Chunky Earflap Hat

by Roni Knutson


Bernat Super Value with oddments of other yarns

Bernat Mosaic

Patons Canadiana Colours

Long since lost the ball bands of these yarns

Navy was Red Heart Comfort with oddments of denim and grey (unknown)

Bernat Premium Knitted Worsted in "Mocha" and "Wedgewood"

Red Heart Comfort

Red Heart Comfort in Navy and Super Yarn in medium blue (old not available anymore)



Blue is Super Yarn (really old not available anymore)

Navy is Red Heart Comfort and Grey is just a scrap I had

  This pattern is fairly easy, doesn't need a ribber but you will have to do short rowing. If you don't have a chunky 9 mm machine but have an LK150 you can probably knit using that but on higher tensions. I haven't tried it so that's just a guess.  
Machine Any chunky 9 mm machine (I knit these on a Brother 260.) No ribber needed.
Size Fits approximately age 10 to adult (depending on the yarn and the tension you use
Materials I used remnants as I am doing some charity knitting and using up my stash.
I found that
Bernat Mosaic (available at Wal-mart) knits up really nicely and looks fantastic. It is 19st and 28 rows at T2.2 on my machine. Ball band says 18 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm. Classed as Medium 4 on the ball band - 100% acrylic.
Bernat Super Value
, 197 g/7oz ball says 18st and 24 rows on the ball band. I found it a bit stiff to knit at T2.2 for the inside of the hem and had to move the tension up.
Red Heart Super Saver
, (14 oz ball - 396 g) is also a 4 Medium on the ball band and 17st and 23 rows but is too thick to make a nice hat (I used bits of this weight of yarn for contrast in patterns as its only for a few rows).
Patons Canadiana
knit up nicely - ball band says 20st to 10 cm (or 4 inches) but my ball band doesn't mention rows. My recommendation is a yarn that is 20 sts to 10 cm or less if a soft yarn.
Bernat Premium Knitted Worsted also knits up nicely - comes in a 198 g/7 oz ball - says 18sts and 24 rows and is 4 Medium. Wedgewood variegated comes in a 142 g/5oz ball - both knit up softer than some of the other yarns.
Gauge As you have probably gathered gauge should be about 5 sts to the inch or 20 sts to 4 inches or 10 cm. If you use a thicker yarn try making a smaller size. You've got a knitting machine so its quick to knit up a hat, check for size and then pull it back if it doesn't fit, and then adjust accordingly.

Cast on (90) (if your yarn's a bit thicker go for 88 or 86) sts with waste yarn and T2.2, CAL, add the cast on comb and weights (I used 3 lace weights and some claw weights). Knit 2 more rows CAL. Change tension to 7 (I found that T10 caused problems) and knit one row with ravel cord. Check that every stitch has caught and knit properly.

T2.2 Set carriage to Hold position and knit 19 rows in main yarn. (Here is where you adjust - if it is too hard to push at 2.2 move the tension up to 3.2 or higher but not so high that it will be loose as you want the inside of the hat to be a little tigher). CAL

Push 10 needles at far right to Hold position and knit across to right. (If you accidentally knit 20 rows just pull the yarn back out of the 10 needles nearest to the carriage, put the needles to Hold position and put the yarn over the top of the needles. Set the carriage to Hold).

Count out 20sts to the left of the 10 needles that are in hold and put all the needles to the left of the 20 into hold, in other words 15R to 45 L.

Change Tension to 3.2 and knit one row to left over the 20 sts for the earflap.

Push one needle close to the carriage to Hold and knit across to the right.

Push one needle close to the carriage to Hold and knit across to the left.

Continue these last two rows until you have 3 sts left.

Now, push one stitch opposite the carriage down to C position and knit across.

Continue doing this until one needle is left - carriage should be at the right.

Using your ruler push all needles to left down to C position except 10 at the far left of the row.

Knit across to the left (10 needles at far left will not knit) CAL

Push all needles from 15L to 45R to Hold or D position

Push one of the 20 needles still in working position to hold - side nearest to carriage

Short row down to 3 sts and up again as you did before, pushing down the 10 needles to the far left on the last pass to bring you to the left side of the bed.

Put one claw weight on each ear flap. Reset carriage so that Hold is no longer on.

RC000 - (if you plan to put a pattern around the hat at this point, then pop in your card - you have 20 rows, although it's better to use a pattern that is only about 12 to 15 rows with a few rows above and below of plain knitting).

Knit 20 rows and hang a hem by picking up stitches from first row after the ravel cord row. If you are new at this you may find you are one stitch short - one stitch at the edge is always a bit tight and a bit below where you would expect it. Push all needles out to D or Hold position so that they will knit down easier and put the tension to 10 and knit across. Reset tension to 3.2 (or whatever you are using)

Knit to row 50 putting in whatever pattern you fancy.

Using a tool move every other stitch to the needle next to it. Push empty needles back to A (non-working position). Then bring remaining needles forward to D so that they will knit down easily (less stress on your machine and your arm!).

Knit 3 rows tightening the tension as you go. All needles to D or Hold position.

Cut yarn leaving about a yard length and thread through a bobkin (large needle used for sewing up) and then take the bodkin through each stitch and take the hat off the machine. By having the needles in D when you take the bodkin through each stitch it will just pop off the needle.

To finish, tighten the yarn at the top of the hat and sew side seam.

For the braided ties, measure out 50 inches of yarn and cut 5 more the same length. Cut them in half again. Thread the 6 yarns through a large bodkin and push the bodkin through the bottom of the earflap about 4 or 5 rows up - somewhat centred - and pull both ends to meet each other. Do the same thing again with another 6 yarns so that you have 24 yarn ends to braid. Do other side to match.

© April 10, 2013 Roni Knutson

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