Crocheted Ribbed Earflap Hat
This adorable boy’s crocheted ribbed earflap hat came from a picture my daughter saw on Pinterest. The ribbing adds an element of texture & interest to the hat. Originally the pin for the hat was for a sale on etsy.com but is no longer available. There are no other patterns like it that I could find, although I’m sure they are out there. I like trying to figure it out on my own if there are no patterns. This one was a little challenging but I learned a lot and know I could make the next one even better. Following is the pinterest pin of the hat I was looking at.
I had never crocheted ribbing before so this was really interesting, and quite easy. I did a HDC ribbing, but I think next hat I would like a tighter SC ribbing better. Here is a YouTube tutorial on a couple types of ribbing. This tutorial shows you how to add the ribbing onto your crocheted piece, so there are at least two ways to do it. I made my ribbing first in the size of the measurement of the head.
For my ribbing I used a chain of six with a size H hook. The circumference was about 16-18″. Then I crocheted the top part of the hat.
Top of Hat
This was the challenging part for me because I had never made a hat in the reverse before. So instead of increasing I was decreasing. I was also doing my decrease stitches the wrong way, although it worked. This tutorial (for HDC) shows you a better way to decrease your stitches.
You can vary your rows and choose colors you like. It takes about 11-13 rows for a toddler hat. I used 2 rows of blue, 1 row of cream, 1 row of orange, 1 row of cream, 2 rows of green, and ended with 4 rows of brown. I decreased by about 2 stitches for each row until the last 4 rows. Then I decreased about 4-6 stitches each row. I would not use that for an exact science as I felt mine didn’t round as well as I’d like, but it gives you an idea.
There is a free pattern at Delia Creates that I didn’t see til after I made my hat. This pattern actually starts at the top of the hat and then adds the ribbing, which I think is a much better idea. I’m sure with a little research you can find other patterns, too.
Earflaps, Braids and Pom Pom
The earflaps attach to the hat starting with about 12 SC. I put my seam at the back and fold the hat in half to mark the half-way point for the flaps. Then I used HDC decreasing one stitch with each row as I turned. My flaps may have turned out a little too long though so you might want to start with 10 SC, depending on your preference. Then attach braids in the length you want. Here is a tutorial by Classy Crochet for making and attaching braids if you need it. I love the look of the 3 colors in a thick braid.
The pom pom finished the hat off nicely, as I felt my top was almost too pointy. I used all the colors I used in the hat. Be sure to SC around the bottom and earflaps for a finished look.
It actually fit my grandson better than I expected. The only problem was he was having nothing to do with it! We were challenged to keep it on his head long enough to get a few blurry photos as he was snatching it right back off as fast as I put it on him. LOL.