Knit your little one a cute (and warm!) Heart Earflap Hat with this easy knitting pattern.
I think I have a problem. I kinda can’t stop with the Valentine’s Day hats. The nice thing about Valentine’s Day is hearts and love work all year round. So your little one can keep wearing it all winter. Of course the day I finished this hat, I checked the weather report and it’s supposed to be in the 50’s this weekend. In January. I’m not sure how I feel about that. But anyway, this heart earflap hat is cute and I always love a hat with earflaps for little ones because they stay on better. Plus it has a pom pom! Pom poms are the best. It’s a fact. Scroll on down for the pattern!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using a long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the gray yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds until the last 2 stitches of the 5th round, then kfb, pfb to add two stitches and make the double seed stitch pattern repeat properly.
Rounds 1 – 2: (k2, p2) repeat to last 2 stitches and then k2
Rounds 3 -4: (p2, k2) repeat to last 2 stitches and then p2
Repeat rounds 1-4 in a double seed stitch until the hat is 4 1/2 inches long.
Start decrease after a round 4.
Decrease (distribute stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k2, p2, k2, p2tog) repeat to last 10 stitches and then k2, p2, k2, p2tog, p2tog
Round 2: (k2, p2, k2, p1) repeat to last 8 stitches and then k2, p2, k2, p2tog
Round 3: (p2, k2, p1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: (p2, k2, p1, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 5: (k2, p2tog, k1, p1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: (k2, p1, k1, p1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 7: (p2tog, k1, p1, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 9: (p1, k1, p2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: (k1, p2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 11: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Heart shapes (make 2):
Using 2 double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 1 stitch with the pink yarn.
Row 1: kfb
Row 2: k1, p1
Row 3: kfb, kfb
Row 4: k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 5: kfb, k1, p1,kfb
Row 6: (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 7: kfb, p1, k1, p1, k1, kfb
Row 8: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 9: kfb, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, kfb
Row 10: (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 11: kfb, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, kfb
Row 12: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 13: kfb, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, kfb
Row 14: (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the row
Row 15: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row
Rows 16-20: repeat rows 14 & 15
To make the tops of the heart, work rows 21A – 23A with only the first 7 stitches on the needle. Move the other 7 stitches to a stitch holder or leave them on a spare needle, you will come back and work them next.
Row 21A: k2tog, k1, p1, k1, ssk
Row 22A: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 23A: k2tog, p1, ssk
Now, working with the other 7 stitches, join in new yarn and:
Row 21B: k2tog, p1, k1, p1, ssk
Row 22B: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 23B: k2tog, k1, ssk
Weave in all ends on the back of the heart
To assemble the hat:
Sew the heart earflaps to either side of the hat with a length of pink yarn.
Then cut 6 pieces of yarn 18 inches long. Thread 3 of the pieces on one yarn needle together and thread them through a couple of stitches on the back of one heart earflap.
Pull them through halfway so you have 6 even strands dangling from the earflap. Then braid those six strands all together until the braid is about 6 inches long.
Tie the braid in a knot and cut the ends to make a little tassel. Repeat with the other 3 18-inch strands and the other earflap.
To make the Pom Pom:
Wind the pink yarn around the three fingers of one hand at least 100 times. The more times, the denser your pom pom.
Cut another piece of yarn about 18 inches long and tie one end of that very tightly around the center of the wound yarn. Leave the other end of this center tie long to attach the pom pom to the hat.
Using sharp scissors, cut the loops on either side of that center tie to release the pom pom. Trim your pom pom as necessary to make it nicely and evenly round.
Thread the long end of the center tie on your yarn needle and use it to sew the pom pom to the top of the hat. Make sure it is attached securely as this is an item for babies.
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