Small T took this photo of me....she thinks it's hilarious!!!
Small T modeling the same hat that I had on.
Small T modeling another hat made today.
So....today has been a day of experimenting with yarn and a possible pattern that Small T had in her head (and she doesn't even crochet!). So...after much trial and error, here's another free pattern for everyone. I call it the Teen/Adult Earflap Hat.
WW yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
The hat is made by holding two strands of yarn together throughout (while crocheting).
The beginning ch 3 is counted as a dc.
When it says "join" it means join to the top of the beginning ch 3 with a slip stitch.
1 - To begin, make a magic loop. Ch 3 and work 9 dc in the loop. Join to the top of the beg ch 3 with a sl st. Tighten loop to close.
2 - ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (20 dc)
3 - ch 3, 2dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (30 dc)
4 - ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (40 dc)
5 - ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (50 dc)
6 - ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join. (60 dc)
7 thru 11 - ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around. Join. (60 dc)
At the end of round 11, finish off.
Holding hat upside down (and still wrong side out), with seam (from the beg ch 3 of each row) facing you, count 8 stitches to the left of the seam. Join yarn in the 9th stitch.
1- ch 3, dc in next 11 sts, turn.
2- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 10 sts, turn.
3- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 9 sts, turn.
4- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 8 sts, turn.
5- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 7 sts, turn.
6- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, turn.
7- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 5 sts, turn.
8 - ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 4 sts, turn.
9- ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next 3 sts, finish off.
To work 2nd earflap, holding hat upside down with seam facing you and the first earflap in your left hand, count 19 sts to the right of the SEAM. Join yarn in the 20th stitch. Follow rows 1 thru 9 of the 1st earflap.
Using a coordinating color of yarn and holding 2 strands of it together, with hat upside down and seam facing you, join yarn somewhere around the seam area. Sc in each st around, putting 2 sc in the end post of each dc and working 3 sc in the corners of the earflap edge. Join to the beginning sc with a sl st. Finish off. Weave in all ends around the hat.
Figure out how long you would like your fringe to be. I guessed at the length I wanted. Just make sure that it's the length you want AFTER it's doubled over or folded in half at the middle. Cut 12 strands of yarn (I used 6 strands of each color). Then after I fold the length of yarn in half, I attach it to the end of the earflap in the middle, between two stitches. Do this for both earflaps. Then, for each earflap, divide the strands of yarn into three equal bunches and braid them together. Knot the end(s).
So...that's my newest free pattern. Hope everyone enjoys it! There are many similar hats out there on the web, and I've not copied anyone's pattern to my knowledge. If I have used something similar to yours, please feel free to contact me and I will give you credit for having a similar pattern. Thanks a bunch!