size smaller, same ply yarn and made the hat to fit a baby 6 to 12 months old.
The hat is made with the hdc st and works up quite fast, I have included a video tutorial for the hdc st at the bottom of the page.
If you make this hat, I would love to hear your feed back.
Enjoy.


I put a small flower on each side of the pink hat and a couple of buttons on the blue hat.

In the picture below I used a 4mm hook with the same pattern directions, this fits a 2 yr old.
 
In the picture below, I am showing you what I am referring to in the pattern as the centre back st.

In the picture below, I am showing you where to sc twice when you make the edging for the hat.






If you turn the hat inside out, you will get a knit look, as per the picture below, the hdc will only look like knit when it is made in the round such as a hat.



Child’s Ear Flapper Hat

To fit 4 to 10 (will fit loosely on a 2 yr old and up to 14 with a firmer fit)
AU 8 ply yarn (US Light worsted/DK) Less than 50 gm of main color, 25 gm of contrasting color

US st abbreviation used
Stitches used hdc = yarn over hook, insert hook into st, pull yarn through st, (3 loops on hook) pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook. (htrb AU, UK)

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

Medium tension used, I am neither a loose or tight crocheter.

Begin.
Beginning ch 1 of every rnd is not counted as a st.


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)

End Increases:
7: ch 1, work 1 hdc in each st around sl st to join (56 hdc)

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 PlacementsUsing 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 flapsLeft Ear flap (as you would wear it)
Join yarn to the 7th hdc after your centre back st (do not count centre back st)

1: Ch 1, work 1hdc in same place as join, work 1 hdc into the next 9 hdc’s (10 hdc) turn

2: Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (10 hdc) turn
3: repeat row 2
Begin decreases4: 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)

5: Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (8 hdc) turn

6: 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)

7: Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc across (6 hdc) turn

8: 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)

9: Ch 1, work 1 hdc into next hdc, skip next hdc, skip next hdc, work 1 hdc into next hdc, (2 hdc), finish off
Right Ear Flap (as you would wear it)

Join yarn to the 17th hdc before your centre back st (do not count back st)

Repeat pattern for left ear flap to make the right ear flap.
Give your hat an edging and ties.

At this point, sew in all loose ends.
Edging: Using contrasting color

Attach yarn to any st at the back of the hat.

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.
Check your work as you go around to maintain evenness.

Ties
I made mine 14 inches long and used a hdc foundation row stitch (see, Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation video below), then sewed the ties on.

I have also made the ties with several strands of yarn and platted them.
Other options for ties is a twisted cord, length of crocheted chain, the choice is yours.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any problems you may have with this pattern.
You have my permission to share this pattern, make the pattern and sell your goods, but not to sell my pattern. Could you link back to me if you intend to publish your hat made from this pattern.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this pattern!

I've been searching, and searching, for a basic earflap hat pattern that will fit a toddler.

I'm going to adapt it into silly hats for my 3 year old grandson. :>)

Rebecca said...

My sister in law and i have used your hat pattern many many times! Thanks!

cats-rockin-crochet said...

It is all my pleasure to be able to share this pattern with you, thanks for the feed back :)

Fru Albertsson said...

hello, I crochet for charity and have been looking for a hat like this to make.
Think your pattern looks great, will start my first one today.
Hugs from Sweden

Susanne

Aynra said...

I made this hat today in about 2 hrs total. It turned out so cute! I love it! I will definately be making this again.

carson"s momma said...

finally a hat for little kids and not just babies and adults,to buy a hat they are for infants and new borns and the bigger ones are for 3-4 yr old kids... no "regular baby hats" ive always had to play with the hook sizing and ply of yarn to get something right and by then im so frustrated with the project :) i used 2 strands of "baby soft yarn" and the g hook and hes so cute in it (10 m old)wish he would hold still long enough for a picture. oh well at least his little ears are warm ! thanks so mcuh!!

Val said...

Thanks for sharing! I just made my daughter one and she loves it.

Unknown said...

I used this pattern for my sons totoro hat. Loved how easy it was to follow. Many thanks!!!

amy krol said...

OMG! Thank you so very very much for this pattern. I've been searching all day and trying for this exacting style all day! Happy to read it works up fast too, cause I need it for Halloween night (tomorrow) fory daughters costume. I'm going to make it into a wig of pink hair(yarn) for her, so I will not be making the straps, but the earflaps are perfect to keep her ears nice and warm. Wish me luck! And thank you again!

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Good luck Amy :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your pattern instructions and pictures. You are the best!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your time in writing this pattern up - I look forward to making it soon for my Great Nephew!