October 26, 2015

Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern in 7 Sizes






Crochet Hat Pattern
Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern

Summer 2015 has been long and busy in my house. I welcome fall with a new design – this Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern in 7 sizes which is a warmer version of my Basic Crochet Beanie Pattern. The latter pattern got a lot of support in the crochet social media community, and I want to thank all of you who used it, tagged me on Instagram and commented on my blog about it.

Basic Crochet Ear Flap Hat Pattern

Yarn used: Caron Simply Soft Acrylic yarn. Any worsted weight yarn would work.
Hook used: 5 mm (H)
Abbreviations:
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST – cluster stitch
YO – yarn over
SC2TOG – single crochet two together
In this short video I show and explain how to crochet a Cluster Stitch. (Written explanation following). 
To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Before I start with the actual pattern, I would like to mention one great advise from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me about how to join rounds when crocheting a hat:
Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
Always join your rounds to the first CL ST, NOT the chain.
Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.

If you follow this advice the seam of the finished hat will be invisible on the right side of the hat. 
 
Pattern: 


Updated Oct. 13, 2016: I have created a short video showing how to start the hat and make the first round:
Size Preemie:
Use hook H
Round 1: CH 4 (or Magic Loop+CH3), Cl ST 10 times in 4th CH from hook (or in magic loop). Sl ST to complete round. (10)
Round 2: CH 3. Cl ST 2 times in each ST around. Join with Sl ST. (20)
Round 3: CH 3. *Cl ST 2 times in next ST, Cl ST 1 time in next ST*. Repeat from * to *. Join with Sl ST. (30)
Round 4-7: CH 3, Cl ST in each ST around. Join with Sl ST at top of CH 3. (30). Do not fasten off, continue the the first ear flap.

Ear Flap 1:
R. 1: CH1 (Does NOT count as ST). Work *Two SC in first ST, one SC in next ST* two times, 1SC. Turn (7)
R. 2: CH1. SC2TOG, 5SC. Turn (6)
R. 3: CH1. SC2TOG, 4SC. Turn (5)
R. 4: CH1. SC2TOG, 3SC. Turn (4)
R. 5: CH1. SC2TOG, 2SC. Turn (3)
R. 6: CH1. SC2TOG, 1SC Turn (2)
R. 7: CH1. SC2TOG. (1). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leave 10 SC between ear flaps in front part of the hat and crochet the second ear flap:

Ear Flap 2:
Attach yarn and work:
R. 1: *Two SC in first ST, one SC in next ST* two times, 1SC. Turn (7)
R. 2: CH1. SC2TOG, 5SC. Turn (6)
R. 3: CH1. SC2TOG, 4SC. Turn (5)
R. 4: CH1. SC2TOG, 3SC. Turn (4)
R. 5: CH1. SC2TOG, 2SC. Turn (3)
R. 6: CH1. SC2TOG, 1SC Turn (2)
R. 7: CH1. SC2TOG. (1) Do NOT fasten off, SC around the bottom of the hat including ear flaps. You want to work *2SC in next ST, 1SC in next ST* when crocheting around front and back trim of the hat. Fasten off and weave in ends.

For instructions on how to attach braids see bottom of this post.