The satisfaction of short row shaping...

Do you ever have those 'phases' in knitting when all you want to do is knit exactly what you picture in your mind?

I've been searching like a mad person, looking for a very simple and clean looking earflap hat to knit up.

There are several versions out there and I think I’ve tried them all:

* the kind that you cast on the brim first, work upwards, decrease - finish the top, then at the very end, pickup stitches and knit the earflaps downwards
* the version where you knit both ear flaps first, cast on the remaining stitches for the brim and then work towards the top and finish
* the one that’s knit sideways and then grafted

So many choices!

Nothing made me happy until I found this version.

It’s knit in the round and utilizes short rows to shape the earflaps.

Cocoknits has a great tutorial for the short row technique used in this pattern here.

The brim and earflaps are knit in 1x1 ribbing, but I didn’t like the overly snug feeling so I decided to keep things simple and all in Stockinette (cleaner).

I still have to resize the pattern based on my own measurements, but hopefully it will work out?

The picture is the earflap swatch, with a contrast color cast on (braids to be added later).

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The earflap looks fantastic , I went for the attachment without reading and thought what a cool looking earflap lol!

Kent's picture

Thanks Andy :) !!!



HuskerChub's picture

*But it's in Japanese and I don't read Japanese* in a whinny voice. I have used Japanese patterns for knitting, crocheting, beading, tatting and bobbin lace and have only once or twice not been able to figure something out and then it was a really esoteric technique that we don't really use in the US. This looks like it was translated for hand knitting from a machine knitting pattern. I just love the simplicity of the Japanese patterns, it's all right there visual and no word....gawd if we could only be that efficient.

Kent's picture

I know!

In fact, I translate all my patterns into a chart like this in Excel.

It's so wonderful to see it all right there - every stitch on the screen - perfect for altering the pattern as well :)

I had to ask for help from the designer, as I don't read Japanese either :(



albert's picture

Love it so far!

Kent's picture

Thanks Albert :) !

scottly's picture

Thank you!!! Short row shaping is something I've wanted to figure out for a long time. The ear flap looks great and I love the hat as well. Be sure and post a pict of the finished product.

albert's picture

Check out Cat Bordhi short row heels on Youtube.

Kent's picture

Thanks Scottly!

Once I finish all my Christmas obligations, I hope to get started on the real deal - and post photos of course :)


WillyG's picture

Very nice! I don't know how to read the chart, and have never worked with Japanese charts, but I think the concept makes sense...I'll have to try it, as I really enjoy earflap hats. Thanks for passing it along!

Kent's picture

I prefer to see it all right there - on the page - every stitch accounted for and present in the chart :)

I'm so happy that it was all available for free - in my favorite format, but I did have to email the designer for clarification on the symbols - the colored key at the bottom (I don't read Japanese).

Once she sent me the info, it all 'clicked'.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Okay, more time today to really see what this is all about. The flap looks good and the short row tutorial helps make sense of the YO method that I've heard about but could never grasp just by reading the directions. Still, I'll have to sit down with yarn and needles and try to get it together. Lots of possibilities. Thanks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kent's picture

Thanks Joe :)

I've found this version of short rows to be the easiest for me.

There's no wrapping of stitches, just yarn overs that are either purled together or knitted together with a neighboring stitch - so simple.

Hope you like it too?


Bill's picture

that Cocoknits tutorial is VERY clear!
Thank you!

Kent's picture

Hope you can find a use for it :)


Thanks cocoknits!