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).